Harmsen Utescher


Neuer Wall 80

+49-(0)40-376 909-0

+49-(0)40-376 909-99

Established in 1895, Harmsen Utescher is one of the leading IP boutiques in Germany and 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 represents their clients before German and European Courts including the Patent Courts as well as before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Harmsen Utescher has a broad national and international client base for whom its attorneys are handling all IP related matters – both, litigation and prosecution. And very often, 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 the US and the UK. 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, chairpersons and committee members.

What We Do

As a specialized 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, Copyright and Design Law, Unfair Competition Law, German and European Antitrust Law, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Law, Food and Cosmetics Law, Licensing, IT Law, Media Law and Sports Law.

In the field of Trademark Law, Harmsen Utescher offers consulting and litigation services and has one of the largest trademark prosecution departments in Germany. The firm helps its clients to develop and implement trademark strategies internationally and enforces its client's trademark rights against infringements in the courtroom. Harmsen Utescher’s experience in the battle against product piracy and in EU and German Border Surveillance supplements its ability to enforce its client's IP rights.

In Patent Law, 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 before German and European courts. In addition, they support their clients in the drafting and conclusion of research and development contracts, patent and knowhow license agreements.

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; in the field of Antitrust Law 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 in all fields of Intellectual Property Law.

The firm’s success stems from the fact that its attorneys are familiar with all areas of IP law. This broad specialisation within the IP field enables Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys to look at a case from all legal aspects and to consider all material aspects and procedural options, resulting in effective and often innovative strategies for the protection and enforcement of its client’s rights.

Last Updated 16th January 2019