The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (2019)

IP: patents

Patent litigation - ranked: tier 2


KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

With offices in Munich and Düsseldorf, KLAKA Rechtsanwälte’s patent practice in Germany is well positioned and in addition to expertise in patent law also has longstanding experience in know-how license contract matters and employee invention law.

The team advises on a broad range of technical areas, but is particularly experienced in mechanical and electronic engineering and chemistry.

Practice head Olaf Giebe represented GEODynamics against DynaEnergetics in infringement proceedings and parallel nullity proceedings relating to hollow charge perforators for oil drilling.

Constantin Kurtz successfully defended fischerwerke in two patent infringement proceedings concerning a patent on a dowel at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf.

Together with Giebe and Kurtz, Stefan Eck coordinated a multitude of patent infringement proceedings for Sram against Shimano. The representation of 3M in nullity and infringement proceedings against tesa is another highlight.

Of counsel Michael Nieder is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Olaf Giebe - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

IP: trade marks

Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 1


KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

Design law - ranked: tier 1


KLAKA Rechtsanwälte stands out for its ‘precise work’ and was able to expand its market presence with numerous new mandates in trade mark and competition law.

The team has broad industry expertise with matters originating from the banking, finance and insurance sectors, pharmaceutical, automotive and energy industries but also the fashion, sports and luxury goods segments.

Renowned practice head Ralf Hackbarth represented BMW in three landmark proceedings concerning the protection of the trade mark MINI against the use of the trade mark by Segway for scooters, while Oliver Rauscher Deichmann handled contentious and non-contentious trade mark and design law matters.

Two other prominent clients for design law matters are Lafuma Mobilier and Longchamp; the key contact here is Stefan Abel.

Stefan Eck and Constantin Kurtz take the lead in handling contentious matters for the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition (Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs).

Carola Onken and Andreas Schulz are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Ralf Hackbarth - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

Next Generation Partners

Carola Onken - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte