JUVE Patent

Geistwert – Austria 2020

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JUVE Comment

This IP boutique is increasingly becoming one of the premier firms in the Viennese IP market. This is thanks not only to its consistently partner-centric approach, but also its intensive advice on the interface of IP and IT law. The partners are skilled when it comes to IT, as demonstrated by their development of IT-supported research solutions for clients, even if some of these solutions are yet to become established in the market. Constantin Kletzer and Rainer Schultes now boast a considerable market presence for their patent litigation. The latter frequently represents pharma companies in suits as both plaintiff and defendant. Kletzer recently attracted attention with his litigation for Tele Tan against Austrian banks. In addition, all partners advise on trademarks and unfair competition. The strategy of partners providing advice singlehandedly is a trademark that few of the boutique’s rivals can offer. However, the firm will need to think about further training for its junior lawyers if it is to keep up with the demands of its international clients, especially in patent disputes.

Strengths

Consistent focus on IP issues with partner-centric approach; infringement litigation concerning pharma patents.

Recommended individuals

Constantin Kletzer (“excellent litigator, he’s seen and done it all”, competitor), Rainer Schultes

Team

5 equity partners

Specialties

Extensive advice on trademarks, design and unfair competition law. Focus on patent infringement litigation in the pharma and mechanical engineering sectors. Advice to the automotive sector.

Clients

Litigation: Tele Tan on authentication process for online banking; SIG Sauer on defence technology; Coloplast in dispute before the Commercial Court Vienna (Handelsgericht); international generic drugs manufacturer over cancer drug; Iqvia in proceedings over know-how theft; Asian pharma company over biochemicals. Advice: Sonos on transfer of inventions to Austrian Audio.

Location:

Vienna