Principally freedom of imitation applies in Germany. This means that all goods and/or services may be imitated by any third party, unless the imitation is unfair or the goods and/or services are protected by an intellectual property right. Usually the imitations are cheaper and qualitatively worse than the original products, so the reputation of the respective company can be negatively affected or the competitiveness of the company could even be endangered due to high development and market launch costs. For this reason, we advise you to protect yourself at an early stage in terms of intellectual property rights and prefer to invest manageable costs at the beginning in order to obtain a monopoly for your protected goods and/or services. There are technical intellectual property rights – patents and utility models – as well as non-technical intellectual property rights – trademarks and designs – which can be obtained by registering in the respective register. With the registration or the grant of the respective intellectual property right, the proprietor obtains an exclusive right to prohibit the use of the protected goods and/or services to third parties. The proprietor may put forward damage claims as well as cease and desist claims. In other words, the imitator may be threatened with a production stoppage or even the destruction of all infringing products. We will be glad to help you in all matters of intellectual property rights ✔ Preparation, registration and maintenance of intellectual property rights ✔ Carry out searches and monitor protective rights ✔ Prosecution, defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights ✔ Counseling and assistance of judicial proceedings, official proceedings and arbitration proceedings ✔ Counseling and developing IP strategies ✔ Worldwide IP management ✔ Counseling and supporting to establish and maintain intellectual property rights portfolios ✔ Expertise ✔ Innovation workshops ✔ Contract matters – license agreements, development contracts ✔ Employee invention law ✔ Presentations on subjects of intellectual property rights and will stand as experienced patent attorneys at your side.