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Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation — Germany


ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Growing firm offering expertise across the full spectrum of intellectual property litigation. Significant strength in cross-border patent disputes, including infringement and opposition proceedings, and has gained recognition for its involvement in FRAND cases. Also regularly handles trade mark and unfair competition litigation. Represents a range of multinational clients from the telecommunications, electronics, media and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Interviewees are pleased with the team's thorough approach and dedication to tailoring its case to the client's wishes. “Their responsiveness has been great, really going the extra mile and digging into the details to prepare the best case possible. They also interact very well with the commercial wing of the business, and gather evidence effectively. If we think something is a bad argument, they will adapt it and foresee the weaknesses,” one client stresses.

Another client praises the team for being “highly motivated,” and adds: “Their legal work and technical understanding are top quality. All the drafts we get from them are first class.”

Work highlights Represented Nokia in numerous patent litigation proceedings against Apple and BlackBerry concerning standard-essential patents.

Represented CHRIST Juweliere & Uhrmacher in proceedings against Dior regarding jewellery design.

Significant Clients Sisvel, Sandoz, Wiko, Subaru Deutschland, WiLAN.

Notable practitioners

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 pharmaceuticals 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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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Johannes Heselberger, Peter Hess and Claus Eckhartt
- 33 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers and patent attorneys
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Broad-based IP practice with thriving teams in both the patent and trade mark arenas. Perceived as an excellent practice for complex, technical cases in the fields of telecommunications and software electronics. Regularly handles large-scale patent infringement, validity and opposition proceedings, supplemented by its expertise in international patent applications and filings. Particularly well known for design litigation, and is often instructed by prestigious clients on high-profile Community design disputes. Also covers contentious trade mark and unfair competition matters, as well as trade mark protection and prosecution.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's practical approach and out-of-the-box thinking, as one states: “Their key strength is the depth of their knowledge, and they are very pragmatic in their application of various laws and regulations, so it's easy for me to understand what my options are.”

Others say that the team “provides creative legal advice in a fast and efficient manner,” and also describe the lawyers as “proactive and very good at communicating case information and updates.”

Work highlights Assisted IMRA America with various patent infringement and opposition procedures before the EPO.

Advised Apple on the prosecution of numerous German and European patents, as well as various patent infringement and nullity cases.

Represented Nintendo in several disputes regarding infringement of Community designs against a retailer selling accessories to original Nintendo products.

Significant Clients BMW, H&M, Mondelez, Laird, KUKA.

Notable practitioners

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.”

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.

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.

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Bird & Bird - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Superb reputation in the field of patent litigation, with a strong track record representing prestigious multinationals in complex, high-profile disputes. Particularly dominant in the telecommunications and life sciences sectors. Additionally, handles trade mark and unfair competition litigation, and is praised for its expertise in trade mark infringement proceedings. Further capabilities lie in trade mark registration.

Strengths The department is lauded for its bench strength, which facilitates its handling of large-scale cases. One impressed client notes: “The first thing I appreciate is the strength in depth they have on all levels. There is a consistency of quality that runs through all the ranks, and it makes working with them very easy.” The same client adds that “they are technically excellent, thinking strategically and globally.”

Others repeatedly reference the team's commercial approach, with one interviewee saying it gives “practical advice,” whilst another reports that the lawyers “show real business acumen and apply out-of-the-box thinking to outwit the opponent.”

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Kiel, Munich and Potsdam

What the team is known for Exceptional strength in patent prosecution, assisting with a large number of applications in a range of fields, including electrical and mechanical engineering, life sciences, physics and software. Also handles the full range of patent litigation matters, including infringement and nullity proceedings, drawing on a sizeable pool of patent attorneys and lawyers. Further areas covered include trade mark applications, portfolio management and disputes, unfair competition and copyright law.

Strengths On the soft IP side, commentators note the firm's “high reputation in trade mark law.”

Another interviewee says that Boehmert & Boehmert is a “really good firm.”

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Frank-Erich Hufnagel and Matthias Koch
- 7 partners
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Robust international firm boasting an impressive client roster across the entire IP domain. Prominent in high-profile patent litigation cases in the technology, telecommunications and life sciences sectors, representing leading multinationals in cross-border infringement proceedings and enforcement. Handles both contentious and advisory work in the areas of trade mark, unfair competition and design law, including advertising disputes and brand enforcement. Also renowned for its expertise in the IP aspects of large-scale transactions.

Strengths Commentators note the firm's ability to handle high-end litigation, reporting that the team deals with “a lot of very prominent cases.”

Another source comments: “They do a fantastic job.”

Work highlights Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on the enforcement of its patent for an antibody for cancer treatment against a competitor in various European jurisdictions.

Defended Volkswagen in various unfair competition claims brought by NGOs and Consumer Protection Agencies worldwide concerning its emissions-related advertising.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Gleiss Lutz - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Stefan Weidert, Stefan Völker and Matthias Sonntag
- 6 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Offers strength across the full spectrum of IP. Handles a range of high-profile trade mark and unfair competition disputes, including those concerning letter marks, domain names and counterfeiting. Additionally provides transactional IP and strategic portfolio advice. Well respected in the patent litigation field, representing long-standing clients in complex infringement cases. Far-reaching sector expertise spans life sciences, automotive, food and TMT.

Strengths Several sources cite the lawyers' reliability as a key strength. Typical comments include: “They give very clear advice and always deliver when they say they will – everything is very timely. You feel like you're in a safe pair of hands.”

Others point out the firm's useful combination of speed, responsiveness and creativity, singling out qualities such as the “fast feedback, deep knowledge and ability to find new pathways to reach excellent results.”

Work highlights Represented Gufic Biosciences in several trade mark infringement cases and cancellation proceedings regarding its Sallaki trade mark.

Also represented various pharmaceutical companies in a patent dispute against Novartis concerning the dementia treatment drug rivastigmine.

Significant Clients Actavis, Bosch, Carl Zeiss, Merck, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- 31 partners
- 58 other qualified patent attorneys
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne and Munich

What the team is known for Extremely well-resourced IP firm with a first-rate reputation for patent prosecution. Benefits from an expansive bench of patent attorneys whose diverse technical backgrounds cover mechanics, physics, chemistry, electronics, software and biotechnology. Also represents clients in patent litigation cases. Scope of expertise also extends to soft IP, where the team is recognised for its strength in trade mark prosecution, litigation and portfolio management. Particularly notable reputation in the fashion and luxury goods industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to provide a good service whilst diving into the depth of the case. One client highlights its “flexibility, and profound and detailed knowledge,” whilst another is enamoured of its “attention to detail and availability.”

Sources also commend the lawyers for their “high-quality work and good, solid practical advice.”

Work highlights Advised DJO Global on the management of its entire German and French trade mark portfolio and on its defence of a claim for trade mark infringement.

Significant Clients Dorco Korea, Align Technology, Hermès, Fenix Outdoor Group, Wanderlust.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- 39 partners
- 66 other qualified patent attorneys and lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Large team celebrated for its market-leading patent prosecution capabilities. Boasts an unrivalled track record in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, and adeptly assists with international patent applications, term monitoring and annuities. Predominantly handles technically complex cases in the mechanical and electrical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology and IT fields. Boasts further strength in contentious matters, offering legal representation to clients in infringement and validity cases, and advising on the enforcement of IP rights. Client roster comprises pioneering multinationals from the life sciences, TMT and automotive sectors.

Strengths Multiple interviewees are impressed by the firm's combination of legal and technical expertise and ability to provide a holistic service to the client. Typical comments include: “They are very well organised and have a broad knowledge not only of the law but of the technical subject material relevant to the litigation. They are also responsive to the need for calls at short notice, and they are congenial and easy to work with.”

Another feels in good hands with the team and praises the commitment of the attorneys, saying: “They are always dedicated to the case and have a high level of understanding of any issues raised. We feel comfortable relying on their work.”

Work highlights Regularly assists Allergan with the prosecution of its patents and opposition proceedings.

Advised Kao Corporation on the filing of four patent applications for its blockbuster hair dye product.

Significant Clients Shire, Seiko Epson Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Hyundai, IKEA.

Notable practitioners

“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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andreas von Falck, Morten Petersenn and Andreas Bothe
- 20 partners
- 67 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Acclaimed market leader in intellectual property that routinely excels in patent, trade mark and unfair competition issues. Destination practice for complex, big-ticket and multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning patent infringement, domain names, colour and 3D trade marks. Additionally manages global trade mark and brand portfolios and advises on design law matters. Enjoys a vast footprint in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical devices industries.

Strengths Sources routinely heap praise upon the firm's patent litigation team for its creativity. Typical comments include: “Hogan Lovells' IP team is characterised by outstanding legal and technical expertise. Their performance in court is impeccable and they always think outside the box, proactively advising on important strategic issues.”

Another interviewee is highly impressed by the all-round strength of the trade mark and unfair competition department, saying: “They are all top-notch, responsive, excellent lawyers. I couldn't ask for a better team.”

Other areas of strength include the consistency of quality and co-operation throughout the department's ranks. One client explains: “Firstly, they are very collegial and enjoy working with each other. Secondly, they all seem to really understand our case. From the lowest-level person to the very top, they all completely get it and there's never a question of them not being informed.”

Value for Money Clients agree that the firm offers good value for its services, and is commercial and solution-oriented when addressing any potential issues. One source notes: “If there's any issue they try to find a solution – they're very flexible. In bigger cases they handle the costings very impressively.”

Work highlights Represented Eli Lilly at the appeal stage in a patent infringement dispute against Actavis relating to its blockbuster chemotherapy drug.

Represented Hard Rock Cafe International in trade mark infringement proceedings against a restaurant based in Heidelberg trading under the same name.

Significant Clients Flixbus, Julius Sämann, Mars, Google, Sony.

Notable practitioners

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 F. Hoffmann-La Roche in invalidity proceedings concerning the Tarceva drug for cancer treatment.

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 time frame.” 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," whilst 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.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 10 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich

What the team is known for Outstanding patent litigation practice that is widely perceived as a go-to firm for high-stake disputes in the telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors, where it represents an array of key industry clients. Offers masterful expertise in patent infringement proceedings, whilst also advising on employee invention law. Stellar reputation for cross-border cases thanks to its robust European network, particularly in the Benelux region.

Strengths The lawyers are highly sought after for their prowess as litigators. One client enthuses: “I think they're very personable, give very good advice and are really good at identifying strong arguments in a case. They see the wood for the trees.”

Another client believes the team “has no weak areas” in litigation, and adds: “They're fantastic in writ processes, give top-level advocacy in hearings, and offer great client service, responsiveness and communication skills.”

Work highlights Represented Gilead in a patent infringement case regarding two of its blockbuster drugs.

Regularly advises Nokia on patent law matters.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Christof Augenstein and Peter Kather
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for IP boutique that has already made a name for itself in the patent litigation market, since opening in 2016. Strong reputation for complex infringement cases, particularly in the telecommunications sector. Varied client portfolio comprises large domestic and international corporations, as well as mid-sized companies. Also active in the life sciences, automotive and chemistry fields. Has gained several new clients of late, among which are Deutsche Post DHL, BLUFIXX and GROHE.

Strengths The team wins considerable acclaim for its capacity to think outside of the box. As one client comments: “The team always finds creative solutions to very complex problems, and comes up with unusual and innovative approaches to reach our goal.”

Numerous others point out the firm's proactive attitude towards identifying novel legal issues and keeping the client informed. One source professes: “The lawyers' main strengths are their very strong analysis of how the legal system can help us meet our business goals. They're very responsive and do a great job staying on top of issues and legal developments in Germany that are relevant to the client.”

Work highlights Represented Ericsson in a patent dispute against Entertain, a TV service affiliated to Deutsche Telekom.

Represented eazy-pz in preliminary injunction proceedings against New Valmar concerning the alleged imitation of a children's plate set made from silicon.

Significant Clients Schott, Knorr-Bremse, Lamborghini, B&F Baumaschinen & Factoring, Lenze.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- 14 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Covers the full range of IP matters, representing a roster of long-standing clients in numerous sectors, including pharmaceuticals, electronics and automotive. Extensive experience in patent enforcement claims and infringement cases, as well as opposition, nullity and cancellation proceedings. Also regularly handles disputes concerning trade mark, unfair competition and design law, as well as trade mark prosecution. New client wins this year include Wiko.

Strengths Clients see the team as a safe bet for difficult cases, praising its “great service in complex and high-value IP litigation,” and adding: “They are very responsive, have good time management, and working results are top quality.”

Others also appreciate “service tailored to clients and their demands.”

Work highlights Represented SRAM Corporation in multiple patent infringement and invalidity cases against Shimano and several other competitors.

Advised Deichmann on trade mark applications and design law including representation in three infringement cases at the European Court.

Significant Clients BMW, DFB, fischerwerke, Longchamp, ZTE Corporation.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 8 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique firm with substantial expertise in patent litigation. Represents front runners in the telecommunications, electronics and life sciences sectors in high-profile infringement cases. Further strength lies in utility model law and employee invention law.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ludwig von Zumbusch, Christian Donle and Christian Kau
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Best known for its expertise in patent litigation, benefiting from long-standing expertise in the automotive, telecommunications and life sciences sectors. Represents domestic and international companies in patent infringement and parallel validity proceedings, and is highly recommended for employee invention disputes. Attracts praise for its capabilities in trade mark and unfair competition matters, where the team focuses on anti-counterfeiting and border seizures. Bolstered its Hamburg office in 2017 with a team of lateral hires.

Strengths Interviewees like the fact that all team members are on the same wavelength, with one commenting: “The strengths are the level of client orientation and the fact that the legal know-how is shared among many colleagues, meaning the client has a broad and deep knowledge base.”

Another client adds: “They are very diligent and give practical advice; they can point out several things and then recommend one way, they don't use too much legal jargon and break it down to what the client actually needs.”

Work highlights Represented Hewlett Packard Enterprise in numerous patent infringement cases concerning network technologies.

Represented humediQ in patent assignment proceedings concerning its Identify product.

Significant Clients Doka USA, Sandvine, PII Pipetronix.

Notable practitioners

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.”

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In IP, our key strengths lie in patent law, trademarks, competition law, including trade secret, industrial design and pharmaceutical law. For half a century, we have been providing counsel and representation in infringement disputes, validity proceedings, product piracy and border seizure proceedings. With 24 lawyers working in the filed of intellectual property protection, we are one of Germany's largest IP practices for infringement matters. With our office in Paris, our activities have extended beyond the German territory. It brings us closer to our French clients, and strengthens our international capabilites, in particular with respect to the upcoming Unified Patent Court.

Regular clients of ours are blue chips as well as large privately-held companies. As a tradition, we maintain close contacts to the German industry. In the past years, we counted among our clients eleven of the DAX-30, including the largest enterprises of Germany. Our client base is well balanced between German and international clients.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marcus Grosch
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Hamburg, Mannheim, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Dedicated litigation offering that is a popular choice for complex, cross-border patent disputes, benefiting from a strong international network. Represents large multinational clients in high-stake patent infringement, validity and nullity proceedings. Excellent reputation in the electronics and telecommunications fields, with extensive experience in cases concerning patents for semiconductor technology, mobile technology and software.

Strengths Several clients are impressed by the team's ability to combine technical expertise with courtroom gravitas. One particular source describes the lawyers as “excellent” and adds: “They are not only highly competent in understanding the technology, but are very good advocates in court. They also communicate well with the client and are very responsive.”

Others appreciate the lawyers' preparation in court cases and their “first-rate knowledge, strategy and execution of patent litigation.”

Work highlights Represented Daimler in numerous patent infringement disputes in Germany.

Defended Motorola in patent infringement proceedings and parallel nullity proceedings regarding three allegedly standard essential patents.

Significant Clients Everlight, SWM International, Varian Medical Systems, DSM, Sisvel.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked Marcus Grosch has developed an outstanding profile in patent litigation and one client says: “For hard negotiations with difficult opponents, I'd always take him. Full stop.” He showcases tremendous expertise in cross-border patent disputes, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Standout cases include representing Google as third party intervener in infringement proceedings initiated by Philips against manufacturers of Android smartphones.

Clients note that Johannes Bukow “works very precisely and prepares things very well.” He 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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Basic facts about the Department
- 7 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Mannheim

What the team is known for Well-regarded IP boutique widely praised for its patent litigation prowess. Handles high-profile proceedings for a roster of prestigious clients from the telecommunications, electronics, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors. Also represents large companies in infringement and enforcement actions against non-practising entities and generic competitors, with further expertise in licensing matters.

Strengths Speed and responsiveness are two qualities often identified in the team at Rospatt Osten Pross. Clients appreciate the “very quick advice, comprehensive analysis and the fact that the lawyers supervising the case are always available at short notice for a phone call.”

Commentators also highlight the lawyers' lucidity and ability to grasp the technical side of the case. “They are very clear and concise, arguments are precise and to the point, and they have a good grip on technical issues, which allows them to quickly pick up complex matters,” one source reports.

Work highlights Represented Samsung Electronics in defence of infringement claims brought by non-practising entity FIPA for infringement of two standard-essential patents.

Represented Biogen in two patent disputes against Forward Pharma and several opposition proceedings concerning the drug Tecfidera.

Significant Clients Siemens, BASF, Medtronic, AbbVie, BP.

Notable practitioners

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 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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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Peter Meyer
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Flourishing patent litigation team that regularly represents large companies in cross-border disputes. Especially well known for its strength in the life sciences sector, boasting a sizeable portfolio of renowned national and international pharmaceuticals and medical devices organisations. Mainly handles cases concerning infringement and the enforcement of patent rights, as well as preliminary injunction proceedings. New client wins include HTC Corporation and Guenther Bionics.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the lawyers' ability to grasp difficult issues, saying: "The team has been very straightforward, and has had a good command of the technical side of the brief which was subtle and complex."

Clients also describe the team as "top notch in the area of litigation."

Work highlights Represented Boehringer Ingelheim in a patent infringement case concerning a best-selling swine vaccine belonging to its animal health division.

Advised Mack Rides on the pan-European enforcement of its patent rights relating to the use of virtual reality glasses on amusement rides.

Significant Clients Bayer HealthCare, BTG, Firecomms, Fontem Ventures, Guenther Bionics.

Notable practitioners

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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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Olaf Gillert and Christian Lederer
- 25 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Represents multinational clients in trade mark disputes and manages worldwide portfolios. Handles contentious unfair competition matters, as well as trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters, including those concerning counterfeit goods. Increasingly recognised in patent litigation, predominantly representing clients in cross-border infringement cases in the life sciences, telecommunications and automotive sectors.

Strengths The department is described as “very client-focused,” and one interviewee particularly likes that the lawyers “can immerse themselves in our products and find the best way forward.”

Another client highlights the “good response times and excellent knowledge of the gaming industry.”

Work highlights Advised American Airlines on the management of its trade mark portfolio in the EMEA region, comprising over 1,300 trade marks.

Represented Nichia in patent infringement proceedings against Everlight and other parties regarding LED technology.

Significant Clients ASUS, Continental, Nintendo, The North Face, Valeo.

Notable practitioners

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.

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 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.

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

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Basic facts about the Department
- 7 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Esteemed IP boutique with an excellent reputation for patent litigation. Represents both plaintiffs and defendants in large-scale patent infringement proceedings and enforcement actions against competitors. Additional expertise lies in utility model and employee invention law. Client roster comprises domestic and multinational enterprises from a vast array of industries, including biochemistry, telecommunications, semiconductor technology, pharmaceuticals and engineering.

Notable practitioners

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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Top-ranked Marcus Grosch has developed an outstanding profile in patent litigation and one client says: “For hard negotiations with difficult opponents, I'd always take him. Full stop.” He showcases tremendous expertise in cross-border patent disputes, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 F. 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 Europe 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 Roche and its affiliated laboratories.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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," whilst another describes him as a "creative thinker."

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Clients note that Johannes Bukow “works very precisely and prepares things very well.” He 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 Europe 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.

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CBH Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Cordula Schumacher has garnered considerable respect for her expertise in patent litigation, where she has a particularly in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceuticals 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 represented Shionogi in patent infringement proceedings against a fellow originator concerning HIV medication.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe guide

Claudia Milbradt of Clifford Chance 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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 Europe 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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