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Firm Profile

Harmsen Utescher

Firm Profile


  • Neuer Wall 80
  • Hamburg
  • Hamburg
  • Germany
  • 20354

Firm profile submitted by Harmsen Utescher

Founded in 1895, Harmsen Utescher is one of Germany’s most experienced and renowned IP boutiques. The firm offers the full range of legal services in Intellectual Property Law and all related legal fields. The firm includes both, Attorneys-at-Law and Patent Attorneys. Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys are thus entitled to represent their clients before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) as well as all German District and Upper District Courts, the German Supreme Court and the European Courts, such as the General Court and the European Court of Justice.

Practice Areas:
Harmsen Utescher has a broad national and international client base for whom its attorneys are handling all IP related matters – both litigation and prosecution. Apart from that, Harmsen Utescher does not only represent its clients in Germany and Europe, but on a global scale, through its excellent worldwide network of cooperating IP law firms. Several of the firm's attorneys have been educated in US or UK law schools and are, therefore, familiar with the legal traditions of civil and common law. The firm’s partners and associates are members of various international associations, such as AIPPI, ECTA, INTA, FICPI, LES, MARQUES and PTMG, in many of them as board members, chairperson, and committee members.
 As a specialised IP boutique, Harmsen Utescher has outstanding professional knowledge and experience in all IP fields, including German and international trademark law; Patent- and Utility model law; Unfair competition law; Copyright and Design law; IT and Data Protection law; German and EU antitrust law; Distribution law; Pharmaceutical and Medical products law; Food and Cosmetics law; Media law and Sports law.
In the field of Trademark Law, Harmsen Utescher offers consulting services and has one of the largest trademark prosecution departments in Germany. The firm helps its clients to develop and implement trademark strategies both nationally and internationally, and enforces its client's trademark rights against infringements and defends them before the courts and the trademark offices our firm is very well known for it’s excellent litigators. Harmsen Utescher’s experience in the battle against product piracy and in EU border surveillance supplements its ability to enforce its client's IP rights.
The firm’s Patent attorneys and Patent litigators, who possess special expertise in the chemistry, pharma, IT, engineering and physics sectors, supervise the registration of patents and utility models at the German and the European Patent Office and enforce these rights in infringement proceedings. In addition, they support the firm’s clients in the drafting and conclusion of research and development contracts, patent and knowhow license agreements, also from the perspective of antitrust legislation.
In the field of Copyright and Design Law as well as Unfair Competition Law Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys profit from decades of consulting and litigation experience - and many of the cases were decided upon by the Federal Court of Justice or the European Court of Justice.
The same has in recent years been the case in the field of Antitrust Law were Harmsen Utescher’s activities and success are increasingly noted.
Harmsen Utescher has thus for many years been deeply involved in the development of the German and European case law also in all fields of Intellectual Property Law.
The firm’s success stems from the fact that all of its attorneys are specialised and experienced in both prosecution and litigation. In addition, all of its attorneys are familiar with all areas of IP law, which is vital when a trademark case may turn out to have more implications than originally expected under – for example – design, copyright or unfair competition law. This broad specialisation within the IP field enables Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys to look at a case from all legal perspectives and to consider all procedural options, resulting in effective and often innovative strategies for the enforcement and protection of clients’ rights.
This strategy has been effective, since Harmsen Utescher’s client list has always been remarkable, and recognition and respect for the firm in the market are undoubted. It is consistently ranked as a top-tier trademark firm in Germany. In October 2014, the firm has been given the German JUVE Award as “Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property” and “Firm of the Year – Trademark and Unfair Competition Law”. Harmsen Utescher is also internationally recognised for its “excellent trade mark and unfair competition practice” (Chambers Europe, 2015), „really tough when it comes to fighting for Clients” (WTR 1000, 2016) and “a ‘champion’ in trademarks” (Legal 500 Germany, 2016).


  • Neuer Wall 80,
  • Hamburg,
  • Germany
  • Tel +49 40 376 9090
  • Fax +49 40 376 909 99
  • Email : [email protected]