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The nine-strong team of IP lawyers at bock legal tackles European trademark litigation head-on: this year it went out to bat for prestigious brands such as Ferrari and the Swatch Group in infringement cases, as well as undertaking anti-counterfeiting campaigns and border seizures for companies of a similar calibre. The group also provides value-additive monitoring and advisory services to players as varied as the European Central Bank and Gucci. The eponymous Andreas Bock has been litigating trademarks for the last 25 years across venues including the CJEU and has carved a special niche in the fashion industry. He handles cases “cost-effectively and successfully, even when facing significant pushback from the other side”. Jan Mueller-Broich is another polished litigator who is point person for the Swatch Group, having represented it in more than 100 trademark, design and unfair competition disputes. The reviews are golden: “Jan has extensive know-how and many years of practice in the trademark space. He is recognised for his outstanding efficiency and straightforward communication with his clients.”


bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten primarily handles D&O and E&O insurance work, most notably in the banking sector. Acting as monitoring counsel as well as handling serial damage claims, brought by tax advisors and auditors, among others, are other areas of key expertise. Professional liability insurance expert Stefan Bank and recourse specialist Dirk Schmitz jointly head the practice.


Predominantly acting for telecommunications companies, bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten represents its clients in contentious proceedings against competitors as well as against consumer protection and competition associations. The team led by name partner Andreas Bock provides assistance with a wide range of IP matters with particular strengths in trade mark and design law but also patent law.


Frankfurt-based firm bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten stands out for its strong design law practice. The team led by Andreas Bock is one of the most experienced litigation practices in the market and predominately acts for watch and jewellery sector clients alongside clients from the automotive, fashion and luxury goods industries. Similarly, in trade mark law, clients frequently instruct the team with contentious matters and benefit from its in-depth expertise in product piracy. Advising on portfolio management and portfolio development complements this offering.

The Legal 500 Europe 2019

Insurance litigation: „Noted for its ‘extremely high standards’, bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten acts for several well-known national and international insurance groups such as Gothaer, HDI-Gerling, Ergo and R + V, which the team regularly represents in contentious D&O and E&O proceedings. Stefan Bank, who provides ‘competent advice on liability matters and is pleasant to work with’, recently acted as coverage counsel for Allianz in proceedings pertaining to the delayed filing of Siag’s insolvency against ten board members and managing directors. Dirk Schmitz, who is praised for his ‘technical know-how’, represented prospectus insurers in insolvency-related proceedings against investors and insolvency administrators. Ulrike Müller and Silke Rohnfelder were appointed counsel and Daniel Al-Hami made associated partner.“

The Legal 500 EMEA

Trade marks and unfair competition – Design Law –

„bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten’s IP experts are considered ‘clearly above average’ and combine ‘excellent advice’ with ‘broad industry expertise’. In addition to its strong product piracy practice and a competition law practice that is particularly active in mobile communications, the firm also has longstanding experience in design law, where it advises many clients in the luxury and fashion sectors, among others. Reinhard Döring and Benedikt Frank, who was promoted to salary partner in January 2018, acted for Vodafone in multiple competition law proceedings across Germany against telecoms providers and consumer protection organisations. Andreas Bock, who is noted for his ‘analytic thinking’ and his ‘tactful finesse’, together with Jan Müller-Broich is representing The Swatch Group in Germany in all trade mark and design infringement matters and is also handling proceedings due to violations of competition law. The duo are also advising Guccio Gucci in trade mark and design law with assistance from Daniela Burghardt, who was promoted to counsel at the start of 2018. Other clients include the European Central Bank, Bottega Veneta and Rothenberger Group.“

Managing Intellectual Property: IP Handbook


“Frankfurt boutique Bock Legal is well-regarded for its expertise in trade marks and unfair competition.”

“It has an impressive client base in the fashion industry, including Gucci, which it advises on trade marks and designs, and Versace. It is known for its experience in the automotive industry.”

FOCUS Special – Your Law 2019

FOCUS in cooperation with statista distinguish bock legal as “TOP Commercial Law Firm 2019” in the field of “Trademark Law”.