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.


Handelsblatt kürt Schwarz Schönherr zur Kanzlei des Jahres im Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz!

Das renommierte deutsche Handelsblatt hat in seinem Ranking „Best Lawyers“ dieses Jahr neben Deutschland auch die besten Kanzleien und Anwälte für Österreich gekürt. Schwarz Schönherr schaffte es, einen sensationellen Erfolg zu erzielen und als beste Kanzlei Österreichs im Gebiet des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes geführt zu werden. Schwarz Schönherr ist damit auch die einzige Boutiquekanzlei, die es neben diversen Großkanzleien in dieses Ranking geschafft hat.

Besonders erfreulich ist, dass darüber hinaus auch noch gleich drei unserer Kanzleipartner zu „besten Anwälten Österreichs“ gekürt wurden: Georg Schönherr und Markus Grötschl im Bereich Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, Thomas Adocker im Bereich Biotechnologierecht (als einziger gelisteter österreichischer Anwalt in diesem Fachgebiet).

“iam 1000” (The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2018)

“Considering the small number of patent litigation cases in front of the Austrian courts every year, the constant demand for Schwarz Schönherr’s services is evidence of its outstanding reputation. A go-to for generic drug manufacturers, it is a magnet for high-profile clients who value technical knowledge, a practical approach and shrewd business acumen.” The firm’s pioneering defence of drug colossus Sandoz over its Abacavir + Lamivudine HIV treatment forced the Austrian court to assess the admissibility of a disclaimer in infringement proceedings, a question that had not been previously considered. The team impresses with “its deep legal knowledge, strategic thought, as well as a willingness to exhaust every argument. It offers precise, clear advice, always given in a language that brings the relevant issues to the point”. “If you are looking for counsel with international experience in litigation and transactional work and a strong, persuasive negotiation style, Georg Schönherr is the man to go to.” Thomas Adocker is the secretary of the Austrian Branch of the Licensing Executives Society and “has a vast comprehension of patent and process law”, and being “unafraid of gathering the advice of technical experts until he has mastered the issues, is relentless in his desire to fully understand the problem at hand”. Described as being a pleasure to work with, he is eminently capable in the life sciences domain and also counts among his successes numerous cases across the fields of information technology and mechanical engineering.


“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

IP boutique Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG handles contentious and non-contentious design competition, patent and copyright matters with a special focus on trade mark and unfair competition work. In addition to regularly advising long-standing client Novartis on trade mark prosecution, Thomas Adocker, who provides ‘exceptional hands-on support’, and name partner Georg Schönherr are acting for generic drug producer Sandoz and Becton Dickinson, a leading injection needle manufacturer, in substantial patent litigation lawsuits. The team also manages Starbucks' trade mark portfolio, and Markus Grötschl represents a host of well-known fashion brands, such as Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger, in trade mark infringement, anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition proceedings.

Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018

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

What the team is known for: Represents an impressive range of luxury brands in matters relating to trade mark infringements, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting. Particularly recognised for its substantial involvement in contentious mandates, including patent litigation and invalidity proceedings, and also manages trade mark portfolios. Particular focus on clients from the life sciences industry, as well as automotive sector clients and retail groups.

Strengths Clients praise the team as "very friendly and accommodating" and appreciate that the lawyers "answer immediately and give very fast input.".

Work highlights: Represented FALKE in opposition proceedings at the Court of Appeal, as well as advising on ongoing trade mark prosecution matters.


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.