Henning Hartwig

Dr. jur.

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the four-volume casebook “Design Protection in Europe”, the only one of its kind, Henning Hartwig has unique access to unpublished decisions of Community and national design infringement courts throughout Europe.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.

Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Partner*

Location: Munich

Languages: German, English, French

+49 89 928 05-241


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Creative minds translate the world of imagination into visual and written works.  New brands and products fascinate – but attract copies from near and far.  I am proud that I have been assisting our clients in effective protection more than twenty years.

Recommended in


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


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.

2003 - today

Partner of the firm, Germany

1998 - 2002

Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany

1997 - 1998

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


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

1996 - 1997

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


Second State Law Examination (bar admission exam)


First State Law Examination (degree-level qualification)

1986 - 1992

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

1984 - 1986

Professional training as a bank clerk