P+P Pöllath Partners has an experienced team of attorneys who specialize in intellectual property (IP), distribution law and antitrust law. Through the close cooperation of these practice areas, we are able to offer our clients comprehensive legal advice under one roof.

IP Law
We understand that IP may be the most valuable asset for many of our clients. Therefore, we are committed to offering the best possible advice in this practice area.

P+P has special experience in the field of drafting and negotiating complex contracts (licensing, rights and know-how transfer, research & development agreements).

P+P advises IT companies and start-ups on all matters relating to software, Internet law and data protection issues.

P+P also focuses on IP and IT issues within the context of transactions, in particular in cases in which the target companies own or depend on know-how, software and intellectual property rights such as copyrights, patents and trademarks; this includes advice on questions of deal structuring and securitization agreements based on IP rights. We identify and evaluate issues and develop solutions in these areas of law during both the due diligence process and in the drafting and negotiating of the SPAs. We may also supervise transitional agreements after closing.

Distribution Law
P+P advises clients nationally and internationally on the development and negotiation of distribution concepts, on the drafting and negotiation of distribution agreements and other issues related to distribution law.

P+P also advises on the development of licensed dealer, commercial representative and franchise agreements, as well as on joint ventures. In particular, we advise companies in knowledge-based industries such as the pharmaceutical and automotive industries, the media and IT sectors.

Antitrust Law
We advise national and international companies and investors on all areas of German and European antitrust law.

We represent our clients in merger control proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and coordinate such proceedings worldwide. We provide comprehensive advice on all antitrust legal issues in connection with transactions and the organization of joint ventures. Upon request, we also examine the risk of antitrust issues within a target company based on a risk adequate antitrust due diligence.

P+P advises companies on all aspects of antitrust issues related to IP and distribution. We examine the agreements between companies for unfavorable antitrust clauses and advise on the proper contract design in order to comply with antitrust regulations, in particular based on the relevant block exemption regulations and guidelines.

We represent companies in fine and administrative proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission and advise on possible leniency strategies. P+P provides comprehensive advice on antitrust compliance as a preventive measure.