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  • Germany

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  • IP - Patents
Friedrichstraße 2 – 6
Frankfurt 60323 Germany

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Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Design Patents, Utility Models, Patents); Media and Entertainment; IP and Commercial Litigation/Arbitration/Mediation; Competition/Anti-Trust
Professional Development
since 10/2009 Partner of KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN 2008 - 2009 Partner Kaye Scholer LLP, New York and Frankfurt/Main
2001 - 2008 Partner, MAYER BROWN & PLATT GAEDERTZ.; (since 2004 Mayer Brown LLP.) Frankfurt/Main
1998 - 2001 Partner, GAEDERTZ Rechtsanwälte; Frankfurt/Main
1992 - 1998 Partner GAEDERTZ Rechtsanwälte; Leipzig
1988 - 1989 Master of Laws (LL.M.; University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, Cal., USA)
1987 -1988 Ph.D. studies, Hamburg 1987 2nd State Examination/Admission to the Bar
1984 1st State Examination
1980 - 1984 Law School in Freiburg and Mainz
German, English, French
Personal Information
1959 born in Wiesbaden, married, 5 children
Professional experience (examples only):
  • Doctorate (Ph.D.) thesis about IP and Antitrust law
  • Associate and partner in the leading IP firm GAEDERTZ Rechtsanwälte since 1989
  • International Head of the IP practice at the international law firm MAYER BROWN LLP. from 2004 - 2008
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom AG as lead counsel in all trademark prosecution matters and administered the whole TM portfolio worldwide of Deutsche Telekom AG (ca. 40.000 TM's)
  • Advised Braun AG and Gillette Inc. in a multi state litigation
  • Advising Aegis Media Group in all IP related matters
  • Advising brand owners like Radeberger, Vapiano, Stabila, Verpoorten; UNIKA and a large number of other famous national brands in a variety of TM matters, anti-counterfeiting and complex IP litigation matters

Firm description

 About KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN Keil & Schaafhausen is a highly specialized, leading IP boutique firm in Germany, offering all legal services in all areas of IP law. The partners of the firm are Patent Attorneys, Trademark Attorneys and Civil Law litigation experts with longstanding experience in advising clients regarding the most effective protection, prosecution and litigation of IP rights. What we stand for The firm stands for IP work of the highest quality and professional service. We strive to offer a first-class legal work and combine it with first-class client service for all our clients. We use the same working techniques as large international law firms, in which some of our lawyers have spent most of their professional career, while at the same time avoiding the unnecessary overhead as well as excessive fee and invoicing habits. We concentrate on effective, efficient and commercially sound service, always focusing on the business interests of our clients. We provide practical and pragmatic advice in the interest of the business success of our clients. KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN works for national and international clients of all sizes and nationalities. We serve a substantial number of European, US American and Asian clients on a regular basis. Our long established world-wide network with prominent foreign associate firms, which are usually among the first ranks of law firms in their jurisdictions, helps us to efficiently provide international services for all situations and all needs of our clients. We practice a strong leadership with these foreign associate firms, meaning a very close and firm cooperation in international cases in order to secure a consistent level of quality and service from all involved lawyers.The quality and individual counsel of KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN in all matters of industrial property is widely appreciated. Numerous firms have been placing confidence in us for decades. Our legacy The legacy of KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN goes back to the early days of industrial property in Germany in the 19th century. In 1894 KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN filed one of the first trademarks, which was the year the first German trademark law came into force. This Trademark No 46 is still administered by us today. The firm has been part in major landmark cases of IP law ever since. The famous Federal Supreme Court decision 'Red Dove' (Rote Taube) was led by us. Actually, this 'Red Dove' never existed. It was created by fantasy; the 'inventor' was our technical designer. Nevertheless, since 1969 the 'Red Dove' decision has been the basis for the technical definition of an invention in Patent Law. For the definition of the extent of protection of a patent, the criteria established by the Federal Supreme Court in the decision 'Fastening Device' (Befestigungsvorrichtung) in 1990, are still valid. We also initiated legal proceedings which led to the famous Supreme Court decision 'Impeller Flow Meter' (Flügelradzähler) in which the Federal Supreme Court addressed the issues of indirect infringement and exhaustion of rights in 2004. Our staff of paralegal and secretarial assistants, who take daily care of our large portfolio of trademarks, patents, design patents and other IP rights, is very skilled and highly specialized. Our assistants have a solid industry experience providing extensive knowledge in employee inventions, patent and trademark searches and surveillance of IP rights. Others about us We are not presenting our clients nor their issues and problems in the market to our own benefit and we do not disclose details as many others do. We think this is in the best interest of our clients to win their cases and keep this for us. However, we are pleased about this quote in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2010/2011: "KEIL & SCHAAFHAUSEN This well-regarded firm advises clients ranging from small entities to international pharmaceuticals giants, representing the latter in major patent cases. Johann-Christoph Gaedertz, who joined the firm relatively recently, specializes in trade mark and design protection for clients in the telecommunications, media and tools industries among others. He is experienced in litigation and arbitrations."