Attorneys at Law

The practice of Claus Eckhartt focuses on prosecution and enforcement of IP rights in the field of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law. Related advice includes anti-counterfeiting, licensing, merchandising, franchising issues and transactional support.

As head of the firm's trademark department, Claus Eckhartt is responsible for the management and prosecution of worldwide trademark and design portfolios. His international clients are leaders in their respective industry and come from the pharmaceutical, consumer health care, household goods, IT, hotel services, banking and food and beverages sectors.

Recent major litigation in which he was involved includes a high-profile trademark infringement case concerning bottle shapes. He was also lead counsel in a series of comparative advertising cases of restaurant chains involving litigation between the major competitors in this field.


 

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The Legal 500 Deutschland 2015:
“[...] während Claus Eckhartt, der ‘die Umstände des Mandanten durch minimale Kommunikation versteht’, sich auf Markenanmeldungen spezialisiert, [...]”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2015:
“... represents market leaders in a diverse range of industries and was recently involved in a precedent-setting case involving shape bottles”

Who’s Who Legal Germany: Trademarks 2015

Expert Guides Trade Mark 2014

Managing IP 2014:
“[He] is very pragmatic and easy to work with on trade mark litigation”

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014:
“[D]er ‘brilliante’ Claus Eckhartt […] [zählt zu] ‘den Top-Markenrechtsspezialisten in Deutschland’”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2014:
“The ‘brilliant’ Claus Eckhartt […] [is] ‘among the top trade mark specialists in Germany’”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2014:
“trademark department head Claus M Eckhartt has enjoyed the patronage of a world leader in the beverage industry for the past decade"

Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

Chambers Europe 2012:
“a very reliable, succinct and timely professional.”

Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners (MIP) 2012

The Legal 500 EMEA 2012:
“more reliable and in control than many others.”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011/2012:
“competent and experienced” (competitor)

Leaders League 2011

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010/2011:
“highly competent and congenial lawyer” (competitor)

MIP Handbook 2010:
“in touch with the demands and focuses of our business” (client)

Best Lawyers 2014

Best Lawyers 2013

Best Lawyers 2012

Career

1990–1992

Assistant at law firm Freiherr von Thielmann, Munich

1992

Four months of training at law firm De Smedt Dassesse Akin Gump & Feld International, Brussels

1993–1994

Associate at patent and law firm Kuhnen, Wacker & Partner

1994–1996

Associate at patent and law firm Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhäusser

1996–2001

Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich

Since 2001

Partner of the firm

2009–2014

Co-managing partner of the firm

Education

1984–1990

Studied Law at the University of Munich

1990

First State Examination (degree-level qualification)

1993

Second State Examination (bar admission exam)

Admitted as attorney-at-law

Languages

German, English, French

Claus Eckhartt is an active member of MARQUES and PTMG as well as a member of the Association News Subcommittee of the INTA Bulletin. He is also on the advisory panel of Intellectual Property Magazine (IPM).

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