Leopold von Gerlach is global Chair of Hogan Lovells. He maintains his client practice and, with trial experience of more than 20 years, is a wholehearted and extremely versatile litigator.
Protecting his clients’ brands, technologies, and designs against any type of theft, imitation, exploitation, or other type of infringement is his main strength. He has gained a particular reputation for his uncompromising persecution of counterfeits, parallel imports, and grey market goods. His long-standing ties with public prosecutors, customs authorities, and internet and financial service providers give his investigations an edge that competitors find hard to match.
For his clients from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, consumer electronics, toy, internet, and designer goods industries, Leopold has invented a concept of integrated IP enforcement that combines all forms of civil, criminal, customers, and cyber enforcement into a cohesive strategy. It makes corporate enforcement programs as efficient and effective as they can possibly be. His efforts to implement such integrated enforcement programs across countries have delivered remarkable results for his clients.
Aside from his client dedication Leopold is an ardent mentor for young lawyers. As a member of Hogan Lovells’ International Board, he had a particular responsibility for the promotion of young partners. In the same context, he has been a lecturer for IP law at Germany’s top-ranked Bucerius Law School since 2003.