Lawyer, Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer

Oliver Nilgen

Munich, Dusseldorf

Trademark, design, copyright and competition law

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Working languages

German, English


Degree in Law from the University of Bremen

Legal Clerkship at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court

Professional memberships

GRUR, Lawyers Bar Association Munich, MARQUES, PTMG, INTA


WTR 2020: "Straight forward and solution oriented, Nilgen is a lawyer with whom you can openly discuss alternative solutions."

WTR 2021: Recommended Lawyer (bronze band)

WTR 2023: "Nilgen is a multi-talented practitioner, with skills in managing portfolios, handling infringement disputes and organising customs seizures." (Recommended Lawyer - Bronze)

JUVE 2023/2024: "great IP lawyer, always to the point, great as a competitor as well as an adversary, competitor"

Oliver Nilgen advises and represents national and international clients in the entire spectrum of trademark, competition, copyright, media and design law as well as in commercial, corporate and contract law.

Oliver Nilgen has been involved for many years, among other things, as a member of the design team at MARQUES, a European interest group for trademark owners, and in the GRUR design committee. Within the scope of his committee activities, he has been intensively involved, among other things, with the proposals of the European Commission on the upcoming design law reform.

Due to his many years of experience, his commitment and his in-depth knowledge, Mr. Nilgen is a sought-after expert and the contact person for clients for all questions of trademark and design law.

His activities include strategic trademark counseling, contract negotiations and representation of trademark owners in all proceedings before the Offices and the European Court of Justice. The focus of his forensic practice ranges from short-term, pragmatic out-of-court advice to the judicial enforcement of complex trademark and design infringements, including measures of interim relief. In addition, he assists numerous clients in border seizure cases.

Oliver Nilgen was admitted to the bar in 2007 and joined Meissner Bolte in 2008.