It is with great pleasure that Schalast announces the expansion of its Stuttgart office, integrating the law firm LichtensteinKörner effective October 1, 2022. Since its foundation in 1948, the long-established IP firm has been focusing on trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright law. In those areas, it has been recognized by Juve, Chambers, WTR1000 and Legal500, among others. The three new partners Prof. Dr. Thomas Sambuc, LL. M., Dr. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle and Dr. Alexander Hauch will contribute their skills and expertise to Schalast’s IP, Media & Technology practice group.
Wolfgang Sigler, co-head of the Stuttgart office and member of the Corporate/M&A practice group explains: "We are very pleased to expand our office with the renowned colleagues Prof. Sambuc, Dr. Gründig-Schnelle and Dr. Hauch and their IP expertise. This know-how is very important for our clients from the "Mittelstand" as well as for those from the startup scene - especially with regard to the advancing digitalization and integration of new technologies."
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast: "We are very pleased to complete our advisory spectrum with this addition. This is especially true as we can now offer comprehensive top tier IP advice and thus provide first class service to one of the DNA strands of our international network Multilaw."
Prof. Dr. Thomas Sambuc emphasizes: "Joining the law firm Schalast with its nationwide presence and membership in the Multilaw network is exactly the right step for us to bring our experience and expertise in the fields of trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright law into a larger structure and to expand it together with our new colleagues."
The new partners in detail:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Sambuc, LL. M. (Yale) was admitted to the bar in 1980 after studying in Berlin, Tübingen and Yale and has since been active in unfair competition, trademark, design and copyright law. He has published over 40 articles in these fields of law. He is Honorary Chairman of the Southwest Chapter of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR) and Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen.
Dr. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle has been working as a lawyer since 1995. She advises and represents clients in particular in trademark law, both in Germany and at the EU level, as well as abroad in cooperation with partner law firms. Her focus is on strategic advice in obtaining trademark protection as well as in the field of defending and enforcing trademark rights, whether through opposition proceedings, cease-and-desist letters or litigation. She is a member of GRUR, ECTA and INTA and regularly publishes judgment reviews in the journal GRUR-Prax.
Dr. Alexander Hauch has been advising and representing clients since 2016, particularly in the areas of unfair competition law, trademark law, and design and copyright law. His focus is on litigation and out-of-court enforcement. Dr. Hauch is a member of the Expert Committee for Competition and Trademark Law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and regularly authors articles in legal journals. World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 lists him as recommended individual.