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Trade mark star 2022



Practice areas:

IP transactions
Trade mark litigation
Trade mark prosecution
Trade mark strategy & counseling

Industry sectors:

Fashion & luxury goods

Professor Dr. Peter Ruess LL.M. IP (GWU, Washington DC) is one of the firm’s partners. He specialises in intellectual property law and, in particular, trademark and unfair competition law.

The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms continues to highly recommends the "very present and precise" and "professionally excellent" Peter Ruess for trademark and unfair competiton law (quotes: "innovative, eloquent", "expertise with contracts, clear and fast advice", "very high level", "high expertise, fast, good and service-oriented, has a knack for things, commercial understanding","accomplished lawyer with an eye for details"). He is also annually featured in worldwide ranking WTR 1000 (sample quotes: "a fine litigator", " brilliant client service", "dab hand on cross-border matters", "brilliant all-rounder, he gives his clients truly business-orientated advice”, "cutting-edge practitioner who provides top level advice"). Peter Ruess has, according to WTR, "the capacity to profoundly analyse matters and then simplify his analysis into a very convincing argument – a combination that is difficult to find." He has been voted by his peers into the Best Lawyers Ranking. Who is Who Legal recommends Peter Ruess as a "talented litigator", "very knowledgeable lawyer"and commends him for his "drive and dedication", noting that peers praise him for his “pioneering work” in online matters. Chambers  carries him as "very solid with a strong entrepreneurial spirit." Legal 500 calls him "renowned".

The firm’s trademark practice is considered to be among the top 1000 worldwide by WTR 1000. ARNOLD RUESS is also listed for trademark and design law in "Germany’s Top Attorneys", a ranking published by the news magazine FOCUS, in Chambers Europe 2014 ("a respected player"), Legal 500, Leader's League and in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars Ranking.

Year Joined Firm: 2010

Education/Alumni: Studied law at universities of Bayreuth (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and the George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, doctoral theses (SJD equivalent) on unfair competition law, LLM IP (GWU). Prior to founding ARNOLD RUESS, Peter Ruess worked as a legal intern for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Hon Randall R Rader) and, subsequently, for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He has been awarded tenure as Professor of law with International School of Management, one of Germany's leading business schools.

Languages Spoken: English, French, German

Network Memberships: INTA, AIPLA, GRUR, DWG, GALA

Last update 11th January 2018