Johannes Zindel

Johannes Zindel


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-20
Fax: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-99
Languages: German, English

Johannes Zindel (66), Partner, is perceived for his experience as counsel and litigator in the areas of unfair competition, antitrust law, media and press law, public procurement and the laws on food and pharmaceuticals. He commenced his legal career as an assistant professor at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz. In 1980 he became partner at Gaedertz Rechtsanwälte, one of the leading German law firms in competition and antitrust law at that time. At Gaedertz, he first led the IP practice group, and was appointed Managing Partner in 1995. In his more than 40-years of practice, Johannes Zindel has litigated multiple cases over unfair competition, trademarks and other IP-rights throughout all court instances up to the highest national and international courts. He has represented clients suffering from trademark piracy and cyber squatting, inside and outside courts to enforce their rights. Johannes Zindel leads the firm's antitrust and public procurement practice groups and is further the firm's central contact for trademarks, domains and designs.

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  • Counsel and representation in all areas of unfair competition, development of marketing concepts in coordination with advertising agencies;
  • Strategic advice and legal consultancy with regard to trademark portfolios, registration of national, European und international trademarks, counsel for license agreement and advice with respect to development of distribution systems, monitoring of trademarks, domains and company names with regard to collisions;
  • Representation of and advice to trademark owners at the German Patent and Trademark Office, at the Office of Harmonization and in appeals at the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Supreme Court and at the European Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice, advice and representation of brand companies in cases of trademark-piracy including enforcement of damage compensation;
  • Representation of bidders and contracting authorities in matters of public procurement at all complaint boards, in appeals to the senates for public procurement matters all over Germany;
  • Advice and litigation in area of media and press law, enforcement of claims for revocation and rectification;
  • Advice in all areas of antitrust law and representation at national and international authorities with regard to merger projects and other types of cooperation potentially subject to authority approval, advice and representation with regard to discrimination, abusive market behavior and boycott, litigation over claims for damage compensation;
  • Advice and litigation in areas of food and nutrition law, counsel to producers and distributors of dietary supplement products, infant nutrition, alcoholic and soft drinks;
  • Advice to and litigation for producers of pharmaceuticals and drugs.

Publications / Lectures

  • Co-author of the Beck'sche Collection of standard forms for IP prosecution and litigation;
  • Multiple articles and comments to court decisions.

Membership / Appointments

  • Member of the German Society for IP-law (GRUR);
  • Member of the Study-Federation Antitrust Law;
  • Member of the Study-Federation Food Law;
  • Lecturer of the course of studies "European Business Law" at the Fresenius University of Applied  Sciences regarding the course "European Competition Law".

Career / Education

  • Founding partner of Klinkert (2010);
  • Partner at Jones Day (2001-2009);
  • Gaedertz Rechtsanwälte, as associate (1977), after 1980 as partner;
  • Assistant professor at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz 1975;
  • Admission to the bar 1976.