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Germany: Trademarks 2017

This chapter highlights a total of 62 practitioners who have a proven track record in representing and advising companies from a wide range of industry sectors on trademark portfolio management, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and domain names. Below we identify the most highly regarded practitioners in the market.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Maximilian Kinkeldey Grünecker Patent - und Rechtsanwälte, Munich
Claus Eckhartt Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich
Alexander von Mühlendahl Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich
Axel Nordemann Boehmert & Boehmert, Berlin
Gordian Hasselblatt CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne

Bardehle Pagenberg leads the way in our research with five individuals listed. Alexander von Mühlendahl holds a prestigious reputation in the market. His practice covers both advice and litigation, representing both growth companies and multinationals. Clients are impressed by his “high level of commercial sensitivity” and “outstanding knowledge”. Henning Hartwig focuses on prosecution and litigation. He is described as “a wonderful source of knowledge and experience”. Peter Munzinger stands out for being “extremely thorough and marvellously efficient”. He handles international trademark portfolios, with experience across a wide range of industries. Jochen Pagenberg counts leading producers of healthcare and cosmetic products as well as French manufacturers of luxury goods among his clients, who praise his “technical ability and strong eye for detail”. He also has significant experience relating to the publishing industry, having represented a publishing house and authors for more than 30 years. Claus Eckhartt manages and prosecutes worldwide trademark and design portfolios for international clients from the pharmaceutical, consumer health care, household goods, and food and beverages sectors, among others. He has a longstanding reputation for success and respondents see him as one of the very best trademark lawyers in the market” and “very technically accomplished”. 

Grünecker Patent-und Rechtsanwälte also performs well, garnering four listings. Maximilian Kinkeldey is known as “one of the most noteworthy figures” in the trademark field in Germany. One peer effuses, “He is a great lawyer, a tremendous litigator and very down to earth.” Nicolás Schmitz receives recommendation for being an “extremely knowledgeable, responsive and thorough practitioner”. Clients are particularly impressed with his work developing their trademark portfolios. The “excellent” Cornelia Schmitt is a renowned expert in all licensing matters. Sources regard Anja Franke as “a brilliant lawyer, with a unique insight on trademark issues”.

Four outstanding lawyers are likewise recognised at Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte. Henning Harte-Bavendamm has been described as “extremely clever” with an “innovative way of looking at complicated situations”. He advises and represents major clients who note his “superb strategic advice” regarding their portfolios. Andrea Jaeger-Lenz specialises in consulting, litigation and dispute resolution relating to trademarks law, receiving praise from sources for her “excellent style of delivery”. 

CMS Hasche Sigle is home to Gordian Hasselblatt who focuses his practice on international trademark law, particularly trademark clearance and the strategic management of large trademark design portfolios. Sources refer to him as “one of the most skilled trademark lawyers in Germany”. He is joined by Carsten Menebröcker who is recommended for his litigation practice, enforcing trademark rights often in cross-border situations.

At Lubberger Lehment Andreas Lubberger is widely known and recommended having represented many leading brands in infringement proceedings and anti-counterfeiting matters; he has particular experience of the luxury goods industry. Alongside him Ulrich Hildebrandt is known for representing companies throughout the lifecycle of their brands, from creation to enforcement and strategic management.

From Hogan Lovells Andreas Bothe has over 25 years’ experience as an IP litigator. Described as “immensely clever and clear-sighted”, he assists high-profile, national and international clients from across the technology, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and food and drink sectors, among others. Leopold von Gerlach is also highlighted in this chapter for his outstanding contribution to trademarks infringement litigation in Germany.

Martin Viefhues from JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is highlighted for his “outstanding trademark practice” covering domestic and international trademark portfolios.

Axel Nordemann at Boehmert & Boehmert is a well-known figure in the industry for his “high-quality advice” to German and international companies on their worldwide trademark portfolios.

Taylor Wessing is home to Thomas Raab who is “a big name in the market”. He specialises in advising brand owners with regards to the development of their brand strategies, as well as representing clients in prosecution concerning licensing matters, piracy and counterfeiting.

Christian Spintig from Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is “a very responsive and experienced practitioner” who specialises in registration strategies and portfolio management for clients, particularly from the sporting goods, fashion and food industries.

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