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Design Lawyers

Design adds value to products and makes them stand out from the crowd. As a cornerstone of your success in business, your design needs to be defended against possible counterfeiters.

CMS can protect your design

The legal experts at CMS Germany offer an extensive portfolio of services. For example, we advise industrial companies, designers, creative professionals and agencies on the acquisition, assertion and exploitation of registered designs – both national and international.

Our lawyers provide effective support throughout the entire process of acquiring property rights – from devising your specific property rights strategy through filing and registering your designs to management and maintenance of your portfolio.

Necessary, not just nice to have: protection of registered designs

Infringement of a registered design is not a trivial offence. CMS helps you to assert your design rights both in court and out-of-court. We represent you before official bodies and courts of arbitration, in infringement cases, nullity proceedings and injunction proceedings (even obtaining a court order within 24 hours, depending on circumstances).

Our service portfolio also includes representing you in contract negotiations and delimitation agreements, as well as in mediation and in border seizure cases.

We take a long-term commercial view

Our approach is always to maximise your value. We deal with the drafting of registered design licensing and rights transfer agreements – regionally, internationally and globally.

In safeguarding your interests, we are always guided by your company's business requirements. The specialists in our advisory team establish your specific need for protection, weighing up costs and benefits as well as risks and opportunities.

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Heike Blank
Dr. Heike Blank
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Global Co-Head of Consumer Products Group, CMS
Germany, Cologne
Heike Blank specialises in unfair competition, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and trademark law and represents major German and international companies in court, in particular in the context of...
Jens Wagner
Dr. Jens Wagner
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Global Co-Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare Group, CMS
Germany, Hamburg
With long-standing experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and food supplements sectors, Jens Wagner provides comprehensive advisory and litigation services to life science...
Matthias Eck
Prof. Dr. Matthias Eck
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Global Co-Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS
Germany, Stuttgart
Matthias Eck advises German and international clients on all intellectual property and unfair competition law matters. He focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and competition law, advises on and...
Stefan Lüft
Stefan Lüft
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Stefan Lüft is an intellectual property expert, advising German and international companies on patents, copyright, trademarks, design, know-how protection and unfair competition, including licensing ...
Carsten Menebröcker
Dr. Carsten Menebröcker, LL.M. (NYU)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Carsten Menebröcker specialises in enforcing intellectual property rights in and out of court, including cross-border litigation. He is an expert for trademark and competition law as well as design ...
Thomas Manderla
Dr. Thomas Manderla
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Duesseldorf
Thomas Manderla represents medium-sized companies and groups in and out of court on intellectual property law, with a particular focus on trademark, design and competition law. He also drafts...
Philipp Lotze
Philipp Lotze
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Germany, Hamburg
Philipp Lotze specialises in advising IT companies on outsourcing agreements as well as on contracts regulating the development and use of software. He also advises IT and media companies on...
Winfried Bullinger
Prof. Dr. Winfried Bullinger
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Winfried Bullinger is one of Germany’s leading copyright lawyers. He advises his clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including media law and know-how protection and also represents t...
Alexander Bossel
Dr. Alexander von Bossel, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Alexander von Bossel specialises in IP/IT litigation with a focus on representing international and German companies, many of whom DAX-listed, in unfair competition and trademark law cases. Another...
Jörn Witt
Dr. Jörn Witt, LL.M. (University of London)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Jörn Witt focuses on the life sciences industry and advises pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers as well as companies in related regulated industries. He particularly concentrates ...