Intellectual Property

Contact Person Marcus Nothhelfer

Enterprise value is no longer determined by the services and products it markets. In fact, a company’s ideas and innovations, special know-how and image are equally important assets. In other words, intellectual property is a valuable commodity, an essential success driver and an important economic factor for any company.

We aim to effectively and comprehensively protect, defend and commercialise these intangible assets. Drawing on our many years of experience in the development of practical solutions we support many domestic and international companies of all sizes and formats in this task. We resolve problems demanding immediate action quickly and competently.

Our consultancy services are creative and tailored to the needs of our clients and our team delivers first-rate, pragmatic legal support in the implementation of business strategies. We always keep up to date with the constant (digital) changes in the field of IP/commercial law and we are a forward looking, reliable advisory and sparring partner to our clients.


A company without intellectual property is comparable to an empty shell. The brands, the design, the (confidential) know-how of employees and the ideas that make a product or service successful in its market are the company’s essence and substance.


Patent Litigation

Technical progress is the engine of economic growth. We protect and defend your technical inventions through patents and safeguard your products and services against unwarranted claims by third parties. Our patent expertise includes in particular:

  • legal representation in invalidity and infringement proceedings as well as in authorization queries, warning letters and in the assertion of inspection claims
  • with regard to product or process patents
  • for software and hardware (for example robotics) as well as for other products and services in the B2B and B2C area.

Trade secret law

Trade secrets are an essential part of many business models. Often the scope of conventional intellectual property rights is not sufficient for the protection of essential business information. Also, for strategic reasons it might in some cases be advisable not to register technical inventions as patents or utility models that by registering become open to public inspection. In these cases, know-how protection under the German Trade Secrets Act might help.

Under the Trade Secrets Act, companies can take action against the unauthorized acquisition, use or disclosure of trade secrets. However, such legal protection requires that respective information is factually protected by appropriate confidentiality measures. These legal requirements should therefore be considered before a violation of trade secrets occurs.

Design protection

In very competitive sectors of industry, product design often plays a decisive role in the buying decision The ‘look’ is a factor contributing to the success of product commercialisation that shouldn’t be underestimated.


IP in M&A

As one of the leading international transaction law firms we know that very few corporate transactions go ahead without special consideration to both parties’ IP rights.


General commercial

Our team is a dependable partner with the necessary extensive legal expertise in general commercial law, plus market know-how and business acumen. Market globalisation and progressive digitalisation pose special business challenges. We provide forward-looking advice to both B2B and B2C clients. Our lawyers develop pragmatic strategies and specific solutions.


The digital change presents modern companies with innovative business models with new legal challenges every day. We keep an open eye on the technical, economic and social developments and integrate them into our legal advice in this fluid field of the law. Whether it is cloud contracts, the protection of trade secrets or Web 3.0 issues, our IT law team will be happy to assist you with all the legal challenges that the technical progress brings along.

Our services include:

  • IT contracts, including IT project contracts, and cloud contracts (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS)
  • e-commerce: legally compliant website creation, drafting of contracts and T&Cs
  • IT security to protect intellectual property, personal data, critical infrastructures and trade secrets (trade secret compliance)
  • holistic review of software for legal risks and development of a concept for legally compliant use, adaptation and distribution (software compliance)
  • advice on metaverse and Web 3.0 issues (including NFTs, blockchain and DAOs)
  • transactions, carve-outs, in- and outsourcing of IT infrastructures

Sector focus

We can effectively support domestic and international enterprises in various sectors of industry with our comprehensive IP/commercial law know-how. In certain sectors we advise clients on issues that reflect our lawyers’ specialist fields and also their personal interests.



If you have any questions about Intellectual Property, please feel free to mail us.