The practice of Henning Hartwig, Dr iur, attorney-at-law and partner of the firm, comprises prosecution and litigation of IP rights in the fields of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law.
A main focus of his professional activity is national and international industrial design law, in particular multinational design infringement proceedings as well as invalidity proceedings before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market in Alicante. As editor of the four-volume casebook, Design Protection in Europe – the only one of its kind – Henning Hartwig has unique access to Europe-wide unpublished decisions on community and national design infringement. Clients in this field include manufacturers of the computer industry, electronic games, fitness equipment and the clothing industry. Henning successfully conducted and coordinated a number of multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and the Netherlands. He also acted in one of the first infringement proceedings in Germany concerning an unregistered community design.
Further activities cover trademark, copyright and unfair competition law including the worldwide fight against product piracy, representing, among others, clients of consumer health-care and the food industry. Only recently, Henning was successful in defending a global chocolate manufacturer against asserted claims for injunctive relief and damages due to alleged 3D trademark infringement and unfair competition.
He is also active in copyright protection, having represented one of the leading European furniture manufacturers.
Henning Hartwig has published more than 90 articles on questions of trademark, design, copyright and competition law. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the UNION of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property and the Association of Intellectual Property Experts. He is also recommended in various publications, including, WTR 1000 (2016) ("Henning Hartwig shines brightest on the contentious side: ‘He is one of the leading design rights and litigation lawyers in Germany’"); and WTR 1000 (2015) ("Henning Hartwig ‘is a consummate expert in design rights and brings the full force of this knowledge to bear on trademark issues’". Furthermore he is listed at WIPR LEADERS (2016).
WWL says: Henning Hartwig impresses market commentators with his “strong performances on notable infringement cases”, adding that “he is very focused and highly perceptive”
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