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Legal 500 IP (2023)

‘Max Mosing – he isn’t just a lawyer, but also understands the aspects beyond the legal stuff. It is tremendously helpful in negotiations.‘’

Legal 500 IP (2023)

GEISTWERT‘s five-strong team comprising Constantin Kletzer, Juliane Messner, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider and Rainer Schultes offers comprehensive IP services. On the contentious side, this includes representing clients in patent, trade mark and copyright matters before the Austrian and European courts and IP offices. The team is well versed in handling commercial IP matters, advising a number of household names on the management of their global IP portfolios and performing due diligence prior to corporate transactions or investments. Clients from sectors as diverse as the gaming, entertainment, and food and beverage industries routinely instruct the practice on complex IP issues.

‘The GEISTWERT team is without any doubt the creme de la creme of IP in Austria: landmark cases, outstanding clients, including many state-owned and world leading companies from Austria, and they still take care of start-ups and smaller companies. Their teamwork is great and you can see that they really do have fun doing their job and going the extra mile.’

LEGAL 500 TMT (2023)

GEISTWERT is a specialist TMT, IP and IT boutique, assisting clients with the gamut of issues, and particularly proficient in advising on compliance with EU directives. Constantin Kletzer, Juliane Messner (admitted in Austria and Italy), Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider and Rainer Schultes lead the team, and advise video game developers, streaming and entertainment services and car manufacturers on the drafting of development contracts, IT outsourcing, online stores, gambling regulations, and, increasingly, NFTs. The team is also experienced in handling IP issues, often being instructed to handle patent and copyright matters.

‘Excellent technical and client service skills, innovative, flexible, pragmatic and reasonable on pricing, have embraced diversity from the very start, definitely my go-to place on any occasion.’

‘Alexander Schnider: very experienced on tech agreements, outsourcing and regulatory issues. Max Mosing: leader in the market on privacy matters. Juliane Messner: very helpful in disputes.’

‘The team pairs legal expertise with a hands-on approach, leaving unnecessary formalities aside and immediately focusing on the relevant parts. Furthermore, they can be reached quickly, have extremely fast response times and give clear advice on complex questions.’

LEGAL 500 Data Privacy And Data Protection (2023)

Juliane Messner and Max Mosing are clear experts in their field, understanding the legal, commercial and technical dimension of a client’s needs and stand out for their knowledge of current legal developments and state of the art technology.’

LEGAL 500 Data Privacy And Data Protection (2023)

GEISTWERT

Described as having adopted a ‘collegial partner-only approach‘ GEISTWERT team is comprises five partners, namely Juliane Messner, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider, Rainer Schultes, and Constantin Kletzer, who solely handle all matters at partner level. Sector wise, their work relates to the energy, environment, infrastructure and waste management areas. The group offers a full service for not only data protection and data privacy, but also for TMT generally, with strong focus on online business.

The law firm’s partner-only approach is a distinctive feature, ensuring vast experience with many of the client’s topics. Pleasantly informal, the firm understands the needs of its clients well and aims at delivering tailor-made solutions.’

‘Due to their collegial partner-only approach, both our lawyers appear simultaneously both in emails and calls, which makes a clear distinction between them difficult.’

iam Patent (2023)

“Juliane is an outstanding lawyer who not only manages to identify risks, but also develops the right solutions to fix them. She combines her IP and M&A experience brilliantly, and clients are amazed by her professionalism at every turn.”

iam Patent (2023)

“A highly skilled professional and a familiar face before the EUIPO and the Austrian PTO, Max’s pragmatism and dependability produce exceptional results.”

iam Patent (2023)

“In contentious proceedings relating to software development, Rainer Schultes, Constantin Kletzer and Alexander Schnider are goldmines of information”, and they all brought their A-game to the TeleTan dispute. Schultes is unfazed by the pressures of big-ticket disputes and translates complex matters into easily executable strategies, while Kletzer receives praise for his “reliable, astute and effective collaboration style. His quick wit and engaging manner make him great to work with.” “Alexander is a brilliant lawyer, not only because of his superior knowledge of the law, but also because of his commercial acumen and quick grasp of underlying business concerns.”

iam Patent (2023)

“A premier patent litigation firm, GEISTWERT is led by five highly experienced and entrepreneurial partners and a client-oriented team set on achieving their clients’ business goals. Their collaboration is exceptional, both in terms of content and results, and they are always focused and driven in their approach.” The stellar group recently represented TeleTan, the holder of a core patent of authentication processes in online banking, in an infringement claim.

iam Global Leaders 2023 Austria (Patent)

Together with ten further Austrian lawyers and patent attorneys, Rainer Schultes, Constantin Kletzer and Alexander Schnider of GEISTWERT were named as “Global Leaders” in Austrian patent law matters.

Chambers Europe TMT (2023)

Alexander Schnider advises clients on questions pertaining to gaming, NFTs and streaming platforms. He is further active on data protection mandates and provides advice on contracts. A client confirms: “He knows the game industry like no other lawyer in Austria.”

Chambers Europe TMT (2023)

Max Mosing advises clients from the entertainment and tech sectors on a range of IT matters, including development contracts, data protection and questions surrounding NFTs. He further assists with the launch of video gaming platforms and provides regulatory support for tech companies.

Chambers Europe TMT (2023)

GEISTWERT is a boutique firm offering dependable expertise in IT and related IP matters. The practice is noted for high-quality work in software contracts and game development. It additionally handles related IP aspects, especially copyright and trade mark matters. GEISTWERT’s further areas of activity include data protection and regulatory advice for tech companies. It is often seen advising technology startups as well as numerous clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries. The team represents state-owned and private companies on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Chambers Global IP (2023)

Rainer Schultes regularly advises clients from the automotive, pharmaceutical and media sectors on a variety of IP mandates, including trade mark and unfair competition claims. He additionally assists with international domain disputes. “Rainer Schultes is a highly capable lawyer.”

Chambers Global IP (2023)

Alexander Schnider boasts strong experience in IP mandates across the gaming and media sectors. He advises clients on trade marks, licensing and unfair competition as well as copyright issues. “He is a highly skilled trade mark lawyer and a familiar face before the EUIPO and the Austrian Patent Office.” “His major strength is being able to explain underlying legal issues comprehensively and already anticipating follow-up questions while doing so.” “When he spots a real problem he comes up with one or more viable solutions or workarounds and at the same time he can explain their respective advantages and disadvantages.” “Alexander Schnider’s responses always come very quickly and they are very clear and to the point. He sees through the white noise and cuts to the heart of the issue.”

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