PRACTICE AREAS

PATENT LAW

In the field of technical IP rights – patents and utility models – our clients benefit from the vast experience, technical expertise and industry know-how of our patent attorneys. The patent attorneys at BETTEN & RESCH are involved in both prosecution as well as litigation work. Thus, the technical knowledge gained in continuous prosecution activities has proved a significant asset in litigation cases, and conversely, the litigation experience helps in attaining strong patents. Through participation in numerous multi-jurisdiction patent disputes our patent attorneys have built up widely recognized patent litigation experience before the EPO as well as German national courts. Our particular focus lies on validity challenges, i.e. opposition proceedings before the EPO and the GPTO as well as nullity lawsuits before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice. As a result, the perspective of the client defending itself against the protective rights of others is as familiar to us as that of an IP right owner wishing to enforce its rights against imitators. Our work includes:

/  Prior art searches
/  Drafting patent applications
/  Application, examination and opposition proceedings before the GPTO and EPO
/  Patent litigation
/  Opinions on patent validity and infringement
/  Management, analysis and valuation of patent portfolios
/  Law of employee´s inventions
/  Licensing



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DR. ANJA FRITSCHE
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TRADEMARK AND DESIGN LAW

Our specialized lawyers and trade mark attorneys practice in all areas of trademark and design law. They represent national as well as international clients in particular in the trade, travel, finance, fashion, software and media industries. BETTEN & RESCH is widely known for its comprehensive service providing solutions to all issues of trademark and unfair competition law. This includes situations such as expansion into new foreign markets or rebranding a business segment. A particular focus of our activities is the fight against product piracy using dedicated procedures including preliminary injunctions and customs seizure measures. Furthermore, we have long-established experience in handling and managing large international trade mark portfolios. Our activities include:

/  Trademark and design searches
/  Application proceedings before the GPTO and EUIPO
/  Opposition proceedings
/  Trademark monitoring
/  Trademark litigation at the competent courts in Germany
/  Preliminary injunctions
/  Customs seizure measure
/  Management and analysis of trademark portfolios
/  Domains
/  Work title protection
/  Licensing



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UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW

In competitive industries such as consumer products questions of unfair competition law – often in conjunction with trademark law – are part of the daily business. Our specialists have extensive experience in both areas and can effectively assist their clients, if necessary at short notice. We review your marketing materials prior to publication. Our knowledge includes new legal questions arising from internet-based marketing instruments such as search engine optimization and social media. We advise our clients extrajudicially and represent them before the competent courts in Germany, in particular in interim procedures. Our work includes:

/  Litigation, preliminary injunctions, customs seizure measures
/  Advising clients in all questions of unfair competition law



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COPYRIGHT LAW

Copyright law protects intellectual creations such as literature, works of art and photographic images as well as computer programs and online games. As a result of the internet and mobile networks copyright law has rapidly gained importance in the past few years. Our specialist lawyers represent clients in particular in the fields of design, fashion, media and software. Our activities include:


/  Opinions on copyright protection and infringement
/  Copyright litigation



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