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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.
Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners have been listing Schwarz Schönherr as one of the best law firms for years and have also been awarding Schwarz Schönherr top rankings. Furthermore, Schwarz Schönherr has been awarded the gold medal by both the World Trademark Review and iam 1000 (The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners). In 2019, 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.

 

Legal 500 2020

Highly regarded IP boutique Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG has established a leading patent litigation practice, having handled numerous high-profile disputes. The firm's expertise in trade mark and unfair competition is also of note, and it counts designer and luxury brands among its clients. Georg Schönherr leads the team, with support from 'trade mark and design genius' Markus Grötschl and Thomas Adocker, who is considered 'one of the most experienced patent lawyers in Austria'.

Schwarz-Schönherr is an excellent IP boutique in Vienna and one of our preferred cooperation partners. Due to their no-overhead structure, they can offer partner-level service and are easy to reach and discuss matters in detail. They are one of the first addresses when it comes to IP litigation in Austria.

Very fast in response, very experienced, very good value for money.

Fast, effective and very international.

Link: https://www.legal500.com/c/austria/intellectual-property/

Chambers 2020

What the team is known for Represents an impressive range of luxury brands in matters relating to trade mark infringements, design disputes, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting. Particularly recognised for its substantial involvement in contentious mandates, including patent litigation and opposition proceedings, and also manages trade mark portfolios. Further clientele comprises companies from the life sciences, automotive and retail sectors as well as the world of art and film.

Strengths Sources stress that "the particular strength of the firm is that it is absolutely reliable and fast, without conceding the high quality."

A client also commends their court capabilities, stating: "They are especially good in the litigation area because of their international presence and good industry knowledge. They deliver high quality very quickly."

Work highlights Advised the Novartis Group on its Austrian trade mark portfolio including prosecutions and protection advice as well as unfair competition matters.

Link: https://chambers.com/guide/europe?publicationTypeId=7&practiceAreaId=34&...

“World Trademark Review” The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020

The two cornerstones of Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte KG’s practice are the pharmaceutical and fashion and luxury brands sectors. Intellectual property courses through the veins of the troupe and the firm remains a top choice for many. Offering a quick and efficient service, clients appreciate the personal involvement of its leading practitioners. Heading up the IP department, all-rounder Georg Schönherr “is a strategic thinker who always has a pragmatic and business-oriented approach. He always provides clear advice and is hands-on and direct. A natural born leader, he finds the right people to handle specific tasks and is great at knowledge sharing.” Schönherr often teams up with hot-shot litigator Markus Grötschl in handling large volumes of infringement, anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition cases for a host of household fashion industry giants. “Grötschl is a standout expert when it comes to trademark enforcement and online infringements and is a go-to practitioner for design law issues. He responds to queries immediately and provides fast and effective input.” Former associate and prosecution guru Michaela Petsche provides a “seamless, smooth and direct service” and teams up regularly with Grötschl and Schönherr in administering portfolios and handling trademark searches and applications for Starbucks. Thomas Adocker completes this fantastic ensemble and is an “excellent attorney in the IP and unfair competition sector who is incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with”. Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte KG’s prosecution work for pharmaceutical giant Novartis Group is very much a family affair as all four of its leading practitioners are heavilyinvolved.

Link: https://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/directories/wtr1000/rankings/austria

Iam Patent 1000 2020

Schwarz Schönherr is a driving force on the Austrian patent litigation scene. “Only a small number of patent litigation cases reach the Austrian courts every year and Schwarz Schönherr is usually involved. Its team has outstanding expertise and experience.” Captain Thomas Adocker is a tenacious litigator: “What truly sets him apart is the fact that, while he knows exactly what he is talking about regarding patent and procedural law, he assiduously seeks out the advice of experts to deepen his technical understanding. His complete knowledge, therefore, of the problems at hand gives him a major advantage in negotiations with opposing counsel and in presentations before court.” Founding partner Georg Schönherr is cut from similar cloth and is hailed as “one of the toughest litigators around”. Together, they recently represented Becton Dickinson in a Schwarz Schönherr is a driving force on the Austrian patent litigation scene. “Only a small number of patent litigation cases reach the Austrian courts every year and Schwarz Schönherr is usually involved. Its team has outstanding expertise and experience.” Captain Thomas Adocker is a tenacious litigator: “What truly sets him apart is the fact that, while he knows exactly what he is talking about regarding patent and procedural law, he assiduously seeks out the advice of experts to deepen his technical understanding. His complete knowledge, therefore, of the problems at hand gives him a major advantage in negotiations with opposing counsel and in presentations before court.” Founding partner Georg Schönherr is cut from similar cloth and is hailed as “one of the toughest litigators around”. Together, they recently represented Becton Dickinson in a commercially significant battle with competitor B Braun Melsungen over injectionneedles.

Link: https://www.iam-media.com/directories/patent1000/rankings/austria

IP Stars 2020

IP boutique firm Schwarz Schönherr is experienced in handling commercially important IP cases, especially patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Partner Thomas Adocker and, Georg Schönherr and Markus Platzl are key contacts for patent work. During the research period, the team represented Sandoz in a patent litigation case against Merck regarding the Ezetimibe-Simvastatin drug.

Schwarz Schönherr is often seen in strategically important IP disputes. It is also experienced in trade mark protection work. The firm continues to act for longstanding clients in several sectors, particularly those in the pharmaceutical sector. The standout practitioners are Thomas Adocker, Georg Schönherr and Markus Grötschl. Case studies show the firm advised companies such as Novartis on trade mark protection and disputes.

Link: https://www.ipstars.com/Firm/Schwarz-Schonherr/Profile/101571#rankings

Trend Anwaltsranking 2020

Am 30. April 2020 ist das Trend Anwaltsranking erschienen. 100 Anwaltskanzleien aus ganz Österreich haben aus ihrer Mitte die besten 250 in 25 Kategorien ausgewählt.

 

Georg Schönherr hat in der Kategorie die „Führender im Marken- Urheber- und Patentrecht“ den vierten Platz belegt und damit – sowie in den vergangenen Jahren auch heuer wieder – eine Spitzenplatzierung erhalten. Auch Markus Grötschl hat eine Spitzenplatzierung erhalten und ist unter den Besten der Besten im Wettbewerbsrecht. 

JUVE 2019

Im JUVE Anwaltsranking Geistiges Eigentum 2019 wurde Schwarz Schönherr sowohl im Marken-und Wettbewerbsrecht als auch im Patentrecht jeweils unter die 3 besten Rechtsanwaltskanzleien Österreichs gereiht. JUVE schreibt über Schwarz Schönherr:

Bewertung: Das IP-Team der Wiener Kanzlei ist in nahezu allen Bereichen des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes sehr präsent im Markt. Vor allem prozessual ist es stark positioniert. Ein besonderes Renommee genießt es für seine Arbeit bei Patentprozessen. Wettbewerber heben regelmäßig den erfahrenen Prozessanwalt und Namenspartner Georg Schönherr hervor, doch das breit aufgestellte Team hat inzwischen bekannte Anwälte auf Senioritätsstufen. Das unterstreicht die breite Präsenz der Kanzlei in wichtigen Verfahren vor den österreichischen IP-Gerichten – auch im Marken- und Wettbewerbsrecht. Für eine Discounter wehrt sie etwa aktuell eine Klage wegen einer Marken- und Wettbewerbsverletzung ab. Für einen bekannten Hersteller von Softdrinks ist sie ebenfalls in einem Markenstreit unterwegs. Eine Ausnahmestellung hat die Kanzlei in der Betreuung der Modebranche bezüglich der Bekämpfung von Plagiaten. Wenn sie auch nach wie vor bei Patentstreiten zur ersten Liga in Österreich gehört, konnte sie aber zuletzt nicht mehr ganz mit der hohen Schlagzahl von Gassauer-Fleissner vor allem in Pharmaklagen mithalten. Durch eine stärkere Fokusierung einzelner Anwälte auf Patentprozesse könnte Schwarz Schönherr dieser Entwicklung entgegenwirken. Thomas Adocker beispielsweise hat sich für Patentprozesse bereits einen guten Namen erarbeitet. Bislang sind aber alle Anwälte umfassend im IP-Recht tätig.

Stärken: Große Erfahrung im Markenrecht. Produktpiraterie im Modebereich. Patentprozesse.

Oft empfohlen: Dr. Georg Schönherr („ausgewiesener Prozessrechtler mit langjähriger Erfahrung“, Wettbewerber); Dr. Markus Grötschl, Michaela Petsche, Thomas Adocker

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).