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Graf & Pitkowitz is an expanding Austrian law firm with a strong focus on international arbitration. Our dispute resolution team, headed by Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, has extensive experience in handling complex arbitral proceedings. Notably, the team represented a party in the largest arbitration proceedings conducted in Austria so far.
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Subsidised leaves of absence offer improved work-life balance
ILO Newsletter, 5. Februar 2014

In recent years, extended education-oriented programmes (eg, for educational leave and other subsidised leaves of absence) have set a precedent for allowing employees to find a work-life balance in an increasingly competitive work environment. Employees who are dismissed because of their intention to take educational or family care leave, or because of the actual leave taken, can challenge the dismissal as unfair.
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How Céline stung the Skorpion: court refuses cancellation of company name
ILO Newsletter, 13. Jänner 2014

Following the European Court of Justice decision in Céline, the Austrian Supreme Court has changed its jurisprudence on whether the owner of an earlier trademark can demand the modification or cancellation of a company name that is identical or similar to its trademark. However, some have argued that the decision is too abstract, and it remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will stick to this position in future.
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Dr. Pitkowitz wird einziges österreichisches Mitglied der internationalen "Task Force on Third Party Funding in Arbitration"
Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Schiedsrechtsexperte und Partner bei Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, ist jüngst als einziger österreichischer Vertreter in die "Task Force on Third Party Funding in Arbitration" der renommierten Queen Mary University in London und des International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) berufen worden.

Diese Task Force stellt sich den Fragen der Prozessfinanzierung in der Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit. Dieses Thema wird international immer bedeutsamer und es gilt noch viele Details zu klären.
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Taxation of real estate lotteries can be a gamble
ILO Newsletter, 29. November 2013

Following the rise in demand for real estate in recent years, owners hoping to maximise their profits have started to look for new opportunities for liquidating their property. Willing to take extra risks, they have entered unfamiliar legal territory. Two recent Higher Administrative Court decisions regarding real estate lotteries show that such an approach is not always successful.
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