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Intellectual Property

Ideas and innovation are the creative potential of a successful business. This intellectual potential becomes a measurable enterprise value when expressed in property rights (e.g. patents, utility patents and copyright) or monetised through licences. Legally watertight advertising campaigns, press materials that are beyond reproach and careful media usage also make a quantifiable contribution to business success.

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"CMS has one of the best IP teams in the business."
 (Law firms in Germany)

"The team offers good know-how, experience, value for money and excellent client services."
 (Chambers Guide)

"Clients say that 'nothing compares with' CMS's practice."
 (Legal 500, 2013)

Experience and expertise whenever you need us

CMS assists both SMEs and international corporations to optimise their intellectual property rights and assert them effectively. More than 70 specialised IP lawyers provide tailored advice that is designed to achieve results. Thanks to their experience from practice, teaching and research, they are always familiar with the latest developments across all areas of intellectual property.

Unlike most other areas of law, intellectual property is repeatedly affected by new legislative proposals at a national and international level. Accordingly, our lawyers are widely represented in professional associations and expert committees that deal with these developments and provide expert comment.

Our expertise

CMS – presence in Europe

In European countries outside Germany, the international CMS network provides CMS with access to specialists to advise on your claims out-of-court and enforce them in court. We take over the coordination of parallel infringement cases in various countries.

Key markets and industries

Our experienced team successfully advises companies from every sector, including:

  • Automotive
  • Entertainment
  • TV
  • Internet and new media
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Retail
  • Engineering
  • Medical technology
  • Pharmaceuticals and food
  • Sport
  • Press and publishing
  • Advertising and marketing  
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Border Seizure
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Competition Law (Unfair Competition Act – UWG)
The experts at CMS Germany can advise you on all competition-related issues, such asrunning advertising and marketing campaignsthe design of websites
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Design Law
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
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In-Court and Out-of-Court Representation
CMS is one of Germany’s leading law firms when it comes to acquiring and defending intellectual property rights. We represent our clients before the c
Patent und Gebrauchsmusterrecht
Patent and Utility Patent Law
CMS Germany has an effective and experienced team of patent and utility patent specialists. Where issues are particularly complex, we work closely wit
Trademark Law
We provide support for creating, defending and commercialising your designation rights.Trademarks are of major importance for a company’s value and co
Art Law
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