Dr. Markus Grötschl, LL.M.




since 2008
Lawyer and partner at Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte KG
2004 – 2007
Associate at Engin-Deniz Reimitz Hafner Rechtsanwälte and Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte
Internship at Siemens AG Austria, Legal Department.
1999 – 2000
Budget Car Rental
1995 – 1998
Swarco Futurit GesmbH, Accounting and Sales


Bar exam with honours
2002 – 2004
Post-graduate studies in Information Law and Legal Information. Master thesis in the field of Telecommunications Law. Subject of master thesis: "Cost-based and reasonable charges in telecommunications law"; doctoral thesis at the Department of Civil Procedure Law: "Use and exploitation of electronic documents in civil proceedings - emails as court evidence"
1998 – 2002
Law School at the University of Vienna, graduation on 18 April 2002
1993 – 1997
Bundesrealgymnasium Vienna 18, Haizingergasse; Matura (graduation) on 30 May 1997
1989 – 1993
Member of the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir), external exams at Bundesrealgymnasium in Vienna 8, Albertgasse


“Very approachable and proactive”, colleague Markus Grötschl earns plaudits for his assiduous anti-counterfeiting campaigns; both he and Schönherr have put in winning courtroom performances on behalf of fashion mega-names such as Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.
Markus Grötschl offers advice to clients from a range of sectors including media, luxury goods and automotive. He assists clients with trade mark portfolio management, with further strength in handling infringement matters and anti-counterfeiting measures. He represented Astro Lighting in a claim for damages regarding an infringement of its registered designs.
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.


Produktpiraten auf der Spur! (On the trail of product pirates!)
ÖBl 2007/23
Produktpiraterie - was ist zu tun? (Piracy – what to do?)
ÖBl 2007/24
Das „nicht eingetragene Gemeinschaftsgeschmacksmuster“ (The unregistered Community design)
ÖBl 2007/12
Elfmeterschießen um die Markenrechte der EM 2008 (Penalty shoot-out for the trademark rights to the European Championship 2008)
ÖBl 2007/58
Das Verhältnis zwischen dem UWG und nicht eingetragenen Gemeinschaftsgeschmacksmustern (The relationship between the Unfair Competition Act and unregistered Community trade marks)
ÖBl 2009/20
Zur Bösgläubigkeit bei der Anmeldung von .eu-Domains (Bad faith in registering .eu domains)
note on ECJ case no. C-569/08 - "reifen.eu", MR-Int 2010, 126
Die rechtserhaltende Benutzung einer Marke in abgewandelter Form (Use of a trademark in modified form to preserve trademark rights)
ÖBl 2011/3
Entscheidungsanmerkung zu „/Tirol Milch- Logo“ (Notes on the /Tirol Milch-Logo decision)
ecolex 2010/287
Entscheidungsanmerkung zu „Tirol Milch- Logo“ (Notes on the /Tirol Milch-Logo decision)
GRUR Int 2010,1093
Entscheidungsanmerkung zu EuGH „Pago/Tirolmilch (Notes on the ECJ decision in the case of Pago/Tirolmilch)
MarkenR 2009,506
Entscheidungsanmerkung zu „Kinderstiefel“ (Notes on the decision in the “Kinderstiefel“ (children’s boots) case)
ecolex 2007/265
Co-author of the “Formular-Kommentar“ on Design Law
Carl Heymann Verlag 2015, Hofmann & Kleespies, ed.


European Community Trademark Association (ECTA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)