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Marc F-X Groebl


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  • Duke University (LL.M. 1996; Assistant to Professor David Lange, IP law, 1996-1997); Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich (Scholar, 1993-1995); State of Bavaria (Second State Examination 1994); University of Munich (First State Examination 1992); University of Paris (Language Degree 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, Federal Republic of Germany, all German District Courts and Courts of Appeals, German Federal Patent Court (BPatG), and German Patent and Trademark Office

As head of the IP Trademark and Design group in Germany, Marc Groebl works primarily in the field of intellectual property law, focusing on "soft IP." He has extensive experience in prosecuting and litigating intellectual property law matters, including cross-border litigation. Marc renders strategic legal advice to large corporations regarding international trademark, unfair trade practices, copyright law, and internet domain portfolios.

Marc has represented many international companies in court and administrative proceedings and in settlement negotiations for some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including LVMH-Group, The Procter & Gamble Company, Wendy’s, and one of the best known U.S. fashion brands.

Specifically, Marc advised label powerhouse LVMH on numerous key trademark matters; he handled various complex EU design and trademark infringement matters for Procter & Gamble; and he worked to introduce one of the best known U.S. fashion brands as a new label in Germany.

Additionally, Marc represented Koninklijke KPN NV (Dutch telecommunications company) and its subsidiaries in numerous opposition proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office. He was the leading counsel for a cross-border litigation of a famous Dutch fashion brand concerning the designation "RAW".

Marc is a member of the Munich Bar (Board of Directors, 2008-present). He is also a member of the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR), INTA (member of the European Amicus CuriaeSubcommittee) and the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV).

Honors & Distinctions

  • JUVE Handbook: "competent attorney" (2012-2013) and "excellent and loyal" (2011-2012)

    Ranked in 2014 for the third time in a row in the "Silver Band" of World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 – The Definitive Guide to Trademark Legal Services, described as "a fine lawyer and a consummate professional"; "top litigator"; "smart, precise and diligent"; and "extremely intelligent guy"

    Nominated as "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property (2014-2017)


German (native speaker), English (fluent), French (fluent), and Japanese (basic)
Marc Groebl