INTERNATIONAL: Court wrangle over agency use of Klewes’ name

DUSSELDORF: A row has broken out in Germany’s PR community between the country’s largest agency, Kohtes Klewes, and its co-founder Joachim Klewes.

DUSSELDORF: A row has broken out in Germany’s PR community between

the country’s largest agency, Kohtes Klewes, and its co-founder Joachim

Klewes.



Klewes, who no longer has any association with KK, is taking his former

agency to court in a bid to prohibit use of the word Klewes in the

company name. KK’s current chief executive Gregor Schonborn said that he

could ’not understand’ the behaviour of Klewes.



On the departure of the founder in 1996, an agreement was reached,

according to which the agency could continue to use its name at the

time, ’Kohtes and Klewes’.



After the agency announced its intention to get rid of the ’and’, Klewes

lodged a protest. Neither of the parties is willing to make an official

statement on what has been said.



Klewes, who is to meet his former colleagues once again in August in

front of the Dusseldorf county court, plans to found a consultancy with

KK staff Alexander Guttler and Uwe Kuna.



KK was ranked at number one in last year’s European league rankings.



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