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Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation — Germany

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Notable IP boutique handling both patent and trade mark matters. Assists with standard-essential patents, opposition proceedings, unfair competition and all types of infringement disputes, drawing on a pool of experienced litigators. Further expertise lies in trade mark portfolio management. Acts for big-name clients from the mobile technology and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths Appreciative of the firm's ability to explain complex matters in basic terms, a client says: "The team knows all there is to know about IP and is very good at explaining the changes in the law and the necessary steps to take lay clients."

Another source reports: "They are straight to the point, very responsive and have strong sector-specific experience."  

Work highlights Comprehensively advised Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on various contentious matters concerning copyright infringement, trade marks, designs and patents.

Defended De Zuivelstichting in a lawsuit concerning the use of the Frau Antje trade mark for cheese products.

Significant clients Ericsson, Ethical Coffee Company, Sandoz, PharmaFGP, Seats & Sofas.

Notable practitioners

Sources value Bernhard Arnold's ability to "turn things around quickly and produce quality within a very tight deadline." He specialises in patent litigation and often represents large companies in damages claims relating to patent infringement. His highlights include advising Ethical Coffee Company on its proceedings against Nestlé, DeLonghi and Krups for an injunction to stop the sale of machines and capsules based on its patents and utility model, as well as damages for past sales.

Peter Ruess is highlighted for his "technical ability and commercial thinking." He handles trade mark and copyright infringement cases, with further expertise in unfair competition matters, particularly in relation to advertising, where he has latterly assisted Subaru. Another client enthuses: "He is straight to the point and responsive. He exceeded my high expectations."

According to interviewees, Cordula Schumacher is a "great lawyer who demonstrates an ability to see beyond the client's problem and execute her plans perfectly." Her focus lies in patent litigation, most notably in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. She represented Sisvel in numerous disputes against competitors over standard-essential patents for mobile communication, and the enforcement of its wireless patent portfolio.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners 

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."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christian Harmsen
- 15 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Outstanding patent litigation team boasting enviable experience leading complex, cross-border disputes before the European Patent Office (EPO) and ECJ. Dominant in the telecommunications and life sciences sectors, acting for an array of leading multinational enterprises. Also a popular choice for trade mark litigation and unfair competition disputes, and is particularly renowned for its work on issues related to colour trade marks.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the user-friendly nature of the team's advice, saying: "We are most impressed by their ability to take complex German law and procedures and explain it to us in a way that we understand."

Another source added: "I find the performance excellent. The lawyers have not only done their homework but been proactive in looking for solutions and coming up with creative plans that don't just consider the legal aspects."

One additional client sums up: "I like the team's pragmatic approach to matters."

Work highlights Defended Actavis in patent infringement proceedings against Lilly concerning a renowned anti-cancer drug.

Represented DSGV in a dispute against Santander over the use of the colour red in the bank's trade mark.

Significant clients Canon, Deutsche Telekom, Edwards Life Sciences, Nokia, Peek & Cloppenburg.

Notable practitioners

Group head Christian Harmsen has carved out an excellent reputation for co-ordinating large, cross-border patent litigation cases. His enviable client roster includes multinational companies in the technology and pharmaceutical industries. Clients describe him as an "excellent litigator who works closely with the technical experts in his team to cover the entire matter."

Oliver Jüngst continues to receive a steady flow of instructions from prestigious telecommunications and pharmaceuticals clients. He specialises in multi-jurisdictional patent infringement proceedings, and represented Teva in a contentious case against Pfizer concerning the drug pregabalin and second medical use claims.

Uwe Lüken's practice centres on trade mark, unfair competition, design and copyright issues, ranging from litigious infringement cases to worldwide portfolio management.

"Experienced and strategic lawyer" Joseph Fesenmair is praised by clients for his "great commitment." He typically represents companies in infringement cases relating to trade marks and community design rights, and assists with trade mark registration and portfolio management. Of late, he has advised Audi on the development of its 'Q' brand.

Richard Dissmann primarily focuses on copyright law, trade mark infringement litigation and contentious unfair competition matters, particularly in the areas of design and imitation.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 40 attorneys-at-law
- 46 patent attorneys
- Office locations: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Kiel, Munich and Potsdam

What the team is known for Stellar one-stop shop for the full range of IP matters. Stands out with unsurpassed expertise in patent prosecution, as well as utility model and design patent applications. Also draws on a deep pool of legal attorneys to assist with patent and trade mark infringement disputes, trade mark applications and IP rights protection.

Strengths Interviewees commend the ambitious outlook of the lawyers. "They are putting the firm forward with super-fast and concise input in all cases they handle."

One market commentator summarises: "It is a very reputable IP firm."

Significant clients Huawei Technologies, Sonos, ASOS, Jack Daniel's Properties, Commerzbank.

Notable practitioners

Heinz Goddar is one of the most famous names in patent prosecution, and receives unanimous acknowledgement among fellow patent attorneys and other market observers. His technical expertise lies chiefly in polymer physics.

Steffen Schmidt is a patent attorney with an impressive background in physics, in which he holds a PhD. He mainly assists with the technical aspects of patents in the areas of magnetism, ultrasound and low temperatures.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Peter Chrocziel
- 6 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- 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. Represents household names in patent enforcement cases and against suits by competitors, with a strong focus on the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Handles trade mark, brand and design matters in the context of larger projects and transactions, as well as portfolio work, benefiting from an integrated cross-practice approach. Further expertise lies in trade secrets, unfair competition and copyright disputes.

Strengths Praising the team's ability to think ahead, a client enthuses: "The Freshfields lawyers are proactive regarding changes in the law and well ahead of the curve in meeting deadlines. They get us up to speed, make recommendations and give good strategic advice, so that we are prepared to deal with the changes in real time."

Another interviewee simply adds: "I am very satisfied with Freshfields' work; I'd give them ten out of ten. The support in both negotiations and litigation is excellent."

Work highlights Represented 3M in trade mark infringement proceedings and the enforcement of its Post-It mark relating to counterfeit products.

Advised Mars on various trade mark and unfair competition law aspects of its food businesses.

Significant clients Zalando, Volkswagen, Boehringer Ingelheim, ADAC, Triton.

Notable practitioners

Praised by commentators as a leading patent litigator, Frank-Erich Hufnagel is active in many high-profile proceedings in the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries, where he represents globally known corporations. Clients deem him "an excellent negotiator, very flexible and someone who knows what he needs to say to move a deal forward." 

Matthias Koch advises clients on all areas of trade mark and unfair competition law, with a particular focus on licensing agreements. He assisted VMWare with its defence in a dispute regarding IP rights in a software programme.

The "very smart" Andrea Lensing-Kramer focuses on trade mark policies and branding, as well as trade mark and unfair competition litigation. She advised UPS on the full range of trade mark and unfair competition law matters, including contentious aspects relating to trade mark infringement. Clients add: "We appreciate her responsiveness. We don't have to wait for an answer if something is time-critical."

Sources describe Peter Chrocziel as a "great litigator" and compliment his vast experience. He specialises in patent litigation, and is especially prominent in enforcement proceedings.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stefan Weidert, Matthias Sonntag and Stefan Völker
- 4 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. Active in high-profile trade mark disputes concerning 3D, colour and letter trade marks, as well as domain names. Also defends its long-standing industrial clientele in patent litigation, often against claims brought by non-practising entities. Key industry sectors include automotive, pharmaceutical and technology, where the firm maintains an established presence.

Strengths One source finds the team "very responsive and reliable to the extent that the lawyers solve problems and look ahead to the next steps."

Highlighting the firm's strength in international trade mark law, a client describes the team as "very good with trade mark applications worldwide."

Work highlights Represented Beiersdorf in court proceedings regarding protection rights for its dark blue Nivea trade mark.

Acted for Blizzard Entertainment on an unfair competition dispute against Bossland relating to automation software used in the online role-playing game World of Warcraft.

Significant clients Adam Opel, Bayer, Carl Zeiss, Bosch, Volkswagen.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Bopp is one of the most respected figures in patent litigation. He has long-standing experience in complex, cross-border patent disputes and is particularly well regarded for his knowledge of the pharmaceuticals sector.

Head of trade marks Stefan Völker is acclaimed for his expertise in all areas of trade mark law. He represents clients in high-stake litigation and advises on trade mark prosecution and brand selection. One client enthuses: "He has extremely high technical competence at his disposal, and prepares and formulates appeals and defences which are appropriate for the addressee as well as understandable for non-lawyers."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ulrich Blumenröder and Bernd Allekotte
- 52 attorneys-at-law
- 60 patent attorneys
- 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, chemistry, physics and healthcare. Also assists with trade mark prosecution, portfolio management and cross-border patent and trade mark litigation. Known to act for high-profile multinationals and start-ups.

Strengths Praising the team's client-oriented manner of working, one interviewee enthuses: "The lawyers are hands-on and speak our language. They can communicate in such a manner that we get accurate and complete information."

One source finds the department "very skilled," and adds: "It tailors activity to the goals of the client."

A further client describes the team as "very flexible with a broad range of technology knowledge. There is a high level of competence and promptness."  

Work highlights Represented Yahoo!, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter as defendants in various nullity actions.

Represented Align Technology in several patent infringement, nullity and opposition proceedings.

Acted for Hermès on multiple litigation cases regarding 3D trade marks. 

Significant clients University of Texas, Dorco Korea, DJO Global, Arçelik, Galderma.

Notable practitioners

Clients consider Maximilian Kinkeldey "a very experienced individual with a good judgement of what makes sense in terms of protection." He specialises in trade mark litigation and prosecution, as well as unfair competition disputes, with a particular focus on domain names.

Thomas Schuster is best known for his expertise in the prosecution of physics-based patents. He also represents clients in opposition and nullity proceedings.

Heike Vogelsang-Wenke is regularly involved in opposition and appeal proceedings in the life sciences sector. She holds a PhD in molecular biology and has further technical expertise in chemistry. Sources say: "She is smart and analytical and very knowledgeable of case law."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 56 patent attorneys
- 9 attorneys-at-law
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Hamburg, 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. Exceptional technical expertise spans chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and mechanical and electrical engineering. Also represents key clients in patent litigation cases concerning infringement and validity.

Strengths One market commentator says: "Hoffmann Eitle is a very renowned firm in patent prosecution."

Another also praises the firm's all-round strength in patent-related matters: "I particularly rate Hoffmann Eitle, mainly for strategic EPO opposition work, but also patent litigation."

The firm's progress and international exposure are also commended by one interviewee, who says: "They are increasingly a force to be reckoned with, and they have impressive Japanese expertise."

Work highlights Represented Hyundai in opposition proceedings against Volkswagen regarding a patent for its modular construction of transverse front-engine cars.

Acted for Nippon Carbide Industries on the enforcement of its patent following nullity actions concerning retroreflective sheeting.

Significant clients Fujifilm, Thonet, Ablynx, Geox, Lisa Dräxlmaier.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent patent attorney" Peter Klusmann specialises in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields. He handles both national and cross-border patent prosecution, including opposition and appeal proceedings. Highlights include defending Allergan against six oppositions regarding the validity of one of its patents.

Joseph Taormino regularly appears before the EPO in opposition and appeal proceedings. His technical expertise spans biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Sources describe Thorsten Bausch as "very sophisticated, knowledgeable and active." He represents clients in domestic and international nullity actions, opposition and appeal proceedings, with a strong focus on the pharmaceuticals and construction chemistry fields. Of late, he has defended AstraZeneca in four oppositions before the EPO regarding the validity of a patent relating to Symbicort SMART therapy.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Formidable IP practice with tremendous expertise in patents, trade marks and unfair competition. Offers superb strength in big-ticket, cross-border litigation proceedings, profiting from an expansive global network. Highly sought after for colour trade mark and same name disputes, complex patent infringement cases and design matters. Especially prominent in the life sciences and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Sources are most pleased by the team's ability to break down complex information. Typical comments include: "I am very satisfied. I appreciate the subject knowledge and comprehensive preparation. For a businessman this isn't an easy area of law to understand, but the lawyers straightforwardly present to us what we should do, why, and what effect it can have."

Another interviewee extols both the legal and commercial strengths of the team: "The legal advice truly leaves nothing to be desired and is characterised by the highest level of expertise and the permanent ambition to deliver business-oriented and practical solutions."

Finally, a client speaks highly of "the approachability and accessibility of the lawyers," adding: "There is a brilliant chemistry with them on a professional and personal level and their advice takes into account the company's politics, requirements and mentality."

Work highlights Represented Dainese in several patent infringement procedures against Alpinestars before the District Court of Munich and the German Federal Patent Court.

Represented Peek & Cloppenburg in numerous litigation proceedings against an identically named German competitor.

Significant clients Deutsche Telekom, HTC, The LEGO Group, Mars, Mozilla.

Notable practitioners

Peers enthusiastically describe Andreas Bothe as "very concise, tough, and absolutely somebody you'd want as your lawyer." He represents leading domestic and overseas clients in complex trade mark litigation, but is also known for providing strategic advice on copyrights, trade mark registration and unfair competition law.

Top-ranked group head Andreas von Falck stands out for his expertise in cross-border patent litigation cases, and is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. One of his recent highlights was representing Merck Sharp & Dohme at the appeal stage in preliminary injunction proceedings against Orifarm concerning the parallel import of a remedial drug. One source regards him as "extremely knowledgeable and one of the top litigators in Germany, if not the top."

Martin Chakraborty has a "very strong reputation" as a patent litigator. He frequently represents clients in patent infringement and nullity proceedings and has notable strength in the technology industry.

Erhard Keller receives substantial praise for his talents in trade mark litigation and unfair competition matters. He represented Novartis in a dispute against numerous competitors over the marketing and selling of medicinal products in single doses.

Martin Fähndrich is noted for his work in patent infringement and opposition proceedings before the German courts and the EPO. He is especially active in the engineering, automotive and telecommunications sectors. Interviewees positively comment on his technical expertise regarding patents.

Leopold von Gerlach specialises in the enforcement of IP rights and trade marks, as well as anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports. Standout matters include representing Gibson Brands in infringement proceedings against competitors concerning the design and branding of electric guitar models.

Steffen Steininger is best known for his expertise in patent litigation, where he mainly handles infringement, nullity and appeal proceedings. His practice also covers the IP elements of M&A transactions, and he recently advised Daimler on the due diligence and other patent-related aspects of its USD3.1 billion acquisition of HERE as part of a consortium with Audi and BMW.

Sources attest that Benjamin Schröer is "so good technically it is like dealing with an engineer." He is best known for patent litigation, where he chiefly assists with infringement and nullity proceedings.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Exceptional patent litigation practice which is expected to further boost its offering in Germany with the recent opening of its Munich office. Lauded for its track record in high-value, international litigation proceedings in the telecommunications, electronics and pharmaceuticals industries. Particularly excellent reputation for patent infringement cases and employee invention law.

Strengths One satisfied client simply states: "The lawyers are brilliant. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a top-quality firm."

Another source praises the firm's "incredibly strong international tie-up."

Work highlights Represented Gilead in patent infringement proceedings regarding two blockbuster life sciences products.

Regularly advises Nokia on its patent-related issues.

Notable practitioners 

Thomas Reimann is widely regarded as an eminent patent litigator with enviable experience. He is also noted for his academic contributions to the subject.

Clients praise Klaus Haft as "very thorough, keen and hard-working. He works well in court and is a good advocate." He is a regular fixture in high-profile patent litigation cases, and is best known for his expertise in the electronics and mechanics fields.

Christian Osterrieth focuses on patent litigation and often provides strategic advice to major global clients. He is especially active in the areas of computers, medical devices and automotives.

Martin Köhler's practice centres on patent infringement proceedings, where he litigates on behalf of some leading enterprises worldwide. Further expertise lies in employee invention law. He is especially active in the electronics and telecommunications industries.

Kay Kasper is well known for his capabilities in cross-border patent litigation proceedings. He is notably present on telecommunications and IT patent disputes.

Christine Kanz enters this year's rankings following strong recommendations from market commentators. She is commended for her abilities in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, with a strong focus on the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology fields.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 6 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 automotives. Offers noteworthy experience in patent infringement proceedings, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. Also regularly handles trade mark infringement cases and unfair competition disputes with crossovers to design law.

Strengths Speaking about the lawyers' ability to deliver success for the client, a source states: "They have good judgement, give good advice and importantly win cases or reach a settlement. The lawyers accurately predict what can and can't be done, and there is a lot of trust in the relationship."

One client describes the firm as "excellent and a real boutique where you know what you will get."

Value for money Clients find the firm to offer good value for its services. One notes: "There are no issues with the billing at all. It's all completely transparent."

Work highlights Represented 3M in a nullity action and numerous associated patent infringement proceedings.

Represented the German Football Association (DFB) in a dispute against Real over the eligibility of its eagle trade mark due to its symbolic status as the country's coat of arms.

Significant clients Infineon Technologies, fischerwerke, AVM, Deichmann, Longchamp.

Notable practitioners

Top-rated Olaf Giebe is singled out by sources for his litigation skills. He is vastly experienced in complex patent infringement cases, having represented high-profile clients before the patent courts of Germany and the EPO. One such standout matter was his advice to SRAM on numerous patent infringement proceedings concerning hub gear. His practice covers a wide range of technical fields including mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. One client states: "He delivered excellent consulting in a very short period of time."

Ralf Hackbarth specialises in trade mark enforcement, and provides regular advice on design protection and unfair competition. He is a trusted legal counsel to BMW, whom he presently assists with infringement actions against competitors for the production of replica rims. Market commentators consider him "very reliable and good to negotiate with," and "innovative with a high intellectual grasp."

Michael Nieder is primarily active in patent litigation, where he has a long history of representing clients in infringement proceedings. He mainly covers the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

Sources say that Andreas Schulz "is very convincing and makes a good impression." He is best known for his expertise in trade mark and trading name protection, and is often seen representing companies in unfair competition cases.

Constantin Kurtz impresses clients with his "keenness to find the specification that applies to the case at hand which strengthens his argument." He mainly handles patent litigation cases in the technology industry, and represented ZTE in patent infringement proceedings against a competitor concerning standard-essential patents for LTE, previously belonging to Ericsson.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Extremely well-respected patent litigation boutique praised for its experience in IP rights protection matters, including model law, employee inventions and trade secrets. Regularly handles both domestic and international patent infringement proceedings. Mainly represents prominent companies from a range of industries, including life sciences, biotechnology and telecommunications. Also acts for start-ups and inventors.

Strengths The firm is praised for its high service levels, as one market commentator states: "The quality, reliability, creativity and effectiveness is seamless."

Notable practitioners

Peter Mes continues to be celebrated for his numerous publications on the topic of IP rights. He acts for clients on patent-related disputes.

Axel Verhauwen rises to the top of this year's rankings following strong feedback from both peers and clients. One source says: "He is a real networker, somebody who is well connected and knows who you should involve in a case for it to work effectively." He predominantly deals with patent infringement and enforcement matters, and is an especially prominent figure in the electronics and technology sectors.

Jochen Bühling is best known for his strength in patent litigation, where he advises both large multinationals and medium-sized clients on infringements, licensing and protection.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ralph Nack and Christiane Zedelius
- 12 partners
- 49 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Strong domestic presence in soft IP, where the team chiefly handles trade mark litigation, protection rights and digitalisation issues. Frequently assists clients in the food, retail and TMT sectors, and has strengthened its position in pharmaceuticals and healthcare with some important new client wins. Also increasingly active in patent litigation.

Strengths An interviewee enthuses over the team's responsiveness, saying: "I think it is the most responsive team I have ever worked with. They also look at the bigger picture of a case and have a good commercial outlook, seeing a matter as we as a business would see it."

Another source adds: "I appreciate that the team is reachable anytime and sticks to its advice. They think of what steps to take, look at what's happening and get in touch with you." 

Work highlights Represented Crocs in several proceedings concerning trade mark and design infringements.

Represented TLI Communications in a series of patent infringement proceedings against multinational technology companies regarding mobile phone cloud storage.

Significant clients Bridgestone, Rembrandt IP Management, Abercrombie & Fitch, Spotify, King Digital Entertainment.

Notable practitioners 

Ralph Nack has developed a reputation as an established patent litigator and represents patent owners in the telecommunications, electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors. His standout cases include representing Packet Intelligence in infringement proceedings against multiple defendants regarding a patent for internet data traffic monitoring.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Stephan Gruber and Christian Donle
- 9 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Solid patent litigation practice with praiseworthy experience, representing large national corporations in patent infringement and nullity proceedings. Continues to grow and garner recognition in the trade mark domain, where the team advises clients on anti-counterfeiting and border seizure matters. Sector specialisms include automotives, electronics and telecommunications.

Strengths One source commends the firm's practical understanding, stating: "I am very enthusiastic about the technical understanding of the lawyers. They maintain their quality."

Work highlights Represented Voith in nullity proceedings concerning a patent for a hydraulic device.

Defended Huawei in a multitude of patent infringement and validity proceedings against non-practising entities.

Significant clients Hewlett Packard, humediQ, Volkswagen, Broadcom, GE Oil & Gas.

Notable practitioners

Stephan Gruber has significant experience of patent litigation cases, and primarily acts on infringement and nullity proceedings in the electronics, chemistry and engineering fields. He latterly represented Schaeffler Technologies in infringement and parallel nullity proceedings concerning mechanical devices.

Sources say of Andreas Haberl: "It is really surprising how intensively he goes into the technical details of a case, which makes clients very fond of him. Although he is not a technician, he is very impressive." His expertise lies in patent infringement and validity proceedings, where he regularly represents Siemens, including in parallel nullity actions.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcus Grosch and Nadine Herrmann
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Hamburg, Mannheim and Munich

What the team is known for Highly regarded international firm which is a frequent participant in cross-border patent litigation proceedings before the Federal Patent Court and the EPO. Represents large multinational clients in high-stake patent infringement, validity and nullity proceedings across a range of fields, including mechanical, software, telecommunications and electronics. 

Strengths The firm's pure focus on litigation is positively received by clients. Comments include: "I really appreciate the solid focus on all aspects of litigation within the intellectual property team, which is different from a typical firm that tends to have a separate litigation department. That is what makes Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan unique."

Another source enthusiastically speaks about the team's courtroom expertise alongside its legal and technical qualities: "In the patents area it is tough to find lawyers who understand the technology along with the legal side, but the team is really strong in both and can develop a good approach. The lawyers are also good on their feet in court."

Work highlights Acted for IPCom on several patent infringement proceedings regarding mobile communication standard-essential patents.

Represented Memjet in patent infringement proceedings against HP concerning PageWide printers.

Significant clients Google, Sanyo, Samsung, Sisvel, Daimler.

Notable practitioners

Sources remark that Marcus Grosch is "just incomparable and stands out from the crowd." He offers masterful expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation cases, representing giants from the electronic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Matters of note include advising Google on its defence in various patent infringement proceedings. Another client enthuses: "He is an outstanding patent litigator who has a deep insight into how decisions are made and how to best present the case. Both his written and oral communication style are excellent. He dominates the courtroom while remaining friendly and humble. The overall effect is a level of persuasiveness that you rarely witness in legal counsel."

Johannes Bukow has carved out a reputation as an accomplished patent litigator, and ascends the rankings due to favourable comments from peers and clients. He handles complex infringement disputes in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. He represented Varian Medical Systems in the German litigations against its global dispute with Elekta regarding radiology software.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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, pharmaceuticals and engineering sectors. Specialises in patent infringement proceedings on both the plaintiff and defendant side, and regularly plays a part in complex cases with parallel opposition proceedings and nullity actions.

Strengths One client praises the team's efforts in studying patents, noting: "What I really like is their way of understanding the technical background of the patent, which is very important when representing a client before court. The lawyers want to understand the technology and dig into the matter until they have grasped the topic."

Another interviewee underlines the firm's understanding of courtroom proceedings: "The lawyers have a very deep knowledge of the Düsseldorf courts and are good at putting their finger on the issue, identifying where the problem is, so that you can be successful in the case. They also give clear guidance on whether the client has a chance to battle or would be best advised to settle."

Value for money Sources agree that the firm offers good value for money. A client adds: "We think Rospatt Osten Pross offers good quality for reasonable rates."

Work highlights Defended LG Electronics in infringement, parallel and nullity proceedings brought by Unwired Planet concerning six patents.

Advised Siemens on several patent-related issues including freedom to operate options.

Significant clients Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie, Ferrari, OSRAM.

Notable practitioners

Clients find Maximilian von Rospatt to be "thorough, responsive, sharp and well versed in IP law." He enjoys the adulation of clients and peers for his expertise in complex patent litigation matters in engineering, pharmaceuticals, electronics and chemistry. Highlights include representing Mars in a nullity action against Nestec regarding a patent for pet food.

Sources opine that Thomas Musmann is "an excellent partner who is versatile and willing to explore all options" and praise his thorough preparation of court cases. He specialises in patent litigation, and regularly handles infringement cases in numerous sectors, including automotives, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Of late, he has acted in defence of Biogen on an infringement action by Forward Pharma.

Henrik Timmann is frequently seen assisting with patent infringement proceedings in various technical fields, including telecommunications, biotechnology and electronics. He defended Samsung Electronics against an infringement action by FIPA concerning a standard-essential patent. One interviewee declares: "He has a very good feeling for the technical content, which he can translate into legal aspects and bring them together. He benefits from a quick intellectual grasp that is noticeable in his legal analyses."

Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen mainly advises on trade mark, design and unfair competition law, and has ample experience before the German courts. Fellow practitioners see him as "precise and somebody with whom you can have a dispute whilst remaining reasonable."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Well-staffed IP practice covering both patent and trade mark litigation. Best known for its work in the life sciences, fashion and TMT industries. Offers strength in patent infringement proceedings, mainly defending large companies against non-practising entities. Equally adept advising on trade mark filings and portfolio management. 

Strengths Listing the team's key qualities, a satisfied client says: "The lawyers are very detail-oriented, want to win and are easy to communicate with."

Another source reports: "They are quick, reliable, have a practical approach and understand the client's needs very well." 

Work highlights Represented Metatron in an appeal against Volkswagen relating to the infringement of a basic patent for automotive gas injection systems.

Defended Continental in opposition proceedings before the ECJ against a claim made by Michelin relating to the use of the letter mark X on certain products.

Significant clients W.L. Gore, Cisco Systems, American Airlines, The North Face, Nike.

Notable practitioners 

"Brilliant lawyer" Sabine Rojahn possesses vast experience in patent litigation, having been involved in numerous landmark cases. She is especially active in the pharmaceutical, chemical and engineering sectors.

Christoph de Coster is frequently seen acting on cross-border litigation cases in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. His practice also covers IP-driven transactions. He represented Hexal in a damages action against Sanofi concerning an unfair interim injunction. One interviewee states: "I am a big fan of him. Whenever I have seen him in court I have been impressed." 

According to sources, Gisbert Hohagen "is extremely responsive, goes very deep into the detail and permanently maintains his quality, even under the highest time pressure." He handles domestic and international patent litigation, and assists with parallel nullity, opposition and enforcement cases. Highlights include defending Peugeot in preliminary injunction proceedings relating to emergency call systems for motor vehicles.

Christian Lederer is at his most visible in multi-jurisdictional patent infringement and validity proceedings. He strongly focuses on work for Japanese clients.

Thomas Raab focuses on trade mark law, and often represents clients in infringement proceedings. He also provides strategic trade mark advice to brand owners, and assisted Hewlett Packard Enterprise with the implementation of its new corporate logo and company acronym following the splitting of the company's business units.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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. Offers expertise across a broad range of technologies to assist with complex cases centred around patents, utility models and employee inventions. Represents numerous well-known clients from the pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotives and electronics sectors at all judiciary levels, including before the ECJ.

Strengths One source succinctly sums up: "Wildanger Kehrwald is a very good IP boutique."

Notable practitioners  

Wolf Graf von Schwerin is broadly respected for his tremendous patent litigation expertise, where he regularly appears in cross-border standard-essential patent disputes. His technical know-how spans biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and data communication.

Eva Geschke specialises in forensic issues in patent law. She is mainly active in the engineering, biotechnology and chemicals fields, where she also represents listed and international companies in patent infringement proceedings.

Roland Kehrwald is seen by market commentators as a "very good litigator." His focus is on patent infringement cases in the fields of IT, medical technology and genetic and electrical engineering.

"Very famous litigator" Peter-Michael Weisse is best known for his work on patent infringement proceedings, and also assists with opposition and nullity proceedings before the EPO. He represents domestic and international enterprises from a range of sectors, including telecommunications, electronics, healthcare and biotechnology.

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Senior Statesmen

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Bopp is one of the most respected figures in patent litigation. He has long-standing experience in complex, cross-border patent disputes and is particularly well regarded for his knowledge of the pharmaceuticals sector.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Mes continues to be celebrated for his numerous publications on the topic of IP rights. He acts for clients on patent-related disputes.

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BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Senior Statesmen

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Reimann is widely regarded as an eminent patent litigator with enviable experience. He is also noted for his academic contributions to the subject.

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Senior Statesmen

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Brilliant lawyer" Sabine Rojahn possesses vast experience in patent litigation, having been involved in numerous landmark cases. She is especially active in the pharmaceutical, chemical and engineering sectors.

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Senior Statesmen

Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB

From the Chambers Europe guide

Of counsel Wolfgang von Meibom is recognised as an influential figure in patent litigation and is known for his numerous legal publications on IP law.

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Klaka Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-rated Olaf Giebe is singled out by sources for his litigation skills. He is vastly experienced in complex patent infringement cases, having represented high-profile clients before the patent courts of Germany and the EPO. One such standout matter was his advice to SRAM on numerous patent infringement proceedings concerning hub gear. His practice covers a wide range of technical fields including mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. One client states: "He delivered excellent consulting in a very short period of time."

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolf Graf von Schwerin is broadly respected for his tremendous patent litigation expertise, where he regularly appears in cross-border standard-essential patent disputes. His technical know-how spans biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and data communication.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources remark that Marcus Grosch is "just incomparable and stands out from the crowd." He offers masterful expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation cases, representing giants from the electronic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Matters of note include advising Google on its defence in various patent infringement proceedings. Another client enthuses: "He is an outstanding patent litigator who has a deep insight into how decisions are made and how to best present the case. Both his written and oral communication style are excellent. He dominates the courtroom while remaining friendly and humble. The overall effect is a level of persuasiveness that you rarely witness in legal counsel."

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Klaus Haft as "very thorough, keen and hard-working. He works well in court and is a good advocate." He is a regular fixture in high-profile patent litigation cases, and is best known for his expertise in the electronics and mechanics fields.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Group head Christian Harmsen has carved out an excellent reputation for co-ordinating large, cross-border patent litigation cases. His enviable client roster includes multinational companies in the technology and pharmaceutical industries. Clients describe him as an "excellent litigator who works closely with the technical experts in his team to cover the entire matter."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Praised by commentators as a leading patent litigator, Frank-Erich Hufnagel is active in many high-profile proceedings in the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries, where he represents globally known corporations. Clients deem him "an excellent negotiator, very flexible and someone who knows what he needs to say to move a deal forward." 

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oliver Jüngst continues to receive a steady flow of instructions from prestigious telecommunications and pharmaceuticals clients. He specialises in multi-jurisdictional patent infringement proceedings, and represented Teva in a contentious case against Pfizer concerning the drug pregabalin and second medical use claims.

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Kather Augenstein Reschtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner of Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte, Peter Kather is highlighted as one of the most outstanding patent litigators in the market. His broad practice covers patent infringements, appeals, oppositions and nullity proceedings across numerous sectors, including engineering, telecommunications, chemistry and biotechnology.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Europe guide

Axel Verhauwen rises to the top of this year's rankings following strong feedback from both peers and clients. One source says: "He is a real networker, somebody who is well connected and knows who you should involve in a case for it to work effectively." He predominantly deals with patent infringement and enforcement matters, and is an especially prominent figure in the electronics and technology sectors.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked group head Andreas von Falck stands out for his expertise in cross-border patent litigation cases, and is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. One of his recent highlights was representing Merck Sharp & Dohme at the appeal stage in preliminary injunction proceedings against Orifarm concerning the parallel import of a remedial drug. One source regards him as "extremely knowledgeable and one of the top litigators in Germany, if not the top."

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Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients find Maximilian von Rospatt to be "thorough, responsive, sharp and well versed in IP law." He enjoys the adulation of clients and peers for his expertise in complex patent litigation matters in engineering, pharmaceuticals, electronics and chemistry. Highlights include representing Mars in a nullity action against Nestec regarding a patent for pet food.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Chakraborty has a "very strong reputation" as a patent litigator. He frequently represents clients in patent infringement and nullity proceedings and has notable strength in the technology industry.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joachim Feldges of Allen & Overy LLP has an impressive reputation in cross-border pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related patent litigation, where he mainly handles infringement proceedings. He represented Warner Lambert in preliminary injunction proceedings against statutory health insurers as well as various producers regarding a breach of second medical use patent of the Lyrica drug.

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BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Osterrieth focuses on patent litigation and often provides strategic advice to major global clients. He is especially active in the areas of computers, medical devices and automotives.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Fähndrich is noted for his work in patent infringement and opposition proceedings before the German courts and the EPO. He is especially active in the engineering, automotive and telecommunications sectors. Interviewees positively comment on his technical expertise regarding patents.

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eva Geschke specialises in forensic issues in patent law. She is mainly active in the engineering, biotechnology and chemicals fields, where she also represents listed and international companies in patent infringement proceedings.

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roland Kehrwald is seen by market commentators as a "very good litigator." His focus is on patent infringement cases in the fields of IT, medical technology and genetic and electrical engineering.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Köhler's practice centres on patent infringement proceedings, where he litigates on behalf of some leading enterprises worldwide. Further expertise lies in employee invention law. He is especially active in the electronics and telecommunications industries.

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Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources opine that Thomas Musmann is "an excellent partner who is versatile and willing to explore all options" and praise his thorough preparation of court cases. He specialises in patent litigation, and regularly handles infringement cases in numerous sectors, including automotives, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Of late, he has acted in defence of Biogen on an infringement action by Forward Pharma.

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ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources value Bernhard Arnold's ability to "turn things around quickly and produce quality within a very tight deadline." He specialises in patent litigation and often represents large companies in damages claims relating to patent infringement. His highlights include advising Ethical Coffee Company on its proceedings against Nestlé, DeLonghi and Krups for an injunction to stop the sale of machines and capsules based on its patents and utility model, as well as damages for past sales.

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Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jochen Bühling is best known for his strength in patent litigation, where he advises both large multinationals and medium-sized clients on infringements, licensing and protection.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Bukow has carved out a reputation as an accomplished patent litigator, and ascends the rankings due to favourable comments from peers and clients. He handles complex infringement disputes in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. He represented Varian Medical Systems in the German litigations against its global dispute with Elekta regarding radiology software.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Peter Chrocziel as a "great litigator" and compliment his vast experience. He specialises in patent litigation, and is especially prominent in enforcement proceedings.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stephan Gruber has significant experience of patent litigation cases, and primarily acts on infringement and nullity proceedings in the electronics, chemistry and engineering fields. He latterly represented Schaeffler Technologies in infringement and parallel nullity proceedings concerning mechanical devices.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kay Kasper is well known for his capabilities in cross-border patent litigation proceedings. He is notably present on telecommunications and IT patent disputes.

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Kellenter of Hengeler Mueller is recognised for his expertise in patent litigation, where he mainly handles infringement cases in the telecommunications and electronics industries. One work highlight was his representation of Sisvel in patent infringement proceedings against Toshiba concerning a TV signal patent. Clients prize his “calmness and precision.” 

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Klaka Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Nieder is primarily active in patent litigation, where he has a long history of representing clients in infringement proceedings. He mainly covers the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

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Rospatt Osten Pross

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henrik Timmann is frequently seen assisting with patent infringement proceedings in various technical fields, including telecommunications, biotechnology and electronics. He defended Samsung Electronics against an infringement action by FIPA concerning a standard-essential patent. One interviewee declares: "He has a very good feeling for the technical content, which he can translate into legal aspects and bring them together. He benefits from a quick intellectual grasp that is noticeable in his legal analyses."

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Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Very famous litigator" Peter-Michael Weisse is best known for his work on patent infringement proceedings, and also assists with opposition and nullity proceedings before the EPO. He represents domestic and international enterprises from a range of sectors, including telecommunications, electronics, healthcare and biotechnology.

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Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph de Coster is frequently seen acting on cross-border litigation cases in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. His practice also covers IP-driven transactions. He represented Hexal in a damages action against Sanofi concerning an unfair interim injunction. One interviewee states: "I am a big fan of him. Whenever I have seen him in court I have been impressed." 

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AMPERSAND Rechtsanwälte LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources observe that Hosea Haag of AMPERSAND Rechtsanwälte LLP “is easy to communicate with, immerses himself into the technical side of the matter and is not afraid to ask if something is unclear.” He is at his most visible in patent litigation cases, particularly in the electronics and telecommunications industries.

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Preu Bohlig & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say of Andreas Haberl: "It is really surprising how intensively he goes into the technical details of a case, which makes clients very fond of him. Although he is not a technician, he is very impressive." His expertise lies in patent infringement and validity proceedings, where he regularly represents Siemens, including in parallel nullity actions.

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Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, Gisbert Hohagen "is extremely responsive, goes very deep into the detail and permanently maintains his quality, even under the highest time pressure." He handles domestic and international patent litigation, and assists with parallel nullity, opposition and enforcement cases. Highlights include defending Peugeot in preliminary injunction proceedings relating to emergency call systems for motor vehicles.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Praised as an “excellent patent litigator with a very proactive approach,” Anton Horn of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek assists with patent enforcement proceedings. Of late, he has represented Echosens in the enforcement of a medical technology patent against a Chinese competitor and parallel nullity proceedings. Sources also state: “He is responsive, well prepared regarding the facts, and his legal advice is comprehensive, clear and to the point.”

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christine Kanz enters this year's rankings following strong recommendations from market commentators. She is commended for her abilities in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, with a strong focus on the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology fields.

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Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Lederer is at his most visible in multi-jurisdictional patent infringement and validity proceedings. He strongly focuses on work for Japanese clients.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Meyer of Simmons & Simmons LLP is well known for his expertise in cross-border patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences industry. He acted in defence of Firecomms on a dispute against a competitor in Europe concerning a patent for an opto-electronic amplifier.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claudia Milbradt of Clifford Chance specialises in patent litigation, where she mainly handles injunction proceedings, invalidity proceedings and nullity actions. Her practice also covers patent licence agreements and the IP aspects of M&A transactions. She represented Hyundai in two patent infringement proceedings and a nullity action against Scania. One client sums up: “She is very experienced, realistic, prepares excellently for court appointments and fights for her client while remaining objective and proper.”

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Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ralph Nack has developed a reputation as an established patent litigator and represents patent owners in the telecommunications, electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors. His standout cases include representing Packet Intelligence in infringement proceedings against multiple defendants regarding a patent for internet data traffic monitoring.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julia Schönbohm of Linklaters is at her most visible representing clients in patent infringement proceedings and advising on the protection and enforcement of IP rights. She also covers employee invention law, and assisted Novartis with numerous remuneration claims for employee inventions in the context of the divestment of part of its business to GlaxoSmithKline.

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ARNOLD RUESS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Cordula Schumacher is a "great lawyer who demonstrates an ability to see beyond the client's problem and execute her plans perfectly." Her focus lies in patent litigation, most notably in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. She represented Sisvel in numerous disputes against competitors over standard-essential patents for mobile communication, and the enforcement of its wireless patent portfolio.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Steffen Steininger is best known for his expertise in patent litigation, where he mainly handles infringement, nullity and appeal proceedings. His practice also covers the IP elements of M&A transactions, and he recently advised Daimler on the due diligence and other patent-related aspects of its USD3.1 billion acquisition of HERE as part of a consortium with Audi and BMW.

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Up and Coming

Klaka Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Constantin Kurtz impresses clients with his "keenness to find the specification that applies to the case at hand which strengthens his argument." He mainly handles patent litigation cases in the technology industry, and represented ZTE in patent infringement proceedings against a competitor concerning standard-essential patents for LTE, previously belonging to Ericsson.

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Associates to watch

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources attest that Benjamin Schröer is "so good technically it is like dealing with an engineer." He is best known for patent litigation, where he chiefly assists with infringement and nullity proceedings.

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