Oliver has specialised in intellectual property for nearly 20 years, advising clients on the protection and exploitation of trade marks and design rights in the EU and worldwide. He is accredited to the Munich bar and licensed to practice before all German regional and higher regional courts, as well as the German Patent Office and the German Patent Court. He also helps companies to enforce their IP rights before the EUIPO and WIPO.
Oliver handles opposition proceedings against trade mark applications as well as defending new applications against oppositions and negotiating settlements. He handles trade mark infringement proceedings, including obtaining interim relief.
Oliver has particular expertise in unfair competition laws in Germany, such as in regard to misleading or comparative advertising, and he advises on interim proceedings and court action arising in such cases.
For new business ventures, Oliver provides consultancy regarding the clearance of new company names and domain names. He also defends the use of a company name against alleged infringement claims and he takes legal action against the users of infringing names.
In regard to design rights, Oliver provides strategic advice regarding the scope of protection for a new design, drafts design applications and handles the filing of designs in the EU and the extension of protection to other countries. He also acts in design infringement proceedings and interim proceedings before the ordinary courts in Germany.
A former lecturer in trade mark law at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, he has a broad appreciation of international business law and has been involved in border seizure for counterfeit products.