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Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution — Germany


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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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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COHAUSZ & FLORACK - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 19 partners
- 8 other qualified patent attorneys and lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Reputable firm best known for its strength in patent prosecution and the technical side of patent litigation cases. Covers patent and opposition filing, patent registration and enforcement, as well as FTO studies. Broad team facilitates activity across a range of technical fields, including electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry and life sciences. Has expanded its partner ranks with the promotion of two attorneys to partnership. Also offers expertise in trade mark law.

Strengths The team is often praised for its ability to keep deadlines. According to one client, the attorneys are “always reachable and deliver things on time.” The same source adds that they “really understand the client” and appreciates the fact that the firm has a “broad spectrum of patent attorneys” across various fields.

Other interviewees single out the team's “very good organisation and deadline management” as its core qualities.

Work highlights Acted for Deutsche Post DHL on the filing of several oppositions against patents in numerous technical fields.

Advised Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 on the enforcement of various smartphone patents against multinational telecommunications companies.

Significant Clients Lupin, Nomacorc, France Brevets, Woodward, RWE.

Notable practitioners

Arwed Burrichter specialises in patent prosecution and also advises clients on opposition and validity cases. He studied chemistry and mainly handles cases concerning patents in the fields of pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer chemistry and biochemistry.

Philipe Walter advises on patent prosecution and applications, while assisting with the technical aspects of infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings. He is at his most visible in the fields of IT and mechatronics. Clients comment: “He is capable of completing difficult specialised topics adeptly and in time.”

Clients say that Christoph Walke is “highly motivated” and “phrases things well, making good points to prevent arguments against you.” He is best known for his expertise in patent prosecution in the electrical engineering field, and assisted signotec with the drafting of its first patent applications and subsequent prosecution.

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The patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law are specialized in all technical and scientific fields and provide consultancy services in intellectual property law, unfair competition law, copyright law and in all related fields of law. COHAUSZ & FLORACK has a special expertise in conception, application, prosecution and administration of comprehensive protective rights portfolios for national and international clients, adversary proceedings, contractual matters and arbitration.

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is active in all fields of technology: mechanical engineering, materials, mechanics and mining, electrical engineering, information technology, physics, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

The legal specialists of COHAUSZ & FLORACK take an interdisciplinary approach. Each task is handled by the best-suited specialist. The clients always have a single contact at the firm, so that the demanded quality and reliability is assured.

COHAUSZ & FLORACK protect their clients’ foreign rights through a network of correspondence attorneys that has developed over many years and is constantly being expanded.



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Eisenführ Speiser - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Julian Eberhardt and Ludger Eckey
- 19 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers and patent attorneys
- Office locations: Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Strong, full-service IP firm with extensive coverage of the German market. Well regarded for its capabilities in patent prosecution and litigation, as a considerable pool of lawyers and patent attorneys allows the team to cover both the legal and technical sides of disputes. Enjoys long-standing strength in physics, especially in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering and semiconductor technology, and is also increasing its offering in chemistry and life sciences. Further expertise lies in trade mark and unfair competition disputes, trade mark portfolio management and design law.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's ability to find new solutions, with one stating: “They give very quick responses, are supportive and creative, and indicate alternatives with a suggestion of how best to proceed.”

Others highlight the attorneys' speed and responsiveness, saying: “They are efficient; information arrives quickly and is always sufficient.”

Work highlights Represented Sisvel in patent infringement proceedings against Haier.

Advised Asklepios Kliniken on the management of its entire trade mark portfolio.

Significant Clients CEWE, Panasonic, Enercon, Volkswagen, Werner & Mertz.

Notable practitioners

Klaus Göken specialises in patent prosecution and drafting patent applications. He also advises on the technical side of patent infringement cases. Clients remark that he is “experienced” and “knows how to succeed.”

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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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Gulde & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Jürgen Hengelhaupt and Marco Scheffler
- 7 partners
- 21 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office locations: Berlin, Greifswald, Halle, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Patent attorney firm with a robust client base consisting mainly of large domestic and international corporations. Predominantly active in the biotechnology, electronics, telecommunications and automotive fields. Recommended for patent applications, especially those originating from Asia, with a strong track record of assisting large Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies. Additionally, handles opposition proceedings and the technical aspects of patent litigation cases, including those regarding FRAND.

Strengths Interviewees note the firm's dedication to the client. “If we have something urgent they always manage to find time, and I'm very satisfied with how they explain things to me as a non-patent attorney,” one client affirms.

Others highlight the “high-quality work, high level of flexibility and international experience” as the team's biggest advantages.

Work highlights Advised Audi on numerous patent applications in the automotive industry.

Acted for Samsung Electronics on a multitude of patent applications in the areas of telecommunications, household appliances and medical devices.

Significant Clients Volkswagen, Bosch, Coty, Native Instruments, Siemens.

Notable practitioners

One client says of Marco Scheffler: “He is very responsible, and thinks very logically when defending us.” He is admitted both as a patent attorney and attorney-at-law, and handles both patent prosecution and litigation cases in the area of physics. He represented Haier in litigation proceedings against Sisvel concerning FRAND.

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GULDE & PARTNER advises on all aspects of intellectual property matters induding patents, trademark, designs, unfair competition, licensing, know-how, copyrights and trade secrets. Acting on behalf of domestic and foreign clients, the professional services cover not only the prosecution of all kinds of IP rights, including their elaboration and registration, but also in litigation, ie. in their enforcement against infringements and their defence.

Especially the litigation group of the firm expanded in recent years considerably. For instance, GULDE & PARTNER participated in a number of infringement and invalidity suits in the telecommunication field.
Other key areas of the firm's activity are the provision of expert opinions as part of a protective right evaluation, due diligence and the analysis of third-party rights, the drafting of license agreements and the handling of copyright and competition law cases. Our team gained extensive knowledge in handling FRAND cases and currently takes a lead role in a groundbreaking FRAND defense law suit in Germany after the FRAND decision of the ECJ.

With more than 20 IP lawyers and more than 60 IP staff; GULDE & PARTNER is large enough to cover all fields of intellectual property protection but small enough to give individual and careful attention to every case. The firm combines the professional know-how of experienced patent attorneys with the expertise of specialised attorneys-at-law and highly qualified technical consultants.

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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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Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 13 partners
- 13 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich

What the team is known for Boutique firm specialising in patent prosecution, with considerable visibility in the pharmaceutical, chemistry and biotechnology fields. Also increasing its profile in electronics. Represents clients in opposition proceedings before the EPO and offers technical support in patent litigation cases. Mainly works for large corporations and research institutions.

Strengths One interviewee summarises that the team “has a good understanding of the client's needs, listens to the client, is proactive and tries to propose solutions.”

Another source particularly likes the consistent quality offered by the team, saying: “It is a homogeneous team of well-integrated and technically very astute colleagues.”

Significant Clients BASF, Roche Diagnostics, Bosch, Sanofi Pasteur, AZ Electronic Materials.

Notable practitioners

Raphael Bösl handles patent applications and validity and infringement opinions, and represents clients in opposition, appeal and nullity proceedings before the EPO. He is mainly specialised in molecular biology and chemistry matters. One client states: "He is always ready to speak at short notice, and on a personal level the co-operation is exceedingly pleasant."

Fritz Lahrtz has considerable expertise in the molecular biology and chemistry fields, where he assists clients with patent applications and prosecution. His practice also covers opposition, appeal and nullity cases, as well as opinions on patent validity and infringement.

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König Szynka Tilmann von Renesse - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified patent attorneys
- 1 attorney-at-law
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Attracts praise for its capabilities in patent prosecution, with an abundance of experience in drafting patent applications. Also supports clients in litigation cases, handling opposition, nullity and appeal proceedings on the side of both plaintiff and defendant. Especially well respected for its expertise in life sciences, offering notable strength in biochemistry and biotechnology patents.

Notable practitioners

“Very well-recognised practitioner” Gregor König climbs the rankings after receiving a raft of praise from market commentators. He offers expertise in patent prosecution, and also assists with litigation and validity proceedings. Sources often cite his reputation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical domains.

Dorothea von Renesse advises national and international clients on patent prosecution, as well as opposition and litigation proceedings. She has a strong technical background in biology, and regularly handles cases in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemical engineering.

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Lederer & Keller - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- Office location: Munich

What the team is known for Small patent prosecution boutique which represents clients domestically and before the EPO. Drafts and reviews patent applications. Also frequently represents clients in appeal and opposition proceedings. Offers considerable expertise in chemistry, biology and biochemistry. enjoying a particularly strong reputation in the area of pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Lederer & Keller is frequently recommended when it comes to pharmaceutical patents. One source states: “I think it is a top firm in the pharmaceutical field.”

Notable practitioners

Co-founder of the firm Günter Keller is the key point of contact for clients.

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Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 21 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers and patent attorneys
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Broad-based patents practice spanning the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, software and mechanical and electrical engineering. Regularly represents clients in opposition, appeal and nullity proceedings before the EPO, whilst also advising on patent applications and portfolio management.

Strengths The attorneys win praise for their confident demeanour in oral proceedings and their proactive attitude. One client says: “They understand the technology quickly, are very skilled in handling oral proceedings before the EPO, and present arguments really well. All the attorneys are very service-minded and usually a step ahead, suggesting things we want to do before we even ask for them.”

Others also point out the attorneys' foresight, stating: “They stand out because they develop and execute strategies well in advance.”

Work highlights Represented Radiometer in several opposition and appeal proceedings against Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Advised Intel on numerous patent applications and appeal proceedings.

Significant Clients Kenilworth Funding Co, Dr. Reddy Betapharm, Valmet, Massachusetts General Hospital, Generics.

Notable practitioners

Eva Ehlich and Marco Stief are key contacts for clients.

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Meissner Bolte & Partner GbR - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 24 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Augsburg, Bremen, Egmating, Gera, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Osnabrück and Schorndorf

What the team is known for Large team with an extensive presence across Germany. Handles a large number of patent prosecution cases, offering strength in electronics, mechanics, physics, IT, telecommunications, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Also advises clients on both the technical and legal sides of patent litigation cases. Client base ranges from prominent multinationals to German Mittelstand companies.

Strengths Clients highly value the team's ability to foresee difficulties, and say that the attorneys are “very bright and helpful.” Others add: “They give quick, usable answers which are also profound.”

In addition, sources praise the efficiency levels that help the clients achieve their goal. One notes that the attorneys “are accommodating and helpful, can give strategic advice and recommendations, and always stay on top of cases and deadlines.”

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Telekom in patent litigation proceedings against Showrunner before the District Court of Mannheim and in parallel nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court.

Advised Sika Technology on various litigation cases against competitors concerning patents for gluing technology used in energy-saving windows.

Significant Clients Alcoa, Electrolux Group, Facebook, Graco, Illinois Tool Works.

Notable practitioners

Eugen Popp has a wealth of experience in patent prosecution, and also assists with patent disputes. His technical background lies in engineering, which allows him to handle issues in areas such as automotive and engine technology, aerodynamics and thermodynamics.

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Prinz & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 9 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers and patent attorneys
- Office locations: Berlin, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Routinely defends clients in opposition proceedings concerning oppositions filed against German and European patents. Additionally, handles the drafting and prosecution of both domestic and international patent applications, as well as freedom-to-operate studies. Covers a wide range of technical fields, including mechanics, electronics, chemistry and engineering, and benefits from long-standing strength in the automotive sector. Has further expertise in trade mark litigation and prosecution, with notable activity in infringement actions at trade fairs.

Strengths Sources like the team's efficient approach and ability to grasp an issue. One interviewee notes: “They recognise the client's needs and it's a very uncomplicated co-operation – an attorney will call you quickly and explain something.”

Another client summarises: “They are very thorough, quick and always adapt to new circumstances.”

Work highlights Advised Valeo on various validity issues concerning competitor patents and the filing of approximately 20 oppositions.

Assisted Volvo with various patent, trade mark and design enforcements.

Significant Clients Nike, Kennametal, TRW, ECB, Faurecia.

Notable practitioners

Clients value Jochen Sties for his “very quick grasp of novel details of applications” and “excellent reachability and availability.” He chiefly advises on patent applications in the fields of mechanical and materials engineering, and represents clients before the DPMA and the EPO in examination, opposition and appeal proceedings.

Alexander Gonzalez specialises in trade mark and design registration and the management of trade mark portfolios. He also handles contentious issues, and latterly represented Haller as defendant in design infringement proceedings concerning the use and distribution of an exterior mirror. Clients remark: “He is very reliable, provides excellent advice and responds quickly.”

Thomas Kitzhofer is described by sources as a “very strong negotiator.” His broad practice takes in patent applications and filing, strategic portfolio advice, FTO searches and proceedings before the DPMA and the EPO. He assisted Sartorius with the drafting of patent applications and several opposition cases. Kitzhofer is mainly visible in the mechanical and materials engineering fields.

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Samson & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 9 partners
- 5 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office location: Munich

What the team is known for Munich-based boutique firm with a strong reputation for patent applications and prosecution. Also advises well-known clients on enforcement and contentious matters, including opposition and nullity proceedings. Gains ample praise for its knowledge of the telecommunications industry, though expertise also extends to the electrotechnology, physics, engineering and biochemistry fields.

Strengths One commentator describes Samson & Partner as an “excellent firm in technology.”

Notable practitioners

Firm founder F. R. von Samson-Himmelstjerna is the main point of contact for queries.

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Ter Meer Steinmeister & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office locations: Bielefeld and Munich

What the team is known for National patent attorney firm best known for its expertise in patent applications and prosecution. Represents clients before the Federal Patent Court and the EPO in appeal, opposition and nullity proceedings, and also advises on the enforcement of patent rights. Technical expertise encompasses chemistry, life sciences, mechanical engineering and electronics.

Strengths Commentators say that the firm is “well known in pharmaceuticals.”

Notable practitioners

Partner Gebhard Merkle is a key contact for clients.

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Uexküll & Stolberg - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 16 patent attorneys
- 2 attorneys-at-law
- Office locations: Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Established team of patent attorneys offering services in chemistry, biotechnology and engineering. Well known for its strength in patent prosecution and enforcement, and also represents clients in opposition and nullity proceedings before the EPO. Further expertise lies in the filing of design patents and design protection.

Strengths Commentators describe Uexküll & Stolberg as “a really good firm that does really good work,” and add: “The chemistry department is very solid.”

Notable practitioners

Albrecht von Menges is specialised in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. He assists clients with patent opposition and infringement cases, as well as patent applications.

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Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 29 partners
- 55 other qualified patent attorneys
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Reputable IP firm that houses extensive patent prosecution expertise. Assists large domestic and multinational enterprises with patent applications, opposition proceedings and nullity actions. Vast resources allow the department to operate across a variety of technical fields, with strong visibility in the engineering, chemistry, biotechnology and life sciences arenas. Additionally, offers legal representation in patent infringement proceedings, drawing on an increasing pool of litigators, and offers trade mark law capabilities.

Strengths One impressed client believes the team to be “dedicated, talented and very responsive to communications.”

Another source describes the attorneys as “very committed and motivated,” adding that they “always keep the client up to date.”

Value for Money Numerous clients consider Vossius & Partner to represent very good value for money and praise the transparency of the billing practice. One says: “They bill fairly and work efficiently,” while another adds: “The work is worth the price and saves me time working on the issues myself.”

Work highlights Represented Smith & Nephew in a succession of patent litigation and opposition proceedings against KCI concerning medical devices used for wound therapy.

Advised ZTE on its defence of various patent infringement claims regarding H.264 technology.

Significant Clients ResMed, CJ Cheil Jedang, Medac, 3M, Boston Scientific Corporation.

Notable practitioners

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.

According to market commentators, Hans-Rainer Jaenichen “stands out for his biotechnology expertise and is exceptionally knowledgeable.” He is highly sought after for patent prosecution in this field, as well as in other areas of life sciences, and also assists with opposition, infringement and revocation proceedings.

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Weickmann & Weickmann - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 10 partners
- 22 other qualified patent attorneys
- 9 attorneys-at-law
- Office location: Munich

What the team is known for Established IP firm predominantly specialising in engineering, chemistry and life sciences. Advises on the filing of patents and utility models, as well as their prosecution. Further expertise lies in contentious matters, including opposition proceedings, patent nullity proceedings and utility model cancellation proceedings.

Strengths One commentator labels Weickmann & Weickmann as a “classic patent firm that is well known in chemistry.”

Notable practitioners

Johannes Tiesmeyer is a partner of the firm and one of the main points of contact.

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Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Steffen Schmidt
- 10 partners
- 35 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office location: Munich

What the team is known for Reputable firm with noteworthy expertise in patent prosecution, advising an array of prominent multinational clients. Also offers representation in opposition, appeal and nullity proceedings, as well as assisting with infringement disputes. Notably visible in the telecommunications, electronics, computer software and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths One impressed interviewee describes the attorneys as “very dedicated to their clients.”

Another source notes that they are “excellent in oral presentations.”

Work highlights Assisted LG Electronics with various litigation cases in the areas of telecommunications and display technologies.

Represented Novozymes in opposition proceedings before the EPO regarding patents for lactose-free dairy products.

Significant Clients Olympus, Airbus, Novartis, Stryker, Fanuc.

Notable practitioners

Department head Steffen Schmidt is a key contact for clients.

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Zimmermann & Partner - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified patent attorneys
- Office locations: Bamberg, Berlin and Munich

What the team is known for Specialised patent attorney firm that has carved out a strong reputation after recent successes in high-profile patent disputes. Regularly assists with patent prosecution and large-scale patent portfolio reviews, in addition to high-stakes, cross-border infringement cases. Broad spectrum of technical expertise spans biology, chemistry, IT, medicine, physics and engineering, making the team a popular choice for patents in the fields of telecommunications, semiconductor, LED and LCD technology.

Strengths Clients state that the team “replies fast and gives good advice.”

One commentator also notes: “The quality of work is excellent every time.”

Work highlights Advised Samsung Electronics on patent validity issues and assisted with the technical aspects of parallel infringement proceedings against France Brevets concerning five patents.

Represented TRW Automotive in patent validity proceedings against Magna before the Federal Patent Court and assisted with a parallel infringement case.

Significant Clients Applied Materials, Infineon, Medtronic, Nippon Steel, Wittenstein.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Gerd Zimmermann is one of the main contacts at the firm.

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Senior Statesperson

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Senior Statesperson

Boehmert & Boehmert

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

Hans-Rainer Jaenichen

Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to market commentators, Hans-Rainer Jaenichen “stands out for his biotechnology expertise and is exceptionally knowledgeable.” He is highly sought after for patent prosecution in this field, as well as in other areas of life sciences, and also assists with opposition, infringement and revocation proceedings.

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Band 2

Hoffmann Eitle

From the Chambers Europe guide

“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.

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Band 3

Hoffmann Eitle

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

GRÜNECKER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

Hoffmann Eitle

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 3

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.”

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Band 4

Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raphael Bösl handles patent applications and validity and infringement opinions, and represents clients in opposition, appeal and nullity proceedings before the EPO. He is mainly specialised in molecular biology and chemistry matters. One client states: "He is always ready to speak at short notice, and on a personal level the co-operation is exceedingly pleasant."

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Band 4

Eisenführ Speiser

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaus Göken specialises in patent prosecution and drafting patent applications. He also advises on the technical side of patent infringement cases. Clients remark that he is “experienced” and “knows how to succeed.”

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Band 4

König Szynka Tilmann von Renesse

From the Chambers Europe guide

“Very well-recognised practitioner” Gregor König climbs the rankings after receiving a raft of praise from market commentators. He offers expertise in patent prosecution, and also assists with litigation and validity proceedings. Sources often cite his reputation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical domains.

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Band 4

Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fritz Lahrtz has considerable expertise in the molecular biology and chemistry fields, where he assists clients with patent applications and prosecution. His practice also covers opposition, appeal and nullity cases, as well as opinions on patent validity and infringement.

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Band 4

Meissner Bolte & Partner GbR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eugen Popp has a wealth of experience in patent prosecution, and also assists with patent disputes. His technical background lies in engineering, which allows him to handle issues in areas such as automotive and engine technology, aerodynamics and thermodynamics.

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Band 4

Boehmert & Boehmert

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 4

Prinz & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Jochen Sties for his “very quick grasp of novel details of applications” and “excellent reachability and availability.” He chiefly advises on patent applications in the fields of mechanical and materials engineering, and represents clients before the DPMA and the EPO in examination, opposition and appeal proceedings.

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Band 4

Heike Vogelsang-Wenke

GRÜNECKER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 4

Dorothée M Weber-Bruls

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources view Dorothée Weber-Bruls of Jones Day as a “highly skilled, thorough and expeditious” practitioner. She specialises in patent prosecution and patent law in the areas of physics and mechanical engineering, and advised Rational on the defence and enforcement of over 500 patents, utility models and designs globally, as well as on co-operation and licensing agreements.

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Band 5

COHAUSZ & FLORACK

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arwed Burrichter specialises in patent prosecution and also advises clients on opposition and validity cases. He studied chemistry and mainly handles cases concerning patents in the fields of pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer chemistry and biochemistry.

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Band 5

Hans-Peter Jönsson

dompatent von Kreisler Selting Werner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Commentators consider Hans-Peter Jönsson of dompatent von Kreisler Selting Werner to be a “very smart guy.” He has a degree in chemistry, which allows him to handle patent prosecution in fields including pharmaceutical and construction chemistry, nanotechnology, environmental technology and chemical process engineering.

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Band 5

Glawe Delfs Moll

From the Chambers Europe guide

The “very prominent and visible patent attorney” Christof Keussen of Glawe Delfs Moll joins the rankings after receiving ringing endorsements from market observers. He has an academic background in chemistry, and handles patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

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Band 5

Prinz & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Kitzhofer is described by sources as a “very strong negotiator.” His broad practice takes in patent applications and filing, strategic portfolio advice, FTO searches and proceedings before the DPMA and the EPO. He assisted Sartorius with the drafting of patent applications and several opposition cases. Kitzhofer is mainly visible in the mechanical and materials engineering fields.

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Band 5

GRÜNECKER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 5

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 5

Gulde & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client says of Marco Scheffler: “He is very responsible, and thinks very logically when defending us.” He is admitted both as a patent attorney and attorney-at-law, and handles both patent prosecution and litigation cases in the area of physics. He represented Haier in litigation proceedings against Sisvel concerning FRAND.

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Band 5

Albrecht von Menges

Uexküll & Stolberg

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albrecht von Menges is specialised in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. He assists clients with patent opposition and infringement cases, as well as patent applications.

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Band 5

Dorothea von Renesse

König Szynka Tilmann von Renesse

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dorothea von Renesse advises national and international clients on patent prosecution, as well as opposition and litigation proceedings. She has a strong technical background in biology, and regularly handles cases in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemical engineering.

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Band 5

COHAUSZ & FLORACK

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philipe Walter advises on patent prosecution and applications, while assisting with the technical aspects of infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings. He is at his most visible in the fields of  IT and mechatronics. Clients comment: “He is capable of completing difficult specialised topics adeptly and in time.”

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Up and Coming

COHAUSZ & FLORACK

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Christoph Walke is “highly motivated” and “phrases things well, making good points to prevent arguments against you.” He is best known for his expertise in patent prosecution in the electrical engineering field, and assisted signotec with the drafting of its first patent applications and subsequent prosecution.

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