Attorneys at Law

The practice of Professor Alexander von Mühlendahl, Dr. iur., J.D., LL.M. (Northwestern) includes providing advice and conducting litigation in the areas of German, European and international trademark, design and unfair competition law.


In November 2005, Alexander von Mühlendahl joined BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, bringing with him more than four decades of professional experience gained in leading positions in the areas of German and European trademark legislation, as well as in practice and academia. He was Vice-President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) in Alicante, Spain (now the European Union Intellectual Property Office – EUIPO) from 1994 until 2005, and the head of the division for trademark and unfair competition law at the German Ministry of Justice from 1985 until 1994. Legislation for which he was responsible included amendments to the German Unfair Competition Act, the IP legislation following the unification of Germany in 1990 (the 'Erstreckungsgesetz' of 1992) and the German Trademark Act of 1994. Throughout this period, he represented the German government in negotiations in Brussels on European trademark law, as well as in WIPO matters. Between 1966 and 1979, he undertook academic research at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (now Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition) in Munich.


Alexander von Mühlendahl advises and represents small, medium-sized and large producers of trademarked goods from various European countries in proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also handles cases relating to plant variety protection before the aforementioned courts.

 

Recommended in:

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2015:
“Alexander von Mühlendahl ist im juristischen Sinne ‘ein Schwergewicht ohne Ende’.”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2015:
“Trademark doyen Alexander von Mühlendahl has a remarkable CV: he was the vice president of  OHIM for 11 years and has served as head of trademarks and unfair competition law at the Ministry of Justice”

Who’s Who Legal Germany: Trademarks 2015

Expert Guides Trade Mark 2014

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2014:
“[e]steemed Alexander von Mühlendahl”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2013:
“one of the best, if not the best, on EU trademark law”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013:
“[He] is ‘without a doubt one of the country’s finest’ lawyers in [the trademarks] […] field”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2012:
“great expertise and depth of knowledge, particularly in challenging cases involving non-traditional marks”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2012:
“long and distinguished career”, “unbeatable regulatory expertise” (peer quote)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011/2012

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Who’s Who Legal) – Trademarks 2010

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010/2011

 

Awards:

Inducted into the IP Hall of Fame 2006

WTR Industry Award 2010: Lifetime Achievement Award

The European IP Awards 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award

Career

1966-1979

Staff member, and from 1970, Head of the U.S. Department of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich, Germany (now Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)

1974-1979

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

1979-1994

Ministerialr Counsellor; since 1985, Head of the Division for Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law at the German Ministry of Justice, Bonn, Germany (now Ministry of Justice and for Consumer Protection, Berlin, Germany)

1994-2005

Vice President of the Office for Harmoniation of the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) (now European Union Intellectual Property Office – EUIPO)

Since 2005

Attorney-at-law at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany

Education

1960-1964

Legal Studies at the University of Frankfurt a. M., the University of Marburg and the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

1964

First State Law Examination, the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

1967-1970

Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago, Illinois, USA,

 

Degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.)

1972

Second State Law Examination, Munich, Germany

1979

Degree of Dr. iur. (with summa cum laude), the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany

Languages

German, English, French, Spanish

Professor Alexander von Mühlendahl teaches at the University of Strasbourg (CEIPI), the University of Alicante (Magister Lucentinus), the FernUniversität (Hagen), and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the Queen Mary University of London, where he is a Visiting Professor. He is the co-author of “Die Gemeinschaftsmarke” (The Community Trademark), and of “Trade Mark Law in Europe”, Third Edition, and has published many articles in German, English, French and Spanish on the various topics in which he practices.


He is an Honorary Member of ECTA (European Communities Trademark Association), the Hungarian Trademark Association, and APRAM (Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles), as well as a member of GRUR (German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law), INTA, and AIPPI, where he is co-chair of the Trademark Committee.
Alexander von Mühlendahl is one of the original inductees of the IP Hall of Fame.

Academic positions:


Honorary Member of the Conseil d'administration (Administrative Council), CEIPI (Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle), Strasbourg, Germany
Member of the Advisory Council, Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, UK


Other positions:


Specialist advisor, MarkenR – Zeitschrift für deutsches, europäisches und internationales Kennzeichenrecht

International positions:

1993-1995

President of the Assembly of the Madrid Union

1994

Chairman of the Budget Committee of WIPO

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Recommended in

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

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