Managing Partners: Miriam Kiefer LLM.
Senior Partner: Dr Peter Kather
Number of partners: 6 Number of lawyers: 8
Languages: English, French, German, Italian
Kather Augenstein is a specialist litigation and contentious IP team consisting of six partners, seven associates and 1 of counsel. The team is set for further growth. The firm merges the best from both worlds of boutique firms and big international law firms and brings the experience and know-how of many years of IP litigation practice to the table. Its nimble size means that the firm is very flexible and able to quickly adapt to clients’ needs. At the same time it is able to form large and powerful teams to tackle any litigation case. Its international network with likeminded firms gives it an international footprint. Kather Augenstein gives full attention to each and every one of its clients. This has allowed the firm to attract some of the largest companies in the world as clients. After four years the firm now represents a considerable number of companies in the German blue-chip share index DAX.
Main Practice Areas:
Intellectual Property – Patent Litigation
Intellectual Property – Trademark & Unfair
Intellectual Property - Patent Litigation:
6 partners, 8 lawyers based in Düsseldorf, Germany
■Kather Augenstein represented Ericsson in a number of patent infringement proceedings at the Regional Courts Düsseldorf and Mannheim. The firm has been working with Ericsson for many years
Partner: Dr Christof Augenstein.
■Kather Augenstein is representing Boston Scientific in several active proceedings regarding patent infringement in the endoscopy field, closely working together with patent attorneys and the IP department of Boston Scientific
Partners: Miriam Kiefer LLM., Dr. Peter Kather
■VW and Audi asked Kather Augenstein to defend them in a process series with a total of seven patents asserted by Broadcom/Avago. It was the first case between a company of the telecom sector and the automotive industry. Kather Augenstein formed teams for each patent and coordinated with patent attorneys and IP consultants of the car manufacturer. All partners and associates were involved in this project to reach optimal spread of work and total focus on each patent while maintaining tight integration and cooperation. The dispute was settled after two judgements in favor of VW/Audi
Partners: Dr Peter Kather, Dr Christof Augenstein, Miriam Kiefer LLM., Alexander Haertel, Christopher Weber, Sören Dahm
Key Clients: Ericsson, Boston Scientific, VW, Audi, Merck, Knorr-Bremse, Coloplast, Deutsche Lufthansa, HTC , Deutsche Post DHL Group, BASF, B. Braun
Intellectual Property - Trademark & Unfair Competition:
■Kather Augenstein is representing a liquor distillery against Pernod Ricard in preliminary injunction proceedings in trademark and unfair competition law regarding shape and design of a bottle
Partner: Miriam Kiefer LLM.
■Kather Augenstein is representing a client in trademark infringement proceedings in which the Federal Court of Justice allowed the further appeal with regard to the forfeiture of rights
Partner: Dr Christof Augenstein
■Kather Augenstein is also consulting Knorr-Bremse Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH and representing the company in two cross-border proceedings in Serbia and Belgium
Partners: Dr Peter Kather, Sören Dahm
■Kather Augenstein is representing a leading German online shop for lifestyle products in all soft IP matters (trademarks and unfair competition) and advised the client in numerous cases. In one case Kather Augenstein lodged an Appeal to the CJEU regarding a refused trademark application
Partners: Sören Dahm, Alexander Haertel
Key Clients: Lamborghini