Chambers & Partners 2019

Chambers Global

Rankings:
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (Band 4)
Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition (Band 3)

Intellectual Property - Germany

Notable practitioners

Andreas Schulz acts for clients from the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors on trade mark and unfair competition cases.

Constantin Kurtz rises in the rankings on the back of positive feedback, with interviewees highlighting his "ability to see the whole picture, structure his submissions very well, come to the point in hearings and bring things together in court in an organised way."He acts for clients from the telecommunications sector on patent infringement and standard essential patent cases. Kurtz also advises on patent nullity actions.

Interviewees describe Olaf Giebe as "a legend, who is trustworthy, intelligent and does a good job."He is particularly active in patent infringement cases and nullity actions. Giebe advises clients from a range of sectors, particularly the manufacturing and technical industries.

Ralf Hackbarth regularly acts for clients from the automotive sector on defence of their trade marks. One client enthuses that he is "one of the best trade mark and design litigators in Germany, who is very good in cross-border litigation."In addition to his trade mark practice, Hackbarth also advises on unfair competition.

Stefan Abel represents French clients before the German authorities in trade mark and design infringement cases, as well as in cases concerning the distribution of illegal copies of products. Abel acts for a number of French clients from the fashion and furniture industries.

Ranked Lawyers:


Chambers Europe

Rankings:
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (Band 3)
Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition (Band 3)

What the team is known for Regularly handles disputes concerning trade marks, including trade mark enforcement, opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as unfair competition cases and protected designation of origin matters. Extensive experience in patent infringement cases, as well as opposition, nullity and compensation proceedings. Represents a roster of long-standing clients in numerous sectors, including pharmaceutical, financial services and automotive.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very responsive and able to tailor their services to our needs."

Interviews highlight that they have a "very pleasant co-operation with the team, can always reach people directly and when we need an appointment at short notice we get one."

Work highlights Represented Wiko in patent infringement cases and in nullity actions.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Schulz acts for clients from the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors on trade mark and unfair competition cases.

Constantin Kurtz rises in the rankings on the back of positive feedback, with interviewees highlighting his "ability to see the whole picture, structure his submissions very well, come to the point in hearings and bring things together in court in an organised way."He acts for clients from the telecommunications sector on patent infringement and standard-essential patent cases. Kurtz also advises on patent nullity actions.

Interviewees describe Olaf Giebe as "a legend, who is trustworthy, intelligent and does a good job."He is particularly active in patent infringement cases and nullity actions. Giebe advises clients from a range of sectors, particularly the manufacturing and technical industries.

Ralf Hackbarth regularly acts for clients from the automotive sector on defence of their trade marks. One client enthuses that he is "one of the best trade mark and design litigators in Germany, who is very good in cross-border litigation."In addition to his trade mark practice, Hackbarth also advises on unfair competition.


Lawyers - Ranked Individuals:

Olaf Giebe
Ranking: Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (Band 1)

Ralf Hackbarth
Ranking: Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition (Band 2)

Andreas Schulz
Ranking: Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (Band 3)

Constantin Kurtz
Ranking: Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (Band 5)


Firm profile:

Firm Overview: KLAKA is a highly specialised law firm with offices in Düsseldorf and Munich. With its 17 lawyers, the law firm concentrates almost exclusively on intellectual property. In this field of expertise, the firm is highly regarded nationally and internationally for its dedicated, experienced work in court and out of court. Through contributions made in expert committees, lectures and publications, the firm’s lawyers are actively involved in shaping the future of the profession. The firm was founded in the late 1970s by Rainer Klaka, who brought in a large client base and the experience of many years in the field. Since then, the firm’s standing has continually been strengthened while maintaining the structure of an independent and autonomous law firm. Many of the cases taken on by the law firm, especially in the fields of patents and trademarks, have an international background such as cross-border litigation, or concern questions of foreign and international law arising in counselling or litigation. The firm is therefore accustomed to co-ordinating and/or conducting cases of international significance.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Intellectual Property (Trademarks) & Unfair Competition:
6 equity partners, 3 associates in Munich.

The firm’s strong trademark litigation practice is headed by partners Dr Andreas Schulz and Dr Ralf Hackbarth in Munich. The firm is involved in trademark and trade name infringement cases before the competent German courts, as well as counselling and the conducting of international litigation, in particular with strategies for pan-European litigation proceedings. The enforcement of Community designs is also increasingly becoming a more important task for the litigation practice. In 2016, Dr Carola Onken, a specialist in the field of trade mark litigation, with a special emphasis on proceedings before tbefore the European courts (EGC and ECJ), became partner of the firm. The trademark prosecution department is headed by Oliver Rauscher. KLAKA prosecutes and maintains worldwide trademark portfolios for a number of clients and is active in the conducting of infringement suits and offering legal advice in the fields of copyright law, design patents, unfair competition law, press and media law, IT and internet law, and food and drug law. A number of the firm’s lawyers also have experience in the field of antitrust law.

Key Clients: Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW); Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.; Nestlé Nutrition; Deichmann; Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne; Bayerischer Brauerbund; NOMOS Glashütte; Longchamp; Moet Hennessy.

Patent & Utility Models:
3 equity partners in Munich, 2 equity partners and 1 associate in Düsseldorf.

Patent law at KLAKA is represented by the partners Dr Michael Nieder, Dr Wolfgang Götz and Dr Stefan Eck in Munich and partners Olaf Giebe and Dr Constantin Kurtz in Düsseldorf. The excellence of the KLAKA law firm in this field is based on a profound understanding of technologically and economically interrelated themes as well as on comprehensive experience in enforcing claims before the specialised German patent courts. This includes infringement suits before the competent German courts, especially in Düsseldorf, Munich, and Mannheim, and, in co-operation with external patent attorney firms, opposition and nullity (revocation) proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court; the firm also provides legal advice in these fields, as well as co-operating or co-ordinating multinational cases.

Key Clients: AVM, Infineon, 3M, SRAM, Hexal, Sandoz, Ortlieb, Tyco, fischerwerke.

Energy:
1 equity partner, 1 associate in Munich.

KLAKA has built up a strong practice advising the leading energy corporations in Germany in energy, unfair competition and antitrust law. The practice headed by Dr. Wolfgang Straub advises and represents clients comprehensively on the disposal and evaluation of power grids, the legal implementation of grid fee regulations, questions relating to grid access, energy trading including the draft of legally sound procurement and delivery contracts and the supply to end consumers. In addition, the team provides advice on issues relating to connections, supply and distribution of regenerative energy.

Key Clients: Bayernwerk (E.ON Group), RWE, enviaM, LEW, Stadtwerke Ingolstadt, leading regional energy suppliers.

Clients:
The KLAKA law firm continues to strengthen its leading position in patent and trademark law in Germany. Alongside providing legal advice to German companies, another main area of activity is the representation of international groups, predominantly from Europe, the United States and Japan.