Dr. Nicolás Schmitz

Admitted to the Bar, Certified IP lawyer
nicolas.schmitz@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: Munich

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

Expertise

Nicolás Schmitz is a frequently recommended specialist in trademark, design, competition and copyright law. Providing strategic advice to companies in defending their intellectual property rights in court and defending against legal claims is one of the focal points of his daily work. Protecting investments in new products by registering non-conventional trademarks, designs, etc., also falls within his many years of expertise.

Building on this, combating product piracy is another focus of his work. Well-known manufacturers in the luxury goods industry rely on his strategic advice and experienced team, which can reflect on an impressive series of successful and effectively planned warning and border seizure complexes.

He regularly appears before all German and European courts in multinational litigation. This includes proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the EUIPO and the European Court of Justice.

Nicolás sees himself as a personal and long-term partner to his clients, monitoring the economic framework conditions. His dynamic, team-oriented, and optimistic approach and many years of experience make him a highly valued contact.

Nicolás has cultivated a multicultural background, having grown up in Argentina, the USA, Switzerland, and Germany. This upbringing has endowed him with a deep understanding of various cultures and their communication norms.

When he’s not reconnecting with his South American roots by visiting family, Nicolás spends his leisure time with his wife and three children, engaging in activities such as mountain adventures, football or tennis matches, and enjoying performances at the Philharmonic Hall.

Areas

  • Trademark infringement & product piracy
  • Trademark Law
  • Designs
  • Copyright Law
  • Competition Law
  • IT/Data Protection

Key points

  • Technology and smart device companies
  • Gaming software and technology
  • Fashion, perfumes & luxury goods
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical device
  • Entertainment
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive industry
  • Food industry
  • Household goods and furniture

Vita

  • Study of law at the University of Cologne; first state examination in 1997
  • Doctorate at the University of Cologne, 1998
  • Stay abroad, Baker & Botts L.L.P., New York, 2001
  • Legal clerkship at the Regional Court of Cologne; second state examination 2002
  • Admitted to the bar, 2002
  • Lawyer, Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler, 2002-2005
  • Lawyer at Grünecker, 2006
  • Certified IP lawyer
  • Partner at Grünecker, since 2013

Publications

“New possibilities for trademark misuse? – On the legal classification of so-called vanity numbers”
GRUR, 03/2000

“0800-Pizzataxi – Words say more than 1000 numbers”
Financial Times Deutschland, 11. Mai 2002

“Damage through notoriety”
FAZ, June 30, 2004

Awards & Rankings

“Nicolás is an exceptional lawyer. He is flexible, practical and eager to work with brands to achieve their business goals. Nicolás is strategic and solution-oriented and easy to work with.”
JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, 2023/2024

Gold – Individuals
World Trademark Review (WTR), 2023

“Knowledgeable and experienced trademark lawyer”
Legal 500, 2023

Star of the trademark lawyers
“Nicolás Schmitz frequently advises international groups from the luxury sector”
IP Stars (Managing IP), 2023