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ip & unfair competition

Schoenherr's intellectual property and unfair competition experts provide full ip coverage throughout the CEE region.

"An outstanding firm offering all-inclusive IP advice."
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A holistic and business-oriented approach to brands, designs, inventions, creations, know-how and the related areas of advertising, media, sports and entertainment is key to finding efficient and sustainable solutions for clients. This is the approach of the intellectual property (ip) team of Schoenherr, a highly specialised and internationally regarded group of lawyers – all of them truly dedicated to ip and all of them recognised experts within the ip community.

The group offers full ip coverage via the Schoenherr international offices throughout the CEE region. Closely linked with specialists of other Schoenherr teams (such as regulatory, competition, life sciences, civil law and new technologies) the ip team offers clients quick, tailor-made solutions for their demands in the increasingly complex environment of protecting, marketing, defending and managing intellectual property.

protecting your ideas

Based on the experience of more than six decades of protecting ip rights around the globe, the Schoenherr ip team supports and guides clients all the way from the protection of the first idea (be it a new brand, a technical solution, a software, a design, a creative performance or a business method) to a set of registered and unregistered ip rights ensuring the best protection for the clients' business. This may include a tailor-made protection strategy, secrecy measures, clearance searches for conflicting rights and national, EU-wide or international registrations of trademarks and designs.

marketing your product

The Schoenherr ip team is committed to understanding the client's business, products and marketing strategies. With this understanding, they advise clients in all legal aspects of communication and marketing (in particular labelling, product appearance, marketing campaigns and competition strategies). They also provide support in relation to:

enforcing your rights

When infringements come up or the validity of ip rights is challenged, the Schoenherr ip team enforces its clients' rights efficiently out of court and if necessary in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings in court, including European instances and – via a comprehensive network of specialised law firms – also in jurisdictions outside Schoenherr's coverage. Moreover, the ip team regularly conducts domain name proceedings nationally or via UDRP.

managing your assets

Simply registering ip rights is not enough. A powerful ip portfolio needs diligent care (updating the lists of services and goods and the territorial scope of protection as a company develops its business, internal ip manuals and courses to safely use IPRs avoiding, e.g. dilution of the brand, and providing ip due diligence, licensing in/out, 24/7 online access to our updated database of the client's IPRs, etc.). The ip team is happy to take care of your ip portfolio and to provide "IP Lifecycle Management".


our services

  • advertising
  • anti-piracy
  • art
  • border detention
  • brand development
  • copyright
  • designs
  • domain names
  • ip litigation
  • ip transactional work
  • know-how protection
  • licensing
  • new media
  • patents
  • prosecution (trademarks and designs)
  • research and development agreements
  • software
  • trademarks
  • trade secrets
  • unfair commercial practices


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12 September 2023


M.Gall M.Woller

How to: Notarisation and legalisation of IP documents

While the legalisation requirements in connection with the assignment of trademark registrations were abolished in Austria a few years ago, everybody dealing with registered IP rights around the world knows that there are notarisation and legalisation requirements for documents like powers of attorney, affidavits or deeds of assignment.


Why is it important to document the use of my trademark?

Are you the proud owner of a trademark registration? – Please keep in mind that registration alone might not always suffice to ensure protection. In most jurisdictions, after a certain period of time you must prove that you are using your trademark for the protected goods/services – either actively or at least in case of a third-party contention. Otherwise, you risk the partial or total deletion of your trademark registration from the trademark register.


You know it when you see it – Shapes as trademarks

Shapes can function as a clue to identify the source and differentiate between products of different companies. While browsing a store shelf, consumers often identify a product by its shape before even noticing its label. Shape marks offer a beneficial avenue to safeguard product designs, packaging, and containers in both Austria and the entire European Union.


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"An IP boutique within a full-service regional firm, the team at Schoenherr has the perfect blend of youth and experience and its specialist side is among the largest in the region."



trademark & design management

Schoenherr has more than 60 years of experience in the administration and enforcement of trademarks and designs, supporting clients in trademark administration and management, design litigation and more.

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authored books

An essential part of our work - besides legal advice of course - is also writing academic works. We consider fundamental topics such as trademark law, and regularly update our publications when relevant innovations arise. In addition, we also analyse newly emerging trademark-related topics which often come about in times of digitalisation.


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our ip team

Meet the team of international ip experts, specified in intellectual property and unfair competition matters.

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