joined Vossius & Partner’s trademark and design department in 2006 and became a partner of the firm in 2012. His areas of practice include litigation and prosecution of trademark and design rights, border measures as well as unfair competition proceedings.
Paul’s main focus is the enforcement of brands and designs against unauthorized imitation and unfair exploitation. Besides being an experienced litigator, Paul also advises on global trademark and design filing strategies as well as contractual issues, in particular IP license agreements. Among the longstanding clients he advises on a regular basis are leading companies from various sectors, such as electronics, sports and fashion, food, pharmaceutical, transportation and the service industry.
Mr. Kretschmar holds the title Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the field of Intellectual Property Law and obtained a certification as an attorney specialized in intellectual property law. He publishes essays in legal journals and is a co-author of various legal commentaries, such as the Practitioner's Handbooks on Trademark and Design Law. Paul Kretschmar regularly lectures on various IP topics, amongst others for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) San Francisco or the Japanese Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He is a member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) and serves on the association‘s renown Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Also, he is a member of INTA, serving on the EUIPO Committee. Paul speaks German, English and Spanish. 'WTR 1000 - World Trademark Review' recommends him in the 2018 edition again as a leading trademark professional: "Paul Kretschmar … also shines on the enforcement side. While at his finest in the courtroom, he also uses the experience gained there to devise untouchable filing strategies."