Germany Trademark Rankings 2024

Bardehle Pagenberg

Firm overview:

“They represent big clients, are really professional and have big teams”. Peers rate Bardehle Pagenberg, a leading German IP law boutique with a 40-year heritage of combined patent attorney and attorneys-at-law strength across the areas of intellectual property. “We respect their capability and the scale of their resources.” The firm employs people from more than 15 different countries on three continents and has offices in Munich, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and internationally in Barcelona, Paris alongwith a partnership with Yusarn Audrey in Singapore.

Bardehle Pagenberg offers the full range of trademark services to a diverse clientbase, with a focus on strategic advice on multinational portfolios and the cross-border enforcement of clients’ brands. On disputes the firm advises on complex and high-profile litigation matters  on infringement cases before German civil courts through all instances for clients in sectors such as restaurant chains, consumer health care, fashion, and cosmetics and the sports industry. “We were on the other side on an opposition. We found them to be good lawyers,” acknowledge peers. The firm also advises on atypical types of trademarks such as multimedia marks and hologram marks.

Team overview:

Claus Eckhartt’s practice focuses on the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, designs and copyright, as well as on unfair competition and related domain name issues. He also specialises in the field of anti-counterfeiting, parallel imports, and the licensing and merchandising of brands. Pascal Böhner focuses on advising clients on and conducting litigation in matters of unfair competition, trademarks, designs and domain names. Says a peer: “A trademarks litigator in his mid-40s, we worked alongside on a high-profile case. He acted extremely professionally, and honestly and did his job to a high standard. I was very appreciative of that.”

Key matters:

  • Adidas AG: Dr. Philipe Kutschke leads Bardehle Pagenberg in representing long standing client Adidas AG in infringement proceedings (judicial and out-of-court enforcement and defence) against various competitors in the sports and fashion sectors. The firm regularly conducts infringement analysis, provides strategic advice, file protective briefs, and advice regarding licence and delimitation agreements for Adidas.
  • The Coca-Cola Company: Claus Eckhartt leads on Bardehle Pagenberg’s longstanding comprehensive German trademark prosecution activities for The Coca-Cola Company (incl. subsidiaries) beverages, and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office.
  • L’Oréal: Pascal Böhner leads on Bardehle Pagenberg’s longstanding German trademark prosecution activities for L’Oréal in the cosmetics sector and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and German Federal Patent Court.


Adidas, AIR UP Group GmbH, The Coca-Cola Company, Campari, L’Oréal, San Antonio Winery Inc.