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
Germany, Cologne
Heike Blank specialises in unfair competition, pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics law and represents major German and international companies in court, in particular in the context of interim injunctions...
Alexander Bossel
Dr. Alexander von Bossel, LL.M. (The University of Edinburgh)
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 core...
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...
Markus Deck
Markus Deck, M.C.J. (University of Texas, Austin)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property, CMS Germany
Germany, Duesseldorf
Markus Deck is an intellectual property expert with more than 25 years of experience and a particular focus on technology-related projects. He specialises in patent law and represents clients in litigation...
Julia Dönch
Julia Dönch, M.A.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Stuttgart
Julia Dönch specialises in IP law, advising companies on unfair competition matters, copyright and publishing law as well as on trademark applications, enforcement and defence. She has long standing...
Matthias Eck
Prof. Dr. Matthias Eck
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
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 negotiates...
Michael Fricke
Michael Fricke
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht (Certified lawyer for copyright and media law)
Germany, Hamburg
As a renowned expert in his field, Michael Fricke focuses on advising and representing publishing houses, broadcasters, news agencies, internet service providers as well as companies and individuals on...
Gordian N. Hasselblatt
Prof. Dr. Gordian N. Hasselblatt, LL.M. (McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento/CA)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Gordian Hasselblatt is a partner in the Cologne office of CMS Hasche Sigle. He has many years of experience and comprehensive expertise in intellectual property law focussing particularly on international...
Thomas Hirse
Dr. Thomas Hirse
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Duesseldorf
Thomas Hirse has particular experience with the legal evaluation of intellectual property in the context of corporate transactions and IPOs. He regularly advises on technology-driven mergers and acquisitions...
Philipp Lotze
Philipp Lotze
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Germany, Frankfurt
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 protecting...