Germany Trademark Rankings 2024


Firm overview:

IP and IT law firm Nordemann Czychowski & Partner was set up in January, 2019, when founding partners Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann (56), Prof. Dr. Jan Nordemann (54), Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski (50) and Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel (50) and six associates and three research assistants split from Boehmert & Boehmert in Potsdam and Berlin. The firm is effectively Nordemann 2.0 as the firm was originally set up by Wilhelm Nordemann in West Berlin preunificaton and became a leading copyright and competition firm  before merging with Boehmert & Boehmert in 1990. Retaining the firm’s family connections, siblings Axel, Jan and Anke Nordemann are the children of Nordemann 1.0  founder Wilhelm.

Nordemann focuses on high-end litigation and has been involved in landmark cases under German and EU law. The firm advises many industry leaders in licensing matters. Nordemann advises clients on trademark law from advice and research prior to a trademark filing to filing applications for German, European and international registries, to judicial and extrajudicial enforcement of trademark rights in case of trademark infringements. Peers spontaneously mention the new entity as hitting the ground running and being a rising force in the German IP market. “They are very strong in trademark portfolio management, enforcement, prosecution and litigation,” says one. The firm has quickly built a household roster of leading firms including an international streaming service.

Team overview:

Nordemann has nine partners in its trademarks practice with five other fee earners. Head of department, Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann is “outstanding” say peers. His areas of focus are trade mark law, copyright law and competition law. Nordemann has many years of experience in the management of global trade mark portfolios. He advises trade mark proprietors from the application process onwards and represents them before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the German and European courts. Axel is an experienced litigator before German and EU courts. Says a lawyer on the other side: “I worked with him on a case. It was a pleasure to talk to him, he is very confident. You can negotiate with him very well.”

Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit comes “highly recommended” by her colleagues at other firms. She practices in the fields of copyright law, trade mark law, press law and competition law, as well as in international law.

Key matters:

  • Partner Axel Nordemann and Attorney at Law Henrike Strobl advise Coty Inc., the world's largest perfume and cosmetics manufacturer, on the handling of trade mark applications and opposition proceedings and on availability searches.
  • Partners Axel Nordemann and Thomas Boddien advise, Inc on trademark law, administration of EU trademarks, conduct and support of opposition and cancellation proceedings and the enforcement of well-known trademarks.
  • Partner Anke Nordemann-Schiffel leads on Nordemann’s advice on strategic trademark consulting and trademark enforcement of the brands of Authentic Brands Group, a global brand agency, including Elvis Presley, David Beckham, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammed Ali, SPYDER (skiwear), Brooks Brothers, Stephen Fry, Prince (tennis) and many more.
  • Dr Anke Nordemann-Schiffel leads Nordemann’s advice to publishers Hearst Holdings, Inc., owners of well-known brands COSMOPOLITAN, HARPERS BAZAAR, POPEYE, on trademark, competition and copyright counselling and representation; strategic portfolio and litigation counselling; litigation; including fundamental proceedings for trademark protection for public domain characters.


Airbnb, CompuGroup Medical, Coty Inc.,, Inc., Authentic Brands Group, Hearst Holdings, Inc. (ua COSMOPOLITAN, HARPERS BAZAAR, POPEYE), NINTENDO of EUROPE GmbH und NINTENDO Co., Ltd. (Japan), Major League Baseball, Novartis / Sandoz / Hexal, The Tea Board of India