Schwarz-Schönherr is one of the leading Intellectual Property and Business Law firms. We have been among the best in the industry for years, as demonstrated by our international rankings.
"iam 1000" and "World Trademark Review” have been listing Schwarz-Schönherr as one of the best law firms for years. Schwarz-Schönherr has been awarded the gold medal by both the "World Trademark Review" and "iam 1000" (The World's Leading Patent Practitioners). "Chambers and Partners" and "The Legal 500" have also been awarding Schwarz-Schönherr top rankings for years. In 2015, the JUVE ranking for Intellectual Property ranked Schwarz-Schönherr among the top three law firms in the areas of both trademark / unfair competition law and patent law.


“iam 1000” (The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2017)

Intellectual property is the central plank at leading outfit Schwarz Schönherr, although this is complemented by a finely tuned corporate offering. The firm has recently acted for a host of international clients, including electronics, pharmaceutical and engineering entities. Thomas Adocker provides “indispensable patent litigation recommendations, including tactics for preliminary injunction proceedings and nullity actions. He has a particularly profound knowledge of pharmaceutical patents”. The “strategically minded” Georg Schönherr garners accolades from across the continent for his work on tricky disputes.


The Legal 500

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte focuses on patent, trade mark, design and unfair competition litigation for reputable clients in the pharmaceuticals, technology, luxury fashion, and foodstuffs industries. Georg Schönherr heads the team, which is representing longstanding client Novartis in trade mark matters, including large-scale litigation against generic drugs companies. Intersnack and Moroccanoil are new clients.

Chambers Global 2017 and Chambers Europe 2017

Schwarz Schönherr is consistently listed among the best intellectual Property Law Firms in Austria:

What the team is known for: Solid IP firm with a strong focus on the life sciences and fashion industries. Advises an impressive range of luxury brands on civil and criminal cases including trade mark infringements, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting issues. Also represents several large pharmaceutical companies in patent matters.

Work highlights: Represented Becton Dickinson in a patent dispute regarding a device protecting from injury when using needles.


IP Stars 2017

In den IP Stars 2017 wird Schwarz Schönherr in der Kategorie „Patent Contentious“ in Tier 1 (höchste Kategorie) geführt. Wie dort ausgeführt, ist Schwarz Schönherr „known for proficiency in IP litigation“. Weiters wird festgehalten „Lawyers at the firm are particularly well-versed in patent protection, pre-litigation support and nullity proceedings, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical proceedings.” Besonders erwähnt wird die Erfahrung in „handling several patent infringement cases at once in multiple jurisdictions“.


Besonders hervorgehoben werden die Partner Thomas Adocker („strong expertise in the life sciences field“) und Georg Schönherr für seine „expertise in patent law and utility models“.

JUVE Ranking

In the JUVE “Intellectual Property 2015” ranking, Schwarz Schönherr was included among the 3 best law firms in Austria in the fields of both trademark / unfair competition law and patent law. JUVE provides the following description of Schwarz Schönherr:

Review: This firm, frequently recommended for trademark / unfair competition law and patent law work, continues to go from strength to strength. In the field of product piracy, there is hardly any competing law firm able to name as many fashion brands among their clients as they are. Like many other firms that rely heavily on IP-work, Schwarz Schönherr benefits from its very close links with international law firms that consult the team regularly in matters involving Austrian law. In addition, the firm has strong and reliable direct relationships with Austrian companies. To give one example, the team does all the legal work for Almdudler, e.g., most recently, in its lawsuit against Almkracherl. This enables the firm to hand over business to foreign firms, thus further strengthening the network.

Strengths: Great experience in trademark and product piracy in the fashion industry; has a reputation of being extremely service-oriented.

Practice: extensive IP practice with a focus on trademark, design and unfair competition law and patent law (patent infringement proceedings, licensing and employee invention law). Further services include brand management (around 2,000 marks) and, to a certain extent, IP due diligence in M & A transactions. Industry focus: pharmaceutical industry (mainly generics manufacturers), fashion. (3 equity partners, 1 associate, 1 lawyer cooperating)

Clients: Trademark and unfair Competition Law: Bering Time Aps as defendants and other claims arising from unregistered Community designs; Himolla as defendants in a dispute concerning the registration of a 3D mark; Lacoste regarding customs supervision. L'Oreal and Samsung in marketing and advertising; Longchamp comprehensive IP. Patent Law: Sandoz / Hexal / 1A Pharma in various infringement and nullity proceedings and in a dispute about the ”Pantoprazol” Patent; Rebloc in long-term patent infringement and invalidity proceedings.

“World Trademark Review” The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2017

Schwarz Schönherr has long enjoyed a place among the Austrian trademark elite. Eschewing rigid specialisation, its practitioners deploy their extensive business law know-how to help clients achieve their long-term commercial goals. The agile boutique has been entrusted with the management of prime brands by Novartis and Lindt, and recently handled a brand merger for Starbucks. Epitomising the firm’s “practical and commercially minded approach” is Michaela Petsche, who “does an exemplary job, offering no-nonsense counsel focused on what really matters to the brand owner”. “Very approachable and proactive”, colleague Markus Grötschl earns plaudits for his assiduous anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Georg Schönherr is a “tough, high-quality litigator” with years of contentious experience under his belt; both he and Grötschl have put in winning courtroom performances on behalf of fashion mega-names such as Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.