Dr. Christoph Rieken, LL.M. (University of London)

Rechtsanwalt
Partner
Practice Group: Intellectual Property
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Dr Christoph Rieken advises on intellectual property law with a focus on trademark law, unfair competition law, design law and copyright law. He advises rights holders throughout the entire lifecycle of their IP rights. His advice encompasses strategic consulting on the choice of brands and company logos, including availability searches, application procedures, opposition proceedings and other official proceedings, differentiation agreements, and licensing, including selective distribution (including franchising, merchandising and sponsoring) and judicial defence of IP rights. Christoph Rieken also advises on online and offline sales of branded products, including selective distribution and its structure in compliance with antitrust law, as well as on parallel imports, and on combating brand piracy. Another focus of his work is advising on IP transactions, including establishing and exploiting collateral for IP rights in the context of granting loans.

Expertise

  • Intellectual Property, especially trademark law, fair trading practices law, design law and copyright law
  • IP litigation
  • IP transactions
  • Licenses and merchandising
  • Franchise
  • Selective distribution

Career

  • Studied law at the Universities of Würzburg and London
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers in 2006
  • Worked several years for international law firms
  • With Noerr since 2015

Distinctions

  • Frequently recommended lawyer for trademark, design and competition law: “very good and tough negotiator in complex trademark disputes”, competitor, JUVE Handbook (2017/2018) „cooperative and dedicated“, competitor JUVE Handbuch (2018/2019)
  • Acknowledged by Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars (2018): “Christoph Rieken is a key trade mark partner in the IP department.”

Memberships

  • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V. (GRUR)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Selected Publications

  • Der Schutz olympischer Symbole: Schutzrechte an den Olympischen Ringen und den olympischen Bezeichnungen in Deutschland, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2008
  • Inderst/Bannenberg/Poppe Compliance, 3. Auflage; C.F. Müller 2017; Intellectual Property 366 - 380
  • MarkenR 2015, 173-178: Zum Schutz olympischer Bezeichnungen nach der BGH Entscheidung "Olympia-Rabatt" MarkenR 2014, 365-370: Zum erweiterten Schutz bekannter Marken gegen Keyword-Advertising in Deutschland
  • MarkenR 2013, 334-339: Umfang und Grenzen des Schutzes olympischer Symbole
  • MarkenR 2013, 63-66: Insolvenzfeste Gestaltung von Lizenzen nach M2Trade/Take Five (with Timo Conraths);
  • MarkenR 2012, 449-454: Löschungsansprüche gegen rechtsverletzende Domainnamen
  • GRUR-Prax 2017, 428: Faktoren zur Bestimmung der bösgläubigen Unionsmarkenanmeldung
  • GRUR-Prax 2016, 440: Anm. zu BPatG: Verwechslungsgefahr zwischen Salamander und Sanamander
  • GRUR-Prax 2016, 148: Anm. zu High Court of Justice: KitKat-Keine Unterscheidungskraft durch Benutzung MarkenR 2006, 439-445: Die Eventmarke – Eine neue Markenform zur rechtlichen Absicherung des Sponsoring und Merchandising?