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BEST Rechtsanwälte

BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB was established as a spin-off from the Hoechst group. Among the firm’s early clients were the many companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures which resulted from the restructuring of the Hoechst group. While many of these are still valued clients, the client base has changed and broadened substantially, and now extends across numerous sectors of industry and commerce. The firm’s clients include national and international pharmaceutical and chemical companies, power and automotive companies, cosmetics and fashion labels, name creation agencies and industrial designers, public bodies and numerous small and medium-sized enterprises.
Since its beginning, the firm has focused on trademark, design, domain, unfair competition and copyright matters and related rights to provide the best service to its clients in its areas of specialisation. It is also active in the field of data protection law. The firm has continued to grow and currently consists of five experienced attorneys, as well as a motivated and trusted team of paralegals and support staff. Three of the firm’s attorneys are former in-house attorneys at large international corporations, and two have several years of experience as senior examiners and litigators at the EU Intellectual Property Office.
The firm, with its partners and paralegals, has extensive experience in the handling of the global trademark portfolios of clients of all sizes, including worldwide naming and searching, transfer, name change, filing and renewal projects. This is the core business of BEST.


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Fish & Richardson

Fish & Richardson is a global IP and IP litigation law firm, with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the United States and Europe. Fish is often referred to as a ‘firm of choice’ for trademark matters by some of the largest corporations in the world, and protects some of the most famous brands in federal courts and before the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In trademark litigation, Fish stands out among firms for its rare combination of trial experience and subject-matter expertise. We are devoted to helping clients to prosecute or defend any dispute involving trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising or unfair competition. This unique combination of skills and depth of experience allows us to handle clients’ contentious matters more efficiently and deliver more consistent results.


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IAM Market

An online marketplace for buy and sell-side practitioners, IAM Market brings together people who see the commercial value of intellectual property and technology and want to do business together. IAM Market aims to simplify the IP transactions market, as well as making it more transparent.
It allows IP owners to profile their licensing, sales operations and technology transfer programmes, as well as provide details of specific rights that they are interested in transacting. Meanwhile, it allows IP buyers to search IP assets based on industry, technology and transaction type, while also facilitating requests for intellectual property and technology. IAM has no stake in or knowledge of the deals.

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CompuMark provides the industry’s broadest range of trademark research and brand protection solutions. We enable trademark and brand professionals worldwide to launch, expand and protect strong brands through unmatched global content, expert analysis and tools, and best-in-class service.


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Wolters Kluwer’s Corsearch is the world’s leading provider of quality research services and software for clearing trademarks and protecting brand value for companies and law firms around the globe. Rated as the number-one preferred search provider in World Trademark Review’s most recent global survey of trademark practitioners on research providers, Corsearch outranked its competitors in every search category, including quality and relevance, usability and timeliness and linguistics.
Corsearch provides extensive online screening solutions, international search services, trademark watching and domain management and protection services. Working with thousands of practitioners worldwide, Corsearch focuses intensely on customer workflows and streamlining repetitive manual tasks with innovative technology to help users to get to key information quickly and easily. In 2016 60% of the top global brands and over 85% of the top law firms globally chose Corsearch for trademark and IP matters.



CSC Digital Brand Services

CSC Digital Brand Services is a business, legal and financial services company providing knowledge-based solutions to clients worldwide. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, we have offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific. CSC manages and protects the online portfolios of more than half the 100 Best Global Brands (Interbrand) and a growing share of Global 2000 corporations. Each brand has unique digital asset and IP requirements, and our global footprint and expertise allow us to adapt our advice and offerings to fit your evolving needs. We consolidate and secure digital portfolios, and monitor and enforce brand rights online. We give clients peace of mind that no matter how fast the digital world changes, their intellectual property and digital assets will be secure. Our service offerings include digital asset management, online brand protection and cybersecurity.


Dennemeyer Group

Dennemeyer Group

Dennemeyer Group has over five decades of experience in delivering quality IP services such as patent annuities, trademark renewals and recordals, as well as strategic IP consulting and cutting-edge software solutions for effective IP management.
Working in unison with the law firm Dennemeyer & Associates, Dennemeyer also provides legal services such as European patent validations, Patent Cooperation Treaty nationalisations, trademark and patent filing and prosecution. Dennemeyer is ISO:9001 certified.
Dennemeyer maintains 22 offices in 16 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The Intellectual Property Associates Network 

The Intellectual Property Associates Network (ipan) is a new approach to the management of intellectual property. Founded in 2004, ipan leads a global partner network of more than 100 leading IP firms committed to providing superior IP administrative services – from outsourced docketing to patent and trademark maintenance services. This unique combination provides transparency and reduces costs, allowing clients to focus on innovation rather than administration. ipan is one of the world’s fastest-growing and largest IP service companies, with more than 900,000 IP rights under its management.

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IAM reports on intellectual property as a business asset and focuses on the many ways in which it can be used to create significant corporate value. In-depth articles, case studies, interviews and surveys, as well as a widely read blog, provide a high-level corporate readership with cutting-edge insights into how intellectual property is being used to create strategic advantage, forge collaborative relationships, build shareholder returns, generate bottom-line revenue and gain greater leverage in the financial marketsThe quality of the editorial is guaranteed by an in-house team, based in London, Washington DC and Hong Kong, with long-established journalistic track records in the specialist IP and business press; while each issue also features pieces commissioned from thought leaders working at the cutting edge of IP value creation.

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International Law Office

Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world’s preeminent law firms, and with each other. The ILO brand encompasses a multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, quality-assured updates on global legal developments and a comprehensive directory of firms and partners. Recognising its unique relationship with global corporate counsel, ILO is an Online Media Partner to the Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the European Company Lawyers Association.



Lexology is the single most trusted online source of free, accessible and searchable global legal knowledge for and by legal practititioners, delivered to more than 300,000 desktops in over 100,00 countries around the world each day. Lexology offers a powerful research platform with an archive of over 450,000 articles in more than 20 languages covering 50 work areas worldwide. Endorsed by more than 100 associations, corporations, and corporate counsel groups, Lexology is not only considered an invaluable resource of its kind, but also regarded as the industry benchmark.

Supporting organisations



The European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) is an organisation concerned with IP rights. The ECTA has approximately 1,500 members, coming from all the member states of the European Union, with associate members from more than 50 other countries throughout the world. The ECTA brings together those practising in the field of intellectual property – in particular, trademarks, designs, geographical indications, copyright and related matters.
The extensive work carried out by the ECTA, combined with the high degree of professionalism and recognised technical capabilities of its members, has allowed it to become a recognised expert on all questions related to the protection and use of trademarks, designs and domain names throughout the European Union.
In addition to having close links with the European Commission and the EU Intellectual Property Office, the ECTA is recognised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation as a non-governmental organisation.


German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Established in 1891, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) is Germany’s largest and oldest non-profit association dedicated to the protection, academic advancement and development of IP law. With over 5,300 members from 60 countries, GRUR supports a wide range of IP professionals.
GRUR provides assistance in IP issues to legislative bodies and authorities, organises conferences and workshops and offers further education courses for lawyers and patent attorneys. GRUR also publishes four leading German professional journals: GRUR, GRUR International, GRUR-RR and GRUR-Prax.

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