For more than three decades now, the Raue name has stood for exceptional competence where the laws governing intellectual property are concerned. For our clients, having the ability to dispose over their works is as fundamental a right as it is a demanding one: The digital world is constantly changing, and where the protection of the rights of authors or artists is concerned, their economic freedom and that of the collecting societies representing them is also at stake. And protecting intellectual property is a demanding task in legal terms not only as a consequence of rapidly evolving technology and the provisions made in the digital world that, thus far, have failed to achieve their intended purpose. It is also a challenge because typically, these cases will entail ties among the various fields of the law that are so close as to be inseparable. We are in a position to deal with this as our practice has comprehensive experience in all of the relevant fields: Copyright law, the laws governing unfair competition and anti-trust law, as well as trademark law and patent law.

We advise our clients on questions of strategy, represent them in cases of conflict, and lend support in the course of legislative procedures, both in Germany and at the European level. Moreover, our practice is characterized by a strong commitment to promoting scholarly work on the protection of intellectual property in academia, as evidenced by our publications, lectures, and lecturing activities.

Focus areas

Copyright law

  • Representation of publishing houses, movie and television producers, as well as collecting societies in disputes centering on copyrights
  • Structuring of agreements
  • Litigation

Agreements with artists

Protection of industrial property rights and the laws governing unfair competition

  • Strategic advice on the development, protection, commercialization, defense, and enforcement of trademarks;
  • Representation in infringement proceedings, cancellation proceedings, and opposition proceedings under trademark law, also before the European General Court;
  • Application for the registration of trademarks, management of trademarks, and monitoring for collisions with trademarks already registered/applied for, including trademark research and title searches;
  • Representation in patent infringement proceedings;
  • Representation in disputes subject to the laws governing unfair competition;
  • Advising on all matters of IT law and in the field of e-commerce;
  • Disputes concerning internet domains;
  • Structuring of research and development agreements, licensing agreements, and cooperation agreements.

Rankings (Media)

  • Designated “Law Firm of the Year 2014 for media and technology” by the publishers of the monthly industry magazine “Rechtsmarkt,” JUVE, the leading publishing firm in the market
  • Frequently recommended for media / laws of contract, and copyright law (tier 2), JUVE Handbook 2015/2016
  • “Strong contentious offering covering reputation management and IP.” Chambers Europe 2015

REFERENCES

  • Representing Sky in trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings
  • Advising and representing Sixt in the areas of IT law and trademarks
  • Representing VG Media in proceedings against Google and other search engines before the arbitration board regarding the ancillary copyright law of press publishers
  • Advising and representing Axel Springer SE and subsidiary companies on press law matters
  • Representing ProSiebenSat.1 in proceedings regarding the use of broadcast signals for online video recorder
  • Representing German copyright collecting society GEMA in appeal proceedings regarding YouTube blocking messages
  • Representing Tele Columbus in intellectual property matters and unfair competition law
  • Advising Unify in the area of unfair competition law