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About Us

What is start:? Start: is a joint venture between the German law firm FPS and the German patent firm Olbricht Patent Attorneys. FPS has a long tradition in Germany as a full-service law firm with about 130 attorneys in four German locations. Olbricht Patent Attorneys serves its clients with a team of 20 patent attorneys and assistants. Start: was created by two very experienced IP attorneys in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Christoph Holzbach from FPS and Robin Keulertz from Olbricht Patent Attorneys, in order to serve as Germany’s one-stop platform for IP prosecution and litigation needs of clients in the United States and Canada.

No matter whether you need to create or register a new trade mark, design or patent, launch a new brand or litigate your rights from any infringements, IP lawyers at start: will guide you through the process from beginning to end and vigorously defend your IP rights in the German and European courts. Also, if you don’t have an actual location in Germany, we will help to establish jurisdiction.

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Patents

Applying for patents, protecting brands and designs is often called “responding to the successful creation process.” But anyone who wants to achieve more than a “collection” of individual industrial property rights must act systematically and create structures which enable to select, develop, check and eliminate. Such a strategy is precision work.
First and foremost as patent attorneys, we have to listen to the inventor, who often sees things differently than us and trust and understand his or her idea …

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Trademarks

Our trademark practice is a core area of our IP work. Protecting trademarks against improper use by others is our specialty. Applying the right strategy in registering a trademark promises the utmost protection and minimizes the risk of infringing other trademarks. Start trademark lawyers work closely with the clients to determine the trademark strategy and also monitor and administer registered trademarks and domains. Whenever trademark rights are violated, the firm will litigate the case at the appropriate court …

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Design & Copyright

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Start has a profound expertise in design law, comprising consultation in proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), the European Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) and the international World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Our attorneys represent clients from all industry sectors in pre-trial consultation and proceedings before all specialized courts for design law in Germany. This includes advising clients on the pros and cons of design registrations generally…

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Attorney Profiles

Our strategy: Protect the new! To understand new ideas, inventions, innovations and brands, one needs to understand markets, develop strategies and outline tactics. Etc…

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