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Germany: Trademarks 2018

This chapter highlights 71 leading practitioners who are recognised for their extensive experience advising global brands on the management of large trademark portfolios and litigating in a range of matters in including infringement proceedings, counterfeiting and unfair competition.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Maximilian Kinkeldey Grünecker Patent - und Rechtsanwälte, Munich
2. Alexander von Mühlendahl Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft, Munich
3. Ralf Hackbarth Klaka Rechtsanwälte, Munich
4. Claus Eckhartt Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft, Munich
5. Rocky Ingerl Lorenz Seidler Gossel, Munich
6. Christian Rohnke Rohnke Winter, Karlsruhe

GRÜNECKER PATENT - UND RECHTSANWÄLTE is the leading firm in this area and sees six leading individuals highlighted. The firm is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in Europe and is renowned for defending and protecting the intellectual property rights of high-profile clients all over the world.
The “truly pre-eminent” Maximilian Kinkeldey has “an impeccable reputation and is a pleasure to work with” according to sources, who praise his “excellent negotiation and dispute resolution skills”.
Nicolás Schmitz is highly rated by commentators, who recommend him for his work in the field of luxury brands. He is “particularly well known for his customs enforcement work”.
Anja Franke is “strongly endorsed” for her expertise in all aspects of trademark law, including trademark prosecution, litigation, licencing and unfair competition.
Cornelia Schmitt is “highly commended” by sources for her strong trademarks practice, effectively managing and prosecuting trademark portfolios for domestic and international clients.

Boutique intellectual property law firm BARDEHLE PAGENBERG PARTNERSCHAFT achieves an impressive five listings in this year’s research.
Claus Eckhartt is “extremely active” in the field as head of the firm’s trademark department. He is extensively experienced in all aspects of the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, unfair competition law and domain names issues.
Alexander von Mühlendahl is internationally renowned for giving “extremely valuable and sharp advice in complex cases”.  Sources describe him as “the master in Europe concerning trademarks”.
Henning Hartwig is described as “an excellent trademark lawyer” who boasts extensive experience of European and national trademark law, unfair competition law and product piracy.

Specialised IP and unfair competition firm HARTE-BAVENDAMM RECHTSANWÄLTE is home to four leading individuals who have been highlighted by our research.
Frederik Thiering is highly regarded among peers and clients alike, who commend him for his “brilliant mind” as well as his “loyal and supportive approach which always gives clients the best possible service”.
“Seasoned practitioner” Henning Harte-Bavendamm is endorsed by commentators for his impressive expertise representing and advising German and international clients in complex trademark disputes.
Michael Goldmann is “very visible” in the trademarks arena, focusing his world-class practice on contentious matters involving trademarks and unfair competition law.
Andrea Jaeger-Lenz is “a prominent figure” who boasts extensive experience of managing large trademark and design portfolios for major clients.

Specialist IP firm BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT also achieves four listings this year.
Axel Nordemann is “a strong player at the firm” who impresses international sources with his fantastic work advising foreign and domestic companies on trademark law.
Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann is commended by peers who praise him for being someone they can “always rely on to handle conflict cases”. He is well known for being adept at undertaking clearance searches and providing strategic advice on the management of large trademark portfolios.
Florian Schwab is “a well-known practitioner” who focuses his top-tier practice on prosecution and litigation with a special focus of border seizure cases and counterfeiting.
Anke Nordemann-Schiffel is a renowned trademark practitioner who draws praise for her expertise in international litigation and the management of large international trademark portfolios.

Independent German law firm SKW SCHWARZ RECHTSANWÄLTE is home to three leading practitioners highlighted by this year’s research.
Ulrich Hildebrandt is “an exceptional trademark lawyer” according to one practitioner, who is immeasurably impressed by his “ability to find solutions, even for seemingly impossible tasks”.
Magnus Hirsch boasts extensive expertise advising German and international clients on a wide range of trademark disputes. He is noted for his international outlook and extensive IP litigation experience.
Dorothee Altenburg is a well-known figure in the market who receives praise from international sources for her invaluable trademark law experience.

Multinational law firm HOGAN LOVELLS receives three nominations this year.
The “outstanding” Andreas Bothe has more than 25 years’ experience litigating in IP disputes, and is recognised as “very strong” in the trademark and unfair competition law areas.
Leopold von Gerlach is described as “excellent” by sources, who rate him for his superb skills as a litigator. He frequently represents major clients in the consumer electronics, cosmetics and designer goods industries.
The “fantastic” Erhard Keller is regarded by international sources as a standout expert in trademark law and unfair competition law.

KLAKA RECHTSANWÄLTE is a specialist intellectual property firm with trademark law at the heart of its practice. This year, two outstanding lawyers from the firm have been listed.
“Exceptional lawyer” Ralf Hackbarth ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research, drawing praise from sources who effuse that they “would recommend him to everybody”.
Andreas Schulz is “a prominent practitioner” with more than 25 years’ experience advising domestic and international companies on unfair competition law and the protection of trademarks and trade names.

IP law firm LORENZ SEIDLER GOSSEL also sees two pre-eminent practitioners highlighted.
“Famous practitioner” Rocky Ingerl is “a longstanding fixture in the market” and impresses market commentators with his extensive knowledge of trademark law.
Siegfried Jackermeier is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in trademark and unfair competition law.

The “outstanding” Christian Rohnke at ROHNKE WINTER is described by one source as “the leading trademark attorney in Germany”, drawing widespread praise for his “undoubtedly first-class practice”.

Rebekka Schiffer at COHAUSZ & FLORACK impresses international clients with the way that she “always takes timescales and budget in account when putting together communications and recommended actions”. She is highly regarded for being “trustworthy and professional at all times”.

Christian Spintig of HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK is a prominent intellectual property practitioner who is internationally respected for his strong trademarks practice.

FRITZE PAUL SEELIG is home to the “excellent” Carsten Albrecht who is regarded as “a big name” in the trademarks sphere. He is particularly skilled in the negotiation and drafting of trademark settlement agreements and license agreements.

Martin Viefhues of JONAS RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT is “a prominent practitioner” and has considerable experience advising and representing clients in complex trademark disputes.

Thomas Raab at TAYLOR WESSING leads the firm’s trademarks group and is endorsed by international sources for his expertise representing brand owners in infringement cases, licensing matters and product piracy issues.

“Outstanding practitioner” Richard Dissmann of BIRD & BIRD is well known for his contentious work and litigation, being described by one source as “a favourite colleague and opponent”.

Andrea Lensing-Kramer of FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is “one of the cornerstones of the practice”, drawing praise for her impressive handling of major European trademark cases.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Michael Fammler is one of the most impressive names in the region for trademark and trade name law. Sources recommend him for being “particularly strong when it comes to licensing work”.

Peter Müller at MÜLLER SCHUPFNER & PARTNER manages a diverse trademark portfolio for some of the most recognisable brands in the world. He is described by sources as “a highly respected leader of the profession”.

The “excellent” Andreas Lubberger at LUBBERGER LEHMENT is a key figure in the field of trademarks litigation, frequently representing major clients in the luxury brands and cosmetics sectors.

IP boutique law firm HARMSEN UTESCHER is home to standout name Till Lampel who is internationally regarded for his “hands-on mentality and ability to think outside the box to solve complex problems”.

Stefan Völker at GLEISS LUTZ is a well-regarded trademark practitioner who is highlighted by peers as “a fair and highly competent opponent”.

Gordian Hasselblatt at CMS HASCHE SIGLE is “very prominent” in the market, impressing commentators with his extensive experience in international trademark law. He is widely respected as an expert in trademark clearance and the management of large portfolios.

Sandra Sophia Redeker of NOERR is commended by sources who describe her as “an outstanding practitioner” with impeccable knowledge of trademarks and unfair competition.

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