Leading European IP firm welcomes trademark partner in Munich

Jan RetherIntellectual property firm Mewburn Ellis announces the appointment of Jan Rether as a partner in the firm’s expanding Munich office. The hire will further enhance the firm’s trademark capabilities in the European market.

Jan is an attorney-at-law with vast experience handling all trademark related matters including applications, clearance searches, oppositions proceedings (including appeal proceedings up to the General Court and the European Court of Justice, as well as to the Bundespatentgericht). He handles complex litigation matters on behalf of his clients, as well as settlement negotiations and delimitation agreements.

Further to this, Jan also has experience advising on various unfair competition law and copyright issues. He joins the firm from Grünecker where he spent six years, having previously worked at Boehmert & Boehmert.

Jan’s arrival comes at a period of significant growth for the Munich office and follows the hire of Stephan Hoefs last year.

Mewburn Ellis opened its Munich office in 2017, offering a full range of patent, trademark and design services, including drafting, prosecution, oppositions, litigation, IP strategy consulting and portfolio management.


Tanis Keirstead, Head of Mewburn Ellis’ Munich office, commented:

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jan to the team here in Munich. We take a very tailored and strategic approach to hiring to ensure our clients receive best-in-class service, and Jan is a perfect example of the leading IP talent we strive for. 

“Jan’s addition to the team is part of a wider ambitious growth phase to enhance our ability to serve European and international clients, and we’ve seen first-hand the value this offering brings.”

Jan Rether, partner at Mewburn Ellis, added:

“I am delighted to embark on this next chapter at Mewburn Ellis during such an exciting period of growth for the firm. They have an outstanding reputation in the European market and a deep understanding of their clients’ needs, which is evident in everything they do. I’m looking forward to working closely with and supporting my new colleagues and clients alike.”


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