Intellectual Property Lawyers

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.

What others say about us

"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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Dr. Sebastian Cording
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Informationstechnologierecht (Certified lawyer for IT law) | Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht (Certified lawyer for copyright and media law) | Head of TMC Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
With more than 20 years of experience, Sebastian Cording advises his clients on complex IT and technology projects. He specialises in IT outsourcing and the introduction of ERP systems, drafts and...
Nikolas Gregor
Dr. Nikolas Gregor, LL.M. (Boston) Maître en droit
Germany, Hamburg
Nikolas Gregor is an intellectual property law expert. With a focus on the consumer goods industry as well as life science companies (pharma, plant protection, food, cosmetics), he has special expertise...
Andreas Heim
Dr. Andreas Heim
Germany, Munich
Andreas Heim regularly advises clients on all aspects of commercial contracts and commercial litigation across a wide range of industry sectors including the automotive, consumer goods, child safety,...
Philipp Lotze
Philipp Lotze
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...
Dr. Jörn Witt, LL.M. (University of London)
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...
Roland Wiring
Dr. Roland Wiring
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Roland Wiring is a life sciences sector expert and advises and represents pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies as well as enterprises in related industries. He specialises in drafting...
Torsten Sill
Dr. Torsten Sill
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...
Carsten Menebröcker
Dr. Carsten Menebröcker, LL.M. (NYU)
Rechtsanwalt | Global Co-Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS
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...
Stefan Lüft
Stefan Lüft
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...
Thomas Hirse
Dr. Thomas Hirse
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...