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Competition law and intellectual property

Competition law and intellectual property

Industrial property rights comprise first and foremost trademarks, patents, utility models and designs. These rights, together with business secrets and copyrights, distinguish specific goods and services from others and protect them against imitation. In addition, the German Act Against Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb – UWG) stipulates which commercial practices are legal in order to ensure fair competition. As regards economic success of a business it is very important to use intellectual property properly and comply with the unfair competition law.

To this effect we help our clients from different branches to create, manage and protect intellectual property at national and international level. Besides this, we support our clients to assess and enforce their rights under competition law as well as to protect themselves against claims of third parties. If needed, we can rely on our external partners.

Our activities cover the following fields for example:

  • registration of trademarks and other industrial property rights
  • development, management and maintenance of trademark portfolios
  • opposition against applications of trademark and other rights
  • enforcement of trademark and other industrial property rights
  • infringement of image rights and rights of use, e.g. as regards (Open-Source-)Software or logos
  • imitation of (non-registered) designs or other industrial property rights
  • violation of trade and industrial secrets
  • permitted advertising
  • warning letters and interim injunction proceedings