The IP practice of this Vienna-based firm is a leading outfit with a strong presence in almost all significant Austria-related pharmaceutical proceedings. It is the most renowned outfit throughout Austria and Europe for patent litigation. When it comes to trademarks and unfair competition, the lawyers are increasingly building a profile in advice to trademark owners. Nevertheless, its reputation for soft IP does not come close to the practice’s exceptional standing for patents and know-how protection. The team around Christian Gassauer-Fleissne...Full Analysis
This IP boutique around veteran Lothar Wiltschek is still top of the Austrian market in patent litigation. Nevertheless, its presence in the big cross-border cases is not quite on the same level as Gassauer-Fleissner, which has a significantly larger team and more junior partners. Furthermore, the firm is still strongly associated with Wiltschek. David Plasser, however, has now carved out a good reputation for his work in patent litigation and is on the cusp of following in Wiltschek’s footsteps. The firm’s traditional strength is its long-stan...Full Analysis
The IP team at this firm in Vienna boasts a high profile in all areas of IP law and is especially strong in litigation. The team enjoys a particularly good reputation for its work in patent proceedings. Experienced litigator and name partner Georg Schönherr is the figurehead, but the broad-based team has renowned lawyers at all levels of seniority. The firm’s extensive presence in important cases before the Austrian IP courts only serves to underline this. Although the firm is still in the premier league when it comes to Austrian patent dispute...Full Analysis
A respected firm in patent law, ABP uses a mixed approach. Unlike most of its competitors, ABP provides a full service in IP thanks to its speciality in both litigation and patent prosecution. The firm’s patent attorneys, who are registered at the EPO, handle patent filing but the firm also works with a network of external patent attorneys. ABP manages patent portfolios for its predominantly Austrian core clients through its own service company. One prominent example is Swarovski. These portfolios often give rise to infringement suits over tech...Full Analysis
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 ...Full Analysis
A leading IP practice in both trademarks and unfair competition. In patent law it is close on the heels of market leaders Gassauer-Fleissner, Witschek Plasser and Schwarz Schönherr. Like most of its Austrian rivals, patent law and know-how protection play a smaller role at Schönherr than soft IP. Nevertheless, the team enjoys a good reputation across Europe for its litigation in technical protection rights. It is one of the first ports of call for international companies seeking representation before the Austrian patent courts. This is primaril...Full Analysis
The IP practice at this full-service firm enjoys a good reputation for trademarks and unfair competition as well as patents, but its profile is considerably higher in the former. The team’s strength lies in complex proceedings with international elements. Patent infringement suits play an important role, as demonstrated by the team’s litigation on behalf of medical product manufacturer B. Braun Melsungen and a European pharmaceuticals corporation. The practice’s patent work is heavily pharma-related, while know-how protection is gaining in sign...Full Analysis
Thanks to particular expertise in data protection and copyright law, this recognised IP team focuses more strongly than its competitors on the interface between IP and IT issues. Practice head Axel Anderl is particularly known for this. Patent issues have gained in significance in recent years. Dorda continues to fight on behalf of French technology company Echosens, against a Chinese rival trying to enter the European market for diagnostics devices for detecting liver diseases. Advising pharma companies also plays an important role.Full Analysis
The IP team at this full-service firm boasts a high profile in the market thanks to the excellent reputation of Christof Pöchhacker. The work of the practice is divided into two parts. While competitors often praise the litigation in soft IP, including copyright and data protection, the work in patents and know-how protection is predominantly transaction-related – and low profile. FBD advises intensively on R&D cooperations; as a result, the younger lawyers are currently little known in the market. In both fields, however, the team is active fo...Full Analysis
This firm continues to advise predominantly international clients on patents, trademarks and unfair competition. Polak & Partner’s profile in patent infringement has grown of late, thanks to intensive litigation in two important proceedings concerning pharmaceuticals. The firm is clearly on the side of originator drug manufacturers, which it also advises on other IP issues. One example is Daiichi Sankyo in an unfair competition dispute. The firm recently implemented a reshuffle in order to tackle the succession of former name partner Rudolf Fie...Full Analysis
There has been a marked shift in balance at this Viennese IP firm since founding partner Michael Horak left for Binder Grösswang in June 2019. He boasts an excellent reputation in trademarks and copyright law but is only sporadically active in patent law. Sascha Salomonowitz, on the other hand, is the firm’s patent expert. He now leads his broad-based international IP practice under his own name with the remaining team. The Austrian IP market was taken by surprise when the two partners decided to go their separate ways – both are highly-renowne...Full Analysis
This Innsbruck firm has the most renowned Austrian IP practice outside of Vienna. This is thanks to its excellent connections to several patent attorney firms, and also due to the name partner Stefan Warbek’s litigation expertise. He commands a high profile in all areas of IP law and, in contrast to other IP specialists, can hold his own against the strong competition both in and outside Vienna. Midsized companies, some with global IP interests, form the firm’s core client base. One prominent client is an internationally renowned manufacturer o...Full Analysis
The selection of law firms in the above table reflects the research of the editorial staff at JUVE and is based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics. It remains a subjective view and implies no disparagement of any firm not mentioned here but which is nevertheless active in this field. The firms are alphabetically listed within the groups.
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