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What We Do

We protect your Intellectual Property

Managing complex brand portfolios has been one of our core competencies for over 16 years. ZIERHUT IP. is one of the law firms with the highest number of national and European trademark applications. We manage numerous international portfolios and maintain a comprehensive network of global agents.

We have many years of experience in registering trademarks, including research and monitoring. For example, we represent in opposition and nullity proceedings against bad faith applicants before the Trademark Offices and the Boards of Appeal of the European Intellectual Property Office.

We have a sophisticated system for monitoring trademarks and we can prevent conflicting trademark become registered by regularly tracking trademark applications published for opposition. We have the know-how to take the necessary steps to fully protect the brands of our clients.

Caring for brands often involves the need for legal enforcement of trademark rights. We have extensive litigation experience before the German courts, trademark offices and the European Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice. One of our core competences is the coordination of transnational legal disputes.

We have many years of experience to prevent the misuse of your brand. We work with customs and law enforcement agencies to conduct seizures quickly and efficiently to prevent the spread of infringing goods.

We also have the experience thwarting counterfeiters by working with the Courts and law enforcement to obtain and execute ex parte seizures and temporary restraining orders to prevent the continued distribution of infringing merchandise. We manage worldwide trademark portfolios, develop branding strategies to meet client goals and coordinate trademark oppositions, cancellations and enforcement disputes in Germany, Europe and on a global basis, working closely with allied leading trademark experts around the world.

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We Search – We Analyze – We Enforce Your Rights

1. PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE

By tracking activities and collecting evidence through online and real marketplaces, web shops and social media, we are able to identify the top infringers and deliquents. In addition, we identify their physical contact addresses and identify responsible persons and their complices.

2. TEST PURCHASES AND MYSTERY SHOPPING

To confirm or identify suspicions, we conduct test purchases, including the collection of evidence and  discrete examinations by our partners worldwide.

3. TAILOR-MADE SOLUTIONS

We offer customized solutions. Because there are no patent recipes in the fight against product piracy .

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We Fight Product Piracy

THE FIGHT AGAINST PRODUCT PIRACY BEGINS HERE

For over 15 years we give advice in the fight against product piracy. As one of the pioneers in this field, we set up border seizure for our clients and work with customs and mobile task forces and law enforcement agencies.

Individual Solutions

There is no patent remedy in the fight against product piracy.

Therefore, we rely on the entire arsenal of civil and criminal remedies and, after thorough analysis of the existing situation, develop a comprehensive strategy to curb counterfeiting and parallel imports in both online and offline marketplaces. The top priority is always to optimize the costs for our clients. This means, in particular, laying claim to the infringers and their commercial customers, both in terms of compensation for the damage caused and reimbursement of the costs incurred. With over 16 years of expertise in this field, we have a strong network of international partner lawyers and direct relationships with customs and law enforcement agencies. After all, we have the know-how and the connections to tackle product piracy in the manufacturing countries.

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We Defend Your Rights At The EU Borders

Our cooperation with the European Union Customs Authorities is one of the most effective weapons to ensure the frontline enforcement of your rights at the borders of the EU. This is where we come in the game. Thanks to the information we provide, customs authorities can more easily identify those imports of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights and take the necessary immediate action. This results in border control procedures, searches and seizures. We have been involved in numerous Border Control proceedings over the last 15 years and successfully represented in investigations involving a diverse range of technologies, including car parts as wheels and structural body parts and bumpers and suspension parts, clothing, electronics, tires to name a few.

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We Fight For Undistorted Competition

Competition law aims to ensure free and undistorted competition so that the consumer can make an informed decision. In practice, misleading advertising and product counterfeiting are the subject of disputes.

Competition law has been a focus of our legal counseling practice for over 16 years. We pursue competition violations of your competitors and also advise and defend against warnings for alleged anti-competitive behavior by your competitors or so-called “competition associations” and the Wettbewerbszentrale.

Competitive judicial disputes can often be avoided in advance. We also assist our clients in all questions of competition law in the context of warnings, preliminary injunctions and legal action.

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We Preserve Your Copyrights

We handle all aspects of copyright law, from securing timely registration for our clients’ works to complex matters such as enforcement of those rights through litigation in the federal courts. We have also developed successful approaches to our clients’ product development in ways that avoid infringement of the rights of others. We have negotiated assignments and licenses relating to the transfer of copyrights and have evaluated the copyright implications of various commercial transactions.

Whether it’s advising companies on the rights-holder side, drafting user contracts or court representation in copyright cases – we have 16 years of expertise. We negotiated copyright-related assignments and licenses and assessed the copyright implications of various commercial transactions. Our experience in the copyright field extends to diverse products and markets including computer software and documentation, music and entertainment, jewelry, and literary works.

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We Are Negotiating Licenses

Intellectual property licensing and other types of intellectual property transactions are crucial in today’s global business world. We have over 16 years of experience handling a wide variety of licensing and transactional matters involving all types of intellectual property in all types of industries and in all corners of the world.

Our experience includes Assignments, Confidentiality and non-confidentiality agreements. Due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions, Joint ventures, Licensing

We have a variety of legal, business and technical backgrounds and are adept at negotiating, drafting and closing deals on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and all other forms of intellectual property. Whether the client is a start-up company eager to secure the proprietary rights on which to build a business or a major corporation managing a huge portfolio of technology agreements, we have the expertise to handle any type of IP transaction.

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Patents To Protect Your Ideas And Inventions

Our firm has quite good reputation in preparing and prosecuting capable patent applications in Europe. We take pride in preparing patent applications which will help our clients accomplish their real world business objectives. For example, our broad litigation and licensing experience is invaluable in obtaining patents that can be effectively licensed or enforced against infringers. We also advise on the strategic aspects of patent prosecution, helping our clients develop appropriate and cost-effective patent portfolios. We conduct state-of-the-art searches and represent in opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings.

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We Enforce The Protection Of Your Designs

As a registered design owner, you may prohibit third parties from using your design in the manufacture, sale or import and export of products.

We provide you with comprehensive advice on how best to protect the design of your products. We analyze which characteristics characterize your design and how protection can be claimed best. We advise you on how to efficiently protect your design in Germany, in the European Union and also worldwide.

We also advise and represent you in case of violation of existing design rights. The violation of your design rights can often be countered within a few days by interim measures.

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