Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann focuses on clearance searches and strategic advice regarding the development, maintenance, and enforcement of trademark portfolios. He also has an important litigation practice in trademark design and unfair competition matters. Furthermore, he handles anti-counterfeiting work for his clients. His clients include German medium-sized companies as well as multinational corporations. He is also the attorney responsible for the BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT office in Paris.
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Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann studied law at the University of Munich, at the European Institute of the University of Geneva, and at St. John’s College, Oxford. He worked as a research associate at the Humboldt University of Berlin. As a scholarship holder, he obtained his doctorate working on the effects of the free movement of goods on national unfair competition law.
Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann regularly gives presentations about German trademark law in Germany and abroad. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Munich. He is co-author of the Manual of Intellectual Property of the Internet, Fromm/Nordemann: Commentary on German Copyright Act, as well as Götting/Nordemann: Commentary on German Act against Unfair Competition.
The JUVE Manual 2015/2016 recommends him in the category “Trademark & Competition Law.” Legal 500 Germany 2015/2016 counts him among recommended lawyers in Trademark Law who often represents his clients before the courts.
In the 2016 edition of WTR 1000 he is described “exceptionally responsive with excellent substantive knowledge,” and in the Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2016, he is named as “one of the best” trademark lawyers in Germany.
Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann is member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the Association des Praticiens du droit des marques et des modèles (APRAM), and the International Trademark Association (INTA) for which he has served on various committees.