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Managing Partners: Andreas Schulz, Wolfgang Straub, Olaf Giebe, Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, Ralf Hackbarth, Wolfgang Götz, Oliver Rauscher, Stefan Eck, Stefan Abel, Constantin Kurtz, Carola Onken
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 16
Number of Of Counsel: 1
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish

Firm Overview:
KLAKA is a highly specialised law firm with offices in Düsseldorf and Munich. With its 16 lawyers, the law firm concentrates almost exclusively on intellectual property. In this field of expertise, the firm is highly regarded nationally and internationally for its dedicated, experienced work in court and out of court. Through contributions made in expert committees, lectures and publications, the firm’s lawyers are actively involved in shaping the future of the profession. The firm was founded in the late 1970s by Rainer Klaka, who brought in a large client base and the experience of many years in the field. Since then, the firm’s standing has continually been strengthened while maintaining the structure of an independent and autonomous law firm. Many of the cases taken on by the law firm, especially in the fields of patents and trademarks, have an international background such as cross-border litigation, or concern questions of foreign and international law arising in counselling or litigation. The firm is therefore accustomed to co-ordinating and/or conducting cases of international significance.

Main Areas of Practice:
Intellectual Property (Trademarks) & Unfair Competition:
6 equity partners, 2 associates in Munich
The firm’s strong trademark litigation practice is headed by partners Dr Andreas Schulz and Dr Ralf Hackbarth in Munich. The firm is involved in trademark and trade name infringement cases before the competent German courts, as well as counselling and the conducting of international litigation, in particular with strategies for pan-European litigation proceedings. The enforcement of design protection, by design law and unfair competition law, is also an increasingly important task for the firm’s design experts in the international IP litigation practice. The trademark prosecution department is headed by Oliver Rauscher. KLAKA prosecutes and maintains worldwide trademark portfolios for a number of clients and is active in the conducting of infringement suits and offering legal advice in the fields of copyright law, design patents, unfair competition law, press and media law, IT and internet law, and food and drug law. A number of the firm’s lawyers also have experience in the field of antitrust law.
Key Clients: Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW); Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.; Nestlé Nutrition; Deichmann; Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne; Bayerischer Brauerbund; NOMOS Glashütte; Longchamp.
Contact: Dr Ralf Hackbarth
Tel: +49 89 9989 190
Email: [email protected]

Patent & Utility Models:
2 equity partners in Munich, 2 equity partners and 1 associate in Düsseldorf
Patent law at KLAKA is represented by the partners Dr Wolfgang Götz and Dr Stefan Eck in Munich and partners Olaf Giebe and Dr Constantin Kurtz in Düsseldorf. Founding partner and renowned patent expert Dr Michael Nieder is still actively involved in patent litigation matters as of counsel. In defending clients against actions based on SEPs Dr Wolfgang Straub is joining the team contributing his experience in antitrust law when raising the FRAND defense. The excellence of the KLAKA law firm in this field is based on a profound understanding of technologically and economically interrelated themes as well as on comprehensive experience in enforcing claims before the specialised German patent courts. This includes infringement suits before the competent German courts, especially in Düsseldorf, Munich, and Mannheim, and, in co-operation with external patent attorney firms, opposition and nullity (revocation) proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court; the firm also provides legal advice in these fields, as well as co-operating or co-ordinating multinational cases.
Key Clients: AVM, Infineon, 3M, SRAM, Bulthaup, Dürr Dental, Ortlieb, Tyco, fischerwerke, WIKO, Salewa, Fränkische Industrial Pipes.
Contact: Olaf Giebe
Tel: +49 211 2054 950
Email: [email protected]

1 equity partner, 1 associate in Munich
KLAKA has built up a strong practice advising the leading energy corporations in Germany in energy, unfair competition and antitrust law. The practice headed by Dr Wolfgang Straub advises and represents clients comprehensively on the disposal and evaluation of power grids, the legal implementation of grid fee regulations, questions relating to grid access, energy trading including the draft of legally sound procurement and delivery contracts and the supply to end consumers. In addition, the team provides advice on issues relating to connections, supply and distribution of regenerative energy.
Key Clients: Bayernwerk (E.ON Group), RWE, enviaM, LEW, Stadtwerke Ingolstadt, leading regional energy suppliers.
Contact: Dr Wolfgang Straub
Tel: +49 89 9989 190
Email: [email protected]

The KLAKA law firm continues to strengthen its leading position in patent and trademark law in Germany. Alongside providing legal advice to German companies, another main area of activity is the representation of international groups, predominantly from Europe, the United States and Japan.