Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Johannes Heselberger, Peter Hess and Claus Eckhartt
- 26 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich
What the team is known for Robust IP boutique, well recognised in patent litigation, prosecution and trade marks. Represents numerous long-standing clients in patent infringement, validity and nullity proceedings. Perceived as an excellent practice for complex, technical cases in the fields of telecommunications and software electronics. Also covers trade mark portfolios, counterfeiting and design law, with notable visibility in the fashion and food and beverage industries. Has recently expanded its bench following a spate of partner elections and additions to its junior ranks.
Strengths One client cites the team's ability to think ahead, saying: "They are very diligent, thoughtful, and go above and beyond in the sense that they think about issues that are likely to come next, and are really proactive with problem solving."
Other sources make similar comments, one example being: "The lawyers are really proactive, respond quickly to our requests and can adapt when necessary. They don't just see the legal point of view but are aware of and interested in the legal consequences for the business."
Value for money Sources praise the transparency and fairness of the billing practice. One client summarises: "It's great value working with them, and they're good at having conversations about transparency."
Work highlights Defended BMW in nullity and patent infringement proceedings against a suit filed by Synchronicity IP.
Instructed by Dell on various EP applications, including the co-ordination of national filings and representation in invalidity as well as infringement proceedings.
Acted for Australian Gold on the successful partial invalidation of the 'HOT' brand belonging to Effect Management & Holding.
Significant clients Amer Sports Corporation, Nintendo, Coca-Cola, Pronomic, Jaguar Land Rover.
Udo Altenburg remains a renowned figure for his experience in patent prosecution matters, including multitudinous opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. He has a strong background in physics, where his focus encompasses medical devices and measurement technology.
Jochen Pagenberg focuses on the co-ordination of cross-border patent litigation cases, including parallel proceedings in foreign jurisdictions. He boasts a wealth of experience representing clients in patent infringement proceedings and patent enforcement in the mechanics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and electronics fields.
Johannes Heselberger is described as a "skilled litigator" and frequently represents clients in patent infringement and validity proceedings. He recently acted for Mondelez before the EPO on infringement and opposition proceedings. He is also notably visible in the electronics sector. Clients appreciate his "technical competence, speed of responses, quality and range of advice, and client-orientation."
Interviewees consider Tilman Müller-Stoy to be "intelligent and hard-working." He primarily represents clients in patent litigation and unfair competition disputes, and advises on utility models. Highlights include acting for Intellectual Ventures on several patent infringement cases against three major telecommunications companies in Germany.
According to clients, Hans Wegner "brings a great sense of strategic planning, thinks outside of the box and thoroughly evaluates all options." His broad technical background covers mechanics, physics, telecommunications, hardware and software. He mainly acts for clients on patent application and opposition proceedings, and recently assisted Zeiss with prosecution assignments in the nanotechnology area.
Head of the trade mark department Claus Eckhartt has build up a strong reputation in both trade mark litigation and prosecution, including anti-counterfeit, licensing and copyrights. He also assists with global portfolio management. One source remarks: "He is very responsive, gives succinct advice and is always able to weave the business perspective into his analysis."
Clients describe managing partner Peter Hess as "service-oriented and appreciative of the client's concerns." He assists with patent prosecution, opposition and nullity actions, particularly in semiconductor technology and telecommunications. His client list includes Guardian Industries, whom he frequently represents before the EPO in patent prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings.
Johannes Lang is applauded for his technical expertise in software, electronics and IT, where he handles patent prosecution, as well as opposition, appeal and invalidity proceedings. Of late, he has advised Green Impact Holding on numerous patent prosecutions, licensing and co-operation agreements. Interviewees comment: "He is very thorough and able to translate the technical details into a good commercial approach."