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.
Chambers Global IP (2021)
Constantin Kletzer is a well-respected and experienced specialist for patent disputes. He assists international clients from various sectors with enforcement proceedings, often representing global life sciences corporations before Austrian courts as part of multi-jurisdictional litigation. Kletzer is also active on trade mark matters, including filing and clearing up non-used trade marks. Interviewees applaud his litigation skills, with one person asserting that he is „very thoughtful, strategically thinking and very goal-oriented in his advice on proceedings.“
Chambers Global IP (2021)
In the 12th Annual Global Law Experts Awards (2021), all GEISTWERT partners have been awarded as follows: Constantin Kletzer: Industrial Property Lawyer of the Year, Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year and Copyright Lawyer of the Year; Juliane Messner: Data Protection Lawyer of the Year and Privacy Law Lawyer of the Year; Max Mosing: IT Lawyer of the Year and Data Protection Lawyer of the Year; Alexander Schnider: IP Lawyer of the Year and IT Lawyer of the Year; Rainer Schultes: Patent Lawyer of the Year and Copyright Lawyer of the Year.
Annual Global Law Experts Awards (2021)
“A go-to for any and all trademark matters, GEISTWERT changed the face of the Austrian legal landscape when it was set up. Its unique strength comes from its five highly experienced, innovative and ambitious founding partners, who are all absolute stars in their respective specialisations. Their entrepreneurial spirit, ultra-quick response times and the results they achieve instil clients with utmost confidence.” First on the team sheet, “Alexander Schnider is an extremely clever strategist, skilled negotiator and logical thinker, and his courtroom presence is absolutely striking. The great thing about Alexander is that he never sees problems – only solutions. He cuts straight through any white noise and gets right to the heart of the issue”. “Both Rainer Schultes and Constantin Kletzer are extremely knowledgeable, quick and easy to work with. They know what rights holders need even before they do.” Schultes is a technology whizz who handles high-profile cases with ease; while Kletzer “combines a thorough knowledge of statutory and case law with a great business acumen, all to the benefit of his clients”. Max Mosing also comes in for particular praise: “He is a renaissance man in the area of intellectual property and somehow still manages to surprise with the breadth of his knowledge and forward thinking. As a practical and commercially minded litigator, he knows all the tricks when it comes to enforcing marks, while providing a comfortable environment for his clients. He is super-friendly, easy to reach, dispenses with the legalese and is always fun to work with.” Completing the line-up is Juliane Messner: “An outstanding negotiator, she drafts bulletproof contracts and handles corporate matters with great diligence. Her advice gets to the crux of each issue and her solutions are hands-on and business oriented.” Juliane is the first-choice for start-ups as well as established companies in the life sciences and ITsectors.
WTR 1000 (2021)
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
GEISTWERT wurde vom Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers für das Jahr 2020 in Österreich wie folgt ausgezeichnet: Kanzlei des Jahres für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz: GEISTWERT. Anwalt des Jahres für IT-Recht: Max Mosing. Unter den besten Anwälten für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz: Juliane Messner, Constantin Kletzer, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider und Rainer Schultes. Unter den besten Anwälten für IT-Recht: Max Mosing & Alexander Schnider. Unter den besten Anwälten für Technologierecht: Juliane Messner & Alexander Schnider. Unter den besten Anwälten für Konfliktlösung: Constantin Kletzer
Handelsblatt: Österreichs Beste Anwälte 2020 – in Kooperation mit 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
Constantin Kletzer was named an IP Star 2020 for Patents and Trademarks
MIP IP Stars 2020
Drei GEISTWERT Partner wurden im österreichischen „trend“ Ranking (2020) erneut ausgezeichnet: Max Mosing für Medienrecht, Rainer Schultes für (unlauteres) Wettbewerbsrecht und Constantin Kletzer für Marken-, Urheber- und Patentrecht.
trend Anwaltsranking 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
“Constantin Kletzer is an outstanding lawyer with amazing experience in soft IP.” “Constantin Kletzer is the best patent litigator I know in Austria. He gets to the heart of things quickly and knows how to steer the court into the right direction.” “We love Constantin Kletzer – he really is very hands-on and practical, bringing the solutions we need.”
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