Intellectual property law ensures that you reap the fruits of your creativeness and not someone else, who just copies what you have invented or designed. There are different kinds of German intellectual property laws: trademarks, designs, patents, and copyrights:
A trademark is a sign that serves to distinguish the goods and services of one company from those of another. A trademark can be one or several words, a logo, or another distinctive feature that can be represented graphically. It can consist of the shape, packaging, sound, or smell of a good.
A design is the outward appearance of a product or part of it, resulting from its lines, contours, colors, shapes, textures, materials, and/or ornamentation.
We represent you in filing an application for registration of a German or European Union trademark or design. This ensures that you have the exclusive right to use the trademark or design in the countries where it is registered. For example, you can prevent others from using a logo that is identical to yours or bears a striking resemblance. Many trademarks and registered designs are used for granting licenses in exchange for royalties.
A copyright comes into being without a copyright notice. If a text, photography, painting, sculpture, melody, or tune has a certain depth of creativity, the authors or artists automatically have the copyright for it. They can bequeath the copyright to their heirs. The person who has the copyright for a work can sell the right of use. It is essential to formulate the contract carefully and professionally, which requires the knowledge of an experienced attorney. We will be happy to assist you.
We counsel companies in the field of fair competition law to avoid trouble with competitors. When there is a dispute, regarding the fairness of trade measure, we try to avoid a lawsuit and, if this is not possible, represent you in court.
We help you find the best legal form for your business in Germany and draft the articles of incorporation. We also represent companies in legal disputes.
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