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Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation — Germany


ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Offers capabilities across the ambit of intellectual property litigation, frequently representing multinationals in patent, trade mark and unfair competition disputes. Often instructed on cross-border cases, benefiting from close contact with IP specialists across Europe and the USA. Especially present in the telecommunications, electronics, media and pharmaceutical industries.

Commentators note that Bernhard Arnold “works really hard, is super smart and understands how his case fits into the client's overall strategy.” He attracts praise for his adeptness in patent litigation cases, where he chiefly acts for large multinationals in the telecommunications and electronics sectors. His highlights include representing Sony in various patent and design infringement disputes. Sources also single out his courtroom authority, saying: “He stands up and has a good command of the room.”

Cordula Schumacher has garnered considerable respect for her expertise in patent litigation, where she has a particularly in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. She represented Forward Pharma in a patent infringement dispute against Biogen concerning Tecfidera, a drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Clients regard her as “extremely dynamic, very reliable and able to find new, creative solutions.”

According to clients, Peter Ruess is “brilliant in his legal advice” and has “the highest level of entrepreneurial spirit.” He specialises in trade mark and unfair competition disputes, and continues to defend De Zuivelsichting against infringement claims concerning its renowned Frau Antje trade mark.

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BARDEHLE PAGENBERG - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Showcases expertise across the entire IP spectrum, and is recommended for cross-border litigation in patent, trade mark, unfair competition and design law. Additionally, instructed on international patent and trade mark prosecution matters. Considerable European presence, working especially closely with its teams in France and Spain. Also co-ordinates cases with parallel proceedings in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.

Udo Altenburg has a long-standing reputation as an influential patent attorney. He is especially well known for his experience in opposition and appeal proceedings across a range of technical fields, including medical devices and mechanics.

Jochen Pagenberg is a highly renowned name in the area of patent litigation. He regularly conducts large-scale, cross-border patent infringement and enforcement cases in the mechanics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics and software fields.

Johannes Heselberger is praised for his “client orientation, speed, availability and commitment.” Dual-qualified as a lawyer and patent attorney, he is well placed to assist with highly complex infringement and validity disputes, and has a strong focus on the medical devices, telecommunications and automotive sectors. His highlights include representing Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in several patent infringement and preliminary injunction proceedings.

Sources state that Tilman Müller-Stoy is “very good at developing strategies and communicating them back to the client.” He regularly represents companies from the TMT, life sciences and automotive sectors in cross-border disputes concerning patents and utility models, and he latterly advised IMRA America on a patent infringement case. Clients also add: “He works to understand our business objectives and tailors his advice to help us achieve them.”

Hans Wegner assists clients with patent applications and opposition proceedings before the EPO. He is at his most visible in the telecommunications, physics and software fields, and is a regular adviser to Carl Zeiss SMS on its prosecution of patents in the area of nanotechnology. Clients appreciate his “extremely good technical knowledge and service.”

Clients applaud Peter Hess for his impressive technical knowledge, and add: “For cases where nothing is allowed to go wrong, he would be my first choice.” He handles the technical aspects of patent litigation cases, and also assists with prosecution, opposition and nullity proceedings, most notably in the areas of semiconductor technology and telecommunications.

Claus Eckhartt offers noteworthy expertise in trade mark prosecution matters, and also regularly advises on anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition law. His highlights include assisting Coca-Cola with trade mark prosecution, cancellation and opposition proceedings.

Johannes Lang specialises in patent prosecution in the software, electronics, telecommunications and semiconductor fields. He is also often present in opposition, appeal and invalidity proceedings, and is a trusted adviser to Nintendo on its patent applications and prosecution of European patents. Lang is also qualified as a patent attorney in France, speaks French fluently and is highlighted by commentators for his knowledge of the French market.

Peter Chrocziel is highly experienced in patent litigation proceedings in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He acts for a range of multinational clients, and advised an international pharmaceutical business on its enforcement of a portfolio of licensed patents in validity proceedings.

Christof Karl is qualified as an attorney-at-law and patent attorney, and capably handles both litigation and prosecution matters. He is at his most visible in the areas of computer software, hardware and telecommunications, and has particular experience representing Japanese companies.

Since publication, Peter Hess has passed away.

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Bird & Bird - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Exceptional capacity in pan-European patent litigation before the German courts and the EPO. Additionally, well versed in cross-border trade mark and unfair competition litigation, as well as international trade mark registration. Benefits from an impressive spread of offices across and beyond the continent to provide an integrated service, with particular strength in the UK, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands.

Christian Harmsen is highly reputed for his strength in high-stakes patent litigation cases, where he is regularly mandated by household names from the technology and telecommunications sectors. Clients say: “He plays a very central role in cases and does an excellent job. He's really a great litigator.”

Oliver Jüngst is praised for the sense of security he brings in disputes, with one source saying: “You go in feeling like you are going to win every time.” He is best known for his expertise in high-profile, cross-border patent litigation cases, mainly in the life sciences and TMT industries.

Uwe Lüken is at his most visible in trade mark matters. He has a particular focus on colour trade marks, advising clients on their filing, enforcement and defence in infringement proceedings.

Interviewees say that Richard Dissmann is “a good listener and able to understand and adapt to the client's way of working.” He advises on a range of trade mark, unfair competition and design law issues, and is also praised for being an “extremely friendly and business-minded lawyer who understands his field of expertise.”

The “very experienced and client-oriented” Joseph Fesenmair specialises in trade mark, unfair competition and design law, and often represents domestic and international companies in infringement cases. He is also well known for his expertise in the sports industry.

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Boehmert & Boehmert - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Benefits from attorneys on the ground in Paris, Shanghai and Alicante to offer seamless cross-border assistance. Extremely well known for its strength in international patent and trade mark applications and prosecution. Also represents clients in litigation cases before the German and European courts in the areas of patents, trade marks, copyrights and unfair competition.

Heinz Goddar is a highly renowned name in the area of patent prosecution. One commentator says: “He travels all over the world and is very popular.” He is best known for handling cases relating to polymer physics.

Steffen Schmidt is well known for his strength in patent prosecution in the area of physics. He also assists with opposition proceedings before the DPMA and the EPO.

Axel Nordemann is highly regarded for his expertise in trade mark and copyright law matters, where he assists with disputes and portfolio management. He represents an array of clients from the life sciences, media and consumer goods sectors. One interviewee states: "He is certainly an excellent lawyer who is very active in this field."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Regularly instructed on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional patent infringement disputes in the technology, telecommunications and life sciences sectors, benefiting from its outstanding international network. Also offers expertise in trade mark and unfair competition litigation, as well as the IP aspects of transactions. Works closely with capable teams in London, Amsterdam and Paris.

Frank-Erich Hufnagel enjoys a superb reputation in the patent litigation arena, where he routinely represents household names from the telecommunications and life sciences sectors in high-profile infringement cases. His notable mandates include representing NTT DOCOMO in its enforcement of four standard-essential patents for mobile communications against HTC.

Matthias Koch focuses on trade mark and unfair competition law matters, and also handles the IP aspects of transactions. He is best known for his experience in the technology and consumer goods industries, and represented VMware as defendant in a case concerning open-source software.

Market observers state that Andrea Lensing-Kramer is a “highly experienced and reputed practitioner.” She advises on the full range of unfair competition and trade mark law matters, including licensing and distribution agreements, as well as the IP aspects of M&A deals. Her highlights include assisting Worldwide Brands with the management of its global licensing business under its 'camel active' trade mark.

Peter Chrocziel is highly experienced in patent litigation proceedings in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He acts for a range of multinational clients, and advised an international pharmaceutical business on its enforcement of a portfolio of licensed patents in validity proceedings.

Since publication, Peter Chrocziel has joined BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

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Gleiss Lutz - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Recommended for high-profile trade mark, unfair competition and patent infringement disputes, and is also well known for its expertise in portfolio management and the IP aspects of transactions. Represents prominent domestic clients from a range of industries in pan-European cases, as well as those with strong links to China and the USA, and has built up a following of international clients.

Thomas Bopp has a long-standing reputation in the area of patent litigation, having handled a large number of complex disputes. He is especially prominent in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stefan Völker is highly regarded by peers and clients alike. One source says: “He is persistent, delivers intelligible and useful advice, and is generally very responsive." He enjoys an excellent standing in the trade mark law field, advising on both litigation and strategic matters. His highlights include representing Skechers in various trade mark infringement proceedings against competitors regarding its shoe designs and their impact on market competition.

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GRÜNECKER - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Active across the full spectrum of IP matters, with a strong focus on German and European patent prosecution and cross-border trade mark portfolio management. Often handles cases with a French angle, working closely with its Paris office, which houses a dual-qualified patent attorney. Also active in patent, trade mark and unfair competition litigation, with particular experience representing clients from Japan and the USA.

Maximilian Kinkeldey has an excellent reputation in trade mark cases, and represents prestigious companies from the TMT and consumer goods sectors. Clients consider him to be “extremely engaged, supportive and capable of handling big branding projects where there is zero tolerance for mistakes.”

Thomas Schuster predominantly advises on German and European patent prosecution, and also assists with the technical side of opposition and appeal cases. He focuses on physics, where he has a strong technical background.

Heike Vogelsang-Wenke handles patent prosecution and enforcement matters. She is most active in the chemistry and biology fields, and has a PhD in molecular biology. Her expertise also includes advising on the technical aspects of opposition and appeal proceedings.

According to clients, Reinhard Knauer is “incredibly thorough and insightful, and someone whose opinion you can trust very much.” He joins the rankings on the back of glowing recommendations from clients and peers alike, and is well known for his patent prosecution work in the fields of computer science, software, telecommunications and electronics.

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Hoffmann Eitle - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Formidable patent prosecution firm with masterful expertise in international patent applications, and opposition and appeal cases before the EPO. Additionally, offers legal representation in cross-border patent litigation. Best known for handling patent applications originating from Japan, thanks to a large portfolio of Japanese clients and bilingual patent attorneys. Also serves clients from the USA and South Korea in the life sciences, TMT and automotive industries, and closely co-operates with its Milan and Madrid offices.

Foreign desks The firm has a long-standing focus on cross-border work involving Japan, and acts for a wide range of Japanese clients on their patent-related affairs in Germany and Europe. Assisted by a sizeable group of attorneys fluent in Japanese, clients regularly turn to the desk for European patent applications, as well as infringement, nullity, opposition and appeal cases taking place in Germany. Key contacts at the desk include Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine, Clemens Tobias Steins, Michele Baccelli and Marc Dernauer.

“Very well-known and recommendable attorney” Peter Klusmann is highly regarded for his expertise in opposition and appeal cases in the areas of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He also advises clients on international patent applications.

Thorsten Bausch continues to progress in the rankings, as he is highlighted by commentators for his strength in patent prosecution and contentious matters. One source describes him as “an excellent advocate, plain-speaking, and can translate complex legal matters very well.” He mainly handles patent applications and the technical aspects of disputes in the chemistry and life sciences fields, and represented Nippon Carbide Industries in an appeal case concerning two patents for retroreflective sheeting.

Joseph Taormino represents parties in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, and advises on the technical aspects of litigation cases. He also offers considerable capabilities in patent applications and is well versed in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Clemens Tobias Steins is an attorney-at-law who specialises in representing Japanese clients in patent litigation cases before the German courts. He advises on IP-driven commercial contracts, employee invention law and FRAND issues. He is fluent in Japanese and has produced various publications in the language.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Formidable practice with unsurpassed expertise in all areas of IP. Makes use of its expansive global network to represent household names in cross-border patent, trade mark and unfair competition disputes. Thoroughly integrated with its US offices, as well as those in key Western European jurisdictions, including Alicante, for trade mark issues.

Andreas Bothe is widely revered for his excellence in the trade mark and unfair competition fields, and is highly sought after for high-stakes design and domain name disputes. Commentators note that he is “very talented as a litigator in oral hearings.”

The “brilliant” Andreas von Falck receives highly positive reviews from clients for his “analytical approach and availability.” He has a formidable reputation in patent litigation matters, particularly in the life sciences and TMT sectors, and represented Hoffmann-La Roche in invalidity proceedings concerning the Tarceva drug for cancer treatment.

Martin Chakraborty mainly focuses on patent litigation and employee invention law matters. He has particular experience in the telecommunications industry, and is praised by clients for the “seamless advice” he offers, along with his team.

Erhard Keller impresses clients with his responsiveness, as one source reports: “We managed to get the result we needed from him within a very short timeframe.” He handles a range of trade mark and unfair competition disputes, and offers additional expertise in licensing agreements.

Martin Fähndrich is renowned for his strength in patent litigation cases, where he is able to draw on an extensive academic background in engineering. He has a proven track record in infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings in a variety of industries, including automotive, life sciences and telecommunications. One client states: "He is very diligent with attention to detail," while another describes him as a "creative thinker."

Leopold von Gerlach is at his most visible in contentious matters concerning counterfeiting and imitation, parallel imports, grey market goods and brand protection. He acts for numerous prestigious companies, and represented Sanofi in a dispute against various German wholesalers regarding incorrect pricing of products and breaches of statutory distribution regulations.

Steffen Steininger predominantly handles patent infringement proceedings in the automotive, telecommunications and life sciences industries. His client base consists of various well-known international corporations.

Commentators note Benjamin Schröer's “deep understanding of the technology of a patent and quick understanding of its key features.” He is increasingly active on high-profile patent litigation cases, and assisted Google with its intervention as third party in patent infringement proceedings brought against three network operators concerning two patents.

Madrid-based Burkhart Goebel is admitted to practice in Germany and a native German speaker. He has a very strong reputation for cross-border IP litigation, focusing on trade mark, unfair competition and design disputes, where he regularly represents German companies.

Andreas Renck is based in the firm's Alicante office, and mainly represents German clients in trade mark application, prosecution and opposition proceedings before the European Trade Mark Office. Qualified in Germany and a native speaker of the language, he represented CeramTec in invalidity proceedings against Doceram concerning alleged design infringement for welding machine pins.

Since publication, Martin Chakraborty has left this practice.

Since publication, Martin Chakraborty has left this practice.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Excellent track record in high-profile, cross-border patent litigation cases in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors. Also has considerable expertise in employee invention law. Offers an integrated network of offices in the Benelux region, while also co-operating with teams in Paris and Madrid. Regularly involved in cases with strong connections to the USA and UK.

Thomas Reimann is widely acknowledged as an authoritative figure in the field of patent law. He boasts a wealth of experience in high-profile patent litigation cases across a variety of technical fields and is known for his many academic contributions to the area.

“Excellent attorney” Klaus Haft enjoys a stellar reputation in patent litigation matters, where he makes use of an academic background in physics to advise on highly complex disputes in the electronics and mechanics fields. He represents a range of leading multinationals, and is lauded for being “extremely diligent” and for having a “convincing way of pleading in court.”

Commentators note that Martin Köhler is “always very impressive.” He focuses on large-scale patent infringement cases, and frequently represents clients from the electronics and telecommunications sectors.

Christian Osterrieth regularly represents large companies in patent infringement proceedings and is active in sectors such as electronics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He offers additional expertise in licensing matters.

According to interviewees, Kay Kasper is “goal-driven and an excellent negotiator” who gives “practice-oriented advice” and has “excellent industry knowledge.” He mainly handles patent disputes in the automotive, mechanics and electronics fields.

The “very bright” Christine Kanz is noted for her expertise in high-profile patent litigation proceedings. She is at her most visible in the life sciences industry, often advising on cases concerning patents for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. Sources also add that she “is very efficient and understands the client's issues.”

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a specialised European intellectual property law boutique created in 2015 when the well-established top tier IP firms Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft (ROKH) decided to join forces. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER gathers up to 100 passionate IP professionals with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office), Munich and Paris.
 
In all of its locations HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER services the needs of clients in the field of intellectual property law, including patents and trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and design rights, as well as in related fields, such as pharmaceutical regulatory law, unfair competition, media and advertising law and all IP related contracts.
 
In patent law, the focus of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER lies in particular on the technical areas of electronics and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, automotive and optics, with decades of proven expertise. The firm also serves all other technical fields, including mechanics, electrical engineering and chemicals.
 
In the fields of trademark, copyright, design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER offers a complete range of services relating to the enforcement, exploitation, assessment and protection of these rights, always at the forefront of new developments. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER advises and represents its clients across a broad range of sectors including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial design, media, entertainment & publishing.

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Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in cross-border patent infringement cases, especially in the telecommunications sector. Represents a range of large multinational companies in disputes, and counts various enterprises from the USA and around Europe among its clients. Also present in the life sciences, automotive and chemistry fields.

Clients are quick to commend Peter Kather, with one describing him as an “extremely experienced litigator who knows the individual quirks of the main judges,” and commenting on his “very calm, objective and friendly manner.” Kather impresses with his expertise in cross-border patent infringement disputes in a range of sectors, and latterly advised Tesa on various patent-related issues.

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Klaka Rechtsanwälte - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Active in a range of cross-border infringement cases in the area of patents, trade marks and designs, as well as unfair competition litigation. Also co-ordinates global trade mark prosecution and portfolio work. Handles matters with links to other European jurisdictions, with a strong focus on representing French clients.

The “outstanding” Olaf Giebe is a pre-eminent figure in complex patent infringement cases, with significant experience in the chemicals, life sciences, electronics and engineering fields. He represented 3M in a nullity action and several spin-off infringement proceedings concerning a patent for polymeric foam.

Ralf Hackbarth has a wealth of experience in trade mark and unfair competition matters, regularly advising on the enforcement of German and Community trade marks. He boasts considerable capabilities in the automotive sector, and regularly advises Rolls-Royce on the enforcement of its most famous trade marks, including 'RR' and 'Spirit of Ecstasy'.

Andreas Schulz regularly represents clients in unfair competition law disputes, and advises on the protection of trade marks and trade names. He is particularly active in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Sources report that Constantin Kurtz has a “keen perception of technical problems and client-oriented attitude.” He specialises in patent litigation disputes in the telecommunications, automotive and engineering sectors, and latterly represented Salewa in an infringement case and parallel nullity proceedings concerning a patent for ski binding.

Stefan Abel regularly represents French clients in trade mark and unfair competition litigation, including domain name disputes. He speaks fluent French, and advises Longchamp on its trade mark and design issues, including representation in various infringement proceedings concerning imitations of its 'Le Pliage' handbag.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Frequently co-ordinates cross-border patent litigation cases out of Germany, benefiting from long-standing partnerships with foreign law firms. Clients include multinational corporations from the telecommunications, electronics and life sciences sectors.

Peter Mes is an esteemed figure in patent litigation, having handled a large number of disputes. He is additionally well regarded for his numerous publications on IP rights and patent law.

Commentators regard Axel Verhauwen as “excellent” and note that he “can summarise complex issues in simple words, gets to the point quickly and has a special way of addressing the courts.” He mainly represents multinationals in the electronics industry in patent infringement and enforcement cases.

Jochen Bühling is best known for his capabilities in patent litigation proceedings. He additionally assists with IP rights protection and licensing matters.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Regularly takes part in cross-border patent and trade mark litigation cases. Strong focus on representing French clients and on German-French cross-border matters, thanks to close co-operation with the firm's Paris office. Additionally, utilises a network of foreign counsel to handle matters in the UK, the USA and key Asian jurisdictions, including Japan and China.

Foreign desks The firm boasts a substantial portfolio of French clients, offering representation in patent infringement cases taking place in Germany and France. Houses French language capabilities and a French-qualified attorney in its German offices and works closely alongside its Paris office, which was opened in 2016. Particular strength in the telecommunications and automotive sectors. Alexander Harguth is a key contact for the France desk in Germany.

Andreas Haberl focuses his practice on patent infringement and validity cases, with further expertise in licensing and R&D agreements. Clients value his “very good technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service.”

Newly ranked Christian Donle is praised for his ability to handle patent litigation and interim injunction proceedings. He has vast experience in acting for large multinationals, and also advises on trade mark law matters. Sources state: “He is really up to date with court decisions and gives you the advice you need to make decisions. With him you know what the risks are, and your chances of winning.”

Alexander Harguth heads the firm's France desk and regularly represents clients in patent litigation cases and employee invention disputes. A fluent French speaker, he is admitted to practice in France and divides his time between the firm's Munich and Paris offices.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Excellent cross-border capabilities in patent litigation, working together with highly reputable teams in the USA and Japan. Regularly handles infringement cases involving Germany and the USA, boasting a variety of leading US-based multinationals in its client portfolio. At its most visible in the telecommunications and electronics industries.

Top-ranked Marcus Grosch has developed an outstanding profile in patent litigation, and is particularly recommended by clients for difficult negotiations. He showcases tremendous expertise in cross-border patent disputes, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Drawing on years of academic experience in the USA, he is a regular adviser to prestigious US-based multinationals. Standout cases include representing Google as third party intervener in infringement proceedings initiated by Philips against manufacturers of Android smartphones.

Johannes Bukow specialises in patent litigation cases, particularly those with a significant antitrust law element. Of late, he has represented Everlight in patent infringement and parallel validity proceedings with respect to three patents for LED technology.

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Rospatt Osten Pross - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Regularly handles large-scale, cross-border patent infringement cases between international heavyweights. Strong track record of acting for prominent multinationals, mainly from the telecommunications, electronics, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors. Offers substantial expertise in disputes involving the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.

Maximilian von Rospatt is highly regarded for his expertise in cross-border patent litigation cases, primarily in the electronics, engineering and life sciences sectors. He represented Illumina and Sequenom in the enforcement of their common patent portfolio against Hoffmann-La Roche and its affiliated laboratories.

Clients turn to Thomas Musmann for his “preparation and strategy within a European framework.” He handles patent disputes in industries, including the automotive, life sciences, chemicals and engineering sectors, and advised Sanofi on its defence of damages claims brought by Hexal following the lifting of a preliminary injunction. Further expertise lies in utility model law.

Henrik Timmann focuses on litigation cases across a range of fields, including telecommunications, biotechnology and chemistry. He represented Rhodia Chimie as plaintiff in infringement proceedings against the UK-based affiliate of Neo Chemicals concerning three patents for catalyst raw materials. Clients report: “He's extremely quick on his feet and prepares arguments very well.”

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its capabilities in cross-border patent litigation cases, often closely co-operating with its colleagues in London and Amsterdam. Mainly represents national and international clients in patent infringement disputes, with a strong focus on the life sciences sector.

Peter Meyer is regularly mandated by clients in patent infringement and validity proceedings. He is highly regarded for his adeptness in life sciences, but also handles disputes in the technology sector. Meyer speaks fluent Dutch and has previously worked as a lawyer in the Netherlands. He represented Tarkett in patent infringement proceedings in Germany and the Netherlands concerning flooring products. Clients appreciate his “good command of the technical issues and good strategic, insightful advice.”

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Taylor Wessing - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Popular choice for cross-border trade mark and unfair competition disputes, as well as global portfolio management. Regularly represents clients in conjunction with its offices in the UK and the Netherlands, and has a growing focus on Central and Eastern Europe with regard to counterfeiting issues.

Sabine Rojahn commands great respect due to her extensive patent litigation expertise, having handled many large-scale cases. She acts for various clients from the life sciences and TMT sectors.

Christoph de Coster focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sectors, where he handles cross-border patent litigation cases and the IP aspects of transactions. He latterly represented Hospira in a nullity action against Genentech concerning trastuzumab, a monoclonal antibody used to treat breast cancer. He is admitted to the New York Bar and works for several US clients.

Gisbert Hohagen is at his most visible in the life sciences and engineering industries. His practice centres on patent infringement proceedings and enforcement matters. He represented Metatron in patent infringement appeal proceedings against Volkswagen with respect to a basic patent for gas injection systems for natural gas vehicles.

Christian Lederer specialises in patent litigation, where he is frequently instructed on infringement and validity cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. He has particular experience in the life sciences sector and a strong focus on advising Japanese clients. He represented Shionogi in patent infringement proceedings against a fellow originator concerning HIV medication.

Thomas Raab offers noteworthy expertise in trade mark and design law matters. He regularly represents brand owners in trade mark infringement disputes and advises on strategic issues. He is a trusted adviser to Hewlett-Packard, and has recently represented the company in infringement cases and advised on the management of its trade mark portfolio.

Fluent Mandarin speaker Thomas Pattloch routinely advises Chinese clients on their affairs in Germany, and latterly assisted INESA with various international trade mark applications. He also represents Chinese companies in patent and trade mark disputes before the German courts, and advises German clients on cross-border issues involving China.

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Represents parties in domestic and cross-border patent litigation cases, with experience in proceedings at all judiciary levels, including before the ECJ. Acts for various well-known multinationals from the USA, Japan and South Korea. Especially strong footprint in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, engineering, biochemistry and semiconductor technology fields.

The “very prominent” Wolf Graf von Schwerin has a long-standing reputation in the area of patent litigation. He enjoys a wealth of experience in cross-border cases concerning standard-essential patents in the biochemistry, pharmaceutical and medical technology fields, and offers further capabilities in utility model law.

Eva Geschke is at her most visible in patent disputes in the engineering, biotechnology and chemicals fields. She has a broad client base ranging from large multinationals and DAX-listed corporations to German Mittelstand companies.

Roland Kehrwald specialises in patent litigation cases in the areas of genetic and electrical engineering, IT and medical technologies. He predominantly represents large domestic and international companies, and also assists with utility model issues.

Peter-Michael Weisse focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border patent infringement disputes. He is active across a range of technical fields, including telecommunications and electronics, where he possesses a notable reputation.

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Senior Statesperson

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Bopp has a long-standing reputation in the area of patent litigation, having handled a large number of complex disputes. He is especially prominent in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Senior Statesperson

Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Mes is an esteemed figure in patent litigation, having handled a large number of disputes. He is additionally well regarded for his numerous publications on IP rights and patent law.

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Senior Statesperson

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Global guide

Jochen Pagenberg is a highly renowned name in the area of patent litigation. He regularly conducts large-scale, cross-border patent infringement and enforcement cases in the mechanics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics and software fields.

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Senior Statesperson

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Reimann is widely acknowledged as an authoritative figure in the field of patent law. He boasts a wealth of experience in high-profile patent litigation cases across a variety of technical fields and is known for his many academic contributions to the area.

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Senior Statesperson

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Sabine Rojahn commands great respect due to her extensive patent litigation expertise, having handled many large-scale cases. She acts for various clients from the life sciences and TMT sectors.

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Senior Statesperson

Wolfgang von Meibom

Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolfgang von Meibom is a prominent name in patent litigation. He is vastly experienced in domestic and cross-border disputes, and has produced a variety of publications on the topic.

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Klaka Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

The “outstanding” Olaf Giebe is a pre-eminent figure in complex patent infringement cases, with significant experience in the chemicals, life sciences, electronics and engineering fields. He represented 3M in a nullity action and several spin-off infringement proceedings concerning a patent for polymeric foam.

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Wolf Graf von Schwerin

Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

The “very prominent” Wolf Graf von Schwerin has a long-standing reputation in the area of patent litigation. He enjoys a wealth of experience in cross-border cases concerning standard-essential patents in the biochemistry, pharmaceutical and medical technology fields, and offers further capabilities in utility model law.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Top-ranked Marcus Grosch has developed an outstanding profile in patent litigation, and is particularly recommended by clients for difficult negotiations. He showcases tremendous expertise in cross-border patent disputes, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Drawing on years of academic experience in the USA, he is a regular adviser to prestigious US-based multinationals. Standout cases include representing Google as third party intervener in infringement proceedings initiated by Philips against manufacturers of Android smartphones.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

“Excellent attorney” Klaus Haft enjoys a stellar reputation in patent litigation matters, where he makes use of an academic background in physics to advise on highly complex disputes in the electronics and mechanics fields. He represents a range of leading multinationals, and is lauded for being “extremely diligent” and for having a “convincing way of pleading in court.”

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Christian Harmsen

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Harmsen is highly reputed for his strength in high-stakes patent litigation cases, where he is regularly mandated by household names from the technology and telecommunications sectors. Clients say: “He plays a very central role in cases and does an excellent job. He's really a great litigator.”

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Frank-Erich Hufnagel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Frank-Erich Hufnagel enjoys a superb reputation in the patent litigation arena, where he routinely represents household names from the telecommunications and life sciences sectors in high-profile infringement cases. His notable mandates include representing NTT DOCOMO in its enforcement of four standard-essential patents for mobile communications against HTC.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Oliver Jüngst is praised for the sense of security he brings in disputes, with one source saying: “You go in feeling like you are going to win every time.” He is best known for his expertise in high-profile, cross-border patent litigation cases, mainly in the life sciences and TMT industries.

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Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients are quick to commend Peter Kather, with one describing him as an “extremely experienced litigator who knows the individual quirks of the main judges,” and commenting on his “very calm, objective and friendly manner.” Kather impresses with his expertise in cross-border patent infringement disputes in a range of sectors, and latterly advised Tesa on various patent-related issues.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators regard Axel Verhauwen as “excellent” and note that he “can summarise complex issues in simple words, gets to the point quickly and has a special way of addressing the courts.” He mainly represents multinationals in the electronics industry in patent infringement and enforcement cases.

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Andreas von Falck

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The “brilliant” Andreas von Falck receives highly positive reviews from clients for his “analytical approach and availability.” He has a formidable reputation in patent litigation matters, particularly in the life sciences and TMT sectors, and represented Hoffmann-La Roche in invalidity proceedings concerning the Tarceva drug for cancer treatment.

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Maximilian von Rospatt

Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Global guide

Maximilian von Rospatt is highly regarded for his expertise in cross-border patent litigation cases, primarily in the electronics, engineering and life sciences sectors. He represented Illumina and Sequenom in the enforcement of their common patent portfolio against Hoffmann-La Roche and its affiliated laboratories.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Joachim Feldges of Allen & Overy LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the life sciences sector, where he regularly represents parties in cross-border patent disputes. His highlights include representing Pfizer in various parallel injunction proceedings against producers of generic medicines and statutory health insurers concerning its popular Lyrica drug.

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Johannes Heselberger

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Global guide

Johannes Heselberger is praised for his “client orientation, speed, availability and commitment.” Dual-qualified as a lawyer and patent attorney, he is well placed to assist with highly complex infringement and validity disputes, and has a strong focus on the medical devices, telecommunications and automotive sectors. His highlights include representing Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in several patent infringement and preliminary injunction proceedings.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators note that Martin Köhler is “always very impressive.” He focuses on large-scale patent infringement cases, and frequently represents clients from the electronics and telecommunications sectors.

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Tilman Müller-Stoy

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources state that Tilman Müller-Stoy is “very good at developing strategies and communicating them back to the client.” He regularly represents companies from the TMT, life sciences and automotive sectors in cross-border disputes concerning patents and utility models, and he latterly advised IMRA America on a patent infringement case. Clients also add: “He works to understand our business objectives and tailors his advice to help us achieve them.”

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Christian Osterrieth

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Osterrieth regularly represents large companies in patent infringement proceedings and is active in sectors such as electronics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He offers additional expertise in licensing matters.

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Martin Fähndrich

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Fähndrich is renowned for his strength in patent litigation cases, where he is able to draw on an extensive academic background in engineering. He has a proven track record in infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings in a variety of industries, including automotive, life sciences and telecommunications. One client states: "He is very diligent with attention to detail," while another describes him as a "creative thinker."

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Eva Geschke is at her most visible in patent disputes in the engineering, biotechnology and chemicals fields. She has a broad client base ranging from large multinationals and DAX-listed corporations to German Mittelstand companies.

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Roland Kehrwald specialises in patent litigation cases in the areas of genetic and electrical engineering, IT and medical technologies. He predominantly represents large domestic and international companies, and also assists with utility model issues.

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Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients turn to Thomas Musmann for his “preparation and strategy within a European framework.” He handles patent disputes in industries, including the automotive, life sciences, chemicals and engineering sectors, and advised Sanofi on its defence of damages claims brought by Hexal following the lifting of a preliminary injunction. Further expertise lies in utility model law.

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ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators note that Bernhard Arnold “works really hard, is super smart and understands how his case fits into the client's overall strategy.” He attracts praise for his adeptness in patent litigation cases, where he chiefly acts for large multinationals in the telecommunications and electronics sectors. His highlights include representing Sony in various patent and design infringement disputes. Sources also single out his courtroom authority, saying: “He stands up and has a good command of the room.”

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Global guide

Jochen Bühling is best known for his capabilities in patent litigation proceedings. He additionally assists with IP rights protection and licensing matters.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Johannes Bukow specialises in patent litigation cases, particularly those with a significant antitrust law element. Of late, he has represented Everlight in patent infringement and parallel validity proceedings with respect to three patents for LED technology.

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BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Chrocziel is highly experienced in patent litigation proceedings in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He acts for a range of multinational clients, and advised an international pharmaceutical business on its enforcement of a portfolio of licensed patents in validity proceedings.   

Peter Chrocziel is highly experienced in patent litigation proceedings in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He acts for a range of multinational clients, and advised an international pharmaceutical business on its enforcement of a portfolio of licensed patents in validity proceedings.

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CBH Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephan Gruber of CBH Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner is well known for his capabilities in patent litigation and employee invention law matters. He has significant experience in the areas of electronics, medical technology, chemistry and engineering.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Haberl focuses his practice on patent infringement and validity cases, with further expertise in licensing and R&D agreements. Clients value his “very good technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service.”

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

According to interviewees, Kay Kasper is “goal-driven and an excellent negotiator” who gives “practice-oriented advice” and has “excellent industry knowledge.” He mainly handles patent disputes in the automotive, mechanics and electronics fields.

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Wolfgang Kellenter

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators describe Wolfgang Kellenter of Hengeler Mueller as “very diligent, with a meticulous interest in detail, while at the same time understanding the economics involved.” He boasts experience in patent litigation cases, and also regularly handles the IP aspects of technology transactions. His highlights include representing Concept Laser, a subsidiary of GE, in several patent disputes.

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Cordula Schumacher

ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Cordula Schumacher has garnered considerable respect for her expertise in patent litigation, where she has a particularly in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. She represented Forward Pharma in a patent infringement dispute against Biogen concerning Tecfidera, a drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Clients regard her as “extremely dynamic, very reliable and able to find new, creative solutions.”

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Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Global guide

Henrik Timmann focuses on litigation cases across a range of fields, including telecommunications, biotechnology and chemistry. He represented Rhodia Chimie as plaintiff in infringement proceedings against the UK-based affiliate of Neo Chemicals concerning three patents for catalyst raw materials. Clients report: “He's extremely quick on his feet and prepares arguments very well.”

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Peter-Michael Weisse

Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter-Michael Weisse focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border patent infringement disputes. He is active across a range of technical fields, including telecommunications and electronics, where he possesses a notable reputation.

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Christoph de Coster

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Christoph de Coster focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sectors, where he handles cross-border patent litigation cases and the IP aspects of transactions. He latterly represented Hospira in a nullity action against Genentech concerning trastuzumab, a monoclonal antibody used to treat breast cancer. He is admitted to the New York Bar and works for several US clients.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Newly ranked Christian Donle is praised for his ability to handle patent litigation and interim injunction proceedings. He has vast experience in acting for large multinationals, and also advises on trade mark law matters. Sources state: “He is really up to date with court decisions and gives you the advice you need to make decisions. With him you know what the risks are, and your chances of winning.”

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AMPERSAND Rechtsanwälte LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say of Hosea Haag of AMPERSAND Rechtsanwälte LLP: “His main strength is his ability to understand the technical side. He's an experienced litigator who grasps the technology himself – he's basically a lawyer and engineer rolled into one.” Haag mainly handles large-scale patent litigation cases in the telecommunications and electronics industries, and represented Unwired Planet in the German aspects of its litigation against Samsung, Huawei, HTC and LG.

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Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Gisbert Hohagen is at his most visible in the life sciences and engineering industries. His practice centres on patent infringement proceedings and enforcement matters. He represented Metatron in patent infringement appeal proceedings against Volkswagen with respect to a basic patent for gas injection systems for natural gas vehicles.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Global guide

Anton Horn of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is best known for his capabilities in patent litigation, and is active in the healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors. Interviewees declare: “He is very hard-working and willing to communicate with you when you have proceedings in various countries.”

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

The “very bright” Christine Kanz is noted for her expertise in high-profile patent litigation proceedings. She is at her most visible in the life sciences industry, often advising on cases concerning patents for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology. Sources also add that she “is very efficient and understands the client's issues.”

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Christian Lederer

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Lederer specialises in patent litigation, where he is frequently instructed on infringement and validity cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. He has particular experience in the life sciences sector and a strong focus on advising Japanese clients. He represented Shionogi in patent infringement proceedings against a fellow originator concerning HIV medication.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Meyer is regularly mandated by clients in patent infringement and validity proceedings. He is highly regarded for his adeptness in life sciences, but also handles disputes in the technology sector. Meyer speaks fluent Dutch and has previously worked as a lawyer in the Netherlands. He represented Tarkett in patent infringement proceedings in Germany and the Netherlands concerning flooring products. Clients appreciate his “good command of the technical issues and good strategic, insightful advice.”

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Claudia Milbradt of Clifford Chance LLP has a broad practice that covers patent litigation, licensing agreements and the IP elements of technology-driven M&A deals. She is especially visible in the healthcare sector, and represented B. Braun Medical in two patent infringement cases against Prontomed regarding its PeriCare and Hemosept products. Clients say: “She is very well prepared in court, defends cases well and tells you realistically what she thinks will and will not work.”

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Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources regard Ralph Nack as “fair, co-operative and constructive.” He is regularly involved in complex patent litigation cases in the telecommunications and electronics sector, and represented ParkerVision as plaintiff in infringement proceedings against various parties concerning patents for mobile communications and RFID chip technology.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients observe that Julia Schönbohm of Linklaters is “extremely diligent, well prepared and passionate” about her cases. She is also described as “smart and flexible.” Her expertise lies in patent infringement cases and the enforcement of IP rights, mainly in the life sciences, chemicals, semiconductor technology and consumer goods industries.

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Steffen Steininger

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Steffen Steininger predominantly handles patent infringement proceedings in the automotive, telecommunications and life sciences industries. His client base consists of various well-known international corporations.

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Up and Coming

Klaka Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources report that Constantin Kurtz has a “keen perception of technical problems and client-oriented attitude.” He specialises in patent litigation disputes in the telecommunications, automotive and engineering sectors, and latterly represented Salewa in an infringement case and parallel nullity proceedings concerning a patent for ski binding.

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Associates to watch

Benjamin Schröer

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators note Benjamin Schröer's “deep understanding of the technology of a patent and quick understanding of its key features.” He is increasingly active on high-profile patent litigation cases, and assisted Google with its intervention as third party in patent infringement proceedings brought against three network operators concerning two patents.

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