Legal 500 EMEA 2023/2024 - Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte continues to be one of the first points of contact for companies seeking advice on trade mark and design law.

Intellectual Property: Trade Marks – Tier 1

Design law TIER 1
Trade marks TIER 1

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte continues to be one of the first points of contact for companies seeking advice on trade mark and design law. The IP boutique is particularly well versed in representing clients from the banking, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors in judicial and administrative proceedings. However, luxury goods, energy and fashion represent further sector focuses for the team that is led by Ralf Hackbarth ; in addition to trade mark and design law, the practice head also handles domain and geographical indications of origin matters. Most recently, the practice further assisted with a number of high-profile design patent and plagiarism cases in the automotive sector. Food and drug law are Andreas Schulz‘s areas of focus, while Oliver Rauscher counts strategic expansion of national and global brand portfolios among his areas of expertise. Carola Onken is adept at geographical indications and designations of origin, unfair competition and represents clients in disputes up to the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) and the ECJ. Litigation also represents a key focus for senior associate Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer.

Leading individuals
Carola Onken - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

Hall of Fame
Ralf Hackbarth - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

Practice head(s):
Ralf Hackbarth

Other key lawyers:
Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer; Andreas Schulz; Susanne Schackert; Stefan Abel; Carola Onken; Oliver Rauscher


‘Efficient, well-established team that masters all types of strategic brand proceedings.’

‘Excellently positioned and perfectly complementary team with extensive knowledge of trade mark law.’

Ralf Hackbarth: Technically excellent and offers targeted and well thought-out solutions. Due to his many years of experience and his extensive knowledge of trade mark law, he maneuvers the client through even most complex procedures with a clever strategy and without losing track. ‘

‘Flexible, competent and solution-oriented advice on trade mark law, which is tailored to the client’s specific needs.’

Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer: Well versed in trade mark law and advises professionally, competently and solution-oriented.’

Intellectual Property: Unfair Competition – Tier 1

The IP boutique KLAKA Rechtsanwälte advises on competition matters in close cooperation with the firm's trade mark experts. Clients mainly stem from the automotive, pharmaceuticals, fashion, sports and financial industries, while instructions often entail cross-border aspects, in particular with regards to Europe, the US and Japan. Recently, the practice expanded its longstanding advice to the central competition office even further; here, Stefan Eck and Carola Onken are particular active in competition violation cases. Stefan Abel (anti-counterfeiting), of counsel and energy expert Wolfgang Straub, Andreas Schulz (focus on food law) and Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, who is well versed in press and media law, are other key contacts; Ralf Hackbarth heads the well-known litigator team and assists with trade mark and design right enforcement.

Practice head(s):
Ralf Hackbarth

Other key lawyers:
Stefan Eck; Stefan Abel; Carola Onken; Ralf-Michael Burkhardt; Andreas Schulz; Wolfgang Straub