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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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...
Torsten Sill
Dr. Torsten Sill
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (Certified lawyer for intellectual property law)
Germany, Hamburg
Torsten Sill specialises in all aspects of unfair competition, intellectual property as well as related purchasing and distribution matters. He has more than 20 years of experience advising his clients...
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...
Heike Blank
Dr. Heike Blank
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Global 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...
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...
Gerd Schoenen
Gerd Schoenen
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Expert litigator Gerd Schoenen specialises in patent and utility infringement as well as nullity proceedings. He also advises companies on the patent law aspects of transactions or insolvencies and...
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...
Klaus Ikas
Dr. Klaus Ikas
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Klaus Ikas has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and unfair competition lawyer. His practice focuses on the registration, defence and enforcement as well as the transfer...
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...
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...