Attorneys at Law

Henning Hartwig’s practice involves prosecution and litigation of IP rights in the fields of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law.

His practice focuses primarily on national and international industrial design law, particularly multinational design infringement proceedings as well as invalidity proceedings before the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in Alicante and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. As the editor of the four-volume casebook “Design Protection in Europe”, the only one of its kind, Henning Hartwig has unique access to unpublished decisions of Community and national design infringement courts throughout Europe. Clients in this field include computer, electronic-games, fitness-equipment and clothing manufacturers. Henning Hartwig was involved in one of the first infringement cases in Germany relating to an unregistered Community design and has coordinated a number of multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and the Netherlands.

His other fields include European and national trademark law, unfair competition law and the global fight against product piracy, in which he represents clients in the sectors of consumer healthcare, direct response television marketing and the food industry. In a prominent case before the German Federal Court of Justice, Henning Hartwig was successful in defending a global chocolate manufacturer against claims asserted for injunctive relief and damages on account of alleged 3D trademark infringement and unfair competition.

He is also actively involved in the field of copyright protection, having represented one of Europe’s leading furniture manufacturers.


Recommended in:

The Legal 500 Deutschland:
“Henning Hartwig hat besondere Expertise in streitigen Auseinandersetzungen und im Geschmacksmusterrecht”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2015:
“is a consummate expert in design rights and brings the full force of his knowledge to bear on trademark issues”

Who’s Who Legal Germany: Trademarks 2015

Expert Guides Trade Mark 2014

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014

Managing IP 2014

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014:
“der ‘sehr beeindruckende’ Henning Hartwig […] [zählt zu] ‘den Top-Markenrechtsspezialisten in Deutschland’”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2014:
“the ‘very impressive’ Henning Hartwig […] [is] ‘among the top trade mark specialists in Germany’”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2014:
“praised by clients for being ‘focused’”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2014:
“exceptional litigator, terrific lawyer and true design expert”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013:
“highly recommended for his trademark expertise”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2013:
“always impresses as an opponent”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011/2012:
“outstanding expertise in design law” (competitor)

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2012

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

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2012:
“established ‘a superb reputation’ for his work on disputes”



Associate at the patent and law firms Eckner & Partner, Berlin, and Ruschke, Hartmann, Madgwick & Seide, Munich, Germany


Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany

Since 2003

Partner of the firm



Professional training as a bank clerk


Law studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland


First State Law Examination (degree-level qualification)


Second State Law Examination (bar admission exam)


Ph.D. in Law (“Dr. iur.”), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany (Thesis on unfair competition law)


Admitted to the Munich Bar (Attorney-at-Law)


German, English, French

Henning Hartwig has published more than 90 articles on topics relating to trademarks, design, copyright and competition law. He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars held by professional organizations such as AIPLA, AIPPI, CIPA, FICPI, GRUR, INTA, LES, UNION and VPP. He has also given lectures on “International and European Design Law” at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland.



Designs Team, MARQUES (Association of European Trade Mark Owners)

Design Commission (President), UNION (European Practitioners in Intellectual Property)

Design Rights Committee, IPO (Intellectual Property Owners)

Expert Committee for Design Law, GRUR (German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law)

Current blog team member Class 99 (

Member of the Editorial Panel of the World Intellectual Property Review

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Recommended in

  • WIPR Leaders • Germany
  • Managing Intellectual Property • IP Star • World Survey 2014
  • Expert Guides • Trademark Law
  • German Commercial Law Firms
  • Who's Who Legal Germany
  • World Trademark Review • WTR 1000
  • Best Lawyers
  • The Legal 500

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