The work of HARTE-BAVENDAMM has been frequently acknowledged by the German and international legal press.

JUVE Law Firm of the Year – Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (2010)

„Frequently recommended boutique in the area of trademark and unfair competition law that has strengthened its good market position even further. This is especially due to the fact that it has succeeded in expanding and intensifying its relations with reputable clients like Nestlé and Procter & Gamble. In particular, competitors regard the name partner as an authority. Goldmann is one of the best-known younger partners on the market. Recently he represented Levi Strauss in a prominent trademark case before the European Court of Justice.” (2013/2014)

“This frequently recommended firm is an established market player in the area of trademark and unfair competition law and it has maintained its dynamic growth” (2015/2016)

“A highly recommended firm for trademarks and unfair competition which made steady inroads by developing existing work (2017/2018)”

JUVE Law Firm of the Year – Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (2019)


“Receives extensive praise for its expertise in trade mark law. Capably handles large-scale international litigation cases, drawing on fruitful partnerships with law firms in key foreign jurisdictions. Active in much of Western Europe, having advised on recent matters concerning Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark and the UK.” (2017)

“Excellent choice for major trade mark and unfair competition litigation” (2011)

“This Hamburg boutique has made a name for itself in trade mark and unfair competition, frequently acting on big-ticket contentious matters. (2012)”

“A small but strong specialized boutique with a lot of brainpower.” (2012)

“A very motivated and engaged firm with a very high level of international capability” (2013)

“Ambitious Hamburg firm that has rapidly gained a reputation for its strong dedication to trade mark law. Best known for representing well-known companies from the retail, luxury goods, IT and healthcare industries in trade mark and design rights. Also active in related litigation and arbitration. ” (2016)

“Sources underline the team’s efficiency and dependability, and how this brings results: ‘I really like working with the lawyers. Apart from being top-notch expertise-wise, they are very practical and pragmatic. Their advice is concise and correct.’ …’If we ask for a statement one evening it will be on our desk the next morning.'”(2017)

Trade Mark & Unfair Competition – Band 1: “Outstanding trade mark and unfair competition team, often acting for clients from the fashion, pharmaceutical and retail industries. Also advises a number of companies from the food and beverage sector. Particularly active on contentious matters, representing clients in trade mark enforcement, infringement and opposition proceedings” (2019)

WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals:

“Its submissions to the court are always excellent: well considered, well structured and well written” (2012)

“A formidable opponent and a constant presence on the IP litigation scene. It is leading the charge in enforcement and is a big name in Germany” (2014)

“Established in 2008, HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte has quickly found its footing on the fiercely competitive German market” (2015)

“‘HARTE-BAVENDAMM is a top-notch boutique offering the utmost level of expertise, experience and service. The firm has a very well-balanced, efficient team of esteemed lawyers who excel with extremely broad knowledge and the most creative – but target-aimed – solutions. They combine their individual strengths remarkably and deliver the best results.’ Interviewees commend the outfit’s unique ability to recruit ‘the cream of the crop’ from the next generation of IP practitioners.” (2017)

“Established in 2008, the vibrant HARTE-BAVENDAMM has a reputation that belies the relatively short time it has been on the market. ‘It stands out from the crowd’” (2018)

“The 2008-established HARTE-BAVENDAMM runs a smashing IP practice out of Hamburg. ‘It only does soft intellectual property – and does it extremely successfully. It’s indisputably one of the biggest and best names on the market.'” (2019)

“…continues to provide a reassuringly comprehensive service, taking in everything from portfolio management to complex litigation and IP-related M&A activity.” (2021)

“A very motivated and engaged firm with a very high level of international capability” (2013)

“A high-quality boutique firm which has an outstanding IP expertise and great practical abilities” (2014)

“Thorough, relentless and always takes the initiative” (2015)

Top Tier: “provides ‘great quality, a high level of service and great value for money’” (2016)

Top Tier: “Noted for portfolio management and disputes, ‘excellent’ boutique HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte has ‘extremely high expertise and flexibility’.” (2017)

Top Tier: “…doubtlessly belongs to the ‘leading IP firms in Germany’ and is an ‘imperative recommendation’ for the ‘best possible advice in a practice area without overhead’. The continuously expanding team ‘both at partner and associate level always serves clients’ interests and advises at the highest level’; it makes clients feel like a ‘chess player, who is always one step ahead of the opponent’ and is not only noted for the ‘legal expertise of individual partners, but also their advisory capabilities and the penetration of legal disputes down to the last fibre’.” (2018)

Top Tier:  “…‘extraordinarily good’ IP experts provide ‘first-class advice’ and ‘a very high-service level’ with ‘very high responsiveness and a risk awareness’. The team’s combination of ‘an extraordinary business sense and outstanding industry expertise in the clients’ sectors’ makes the boutique a ‘leading address’.” (2019)

Top Tier: “…enjoys an excellent reputation and provides advice to a broad sector spectrum with consumer goods and food industries representing solid core areas. The group is regularly involved in contentious high-profile proceedings, but also acts in purely advisory capacity” (2021)

IP Stars, Germany, Trade mark contentious, Tier 1 in 2016 and 2017:

“Competitors say ‘it is a rather small but very good firm’, and they add ‘it is outstanding for trade mark contentious matters’. The team has experienced a certain growth and hold a great reputation in the market.” (2016)

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year (2016)

Law Firm of the Year 2021 (Intellectual Property)