Germany Trademark Rankings 2024

DLA Piper

Firm overview:

Global firm DLA Piper’s international network is seen by peers as a referral option on trademarks matters. “If I wanted to refer a client to a firm that is European everywhere then I would turn to them.” In Germany, from Cologne and Frankfurt, the firm advises national and international clients in all areas of intellectual property including trademark, design and unfair competition in the technology, life sciences, consumer goods, fashion and sports industries.

DLA Piper has enforced intellectual property rights in complex national and cross-border litigation proceedings, including cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The firm also advises on intellectual property portfolio management, including trademark clearance, filing, opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as drafting and negotiating IP licence and transfer agreements.

Team overview:

Wolfgang May, based in Cologne, draws on his long in-house experience to advise clients in the luxury, consumer goods and life sciences sectors on trademark, design and copyright matters and related licences. May joined DLA Piper as Of Counsel in 2013 with twenty five years experience heading in-house departments in the consumer goods sector. For eight years he was Director Trademarks EMEA and Global Brand Equity Leader for Beauty Care at Procter & Gamble, now an ongoing client.

Key matters:

  • DLA Piper Of Counsel Wolfgang May advises and represents several national and international clients, including well-known companies from the consumer goods and fashion industries continuously in connection with trademark matters as well as with trademark applications and opposition or other proceedings before the German and European trademark office.
  • DLA Piper Of Counsel Wolfgang May provides continuous advice and represents a well-known German consumer goods company, particularly with global trademark clearance, prosecution and opposition matters.
  • DLA Piper partner Burkhard Führmeyer provides ongoing advice to a global technology company in trademark and unfair competition matters.
  • DLA Piper partner Burkhard Führmeyer represented a US medical device group in trademark and design litigation proceedings in Germany and in coordination of parallel cross border proceedings in several countries.

Clients:, Boston Consulting Group, Maxon Computer, Einrichten & Wohnen, PE Digital, Procter & Gamble, Vereinigte Papierwarenfabriken