In operational business decision makers have to struggle with obstacles each day. We assist in recognizing these at an early stage and help to overcome any barrier. One questions may be if a competitor is allowed to do “it”, whether own labels are concerned, whether a product is affected by new rules of action, whether the own website is legally fine or if the own terms are active and so on.
It is absolutely necessary to know the legal framework of one’s own activity in order to achieve ongoing success. At the same time the legal environment of any commercial activity changes with an increasing rate. It is our part to give our clients strategic advice and develop concepts to accompany their whole market presence and provide legal certainty. This reduces risks and makes success more predictable.
We analyze, create and manage our client’s contracts. This includes research and development, purchase and sales – e.g. of production facilities – cooperation and any other joint-ventures, especially in the fields of energy and automotive. Our activities vary from the control of draft contracts to the complete conception of contracts and – if desired – competent support in negotiations. We provide our service in English and French as well.
In addition to that we offer widespread administrative support concerning the administration of complex contract portfolios. Thanks to that our customers will never lose track in a globalized world.
By using terms and conditions it is possible to modify the legal spread of risks and the burden sharing in favor of the user. Mainly in the area of entrepreneurial transfer excellent scopes for design are given, for instance with regard to the extent of warranty. But at the same time terms hold considerable risks: On the one hand commercial partners of users of terms are often not aware of what they get into. On the other hand the use of wrong and therefore legally void terms can lead to warnings with costs and financial risks. At the same time setting operative terms becomes more and more difficult due to an increasing casuistic jurisdiction. Particularly in business one often finds contradictory terms, for example conditions for purchase on one hand and terms and conditions of sale on the other. We offer prompt and pragmatic support to our clients in dealing with these potential problems. Therefore, we control the terms and conditions of the contract partners and clear everything up. Furthermore we check and build the terms of our clients, for example in the fields of purchasing, sales and supply conditions. Our service includes the checkup of terms towards end-customers as well. In doing so we inform our clients in such a way about chances and risks of potential arrangements that they will avoid any unpleasant surprise.
We counsel extensively in the field of Intellectual Property. That means we are helping our clients to protect, to defend and to implement their ideas, trade mark rights and know-how in order to maintain in a free and fair competition. The expression “Intellectual Property Law” summarizes a variety of singular fields of law, which are divided into two subregions, specifically: the law of intellectual property rights and the competition law. The law of intellectual property comprises both: The protection of signs (trademarks, work titles, company symbols) and designs (industrial design) as well as technical achievements like patents and utility patents. We also attach to Intellectual Property the economically relevant aspects of creative designs (copyright). In contrast the field of competition law comprehends the law of fair and unfair competition as well as the anti-trust laws.
Furthermore we advise our clients in matters of public procurement. This includes both the applicant’s and the public undertaking site. Our activity does not only focus on the formal process requirements; beyond that we take an active part in the verification procedure and we act for applicants as well as for agents and summoned companies.
We assist in dealing with the problems of products liability. Yet the beginning and limits of a producer’s liability are often unclear. Therefore, we throw lights on the difference in between guarantee, defects liability and strict product liability. Based on the fact that a large number of circulating products bear risks, we counsel comprehensively and – if possible – long before the product was launched. That makes our clients capable of implementing consequently the requirements of legal practice as to the established case categories in products liability. To be concise: we are helping to optimize the stages of design, manufacturing and instruction as well as the final product observation from a legal point of view. In doing so we especially support the building and implementation of quality management systems, thereby taking into account the limits of information exchange of companies based on antitrust guidelines.