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Competition law scores with its cross-location expertise, enabling advice to pharmaceutical companies, players in the medical and pharmacy sector and major brand manufacturers (Freiburg office led by Morton Douglas and Norbert Hebeis) as well as on product launches, advertising measures and product labeling law (Cologne office led by David Kipping), rounded off by advice on copyright and media law (Frankfurt office led by Stephan Dittl). Another core attorney is Eva Kessler.

The firm's cross-location setup is also a strength in trademark law. In Freiburg, for example, the practice leaders Norbert Hebeis and Morton Douglas focus on IP support for transactional clients on the one hand, and on advising pharmaceutical groups, medical device manufacturers, pharmacies and chambers of pharmacies as well as brand manufacturers on the other. In Cologne, David Kipping's team focuses on product launches, advertising measures, cross-border disputes and product labeling issues. Stephan Dittl in Frankfurt specializes in copyright, design and competition law. Another core attorney here is Eva Kessler.

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JUVE Handbook Commercial Law Firms 2020/2021

The practice of trademark and competition law shows its colors in complex and often fundamental processes in the health sector and alongside various pharmacies. For example, the team is active for a mail-order pharmacy in an UWG lawsuit against DocMorris concerning the operation of a drug collection terminal up to the Federal Supreme Court. The FGvW also demonstrates its procedural experience in other industries and represents a sports goods company in a dispute over a brand name. Although less conspicuous than litigation, the team is also active for a large and diversified client base in classic IP. Clients such as Alnatura, Gloster Furniture and Wilkinson Sword are relying on the team's expertise in portfolio management, strategic advice, enforcement and border seizures for many years.

Strengths: Formal trademark law, advice to the pharmaceutical, pharmacy and publishing industries.

Often recommended: Norbert Hebeis ("efficient, transparent, comprehensible, on schedule, resourceful", "highly competent, quickly recognizes individual needs, fair and transparent compensation", clients), Morton Douglas

Team: 4 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 6 associates, 1 Of Counsel

Focal points: Trademark law including portfolio management. In competition law, frequent references to HWG, especially in the support of large pharmaceutical clients and pharmacies. Further industries: Consumer goods, food, energy and publishing (often also in copyright law).

Clients: North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists in litigation regarding advertising fees; German Environmental Protection Agency (BUND) in litigation regarding logo; Dr. Martens on product imitations and various infringement proceedings against competitors; Erima in proceedings regarding positional trademark; B. Braun Melsungen in trademark law; Gloster Furniture in worldwide trademark and design consulting and in imitation proceedings; ongoing in IP: Alnatura, Wilkinson Sword.

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The trademark law team was able to expand its range of advice by strengthening the Cologne and Frankfurt offices in the areas of product labeling law and design and copyright law. The heads of the practice group are Norbert Hebeis, Morton Douglas, David Kipping and Stephan Dittl.

In competition law Friedrich Graf von Westphalen offers, in addition to the specialization in the pharmaceutical sector and the trademark and competition law support of major trademark manufacturers, an experienced team around David Kipping (Cologne) in product labeling law and advice in copyright and media law, including forensics, at the Frankfurt office. Furthermore, Norbert Hebeis, Stephan Dittl and Morton Douglas, who is well known in the healthcare sector, are recommended.

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WTR honors FGvW trademark practice

The trademark law team of Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner has been included for the first time in the ranking of the 1000 leading experts in trademark law worldwide. The annual "WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals" published by World Trademark Review magazine is one of the most important international awards in the field of intellectual property.

We are very pleased about this recognition, which is explained in more detail below: The team around trademark lawyers Norbert Hebeis and Morton Douglas In Freiburg, David Kipping in Cologne and Stephan Dittl in Frankfurt is described as the "first choice" for renowned companies such as Wilkinson Sword, Novartis AG and Dr Martens, which in itself speaks for the outstanding quality of advice and the high reputation abroad. FGvW has a strong presence in southern and western Germany with offices in Freiburg, Frankfurt and Cologne.

David Kipping is recommended by clients as a persistent litigator who knows exactly what it takes to be successful in court. He is very responsive, aligns his pragmatic advice with the economic goals of entrepreneurs and would often avoid costly litigation by reaching out-of-court settlements that are beneficial to the parties. Stephan Dittl is described as a reliable business partner for clients, his comprehensive strategic advice in trademark and copyright matters as well as his preparation for litigation are first class. Both are recommended - in addition to the firm as such - also as "individuals" and are ranked in volume 3.

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JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020

Trademark and competition lawyers are involved in most IP litigation in the healthcare sector. Especially partner Douglas is very active in litigious and partly fundamental proceedings in the pharmacy sector, among others he is leading a dispute about advertising fees for a pharmacy up to the Federal Court of Justice (publicly known). The team is also present outside of the health sector and advises many regular clients such as B. Braun and Wilkinson (the latter, among others, in the dispute with Procter & Gamble about the results of the Stiftung-Warentest foundation). With their experience the partners regularly convince new clients. In addition, they succeed in intensifying their work for these clients and thus consolidating client relationships. For example, FGvW advises client Gloster Furniture, for whom FGvW has extensive experience in design administration and litigation, most recently in a trademark dispute against G-Star Raw. (…).

Strengths: Formal trademark law, advising the pharmaceutical, pharmacy and publishing industries.

Often recommended: Norbert Hebeis, Morton Douglas

Team: 5 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 5 associates, 2 of counsel

Change of partner: Hans-Georg Riegger (to teaching/science)

Priorities: Trademark law including portfolio management. In competition law, frequently references to the HWG (medicinal products act), especially in the support of major pharmaceutical clients. Further industries: Pharmacies, consumer goods, food, energy and publishing (often also in copyright law).

Clients: German mail-order pharmacy 'Flying Pills' in litigation concerning drug collection stations; Gloster Furniture at worldwide Trademark and design advice and in the imitation lawsuit; B. Braun/Melsungen in trademark law; Tetra, Schwarzwaldmilch Freiburg in trademark administration; Alnatura, inter alia strategic in trademark law; Wilkinson Sword in IP including trademark administration, inter alia in litigation concerning Stiftung-Warentest advertising (publicly known).

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The Legal 500 Germany 2019

The quality of advice at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is characterized by "the highest level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions". The "proactive support of mandates" and the "sector- and case-specific thinking" are also valued. Since Stephan Dittl and Of Counsel Heinz-Werner Ehlgen, both from Salger Rechtsanwälte, were recruited to the Frankfurt office in October 2017, the firm now has three offices nationwide with its two existing offices in Freiburg and Cologne. The team's traditionally strong registration practice is complemented by a continuously expanding litigation practice, whereby the team also has specialist knowledge of drug advertising law. Norbert Hebeis, "highly recommended", represented Haufe-Lexware in a trademark dispute before the European Court of Justice, the core of which concerned the legal figure of the relevant similarity of signs. The firm was also mandated by erima, Wilkinson Sword and the North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists. Morton Douglas, David Kipping ... are also recommended.

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JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2018/2019

In trademark and competition law, FGvW is becoming increasingly present and is sharpening its profile by focusing even more strongly on companies in the healthcare sector. For example, the practice, which has traditionally been active in the pharmaceutical and pharmacy sector, represented the North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists in a dispute against DocMorris on fundamental issues concerning the ECJ decision on the German Parkinson's Association. In addition, the 2 newest locations Cologne and Frankfurt are developing dynamically: Dittl is pushing ahead with advising companies in the furniture sector. For example, the worldwide brand and design support for Gloster Furniture was added, which advises FGvW in the process of imitations and design registrations in Cologne and Frankfurt. The many years of work for Wilkinson Sword on the results of the Stiftung Warentest foundation up to the Federal Supreme Court underlines the practice's experience in litigation.

Strengths: Formal trademark law, advice to the pharmaceutical, pharmacy and publishing industry

Often recommended: Norbert Hebeis ("good negotiator", competitor), Morton Douglas ("very set in IP", competitor)

Priorities: Trademark law including portfolio management. In competition law, frequent references to HWG, especially in the support of large pharmaceutical clients. Other industries: Pharmacies, consumer goods, food, energy and publishing (often also in copyright law). Presence in Alicante

Clients: Gloster Furniture on global brand and design advice, including in the imitation lawsuit; Alnatura, including strategic advice on trademark law; gift article manufacturer in trademark, design and UWG disputes as well as administration; North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists against DocMorris in UWG dispute; Berten Cars in trademark infringement proceedings; Wilkinson Sword comprehensively in IP including trademark administration, among others in litigation concerning Stiftung-Warentest advertising (publicly known)

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JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms 2017/2018

A recommended firm for trademarks and unfair competition which is widening its practice and developing very positively, esp. at its youngest IP office in Cologne. Here, trademark infringement litigation was conducted for auto dealer Berten Cars and a large discount store. The partners also won new clients at the traditionally strong Freiburg office, among them a tool manufacturer for unfair competition and design law, and built on high-profile instructions. FGvW litigated for long-time client Wilkinson against Beiersdorf regarding misleading advertising. The fact that FGvW bolstered IP even at the small Frankfurt office with Stephan Dittl (from Salger) highlights the importance of soft IP for the whole firm. It will now have to show that interoffice cooperation works within the practice and on an interdisciplinary level.

Strengths: Formal trademark law, advice to the pharmaceuticals, pharmacy and publishing sectors.

Recommended: Norbert Hebeis (“visible in litigation, always good”, competitor), Dr. Wolfgang Schmid , Dr. Hans-Georg Riegger, Dr. Morton Douglas.

Practice:All-round advice on trademarks incl. portfolio management. In unfair competition, work frequently related to pharma advertising law, esp. in advice to large pharmaceuticals clients. Other sectors include pharmacies, consumer goods, food, energy and publishing (often in copyrights). Office in Alicante. (4 partners, 1 local partner, 5 associates, 1 of counsel)

Clients:Trademark infringement litigation for Berten Cars; ongoing advice to and litigation for J.W. Ostendorf; all-round IP activity for Wilkinson Sword, incl. trademark administration and litigation against Beiersdorf; tool manufacturer on unfair competition and design law; trademark infringement litigation for discount store; various pharmacies on unfair competition.

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The Legal 500 Germany 2018

The "very strong" team at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB has expertise in trade mark and competition law matters, notably in pharmaceuticals, other medical products and health-related cosmetics and foods. It successfully represented Wilkinson Sword in a dispute with Procter & Gamble at the Federal Court of Justice regarding health-related advertising statements and acted for the North-Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists in competition proceedings against mail-order pharmacy DocMorris. Norbert Hebeis, Morton Douglas and Hans-Georg Riegger are recommended.

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