BARDEHLE PAGENBERG offers the full range of trademark-related services ranging from national and multi-jurisdictional brand portfolio development, trademark clearance and prosecution through to enforcement, including trademark litigation both on a national and multi-national level. Special emphasis is put on strategic advice relating to multi-national portfolios involving in particular the interaction of Community trademarks and international registrations under the Madrid Agreement.

Our practice also actively pursues the new possibility to enforce prior non-registered trademarks or trade designations in opposition proceedings in Germany. Until the respective amendment of the German Trademarks Act, the owners of such rights were obliged to bring cancellation actions against conflicting trademarks before the civil courts.

As the fight against product piracy is gaining momentum, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG offers a range of effective anti-counterfeiting measures. For many years we routinely cooperate with customs authorities, monitoring imports and exports, preventing and seizing grey market imports. We also advise and support our clients in commercial transactions involving trademarks, in acquisitions as well as licensing, merchandising, franchising, joint venture and co-existence agreements.

Our trademark lawyers have extensive experience with the trademark offices as well as with all German district and appeal courts handling trademark cases. BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is regularly involved in appeal cases before the German Federal Supreme Court, the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Among our clients are some of the world’s best known brand owners. These include a broad range of sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, consumer health care, perfumes and cosmetics, food and drink, hotel and restaurant services, financial services, IT, chemical plants, machinery, shoes and sporting articles.

For more information on Trademarks, see our online-series "BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Concise Knowledge".