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Awards


IAM Patent 1000 - the World’s Leading Patent Professionals:
Arno Grohmann has been included in the IAM Patent 1000 2018 list in the categories “individuals: infringement and “individuals: transactions”. The IAM Patent 1000 list identifies the world’s premier patent professionals. You can find the listing by clicking here: http://www.iam-media.com/patent1000/Rankings/Detail.aspx?g=b573e4fa-f66e-4805-b3d5-412f257883c0.

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2018:
“After setting up shop in 2016, Unit4 IP has well and truly hit the ground running. It wins plaudits from clients and peers alike for its “extremely clear” advice, enterprising spirit and vitality and has already accrued an impressive client catalogue comprising start-ups, small to medium-sized enterprises and household names from the United States; cracking examples include EasyGroup, Intel, Gilead Sciences and Yum! Brands. They all receive a hands-on, uniquely personalised service from one of the team’s three trademark stars: Ursula Stelzenmüller, Ekkehard Stolz and Jan Weiser. “Stelzenmüller is extremely knowledgeable, professional, experienced and sensitive to clients’ needs.” She maps out creative, effective filing strategies and excels in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the DPMA and EUIPO. Stolz stands out for his ability to “distinguish between the theoretical and real-world risks that proposed marks might throw up” and for the clarity of his advice. A commercially minded litigator, Weiser comes to the rescue when infringement trouble is brewing; he knows how to think on his feet and lets nothing run away from him.”

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2018:
“This firm launched a year and a half ago as a Lichtenstein Körner spinoff and, according to competitors, made a “good start”. The four partners are active in all fields of classic soft IP and expanded existing work massively. The firm is increasingly active in trademark infringement suits, e.g. for an international electronics corporate. The most visible litigator is Dr. Ekkehard Stolz, whom one client describes as a “pivotal partner in trademarks”. In trademark administration and defense, as well as border confiscation, the boutique advises Gap and Banana Republic. The hiring of a new graduate and an experienced associate from CMS highlights the positive development. (4 partners, 2 associates)“

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2017:
“Founded in January 2016, UNIT4 IP has got off to a fantastic start. The boutique has already cultivated a dazzling clientele featuring both nascent start-ups and world-renowned entities from sectors such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, retail and publishing. Its professionals have extensive experience working with US enterprises and so know how to tailor services to North American practices and expectations. Of late, it has been busy representing businesses before the EUIPO and tackling tricky domain name matters. Ursula Stelzenmüller assuredly guides clients through both contentious and non-contentious mazes; she is a noted anti-counterfeiting hawk who manages large-scale border seizures with finesse. Ekkehard Stolz flies high in pan-European litigation and has invaluable experience across the soft IP field; he serves on the German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law’s Special Committee for Design Law and the International Trademark Association’s Parallel Imports Committee. Jan Weiser has carved out a niche in non-traditional marks, advising on a spate of cutting-edge matters.”

Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS 2017:
Ekkehard Stolz again named ”Trade mark star – Germany“ by Managing Intellectual Property.

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2017:
“Launching as a spinoff from Lichtenstein Körner at the beginning of 2016, this firm has been able to rely on its long-standing clients, many of whom come from the US. A number of notable Mittelstand companies also followed the young partners, who cover the whole spectrum in traditional IP. Dr. Ursula Stelzenmüller (“specialist for EU and non-traditional trademarks”, client) is mostly active in formal trademark law, while Dr. Ekkehard Stolz (“I followed him to the new outfit”, client) and Jan Weiser see more infringement proceedings and design law work. Another partner provides patent litigation.”

WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2016:
“UNIT4 IP is a new boutique on the scene; its clients – many of which followed its founding members from their previous firm – include one of the world’s biggest computer chip companies and several well-known fast-food restaurant chains. Ekkehard Stolz is the co-author of key text Munich Litigation Handbook: IP Law, Copyright and Press Law; with a sizeable international fan base, he counts licensing as a strong suit. Domain name and unfair competition doyenne Ursula Stelzenmüller is another adroit performer; while Jan Weiser is making waves in the burgeoning non-traditional marks space.”

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