Markus Mette | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Markus Mette
 Markus Mette

Markus Mette

Partner, Hamburg

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Markus Mette is named as a Recommended Lawyer for Intellectual Property in The Legal 500 Germany 2017 ranking.


Markus specializes in intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT) law with an emphasis on unfair competition, trade secrets, copyright, trademark and internet law. He is a member of the Firm's Global IP Group.

He has a successful track record litigating complex IP and IT cases in courts. A committed defender of his clients' interests, Markus provides insight and strategic acumen also to prevent cases from reaching the litigation stage. He advises and represents major German and international companies from various business sectors in particular technology, social media, consumer products and automotive.

In addition, his practice focuses on advising clients on IP and IT law issues in connection with national and cross-border transactions, joint ventures, restructuring and insolvency.

Clients also benefit from his experience advising on IP rights portfolio and licensing agreements.

Markus is the Recruitment Partner of the Hamburg office and a visiting lecturer on trademark and domain name law at the Leibniz University Hanover (Germany).

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Second State Exam, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
  • First State Exam, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg


  • German
  • English


A leading German consumer products manufacturer

Ongoing representation in trademark and unfair competition contentious matters as well as in software and IT related litigation.

A leading German car manufacturer

Representation of a leading German car manufacturer in out-of-court dispute with a tier 1 supplier over alleged trade secrets in relation to key components for an upcoming car model.

A leading global social media provider

Ongoing advice to a leading social media provider regarding its German website related disputes.

A leading European software company

Representation in unfair competition litigation as well as in trademark litigation matters before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

A leading Asian gaming hardware manufacturer

Representation in an open source related dispute as well in advertising litigation.

A leading US brand for gardening products

Representation in preliminary injunction proceedings that threaten seasonal sales of major product lines.


Advising Nestlé Waters Deutschland GmbH on the sale of its German premium natural spring water, Fürst Bismarck to Norddeutsche Hansa-Heemann AG.


Advising Continental AG on the acquisition of the automotive business of Elektrobit Corporation, a leading manufacturer for in-car embedded software.  


Advising Equens, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline. The business combination in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg has created the new pan-European leader in payment services. The transaction includes the acquisition of PaySquare, the commercial acquiring subsidiary of Equens, by Worldline.


  • Directors' personal liability for infringements of competition law by the company eased. Commentary on the decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) of June 18, 2014 – I ZR 242/12, DB, Issue 32, pp. 1796–1797, 2014
  • Test winner advertising in TV spot must be easily verifiable. Commentary on the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt a. M. of May 28, 2013 – 6 U 266/12 (Regional Court of Frankfurt a. M.), GRUR Prax, pp. 321–322, 2013
  • No personal liability for infringements of competition law by a GmbH. Commentary on the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Berlin (KG) of November 13, 2012 – 5 U 30/12, GRUR Prax, p. 166, 2013
  • Considerable closeness pertaining to branch of trade between specialized trade and cash and carry - METRO/ROLLER's Metro. Commentary on the decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) of March 22, 2012 - I ZR 55/10, GRUR Prax, p. 209, 2012
  • Following a transfer of business, a derived authorization by the original manufacturer is a prerequisite for bearing the title 'OEM supplier'. Commentary on the decision of the German Higher Regional Court of Schleswig of October 6, 2011 – 6 U 3/09, GRUR Prax, p. 44, 2012

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 Germany 2015, 2016 & 2017

Intellectual Property – Germany