Intellectual property and competition law (German Unfair Competition Act)

Industrial property rights and copyrights prevent inadmissible counterfeiting and thus secure competitive advantages. We pursue these rights for our clients, register worldwide, advise and represent clients in opposition, infringement and cancellation proceedings or in the drafting of contracts. In patent disputes or to the extent otherwise required, external specialists support us. We complement this area of law by safeguarding the claims of our clients arising from unfair competitive actions or, on the other hand, warding off third-party claims. We also advise clients in matters concerning the German Employee Invention Act.

In the past we handled the following mandates:

  • Establishment and maintenance of a brand portfolio for an internationally operating advertising agency
  • Penalised trademark infringements in e-commerce for retailers
    Defence against trademark claims of a wholesaler including coordination with customers
  • Defence against patent infringement allegations against wholesaler including coordination with customers
  • Defence against unjustified claims for a non-registered design for a fashion company
  • Enforcement of claims against unauthorised use of trade secrets in the chemical industry
  • Drafting of software licence agreements for utility companies
  • Defence of telecommunications companies against warnings about alleged infringement of rce software rights
  • Defence against allegations of image right infringement in e-commerce
  • Giving legal advise on the German Employee Invention Act
  • Drafting remuneration agreements under the German Employee Invention Act
  • Drafting development agreements
  • Drafting IP transfers and IP licenses
  • Drafting know-how agreements

Our lawyers for this expertise

Candida Gräfin von Hardenberg, LL.M.

Candida Gräfin von Hardenberg, LL.M.

Counsel
Christine Meßmer, LL.M.

Christine Meßmer, LL.M.

Associate

Agnieszka Wiśniewska, LL.M.

Agnieszka Wiśniewska, LL.M.

Associate