Our IP/IT practice group is one of the largest in Austria, and brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and dynamic problem-solving skills to this constantly developing area of law. Our energetic team advises leading national and international corporations in diverse industries, such as automotive, energy, financial services, trade and service, real estate, manufacturing, infrastructure and transportation, telecommunications, media, and technology.

We are particularly adept at handling unfair competition, data protection, e-commerce, trademarks, software licenses, contract drafting, and distribution systems. Special emphasis is placed on advising and representing clients dealing with complex competition-law issues.

Our fields of expertise include:

Unfair Competition Law:

  • Unfair competition (Federal Act Against Unfair Competition)
  • Distribution systems (in particular independent dealer, sales agent, and franchise agreements)
  • Contract drafting (purchase and customer agreements, B2B and B2C)
  • Contract forms and GTC
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising, online marketing, and targeting (particularly in the area of social media)
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)

IP Law:

  • Intellectual property (copyright, trademark, design, and patent law )
  • IP due diligence
  • Management of IP rights (monitoring and administration)
  • Product piracy
  • License agreements
  • “Know-How” protection
  • Media law
  • Personality protection (especially damage to credit and insult to honor)

IT Law:

  • Data protection
  • Cloud computing
  • Outsourcing and service level agreements
  • Whistleblowing hotlines and ombudsmen
  • E-commerce (especially online shops, use of cookies, legal notices, “about” or “impressum” sections on websites, and newsletters)
  • Domain law
  • Software license agreements
  • License audits and software asset management

Additionally, in all of the above-mentioned areas:

  • Contract design and contract review
  • Enforcement, defense, and litigation
  • Compliance advice and compliance training
  • Preparation of legal opinions