Claus M. Eckhartt
Claus Eckhartt’s practice focuses on the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, designs and copyright, as well as on unfair competition and related domain name issues. He also specializes in the field of anti-counterfeiting, parallel imports, and the licensing and merchandising of brands.
As head of the firm’s trademark department, Claus Eckhartt has, for almost two decades, been managing the IP portfolios of SMEs as well as multinational corporations and advising them on this matter in a diverse range of industries, including pharmaceutical, consumer health care, household goods, IT, hotel services, banking, food & beverage, fashion and clothing, as well as enforcing and defending IP rights before the European Union Intellectual Property Office, national German courts, the German Patent and Trademark Office, and the General Court in Luxembourg.
Claus Eckhartt is an active member of MARQUES, INTA (currently on the Trademark Reporter Committee), PTMG and GRUR. He is also on the advisory board of Intellectual Property Magazine. He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars and regularly produces publications on topics within his areas of practice.
Claus is a trusted legal adviser with a keen understanding of his clients’ businesses, so his legal advice is always commercially focused. Claus is very responsive, well reasoned and concise, which is incredibly helpful in allowing clients to understand the legal issues, the risks involved and what options are available.
WTR 1000, 2023
Eckhartt is fair, measured and competent.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2023
In a word, Claus is excellent. His legal advice is concise, well reasoned and always considers clients’ business objectives. He thinks outside the box; often comes up with creative suggestions; and is thorough, measured and balanced.
WTR 1000, 2022
Claus Eckhartt has an impressive client list that consists of multinational beverage corporations, musical instrument manufacturers and cosmetics companies.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2022
Clients hail him as ›an experienced, calm and balanced practitioner whose advice is always well thought through and sensible‹.
WTR 1000, 2021
Smart and practical, he is a very experienced practitioner able to work equally easily in Germany and across Europe.
WTR 1000, 2020
Claus Eckhartt is a pre-eminent name in the German trademarks arena where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his leading work on trademark design and brand protection, as well as related competition issues.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks 2020
Claus Eckhartt is an ›excellent lawyer‹ in the international trademarks arena, and is warmly endorsed by commentators for his portfolio management expertise.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks 2019
Helming the practice, Claus M Eckhartt is another ace all-rounder: ›He’s a brilliant IP lawyer who can always be relied on – his knowledge of the legislation and jurisprudence is something else.‹
WTR 1000, 2019
Claus Eckhartt offers noteworthy expertise in trade mark prosecution matters, and also regularly advises on anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition law. His highlights include assisting Coca-Cola with trade mark prosecution, cancellation and opposition proceedings.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2018
›He’s an extremely talented attorney who cares a great deal about his clients and is always a pleasure to work with. His opinions and recommendations take into account not only substantive legal issues but also clients’ markets and the practical reality that even big companies don’t have unlimited resources to spend on pursuing IP enforcement. You can always count on him for professional support.‹
WTR 1000, 2018
One out of two ›Thought Leaders‹ in Germany and one of the ›Most Highly Regarded Lawyers‹ for Germany, Trademarks
Who's Who Legal Trademarks 2018
Claus Eckhartt is ›extremely active‹ in the field, and boasts extensive experience handling all aspects of the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, unfair competition law and domain names issues.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2018
Claus Eckhartt is an ›excellent lawyer‹ praised by sources around the world for his ›straightforward and no-nonsense advice‹.
Who's Who Legal Germany, 2018
Head of the trade mark department Claus Eckhartt has build up a strong reputation in both trade mark litigation and prosecution, including anti-counterfeit, licensing and copyrights. He also assists with global portfolio management. One source remarks: ›He is very responsive, gives succinct advice and is always able to weave the business perspective into his analysis‹.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2017
Claus Eckhartt manages and prosecutes worldwide trademark and design portfolios for international clients from the pharmaceutical, consumer health care, household goods, and food and beverages sectors, among others. He has a longstanding reputation for success and respondents see him as ›one of the very best trademark lawyers in the market‹ and ›very technically accomplished‹.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2017
Comparative advertising sage Claus Eckhartt is ›very quick to react and business minded. He answers requests quickly and knows how to deal with emergencies. Plus, he is very personable.‹
WTR 1000, 2017
Claus Eckhartt is an active member of MARQUES, INTA, PTMG and GRUR. He is also on the advisory board of Intellectual Property Magazine.