Global IP Awards – IP Firm of the Year 2020 – Austria
The Global IP Awards presented by iam and WTR
All GEISTWERT partners were honored by the 2021 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards as follows: Juliane Messner: Privacy Law Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 & Data Protection Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with max Mosing); Constantin Kletzer: Industrial Property Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021; & Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 & Copyright Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with Rainer Schultes); Rainer Schultes: Patent Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 & Copyright Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with Constantin Kletzer); Max Mosing: IT Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with Alexander Schnider) & Data Protection Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with Juliane Messner); Alexander Schnider: IT Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021 (together with Max Mosing) & IP Lawyer of the Year in Austria 2021
The 2021 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards
GEISTWERT has been included within the top 10 Austrian Patent firms
The Patent Lawyer Law Firm Rankings 2020
Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers awarded GEISTWERT as follows for Austria 2020: Law Firm of the Year for Industrial Property: GEISTWERT. Lawyer of the Year for IT-Law: Max Mosing. Amongst the best lawyers for Industrial Property: Juliane Messner, Constantin Kletzer, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider and Rainer Schultes. Amongst the best lawyers for IT-law: Max Mosing & Alexander Schnider. Amongst the best lawyers for technology law: Juliane Messner & Alexander Schnider. Amongst the best lawyers for dispute resolution: Constantin Kletzer.
Handelsblatt: Austria’s Best Lawyers 2020 – in cooperation with Best Lawyers
Nimble, aggressive and energetic, GEISTWERT brings the heat in Austrian patent litigation and cuts a dash at the deal negotiating table too. The partners in this outstandingly collaborative group link up well and play off each other’s strengths to carry the day in critical disputes. A team formed by Constantin Kletzer, Rainer Schultes and Alexander Schnider, for example, recently prevailed for TeleTan in a widely reported infringement claim against one of Austria’s largest banks, which had used TeleTan’s online banking authentication process on its own platform. Kletzer “works fast, thoroughly and effectively, with an intense focus on solutions. With him, you’re in the best of hands.” Schultes is hailed as an “extremely smart lawyer with excellent technical knowledge”; while Schnider is an authority on software and internet law. While these assured litigators all know how to cut a deal, the firm’s top transactional specialists are Max Mosing and Juliane Messner. Coming in for particular praise, Messner has a “deep understanding of business issues” and “only sees solutions, not problems”.
iam patent 1000, 2020
Rainer Schultes was named an IP Star 2020 for Patents and Trademarks
MIP IP Stars 2020
Three GEISTWERT partner were individually ranked again in the Austrian „trend“ Ranking (2020): Max Mosing for Media Law, Rainer Schultes for Unfair Competition Law and Constantin Kletzer for Trademark-, Copyright- and Patent-Law.
trend Lawyer’s Ranking 2020
GEISTWERT is unique for being the only Austrian IP boutique with a dedicated Italian desk. The firm covers the full range of IP matters and has developed its own applications to offer added value, including a plugin for MS word to detect and link to relevant trade mark registries and a web-based data protection, research and management tool. The team is co-led by the firm’s five partners, each offering specialisation in different areas of IP law: the “hands-on” Constantin Kletzer; “legal rockstars” Max Mosing and Juliane Messner; “expert in the legal area of digital games” Alexander Schnider; and Rainer Schultes, who “brings a technical background to the table and is a great listener”. – Testimonials on the firm: “Geistwert is likely the hottest IP Firm in Austria. The team covers all fields of Intellectual Property Law. They work hands on, they are quick and are all super nice.” “One of the most impressive feats that still surprises us every time is Geistwert’s immediate availability: I do not recall a single time when it took them longer than one or two hours to reply to a spontaneous enquiry via email.” “Geistwert is a great firm. It is very down to earth in a legal market that can be very conservative.” “The law firm Geistwert is an IP and IT-niche boutique, which is highly dedicated to IP and IT law. A far as I can assess they have been shaking up the Austrian market in that area since their formation only some years ago.”
Legal 500 EMEA, IP 2020
“Rainer Schultes brings a technical background to the table and is a great listener and delivers the product you ask for.”
Legal 500 EMEA, IP 2020 – Testimonials on Individuals
The TMT team at GEISTWERT is very well known on the Austrian IT and IP legal market’. The team has a strong focus on IP, IT and data protection. Juliane Messner and Max Mosing ‘have a clear understanding of the interfaces between law, business, especially project work, and technology’. The ‘very hands-on and practical’ Constantin Kletzer and the ‘go-to’ Alexander Schnider are also noted alongside the experienced Rainer Schultes. Testimonials on the firm: “Geistwert has an outstanding reputation within my environment, namely the Austrian tech start-up scene. Geistwert is here often named as the firm to go to.” “The team’s unique strengths and key capabilities are: very efficient, very pragmatic, very solution-driven and they love technology which is key to understanding our business.” “Geistwert is a great firm – it is a very down to earth and very un-Austrian a legal market that can be very conservative. In that sense Geistwert is the exception as it has a super international outlook.” “Fast, hands-on advice in complex situations.”
Legal 500 EMEA, TMT 2020
What the team is known for TMT boutique offering dependable expertise in IT and related IP matters. Noted for high-quality work in software contracts and game development. Additionally handles related IP aspects, especially copyright and trade mark matters. Further areas of activity include data protection, international e-commerce and IT outsourcing. Often seen advising technology start-ups as well as numerous clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries. Represents state-owned and private companies on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters. Strengths: The firm receives praise by a client who enthuses: “Cross-border work is handled brilliantly by GEISTWERT, not least because of the very strong international network of the law firm.” Another satisfied client further appreciates the team’s ability to “explain complicated facts in a simple and practical way.” Work highlights: Advised Mi’pu’mi Games on the negotiations regarding the contracts for the development of a new game franchise.
Chambers Europe – TMT: Information Technology
What the team is known for Offers a well-regarded comprehensive IP service with a particular focus on patent and trade mark-related advice, including portfolio management and infringement litigation. Additional experience in domain name and co-existence matters as well as licence agreements and copyright disputes. Also assists with counterfeiting and customs measures. Attracts clients of various industries, including fintech, food and drink, life sciences and construction. Strengths: The team is praised for its exemplary client service, as one interviewee points out: “The lawyers are punctual and plain-talking, they are always available and also very transparent in terms of costs.” Another client highlights the firm’s structure, saying: “We appreciate that we are always cared for by partners.” Work highlights: Represented SIG Sauer in a patent dispute against Glock before the patent office and in court proceedings.
Chambers Global & Europe 2020 – Intellectual Property
Rainer Schultes improves his ranking thanks to strong market feedback and a high level of activity in leading high-profile IP proceedings. He advises both claimants and defendants before domestic and EU courts, with regard to patent and trade mark as well as trade secret and unfair competition disputes. Clients especially appreciate that “he has a technical background, which is exactly what we need. He always seems to be personally concerned with winning a case and approaches the matters with a lot of dedication.”
Chambers Global 2020 – Intellectual Property
Since its opening in 2014, IP, IT and technology specialists at GEISTWERT Rechtsanwälte have gone from strength to strength. The hands-on nature of its partners gives the firm a cutting edge and clients benefit from its direct approach, short lines of communication and strong expertise. “Rockstars of the IP scene, this outfit comprises the next generation of lawyers who are young, dynamic and focused and have rightfully reached their place at the very top of Austria’s IP and IT lawyers.”
WTR 1000 (2020)