Germany: Trademarks 2019

In this chapter we highlight 70 individuals for their excellent work handling a range of trademark-related matters, including prosecution proceedings, copyright, competition and related litigation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Claus Eckhartt Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB, Munich
2. Maximilian Kinkeldey Grünecker Patent - und Rechtsanwälte, Munich
3. Stefan Völker Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
4. Nicolás Schmitz Grünecker Patent – und Rechtsanwälte, Munich
5. Sandra Sophia Redeker SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Berlin

Grünecker Patent - und Rechtsanwälte performs well this year achieving six listings.
Maximilian Kinkeldey is “very active in the trademarks space” according to observers. He is widely praised for his excellent client base as well as his excellent work on issues arising from unfair competition and trademark prosecution.
Nicolás Schmitz is someone who peers “strongly endorse” for his wide-ranging expertise in the space. He is particularly strong on anti-piracy matters according to sources.
Anja Franke is a well-known figure in the German market where she wins high praise for her work on trademark litigation, prosecution and copyright matters.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte sees five individuals recognised here.
Sandra Sophia Redeker is “well known for her trademarks work” according to peers who speak highly of her expertise on issues such as unfair competition, trademark defence and portfolio management.
Ulrich Hildebrandt is a distinguished name in the trademarks space who wins praise from sources for the breadth of his understanding on matters including enforcement and unfair competition.
Magnus Hirsch also gains recognition in this chapter for his superb work advising both domestic and international clients on a range of trademarks and copyright issues. 

Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft achieves four nominations in this chapter.
Claus Eckhartt stands out as the foremost trademarks lawyer in the country. He offers clients extensive expertise on trademark prosecution and enforcement as well as portfolio management.
Henning Hartwig is a top name from the firm who is a firm favourite among respondents. Peers describe him as a “wonderful design attorney”.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte receives four nominations this year.
Henning Harte-Bavendamm enjoys a first-rate reputation in the market for his strong expertise in relation to trademark infringement and unfair competition.
Andrea Jaeger-Lenz is highly respected by sources who note she always “does an excellent job” on matters such as portfolio management and competition-related litigation.
Michael Goldmann draws widespread recognition from peers who consider him “a strong name in trade name protection issues”.
Frederik Thiering stands out among peers for his top-tier handling of complex trademark litigation and prosecution matters.

Hogan Lovells received three listings here.
Andreas Bothe “really knows his stuff” according to sources who commend his vast experience handling matters spanning the trademark process, from registration to defence.
Leopold von Gerlach is an outstanding practitioner with a top reputation in the market. He is much sought after for his deep understanding of counterfeit prosecution.
Erhard Keller is “definitely worth highlighting” according to respondents who praise his expertise in domain names, trademark designs and portfolio development.

At Lorenz Seidler Gossel, Rocky Ingerl is “a big name in the market” according to peers who highly respect him for his impressive work relating to trademark enforcement.
Siegfried Jackermeier “really knows the area” according to respondents who note he is “very famous” for his leading expertise in trademark litigation.

At Bird & Bird, Richard Dissmann is an outstanding practitioner who is praised by peers as “very knowledgeable, clever and strategic”. He is recognised for his first-rate trademarks practice, an area in which he is noted to be “very strong on litigation”.
Uwe Lüken has decades of experience in the trademarks space and is recognised for his expert handling of trademark searches and infringement litigation.

Klaka Rechtsanwälte’s Ralf Hackbarth is “a prominent name who deserves to be on the list” according to peers. He is recognised for his extensive experience on unfair competition and domain name disputes.
Andreas Schulz is highlighted for his well-established reputation in the trademarks space. He is regarded as “an excellent lawyer” and receives widespread commendation for his work regarding trademark design and prosecution and unfair competition.

Taylor Wessing’s Thomas Raab is a well-known name at the firm who commands great respect for his excellent work on trademark licensing, piracy and infringement.
Olaf Gillert is “a great attorney” who holds a prominent reputation in the market for his expertise on issues arising from portfolio management, licensing and related litigation.

Lubberger Lehment’s Andreas Lubberger enjoys a strong reputation in the German market for his “excellent trademark work”, covering issues such as unfair competition and infringement litigation against online platforms.
Benjamin Koch is described by peers as a lawyer with “very impressive skills” in the field of trademarks law. He is particularly adept on matters including trademark enforcement proceedings and unfair competition.

At Boehmert & Boehmert, Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann is an outstanding trademarks lawyer who is widely recognised for his work on the enforcement and maintenance of trademarks, as well as litigious matters.
Axel Nordemann receives effusive praise from market players who rate him as “an excellent practitioner” for his deep understanding of a range of issues including infringement disputes, unfair competition and trademark design.

Gleiss Lutz’s Stefan Völker is “very strategically smart” and “a strong opponent” according to peers. He is “a well-known figure in the market” who excels on trademark creation and unfair competition issues.

Carsten Albrecht of Fritze Paul Seelig is “very knowledgeable and professional” according to peers. They note he is “somebody who is interesting in striking a deal and getting the best for a client” and commend his work on licensing, trademark registration and anti-piracy issues.

At CMS Hasche Sigle, Gordian Hasselblatt is regarded as “a senior name in the market”, and garners much commendation from sources for his deep understanding of international licensing and unfair competition issues.
Carsten Menebröcker is a well-established figure in the German trademarks space who focuses his first-rate practice on trademark enforcement and unfair competition matters.

Lichtenstein Körner & Partners’ Thomas Sambuc is “a seasoned expert in unfair competition” who garners widespread support from peers this year for his strong expertise into the field of trademarks law.
Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle boasts a great reputation in the German market and is frequently engaged in dealing with copyright and trademark design as well as unfair competition issues.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Andrea Lensing-Kramer is “a very well-known lawyer” who is praised by sources for her in-depth knowledge of issues relating to trademark infringement and unfair competition disputes.

Harmsen Utescher’s Till Lampel is highly recommended by market players for his broad expertise in the trademarks space. His practice provides clients with superb understanding of both trademark consulting and litigation across a range of sectors.

At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Christian Spintig is very well known among peers who note he is well versed in handling the gamut of trademarks issues including design, licensing, anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition.

Peter Müller of Müller Schupfner & Partner is widely respected by market sources who state that they “would not hesitate in referring potential clients to him”. He is particularly adept on trademark infringement proceedings and trademark oppositions.

Baker McKenzie’s Michael Fammler is “one of the main names” in the German trademarks space according to peers who consider him a “specialist in licensing”. 

Christian Rohnke of Rohnke Winter is noted to be “one of the leading individuals with regards to trademark law” and “a luminary” on a range of matters relating to trademark infringement and enforcement.

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