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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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the four-volume casebook “Design Protection in Europe”, the only one of its kind, Henning Hartwig has unique access to unpublished decisions of Community and national design infringement courts throughout Europe.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.
Electronic gaming, clothing and fitness equipment specialist Henning Hartwig ›is considered one of Europe’s foremost leaders in guidance on design rights‹. His trademark practice is also booming.
WTR 1000, 2020
Henning Hartwig is highly respected for his adept handling of cross-border trademark litigation and prosecution.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2020
Henning Hartwig is a well-recognised figure in the trademarks space, hailed for his work on contentious proceedings with peers saying he is ›very convincing in court‹.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2020
Henning Hartwig is widely recognised as an authority in the field of IP, and stands out for his excellent work in the anti-piracy space.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2019
Henning Hartwig is called on whenever Nintendo has a knotty case on its hands. He complements his top-notch trademark practice with unique knowledge of design rights.
WTR 1000, 2019
Henning Hartwig is described as ›an excellent trademark lawyer‹ who is recognised for his vast experience of European and national trademark law, unfair competition law and product piracy.
Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2018
Hartwig is a razor-sharp IP practitioner who supplements a robust trademark practice with singular knowledge of design law.
WTR 1000, 2018
Henning Hartwig is ›one of the best trademark and design protection experts in the country and a very pleasant person to work with. He is academically minded and has top theoretical know-how‹.
WTR 1000, 2017
Henning Hartwig focuses on prosecution and litigation. He is described as ›a wonderful source of knowledge and experience‹.
Who´s Who Trademark, 2017
Henning Hartwig shines brightest on the contentious side: ›He is one of the leading design rights and litigation lawyers in Germany‹.
WTR 1000, 2016
Hartwig successfully represented watchmaker Neuhaus in design litigation against its competitor, MeisterSinger. SIGG, Australian Gold and Industex are also clients of the practice.
Legal 500 D /Legal EMEA (D), 2016
He is a consummate expert in design rights and brings the full force of his knowledge to bear on trademark issues.
WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2015
Henning Hartwig has particular expertise in litigation and registered desgin law.
The Legal 500 D, Intellecutal Property: Trade marks, 2015
The ›very impressive‹ Henning Hartwig [...] is ›among the top trade mark specialists in Germany‹.
Managing IP, 2014
Praised by clients for being ›focused‹.
Who’s Who Legal, 2014 (Germany)
exceptional litigator, terrific lawyer and true design expert
WTR 1000, 2014
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 (http://class-99.blogspot.com)
Member of the Editorial Panel of the World Intellectual Property Review
Henning Hartwig has published more than 90 articles on topics relating to trademarks, design, copyright and competition law.
Lectures & Seminars
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.