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The firm was established as a spin-off from the Hoechst group in 1998. Among the firm’s early clients were themany companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures which resulted from the restructuring of the Hoechst group. Many of these are still valued clients. Yet the client base of the firm has changed and broadened significantly over the last twenty years and now extends across numerous sectors of industry and commerce. The firm’s clients include utility, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, power and automotive companies, as well as manufacturers of highly specialized fabrics and materials, cosmetics and fashion labels and other consumer goods.
Since its foundation, the firm has continued to grow continuously and currently the team consists of thirteen highly motivated and experienced attorneys, paralegals and support staff. In 2009 Udo Pfleghar joined the firm as a partner after several years as head of the group trademark and domain law at the Boehringer Ingelheim group and as a senior examiner at the OHIM (now EUIPO) in Alicante.
With the appointment of Miléa Giannakoulis as a partner, and with Steffen Schäffner acting of counsel for the firm, this growth is continuing. Steffen has a strong litigation and industry background, having represented the OHIM (now EUIPO) in numerous proceedings before the Courts in Luxembourg and having been inhouse with MERCK in the past, while Miléa has an equally strong trademark clearance and unfair competition background and has been with the firm for more than 15 years. BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB was founded in 1998 by Dr. Michael Best and his partner. Based in Frankfurt, Germany, the firm has recently opened an Indian Desk in Kolkata, India, providing the same reliable and high quality services to its clients in this country.
Since its beginning, the firm has focused exclusively on trademarks, designs, domains, unfair competition and copyright matters and related areas such as data protection and licensing to provide the best possible service to its clients in its areas of specialization and expertise.
Most recently, the firm was able to extend this expertise to India with the opening of its Indian Desk, which is headed by Poroma Banerjee, a highly qualified Indian attorney with both law firm and inhouse experience. This desk not only makes it possible for BEST to offer the high quality and reliable services expected by its clients in India, but also provides Indian clients a gateway to the protection of IP rights not just in India, but also in Germany and the European Union and its member states.
BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB is a boutique law firm specialised in Intellectual Property Law. The firm was founded in 1998. The three partners, together with further experienced attorneys and highly trained and motivated paralegals and support staff, ensure that the firm is well established to handle large quantities of work quickly and efficiently while maintaining the high quality standards expected by clients and instructing counsel.
We work so closely with many of our clients that we are in the position of an outsourced trademark department, providing legal advice based on the knowledge we have of the particular industry and the clients involved.
BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB is located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in one of the busiest commercial regions of Germany and Europe. With its large international airport, Frankfurt is an important centre of international finance and industry. It is easy to reach and the location in the heart of Europe makes it easy for us to go where we can help our clients. Most recently, its Indian Desk was opened in Kolkata, India.
Currently, we are responsible for the trademark, design and domain portfolios and cases of a number of national and multinational companies from various countries on both national and international levels. We are able to call on the extensive experience of our partners and staff in dealing with such portfolios during the course of their careers (both in house and as external counsel for their clients), making it possible for us to offer high quality and cost effective solutions.
The firm’s clients include pharmaceutical and chemical companies, power and automotive companies, cosmetics and fashion labels, name creation agencies and industrial designers, consumer goods manufacturers, to name just a few. Of course, we also act on behalf of numerous law firms based outside Germany, who entrust the representation of their clients to us before the German courts and the German Patent and Trademark Office or in matters involving European Union Trademarks and Designs.
Our services in regard to our clients’ portfolios can include all aspects from searching, prosecution, opposition proceedings, litigation, drafting and negotiation of license agreements, assignments, co-existence agreements, watching, etc. Our experience makes it possible for us to provide these services to our larger clients on the basis of a “Legal Service and Counseling Agreement” which is invoiced at an annual flat rate.
At BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, we believe that we should concentrate on the things we know how to do best. This makes it possible for us to offer first class service to our clients. The strong background of our partners as in house trademark attorneys and in private practice as well as the highly qualified staff make it possible for us to meet our clients’ expectations and to offer our services at very competitive rates.
We strive to continuously improve our services in order to meet the needs and expectations of our clients. For that reason we are active in:
1. Lecturing on subjects related to trademark, design and domain matters. Udo and Steffen are lecturers in law at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
2. Active memberships in professional associations such as INTA, MARQUES, ECTA, GRUR, and their committees.
3. Meetings with offices such as the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Intellectual Property Office in Alicante
We also regularly take part in seminars and training sessions in order to keep up to date with current developments. Overall, it is our philosophy to offer the best possible service to our clients at competitive rates. This is where our industry experience meets client expectations.
BEST RECHTSANWÄLTE PartmbB
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