JUVE Patent

Schönherr – Austria 2020

Rankings:

JUVE Comment

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 primarily Michael Woller, who was appointed salary partner in 2018. The team now has a healthy age structure. The firm increasingly advised on know-how protection on the interface between soft IP and patent law.

Strengths

Outstanding expertise in trademarks, unfair competition and copyrights, academic expertise.

Recommended individuals

Guido Kucsko, Michael Woller (“excellent patent lawyer”, competitor)

Team

1 equity partner, 2 salary partners, 1 counsel, 4 associates

Specialties

Trademarks, design law, fair practices and copyright on the one hand, patent law (infringement suits) and employee invention law on the other hand. Project-related involvement in the firm’s M&A and banking practices. Focus on the healthcare, pharma (exclusively originator drug manufacturers), food, consumer goods, banking and insurance sectors, incl. Austrian and foreign clients.

Clients

Litigation: financial institution over patent infringement in online banking. Advice: Thales Group on sale of Steyr Motors; Neuraxpharm on acquisition of Easypharm; Austrian bitech company on sale of patent portfolio to Chinese company; international corporates regarding R&D cooperations with Austrian universities; international corporate regarding inventor remuneration.

Location:

Vienna