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Executing flawlessly on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, boutique UNIT4 derives its name from its unified working approach, which separates it from the competition. Its clients hail from across the industry spectrum, although it has enjoyed great success of late on behalf of a series of mechanical engineering players and a household-name consumer goods group. Leading the charge is Arno Grohmann, a shrewd patent litigator and contract negotiator for whom trade secrets are a growing additional focus.

Firm Profile

A specialised IP boutique based in Stuttgart, Germany, UNIT4 IP advises and represents all kinds of company, from start-ups to small and medium-sized enterprises to world-renowned entities, in all kinds of IP matter. UNIT4 IP’s clients trust the firm’s attorneys’ experience and concentrated know-how, as well as their close cooperative relationships and hand-picked international network. From its successful start in 2016 as a spin-off firm, UNIT4 IP has grown continuously and is regularly listed in renowned rankings.

Specialised IP team

UNIT4 IP has a team of nine specialised attorneys at law, supported by highly qualified personnel. The attorneys have extensive experience in advising clients across various sectors, including automotive, mechanical engineering, computing, pharmaceuticals, fashion, cosmetics and fragrance, retail and publishing.

The firm’s professionals are active in national and international professional associations and committees, and frequently publish articles on various aspects of intellectual property. Based on profound legal expertise, the team follows a pragmatic and thoughtful approach. It always gives crystal-clear recommendations and complete complex tasks in a short time.

Patent law and trade secrets

UNIT4 IP represents its clients in patent infringement proceedings primarily before the well-known patent law chambers of the courts in Mannheim/Karlsruhe, Dusseldorf and Munich, as well as in nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court, cooperating with renowned external patent attorneys. Clients trust UNIT4 IP to handle complex IP cases, including trade secret cases.

Moreover, UNIT4 IP advises and assists its clients comprehensively in drafting different kinds of IP agreement, often with international aspects – in particular, licence agreements, development agreements, technology transfers (eg, licensing and asset deals) and non-disclosure agreements.

The firm advises on the implementation of the EU Trade Secret Directive in companies. UNIT4 IP also assists with issues in the field of employees’ inventions.

Trademark law

UNIT4 IP is a one-stop source for advice on trademarks, whether filing, prosecution or litigation. The firm handles all aspects of trademark law, both national and international, from strategic overall consulting, performing availability searches and filing trademark applications, to surveillance, defence and enforcement of its clients’ trademark rights. The firm enforces its clients’ trademark rights before the German and European courts. Further, it represents its clients in the fight against counterfeiting by cooperating with Customs and handling border seizure proceedings. UNIT4 IP files applications for German trademarks, EU trademarks and international registrations and coordinates international filling campaigns, relying on the close relationships that it has with specialised attorneys worldwide. UNIT4 IP manages trademark portfolios of any size and represents its clients in proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office and WIPO.

Design law

Designs are in safe hands with UNIT4 IP. Together with clients, the firm develops individual application strategies and applies for German designs, Community designs and international designs. The firm enforces its clients’ design rights before the German and European courts. Further, UNIT4 IP coordinates national design applications internationally. It manages design portfolios and represents its clients before the relevant offices.

Unfair competition

UNIT4 IP provides advice in all unfair competition matters, with particular expertise in the overlap and interdependence between unfair competition and intellectual property, including taking action against imitations under unfair competition aspects, the protection of company and operational secrets, as well as misleading and comparative advertising.

Copyright law

UNIT4 IP advises on all aspects of copyright law, including publishing law and the law of collecting societies. Its activities cover the review and drafting of copyright licence agreements in particular. Its attorneys also enforce copyright and ancillary rights before the courts. One main focus of the firm’s practice is the protection of works of applied art, relying not only on copyright, but also on design, trademark and unfair competition law. UNIT4 IP also has particular expertise in musical works, music publishing rights and the Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Reproduction Rights. Further, the firm advises on issues relating to software, including open-source software.

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