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.


“World Trademark Review” The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2018

Schwarz Schönherr is a high-profile boutique which consistently operates at the forefront of the trademark scene. It has an impressive bench of lawyers who live and breathe intellectual property – resolute leadership is provided by trademark trailblazer Georg Schönherr. “Georg is a top litigator with exceptional knowledge of IP law. Clients feel comfortable leaving their meatiest cases with Georg; his insight is always spot-on and business savvy. A high energy lawyer, he combines speed with an eye for detail.” Schönherr has been working with Markus Grötschl to protect Fashion One and Fashion Television’s brand rights in ongoing proceedings before the Austrian Supreme Court. The pair are also instructed in non-contentious matters by Novartis Group and Starbucks. Grötschl bears in mind his clients’ commercial concerns, providing guidance that always drives value. He handles the anti-counterfeiting briefs of Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Gucci, among others. Michaela Petsche is the person to call for prosecution. She is exact and precise in her analysis and can build bulletproof strategies. Thomas Adocker, a new addition to the guide this year, is a trademark guru with a knack for transactional matters and licensing agreements.

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.