Intellectual Property / IP & IT

General Court Finds ‘BRAVO’ and ‘Brave Paper’ Confusingly Similar

Claudia Csáky recently analysed the decision of the General Court of the European Union of May 8, 2019, T-37/18 – BRAVO v. Brave Paper in INTA Bulletin. .. more


New 'daddy month' strengthens paternal bonding early on

Jakob Widner recently discussed a new law that grants fathers a legal entitlement to one month off work following the birth of their child. .. more

Banking & Finance

Regulation of Virtual Currency

Otto Waechter recently analysed the current status of virtual currency regulations in the European Union and Austrian legislation. .. more

Dispute Resolution / Litigation & Arbitration

Supreme Court evaluates hybrid arbitration agreement

Nikolaus Pitkowitz recently analysed the Supreme Court’s evaluation of a hybrid arbitration agreement. .. more


Festschrift in Honor Of Gunter Nitsche’s 75th Birthday

On the occasion of Gunter Nitsche’s 75th birthday Graf & Pitkowitz celebrated the presentation of the Festschrift: “Corporations and Corporate Law in academia and practice. Festschrift for Gunther Nitsche’s 75th birthday”. .. more


Handelsblatt Best Lawyers Ranking

Graf & Pitkowitz is delighted about the continous excellent ranking of our lawyers in the Best Lawyers Ranking edition of the German Handelsblatt. The best lawyers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland per practice area were ranked according to a Peer-to-Peer survey conducted by Handelsblatt. Graf & Pitkowitz once again was named in 9 different areas in the category „Best Lawyers“. .. more

Real Estate & Construction

Short term letting no longer permitted in large parts of Vienna

Since December 2018, an amendment to the Vienna Building Regulations prohibits the short-term letting of rooms in residential zones. This means that it is no longer possible to rent apartments on platforms such as Airbnb in large parts of Vienna. Real estate specialist Martin Foerster examines the associated effects in his latest article. .. more


Supreme Court on hairstyles and discrimination

Jakob Widner recently discussed the Supreme Court’s decision on gender-based differences in hairstyles at employer’s request (OGH 9 ObA 4/19g), which the Court held to be discriminatory. .. more

Intellectual Property / IP & IT

Flashlight decision illuminates compensation guidelines for unlawful use of IP rights

Claudia Csáky and Isabella Wiener recently analysed a decision of the Supreme Court (OGH 4Ob213/18d), whether the infringer of a registered Community design has to hand over the entire net profit or just a share of profit earned due to its use of an infringed design. .. more

Insolvency & Restructuring

The Legal 500 Guide: Graf & Pitkowitz has been ranked in practice area “insolvency and restructuring” in top position Tier 1 for 9 consecutive years

„Graf & Pitkowitz’s insolvency and restructuring team covers a wide array of insolvency work, from restructurings, insolvencies and reorganisations to distressed M&A. When not advising debtors, creditors, investors, family-owned businesses, managing directors and board members, co-heads Alexander Isola and Stefan Weileder are routinely appointed as insolvency administrators.“ .. more