New Horizons: How external counsel can help you explore and secure market entry opportunities

November 2021

IR Global members offer jurisdiction-specific advice on how external counsel can help you explore & secure market entry opportunities.  The global Covid-19 pandemic may not be over, but business leaders […]

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Ateus joins IR as the exclusive Insolvency Member in Austria

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Michael Herzer of Ateus. Michael has joined IR as our exclusive Insolvency Member in Austria. Displaying a sense of style, straightforwardness and integrity is actually quite easy. One only has to be completely permeated by it in all areas of life. […]

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Michael Herzer

Lawyer, Ateus

sdh attorneys at law joins IR as the exclusive Real Estate Member in Austria

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Markus Stender of sdh attorneys at law. Markus has joined IR as our exclusive Real Estate Member in Austria. Markus specialises in National and international business law, business contract law, Corporate law, private foundations, Real property law, General civil law, Proceedings […]

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What will be the biggest challenge clients face? What have advisors done in different jurisdictions to protect clients?

Although there is a rapidly growing number of CBD stores in Austria, it’s worth noting a few different uses and the respective restrictions of cannabis products. FoodCannabinoid-containing extracts marketed as such or in foodstuffs – predominantly marketed as food supplements (e.g., CBD oil), are generally considered to be novel foods. Novel foods are defined as […]

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What’s the biggest challenge advisors face when trying to understand risk in this space?

A general, not Austria-specific, remark is that companies engaged in the production or distribution of cannabisneed to ensure an additional level of security when cannabis is in transit. Whether it is the product moving from the supplier to the retailer or from the retailer to the consumer, the product is vulnerable to in-transit theft which […]

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What advice would you give your clients about brand protection in your jurisdiction? Is it easy to trademark a cannabis brand?

The possibilities to register cannabis trademarks with the Austrian Patent Office are very limited. To date with the Austrian Patent Office only three trademark registrations including the term “cannabis” are (still) registered; “Österreichisches Cannabis Netzwerk” for the Austrian Cannabis Network “Cannabisin” for a drug (registered 2014) “Jayzoo Cup Winner Cannabis” – combined trademark (registered 2021) […]

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The Evolution of the Cannabis Industry:

An Intellectual Property Perspective

June 2021

Coming of Age: Why legislation is finally catching up with cannabis While the world has been dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic during the past 18 months, one business sector that […]

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Member Spotlight – Never say never: why Klaus Oblin the aspiring novelist became a first-class lawyer

Klaus Oblin is a highly successful, seasoned Viennese litigator who loves the cut and thrust of the court room with its challenges and reasoned debate. For him, dispute resolution is like a game of chess; a chance to outmanoeuvre and outsmart the opposition. The law according to Klaus needs to be interesting and stimulating, the […]

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