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Operating across four offices in Germany – Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg – Bird & Bird’s team, which consists of both patent attorneys and attorneys at law, is considered one of the most established players on the German market. It has particular expertise in the areas of technology and communication, life sciences, automotive and retail, but has a generally broad practice. A unique selling point is the firm’s experience in matters requiring both patent and antitrust law knowledge, making it well placed for advice on disputes surrounding standard-essential patents. The overall structure of the firm allows for the handling of large international matters. Oliver Jan Jüngst regularly represents Broadcom in infringement and nullity proceedings, while Boris Kreye is acting for Canon in a series of patent infringement proceedings regarding toner cartridges. Practice head Christian Harmsen is advising Nektar Therapeutics Group in actions for vindication against Bayer. Other clients include Edwards Lifesciences, Nestlé and TivO. The practice was strengthened by the promotions of Tung-Gia Du and Tobias Wilcke to counsel in May 2018; Matthias Meyer, Felix Rödiger and Anna Wolters-Höhne are also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP further bolstered its practice in 2018 with the partner promotions of Henrik Lehment and Benjamin Schröer and the promotion of Marcus Schönknecht to counsel. Recent highlights attest to the team’s strength in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and medical technology, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Andreas von Falck led the coordination of the Europe-wide enforcement of patents for Hoffmann-La Roche, including representation in patent infringement proceedings. In the telecoms industry, Schröer acted for intervening party Google in patent infringement proceedings related to to the alleged infringement of two patents by three network operators, and represented the client in parallel opposition and nullity proceedings at the EPO and Federal Patent Court. Christian Stoll led a team representing Dell as defendant in proceedings against Sisvel due to the alleged infringement of three standard patents in MP2 and MP3 technology; besides patent infringement crucial issues also concerned the right to institute proceedings, the application of FRAND requirements and the limitation of damage claims. Other clients include Olaplex, Nikon and Medinol. Key figures in the practice also include Martin Fähndrich, who is qualified as both an attorney at law and an engineer, Miriam Gundt, Alexander Klicznik, who is qualified as a patent attorney and an attorney at law, Clemens Plassmann and Steffen Steininger. Anna-Katharina Friese was promoted to counsel at the start of 2019.

The ‘goal and practice-oriented advice’ and the ‘high-service level’ at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER contribute to the ‘very good reputation’ of its patent law team, which is led by practice head Martin Köhler. The firm has broad technical expertise with a particular focus on electronics, telecoms, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, optical equipment manufacturing and the automotive sector. The European IP boutique merged with French patent firm Véron & Associés in March 2018, which further strengthened its international positioning. Klaus Haft represented Carl Zeiss in one of the most significant patent law disputes with Nikon, while Köhler and Mirko Weinert acted for Samsung in several infringement proceedings and parallel nullity and opposition proceedings against Fundamental Innovation Systems. A highlight in the telecoms sector was ‘excellent negotiator’ Kay Kasper’s representation of Telekom Deutschland. Tobias Hessel is noted for ‘his meticulous advice, which includes many neighbouring aspects, and his quick and reliable responses’. Christine Kanz, Christian Osterrieth and Stefan Richter are other key figures in the team.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB  combines ‘outstanding service’ with ‘a personal approach’ and ‘a focus on the quality of work instead of billable hours’. With name partner Bernhard Arnold, who is noted for his ‘strong business sense’ and his ‘strategic thinking’, Cordula Schumacher, who is ‘clever, creative and tough against opponents’, and Arno Riße, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2018, the Düsseldorf-based IP boutique now consists of three partners. Key matters include Schumacher’s representation of Celltrion in injunction and principal proceedings against Roche due to a biosimilar and Arnold and Riße’s joint defence of Edgewell against infringement actions brought by Procter & Gamble regarding razor blades. The team was also busy acting for Ethical Coffee Company in infringement proceedings against Nestlé regarding patents used in connection with Nespresso machines. Counsel Andreas Kramer joined Vossius & Partner in April 2018. Counsel Dörthe Minde joined from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)  in October 2018. Nokia, Estar Medical and Hexal are also clients.

Bardehle Pagenberg’s patent attorneys and attorneys at law have broad technical expertise with particular strength in matters concerning telecoms and mechanical and electronic engineering. Other areas of focus include software, IT and computer technology. The team, led by Johannes Heselberger, who is qualified both as an attorney at law and European patent attorney, and Tilman Müller-Stoy, advises a prominent client portfolio. Hans Wegner regularly acts for key client adidias in various patent infringement and nullity proceedings and Peter Chrocziel, who joined from *Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in February 2018, represented ST Microelectronics International in infringement proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice surrounding semiconductor patents. Other highlights include representing Intellectual Ventures in a multitude of patent infringement proceedings against prominent telecoms companies such as Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone, and acting for Nvidia in patent disputes between Broadcom and the defendants VW and Audi. Hewlett-Packard, Nintendo and Amgen are also clients. Stefan Lieck and Michael Kobler were promoted to the partnerhship in January 2018 and January 2019, respectively. Patent attorney Tobias Kaufmann is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s patent practice focuses on the pharmaceutical and technological sectors, including particularly deep expertise in the mobile segments and the software and electronics area. In the pharmaceutical sector the firm predominantly advises clients in the research industry with additional emphasis on biotechnology and medical device technology. In one highlight, the team is acting for a global technology company in an international dispute with a chip manufacturer. Practice heads Frank-Erich Hufnagel and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck and Pyrmont are the key names. Peter Chrocziel joined Bardehle Pagenberg in February 2018.

IP boutique Grünecker expanded its practice by gaining Teleflex Medical as a new client; Ulrich Blumenröder represented the same client in complex proceedings regarding a group of related patents for medical devices for emergency care and surgery, including handling the coordination with ongoing parallel procedings in the US. The firm consists of attorneys at law and patent attorneys. Bernd Allekotte and patent attorney Franz-Josef Zimmer led a team acting for the University of Texas in the parallel defence of infringement and nullity proceedings with Mikrogen. A highlight in the mechanical engineering sector was the representation of Danish construction company Per Aarsleff in a Europe-wide patent infringement dispute, in which the firm also took over the coordination of parallel proceedings in Denmark, Poland and Sweden. Other prominent clients include Broadcom and Arçelik.

Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte’s ‘highly focused’ and ‘very professional’ team ‘undoubtedly belongs among the best for patent litigation’. Due to its ‘outstanding advice’ and ‘short response times’, the patent law practice led by ‘clever strategistChristof Augenstein is ‘unreservedly recommended for German patent infringement proceedings’. The ‘very energetic’ and ‘technically excellentChristopher Weber, who together with senior partner Peter Kather, Alexander Haertel and Augenstein provides ‘a very high level of service’, is defending Losyco in patent infringement proceedings concerning a patent on a heavy goods transport solution and providing associated PR and press law advice. Since the firm’s establishment at the start of 2016, it has grown steadily and was able to strengthen the practice at partner level in mid-2018 with the promotion of Sören Dahm. It also expanded its client base, which now includes Deutsche Lufthansa and Bron Elektronik as well as Audi and Boston Scientific, among others.

With offices in Munich and Düsseldorf, KLAKA Rechtsanwälte’s patent practice in Germany is well positioned and in addition to expertise in patent law also has longstanding experience in know-how license contract matters and employee invention law. The team advises on a broad range of technical areas, but is particularly experienced in mechanical and electronic engineering and chemistry. Practice head Olaf Giebe represented GEODynamics against DynaEnergetics in infringement proceedings and parallel nullity proceedings relating to hollow charge perforators for oil drilling. Constantin Kurtz successfully defended fischerwerke in two patent infringement proceedings concerning a patent on a dowel at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf. Together with Giebe and Kurtz, Stefan Eck coordinated a multitude of patent infringement proceedings for Sram against Shimano. The representation of 3M in nullity and infringement proceedings against tesa is another highlight. Of counsel Michael Nieder is also recommended.

The Düsseldorf-based IP experts at Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben traditionally belong to the top ports of call for patent infringement proceedings in Germany. Electronic engineering expert Axel Verhauwen, whose expertise encompasses standard-essential patents in the areas of digital technology and telecoms, has an excellent reputation in the market. The team covers a broad spectrum of technical areas, also including work in the chemistry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and mechanical engineering fields. At the start of 2018, the practice was successful in defending Saint-Gobain in patent infringement proceedings pertaining to three patents in a dispute with 3M concerning mixing cups for industrial spray guns; the case was heard before the Higher Court in Düsseldorf.

With longstanding expertise in dispute resolution, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is strong in acting for claimants and defendants and frequently handles large international proceedings as part of the firm’s global practice. Practice head Marcus Grosch is primarily known for disputes in the technology industry, but is increasingly also gaining visibility in the pharmaceutical sector, as the acquisition of Pfizer as a new client shows. Personnel changes include the departure of Jan Ebersohl to Allen & Overy LLP in December 2017 and the promotions to counsel of Jesko Preuß in July 2017, who is also part of the team in the Stuttgart office, which opened in September 2017, and Katrin Gerstenberg and Jérôme Kommer in January 2018. The group continues to handle an impressive number of large proceedings, including representing Daimler in several patent disputes in the automotive sector and acting for Xperi-subsidiary Invensas in infringement and nullity proceedings against Broadcom, among others, in the area of semiconductor technology. In a telecoms highlight, Johannes Bukow defended Motorola Mobility in multiple infringement proceedings brought by Saint-Lawrence Communication. Google, Qualcomm and Everlight also sought the firm’s litigation expertise.

Rospatt Osten Pross is considered one of the ‘leading firms in patent litigation’ and impresses with ‘a very high-service level’. The team’s versatile expertise is not only reflected in its client portfolio, which includes CSL Behring, Siemens and Samsung Electronics among others, but also in recent highlight matters: Thomas Musmann, who is known for his ‘professionalism and very good goal orientation’, defended BP in infringement proceedings brought by Swedish Biofuels concerning patents on ES and E10 fuel mixtures and the ‘creativeMax von Rospatt represented Illumina in several proceedings in the area of non-invasive prenatal trisonomy diagnostics. Henrik Timmann acted for Rhodia Chimie in proceedings brought against Neo Chemicals concerning three patents on catalysing raw materials. Hetti Hilge is also recommended.

In addition to its very active life sciences practice, Taylor Wessing also has an impressive presence in the IT and electronic engineering space. As part of the larger firm network, the practice often handles cross-border matters and is a popular choice for clients from China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. It also handled various new matters pertaining to the automotive sector. Roland Küppers and Dietrich Kamlah are representing Asus in ten patent infringement proceedings againt Philips concerning the question of the classification of four patents as standard-essential and the infringement of six implementation patents. Practice head Christian Lederer represented Shionogi in proceedings against MSD Sharp & Dohme at the Federal Court of Justice regarding HIV medication. Other key figures are Christoph de Coster, Gisbert Hohagen and Thomas Pattloch as well as of counsel Sabine Rojahn. Klaus Kupka retired in May 2018, while Matthias Hülsewig left for Preu Bohlig & Partner. Metatron, Hexal and ZTE are also clients.

Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v Schwerin & Partner mbB has a traditionally strong reputation for patent disputes, not least due to the good reputation of Eva Geschke and Roland Kehrwald. Together with a Munich-based patent attorney firm, Geschke and Jasper Meyer zu Riemsloh obtained a partial success for Saint Lawrence Communications against Motorola; the client’s patent was upheld by the German Federal Patent Court. Peter-Michael Weisse successfully defended Polymedicure against an action brought by B. Braun Melsungen at the Regional Court in Düsseldorf concerning intravenous safety catheders. The team has profound expertise in the telecoms, mechanical engineering and life sciences areas, but due to the longstanding experience of all partners is able to cover a broad spectrum of technical expertise. The client portfolio is comprised of domestic and international companies, which also include numerous German mid-sized companies.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘professional’ team is considered ‘very experienced in patent infringement proceedings in the pharmaceutical sector’, which is also a main area of expertise for practice head Joachim Feldges, who has additional know-how in biotechnology. Jan Ebersohl, who joined in December 2017 from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has longstanding experience in high-tech matters, particularly in mobile communications and software. In an example of its international capabilities, the team cooperated with the firm’s practices in Paris and London in representing Pfizer in several parallel infringement proceedings against various generic drug manufacturers and statutory health insurers due to a second medical use patent; in a first, the regional court of Hamburg recognised the indirect infringement of such a patent. Bayer and Archos are also clients. Counsel Philipp Cepl joined DLA Piper in October 2017.

CMS was able to expand its work in the medical technology field due to the increased internationalisation of this area. Other core strengths include the firm’s broader life sciences practice, which notably includes biotechnology, medical technology, and work in the automotive sector. In other work, Markus Deck advised Stanley Black & Decker on patent and design law, as well as competition and license contract issues. He also has considerable experience in the technology space, including semiconductor technology. Matthias Eck has expertise in mechanical engieeringm, and Thomas Hirse, Klaus Ikas and Gerd Schoenen are other key figures in the team.

According to one client, DLA Piperbelongs to the top firms in IP litigation’. The ‘powerful’ team ‘is strongly recognised in the market’, provides ‘an excellent service level’ and ‘advice based on a strong business sense’. Since October 2017 the practice has also had a presence in Cologne with the arrival of life sciences and high-tech specialist Philipp Cepl, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and is ‘very experienced in litigation’. Practice head Markus Gampp has ‘impressive industry expertise in the IT and automotive sectors’ and ‘keeps calm and stays on top of things even in very complex proceedings and heated negotiations’. A particular highlight is the firm’s representation of Harman as intervenor in several infringement proceedings concerning a dispute brought by Broadcom against Audi and VW regarding patents on infotainment systems by Harman. Other clients include Alpinestars, British Airways and Medtronic.

Gleiss Lutz’s patent law practice, which is led by Matthias Sonntag, has particular strength in the life sciences sector, especially in the areas of medical devices and pharmaceutics with noteworthy experience in the coordination of large international disputes in the pharmaceutical industry. The electronic engineering, telecoms, food, automotive and consumer goods sectors also constitute a significant part of the team’s workload. Sonntag and of counsel Thomas Bopp led the team in successfully acting for Procter & Gamble at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf in infringement proceedings against Edgewell regarding razor blades. Associate partner Benedikt Burger is also recommended.

Hengeler Mueller’s patent law practice, which is led by Düsseldorf-based practice head Wolfgang Kellenter, has profound expertise in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors. It has niche expertise representing collecting societies: the team acted for Fipa in infringement proceedings concerning Hitachi patents and also handled infringement proceedings pertaining to patents in the mobile communications area. The group also handled various matters for IPCom, including various infringement and nullity proceedings between IPCom and HTC. In the automotive space, the firm’s defence of Piaggio against six infringement actions stands out. Other work includes representing Saint-Gobain Abrasives in leave to appeal proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice, following the team’s successful representation of the the client in appeal proceedings.

Hoffmann Eitle remains one of the most active firms in patent litigation in the life sciences area, where the firm represents numerous prominent clients often under the lead of both patent attorneys and attorneys at law. Patent attorney Leo Polz and attorney at law Niels Hölder represented Shire in proceedings against Roche regarding an antibody for the treatment of haemophilia. Together with patent attorney Peter Klusmann, Hölder also acted for E-Ink in an action brought against a competitor concerning e-readers. Practice head Holger Stratmann, Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine and Clemens Tobias Steins are other key figures in the litigation practice.

While handling disputes in the pharmaceutical area remains an important pillar of Jones Day’s litigation practice, the team also saw highlights in other sectors, including representating Lufthansa Technik in infringement proceedings against a US supplier regarding cabin electronics; the cross-border proceedings demonstrate the strong international orientation of the German practice. Patent attorney Martin Weber heads the team, which includes key figures Christian Paul and Gerd Jaekel; both are qualified as attorneys at law and a chemist and physicist respectively. Other clients include CJ CheilJedang, Puma Biotechnology and BioMarin Pharmaceuticals.

With Thomas Gniadek and practice head Ralph Nack, Noerr is particularly well versed in the areas of electronic engineering, telecoms, mechanical engineering and pharmaceuticals. In recent work, it is representing Sound United in infringement proceedings against Koninklijke Philips regarding standard-essential patents on audio coding and audio compression. The firm also acts for PopSockets in proceedings relating to the infringement of the client’s smartphone mounting, which in addition to involving several injunction procedures also includes a complaint procedure. The group also advised Lippert Components on the European market entry of several of its products. Technicolor, Sisvel and Parker Vision are also part of the client portfolio. With patent attorney Thomas Hell, who simultaneously continues his work at BoschJehle Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, the team gained an of counsel in August 2017 who is particularly experienced in physics.

Preu Bohlig & Partner impresses clients with its ‘highly efficient advice’, ‘business sense’ and ‘excellent service’. Following the arrival of Daniel Hoppe, who joined from Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte in July 2017 and heads the Hamburg office, the patent practice was further strengthened by Matthias Hülsewig’s arrival from Taylor Wessing in March 2018. In addition to a traditionally strong following among German clients, including numerous DAX 30 companies, the team has further expanded its international portfolio with a particular focus on Scandinavian countries and France alongside the US, China and Japan. The client roster also includes Frey & Lau, Huawei and Swedish Biofuels. The ‘uncomplicated and effective’ Christian Kau, who stands out for his ‘extremely quick thinking’, Christian Donle, Andreas Haberl, Alexander Harguth and Ludwig von Zumbusch are key contacts.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s key expertise remains in the life sciences space, where as well as advising pharmaceutical companies the team also increasingly handles disputes related to the introduction of organic products. The group’s steadily growing presence in mobile communications litigation is another core focus for the team, which is led by practice head Peter Meyer. Meyer defended Axdia International against patent infringement proceedings brought by Philipps regarding Google functionalities on electronic devices and Ina vom Feld represented Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica in patent infringement proceedings concerning a porcine vaccine. Michael Knospe is coordinating the representation of HTC in numerous infringement proceedings against IPCom; the key issue concerns the question of infringement of standard-essential patents by UMTS and LT functions in the client’s mobile parts. AqVida is a new client, while longstanding clients include Bayer and Tarkett. Supervising associate Massimo Bellitto-Grillo left for Sky Deutschland in June 2017.

Vossius & Partner strengthened its Düsseldorf-based practice, which predominantly revolved around Kai Rüting and Georg Andreas Rauh, with the arrival of Andreas Kramer in April 2018 and counsel Hannes Obex in August of the same year, both were previously at Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB. With Johann Pitz and Thure Schubert in Munich the firm now has a solid presence in two important places for litigation and covers a large range of sectors beyond its strong life sciences practice, including telecoms and electric and mechanical engineering. The team, which includes attorneys at law and patent attorneys, represented Smith & Nephew in a series of infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings against KCI in the area of vacuum wound treatment; Rüting and Schubert led the matter together with patent attorney Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg. Other clients include ZTE Deutschland, CJ Cheiljedang and Boston Scientific.

Due to Jochen Herr’s dual qualification as attorney at law and patent attorney with a focus on mechanical and process engineering, Baker McKenzie is particularly well versed in these two areas. Herr, who heads the team together with Günter Pickrahn, represented Becton Dickinson in European disputes against B. Braun Melsungen; in addition to handling the German proceedings, the group were also involved in coordinating proceedings in Belguim, the Netherlands and Austria. In another highlight matter, Herr acted for RealD in infringement proceedings against Volfoni and associated opposition proceedings at the EPO regarding three patents. Giesecke & Devrient, Orion and Pelikan Group are also clients.

Boehmert & Boehmert continues to expand its litigation practice and was able to gain new clients from the US and Asia. The team is led by two experienced patent attorneys, practice heads Carl-Richard Haarmann and Michael Rüberg, who thanks to the mixed structure of the firm, which consists of patent attorneys and attorneys at law, have internal access to a broad spectrum of technical expertise. Highlights included Rüberg’s representation of Aeritas in several proceedings against numerous airlines around patents in the mobile boarding area and Haarmann’s advice to JVC Kenwood against established manufacturers of DVD players. New clients include Lohmann & Rauscher and Nazdaar. Shanghai North Glass and Solvay are also among its clients.

Following the arrival of Hannes Jacobsen and Stephan Gruber, both previously at Preu Bohlig & Partner, in mid-2017, CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner strengthened its Munich office and has also significantly expanded its clientbase. Practice head Jens Kunzmann’s range of expertise, like that of the team as a whole, demonstrates good breadth across various areas. Kunzmann represents clients in proceedings relating to floor coverings and with regard to matters in the pharmaceutical, electronic engineering and chemistry fields. A particular focus is advising clients in the automotive sector. Key clients include Astellas, Bayer and Eberspächer Group.

Eisenführ Speiser is ‘a true partner in the strategic planning and implementation of IP challenges’. The boutique firm has been particularly active recently in the telecoms and audio coding areas, including representing the Fraunhofer Society in several infringement proceedings concerning patents on AAC audio coding standards; ‘strategist and diplomat’ Volkmar Henke and patent attorney Stefan Wiethoff took the lead. For Koninklijke Philips, the team successfully concluded infringement proceedings against TechniSat Digital concerning patents relating to set-top boxes. The firm’s client portfolio also includes BASF, Donaldson Filtration and the Bundesdruckerei (federal printer). Tilman Müller was promoted to partner in April 2018. Julian Eberhardt is also recommended. Sandra Müller left for Squire Patton Boggs in January 2019.

Long-established Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher has longstanding experience in the pharmaceutical, chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics and IT fields, and considerable experise in patent prosecution. Rainer Kaase represented Aliud Pharma in injunction proceedings pertaining to the alleged infringement of a supplementary protection certificate regarding an HIV drug. Kaase, Karsten Königer and Sabine Kossak constitute the core team; the latter two represented neuraxpharm in opposition procedings at the EPO concerning a drug to treat dementia.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s ‘very good’ patent litigation team impresses clients with its ‘consistently goal-oriented advice’ and ‘broad expertise’. Practice head Anton Horn is recognised for his ‘service orientation’ and ‘good sense for clients’ needs’ and Sabine Dethof stands out for her ‘high expertise’ and ability to ‘grasp technical matters very well in cooperation with a patent attorney’. Horn acted for CeramOptec in the enforcement of a patent and a utility model in the field of medical technology against a Latvian competitor and together with Dethof represented French high-tech medical technology company Echosens in the enforcement of a patent against a Chinese competitor. Bel Fuse, Bottero and Brødrene Hartmann are among its other clients.

Maiwaldnot only thinks in terms of clauses, but at the same time keeps an eye on economic aspects’. The ‘excellent service’ and ‘pragmatic advice’ also contribute to the firm’s strong reputation, as does its ‘outstanding industry expertise’ with ‘a deep focus on the pharmaceutical and life sciences area’. With the arrival of compliance and competition expert Elke Wurster from SLP Anwaltskanzlei in May 2018, the practice was strengthened in particular at the intersection between antitrust and patent law. The ‘brilliant’ Marco Stief ‘gives excellent strategic advice’, ‘often finds creative solutions for complex IP issues’ and is ‘totally convincing at court’. Together with patent attorney Dirk Bühler, he represented Dr. Reddy’s against multiple established pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead, Novartis and AstraZeneca, in infringement proceedings concerning various medication. The client portfolio also includes AqVida, Fresenius Kabi, Mylan, Mundipharma and Roche Diagnostic.

Under the lead of the ‘very efficient’ Tobias Wuttke, Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is increasingly gaining visibility in the market. The practice expanded following the opening of a new office in Ratingen near Düsseldorf in May 2018, where patent attorney Uwe Fitzner joined from his own firm Fitzner & Frese PartGmbB, and former Federal Court of Justice judge Klaus-Jürgen Melullis joined as of counsel in June 2018, also contributed to the practice’s growing profile. Highlights included representing solar technology company Big Belly in infringement proceedings, a matter that was led by a team consisting of attorneys at law and patent attorneys. Other clients include Acandis, Cybex and Illinois Tool Works.


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Bardehle Pagenbergoffers an outstanding level of advice due to the enthusiasm and excellence of its lawyers’. The ‘top’ team stands out for its ‘honest and pragmatic legal advice’ and is well versed both in the development of patent prosecution strategies and the associated enforcement of patents as well as in portfolio assessment. The firm’s range of services also include license contract matters and expertise in employee invention law. Hans Wegner, Johannes Lang,Christof Karl, who is qualified both as an attorney at law and patent attorney, and Joachim Mader head the practice, which saw promotion to partner of Axel Berger and Georg Anetsberger in January 2018 and of Patrick Daum and Benjamin Ruckert in January 2019. Highlights included acting for adidas in the registration and enforcement of patents and utility models, advising Apple and representing Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers in opposition proceedings at the EPO led by the ‘very experiencedJohannes Heselberger. The broad coverage of sectors is visible in the firm’s client portfolio, which includes, among others, Synbias Pharma, Jaguar Land Rover, Nintendo, Qualcomm and Carl Zeiss SMS.

Boehmert & Boehmert has secured its reputation as one of the firms most active in patent filing with the European patent registration practice accounting for the majority of the team’s workload, followed by PCT-applications and the registration of German patents. A recent highlight is the firm’s advice to Intel on the registration of domestic and European patents; Heinz Goddar, Christian Appelt and Stefan Schohe were the key contacts. Biochemistry expert Markus Engelhard represented Novo Nordisk in EPO opposition proceedings concerning insulin pens and also acted for Samsung Bioepis in several opposition proceedings in the biosimilar field. Mechanical engineering expert Nils Schmid is also recommended and David Kuttenkeuler was promoted to partner. Other clients include Microsoft, Beauty Union Global and Shanghai North Glass.

As ‘one of the best firms’ in the patent prosecution space, Cohausz & Florack stands out for its ‘very modern, optimised workflows with short response times and strong adherence to deadlines’. The firm provides broad advice on mechanical and electronic engineering, chemistry, pharmaceutical and life sciences matters, but also has deep expertise in the technology and mobile communications areas. Jochen Kapfenberger is handling prosecution advice for the Fraunhofer Society with a focus on the energy sector. Philipe Walter demonstrated his ‘very good patent law and technical expertise’ in the establishment and management of innogy’s patent portfolio, including for smarthome and e-mobility products. The ‘outstanding’ Christoph Walke is the key contact for Deutsche Post DHL. The ‘highly motivated’ Fabian Vogelbruch is also noted for his ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and clients recommend Matthias Waters, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, for his ‘technical skills and solution-oriented approach’. Thomas Rox’s ‘quick thinking and ability to process information regarding technical issues in all subject matters is fascinating’. The firm’s clientbase also includes Viega, Vorwerk and SIG Technology.

Clients note the combination of Eisenführ Speiser’s broad sector focus and deep expertise. With the arrival of Peter Wiegeleben from Uexküll & Stolberg in the Hamburg office in January 2018, the firm was able to further strengthen its chemistry practice, while the promotion of Christoph Fehn to salary partner in Munich in January 2018 bolstered its bench strength in the electronic and information technology space. Recent highlights include Uwe Stilkenböhmer’s representation of BASF in opposition proceedings against Novasep regarding a patent on a chromatographic procedure for the manufacture of fatty acids, and Bremen-based Holger Veenhuis’s successful representation of Koninklijke Philips against Princeton University and the University of California in opposition and complaints proceedings at the EPO concerning a patent on an organic light-emitting device. Other key figures include Katrin Winkelmann and Manuel Söldenwagner. Ludger Eckey is the main contact in Berlin. The client portfolio also includes Bego, Big Dutchman and Edwards Lifesciences.

Grünecker has particular bench strength in mechanical engineering and mechanics, but also stands out for its expertise in the various areas of modern physics and information technology. The practice consists of experts in chemistry, healthcare and biotechnology sectors. The processing of EPO registrations make up the bulk of the prosecution practice, but the firm is also highly active at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). The key players in the team include Andreas Kayser, Dietmar Kuhl, Thomas Schuster, Moritz Höffe and Reinhard Knauer.

Hoffmann Eitle stands out in the market due to its high activity in opposition proceedings at the EPO and its comparatively high share of Japanese clients in particular. In addition to the firm’s traditionally strong focus on the US and South Korea, Chinese clients also play an increasingly important role in the firm’s portfolio. The team has a core sector focus on prosecution in the chemistry and biotechnology sectors; James Ogle acts for Moderna Therapeutics on the design and management of its patent portfolio. Another highlight was the successful defence of a Dexcom patent on blood glucose monitoring in opposition proceedings at the EPO against Abbott Diabetes Care. The team also has profound know-how in mechanical and electrical engineering and in the IT area. Morten Garberg, who is one of several patent attorneys in the team who is also admitted in the UK, is also recommended. Jens Gräber, Kathrin Füchsle, Nadja Muncke and Timo Pruß were all promoted to partner in 2018. Other clients include Fujifilm, Dräxlmeier and Mitsubishi Electric.

With the partner promotions of biotechnology expert Florian Grasser in July 2017 and of chemistry expert Katharina Haas in February 2018, Vossius & Partner is continuing to bolster its patent law practice. With numerous clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical products and biotechnology fields, the team confirms its traditionally strong reputation in the life sciences sector. Hans-Rainer Jaenichen and Jürgen Meier recently represented Crispr Therapeutics in several opposition proceedings and Alexa von Uexküll has notable pharmacological expertise. Among other matters, the breath of the practice is visible in Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg and Raphael Salzer’s advice to Iscar and Rainer Viktor’s representation of SL Corporation in patent application processes at the DPMA and EPO. The client portfolio also includes ResMed, Roche and Boston Scientific. Of counsel Dieter Heunemann remains active in the team.

Jones Day is particularly well positioned in the pharmaceutical, chemistry and biotechnology areas, which following the departure of Bojan Savic to K&L Gates in April 2018 is handled by practice head Martin Weber and Olga Bezzubova at partner level. Dorothée Weber-Bruls and Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford are the key contacts for matters related to physics, mechanical and electrical engineering and technology, including artificial intelligence. The firm advised Akebia Therapeutics on its patent portfolio for erythropoietin substitutes, partially in cooperation with firm colleagues in the US in order to use a US discovery procedure for opposition proceedings. The team advised SMR Patents on freedom-to-operate analyses of camera systems and semi-autonomous vehicles; the team is now also acting for several of the client’s subsidiaries. Other clients include Sunrise Medical, Celgene and Rational.

König . Szynka . Tilmann . von Renesse’s team is not only known in the market for its strong litigation practice but also for advice on the strategic design of patent portfolios and high activity in administrative proceedings. The team has a considerable breadth of expertise and in addition to its profound experience in the biotechnology and chemistry sectors, it is also strong in mechanical and electronic engineering. The core team in Düsseldorf and Munich includes name partners Gregor König, Dorothea von Renesse, Dirk Szynka and Max Wilhelm Tilmann, as well as Carla Roth.

Maikowski & Ninnemann has an excellent reputation in the telecoms area, where it is known as ‘one of the best patent attorney firms’. The patent law boutique is active in the prosecution and litigation area and provides ‘outstanding advice’ to prominent clients including Garmin and Joyson Safety Systems. The ‘very experiencedGunnar Baumgärtel, who is ‘excellent in making a case’, and the ‘technically very strong’ Ralf Emigs provide comprehensive advice to Google on patent, utility model and design matters. The ‘very reactive’ Andreas Tanner, who is known for his ‘excellent written pleadings’, acted for electronics group Vestel. Besides the firm’s head office in Berlin, it is also present in Leipzig and Munich.

Maiwald’s ‘powerful team consisting of patent attorneys, attorneys at law and technical experts’ combines ‘prompt work’ and ‘very deep technical and industry expertise’. The firm’s strength in opposition proceedings was evident in its successful representation of the Trustees of Princeton University and the University of Southern California before the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the EPO regarding the applicability of the general testing standards on patent claims which contain undisclosed disclaimers. The client portfolio includes numerous companies in the biology, chemistry and pharmaceutical sector, such as Alere Technologies, Takeda and Mundipharma, but also includes Intel and Valmet. Two key figures of the practice are Dirk Bühler and Eva Ehlich, who are based in Munich. However, the firm also has an office in Düsseldorf. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Axel Neidlein, who joined from Cohausz & Florack in August 2017, and was further bolstered by the partner promotions of Andrea Lasar and Stefanie Parchmann in January 2018 and of Simon Lud in July 2018.

Munich-based IP boutique Manitz, Finsterwald & Partner advises domestic and international clients on patent portfolio management and is experienced in the development of individual property right strategies. The team also has deep expertise in opposition and nullity proceedings and particular strength in mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology. A clear focus in the electrical engineering segment is the firm’s advice to automotive manufacturers.

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB stands out for its ‘excellent service level’ and ‘outstanding expertise’. At the beginning of May 2018, the firm expanded its practice both geographically and in terms of team strength: Uwe Fitzner, previously name partner at Fitzner & Frese, joined a new office in Ratingen near Düsseldorf. Other key figures include practice head Jochen Kilchert, Stephan Held, Gernot Schröer and Ole Trinks. Particularly prominent matters recently stemmed predominantly from the process engineering sector, mechanical engineering and the chemical industry, but the firm also advises in the electronic engineering and IT and mobile communications areas. Longstanding clients on the patent portfolio side are Alcoa, Arconic and Brita. Other highlights include representing Facebook in EPO application procedures, comprehensive advice to Electrolux and the firm’s work for Takeda in several application procedures. Other clients include Husqvarna, Illinois Tool Works and Mitsubishi Electric.

Gulde & Partner advises on strategic portfolio management and under the lead of senior partner Henry Schneider, Sönke Lorenz and Jens Glienke the firm, which has its head office in Berlin, covers various sectors with particular highlights in the electronic engineering, automotive and telecoms segments. The team provided comprehensive advice to Samsung Electronics in the prosecution area and acted for Audi in connection with patent registrations and freedom-to-operate research and represented the client in administrative procedures. Marco Scheffler successfully defended Haier in nullity proceedings against Sisvel at the German Federal Patent Court in connection with a large patent regarding standard-essential patents in the telecoms sector. Other clients include Volkswagen, Siemens and Imperial Tobacco Group. Jürgen Hengelhaupt and Dorit Rasch retired and Nicolas Haße and Kyungsoon Nam were promoted to equity partners.

Hauck Patent- und Rechtsanwälte’s focus lies on mechanical engineering, as well as electronic, process, energy, medical and packaging engineering and chemistry. In addition to the firm’s traditionally strong representation of clients in patent registration matters, including freedom-to-operate research and opposition proceedings, the team increasingly also handles nullity proceedings. The team acts for a number of longtanding clients including Nordex Energy, Illinois Tool Works and Hülsenberg. The firm’s head office is in Hamburg, but it also has an office in Düsseldorf.

Clients note the team’s ‘high reliability’ and ‘very good industry knowledge’ at Munich IP boutique Lorenz Seidler Gossel. The practice is frequently active for German patent applicants, but has also been able to expand its international work to Asia. The clientbase ranges across various industries and includes companies in the automotive sector such as Ford-Werke and Mazda, as well as Fresenius Medical Care, Bulthaup and Carl Zeiss Optotechnik. Fibertex, Blizzard Sport and Marantec Antriebs- und Steuerungstechnik are also clients. The team, which is very stable at partner level, saw the retirement of Armin Zinnecker at the end of 2017.

Michalski - Hüttermann & Partner Patentanwälte has broad technical expertise and an expanding team, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of Rainer Kasseckert in the Munich office in September 2017; he was previously working in-house. The IP-focused firm handled a number of matters in the mechanical and electronic engineering sectors, but also frequently advises on matters related to mobile communications. Recent highlights include the representation of Acer and Deutsche Post in respective EPO application procedure, including handling an isolated partial objection, and acting for automotive supplier Kiekert in application procedures at the DPMA in connection with the longstanding management of a part of its portfolio. NTT, die P3 Group and Quanta Computer also sought the firm’s advice on prosection matters. The firm’s main office is in Düsseldorf, where name partners Stefan Michalski and Aloys Hüttermann, as well as Guido Quiram and Dirk Schulz are based.

Prinz & Partner has a reputation for being ‘very creative in finding solutions and exceptionally approachable’. Led by practice heads Thomas Kitzhofer and Jochen Sties, the firm is particularly well versed in mechincal engineering, but also advises on a range of other sectors. Johannes Trapp was promoted to the partnership in January 2018, which has further cemented firm’s expertise in physics, mechanics and electronic and communciations engineering. Werner Sulzbach acted for Delo in a patent application procedure with associated freedom-to-operate research, while Bernhard Pfleiderer provided strategic advice to Fraport and represented the client in application procedures and employee invention law disputes. The client portfolio includes numerous prominent names including Nike, BMW and Rohde & Schwarz. The firm also has experience in advising start-ups. It has offices in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

Prüfer & Partner is among the ‘most commended patent law firms in Germany’, according to one client, and provides ‘an excellent service’. The IP boutique further expanded with the opening of a second Munich office at the end of 2017, which primarily strengthened its litigation practice, and increased its team with the addition of several new associates. The ‘particularly good’ Jürgen Feldmeier, who heads the practice together with Dorothea Hofer and Andreas Oser, handled patent applications and associated opposition proceedings for Knorr-Bremse, while Oser is representing Novartis in several European and international application procedures. In the electronics sector, a highlight was Hofer’s representation of Mitsubishi Electric in a longstanding crossborder matter. In addition to longstanding clients such as Brother Industries, Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen and Biedermann Technologies, the client portfolio also includes a few new names such as virtual fitness provider Icaros.

Patent attorney firm Zimmermann & Partner Patentanwälte mbB has broad expertise and a top-class clientbase, which includes several large US companies. The team handles traditional prosecution advice, where it is notably active for Applied Materials in an impressive volume of application procedures, the firm also regularly handles opposition procedures. Another significant field of activity is the team’s collaboration with law firms in nullity proceedings, such as cooperating with Hoyng Rokh Monegier in defending Samsung Electronics at the German Federal Patent Office and the EPO against France Brevets. Practice heads Frank Steinbach, Benedikt Neuburger, Gerd Zimmermann and Joel Nägerl and also Dominique Gobert make up the core of the team. Other clients include Infineon, Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal and Quark Pharmaceuticals.


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Bird & Bird provides advice at ‘the highest technical level’ on the full spectrum of trade mark and competition law and is noted for its ‘ability to adapt to clients’ needs’. The firm has expanded its trade mark and design portfolio management practice, also at an international level, which simultaneously has meant a growth in advice on international projects. The sizeable team includes the renowned Richard Dissmann, who recently represented a multinational retail company in a competition law and design law dispute concerning shoe models. Joseph Fesenmair, who alongside counsel Roman Brtka and senior counsel Franz Gernhardt is recognised for his ‘excellent expertise’, handled several matters for Audi, including representing the client in multiple proceedings at Higher Regional Courts in the defence of trade mark, domain and design rights, and acting in several proceedings against Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German environmental relief) regarding the requirements of the German energy labelling ordinance for cars. High-profile clients include Fendi, Deutsche Telekom and Phillip Morris. Key figures in the team, which is led by patent law expert Christian Harmsen, also include Markus Körner, Uwe Lüken and Niels Lutzhöft; the practice is very visible in the market at partner level, but is also strong at counsel and senior counsel level with Sebastian Fischoeder, Mascha Grundmann and Thomas Urband. Jana Bogatz joined D Young & Co LLP as partner in October 2018.

At Boehmert & Boehmert, a ‘professional’ team ‘belonging to the top-segment’ of IP lawyers provides ‘an excellent service level’ with ‘profound personal bonds with the client’. The IP boutique is known for its expertise in strategic advice, both in the context of trade mark and design law, but also has strength in contentious matters. The ‘very competent’ and ‘efficient’ Rudolf Böckenholt advised cigar and cigarillo company Arnold André on the complete overhaul of its market presence in terms of trade mark, competition and tobacco law. Jan Bernd Nordemann represented the federal association of German insurance brokers Bundesverband Deutscher Versicherungskaufleute in landmark proceedings concerning reporting and advisory requirements of comparison portals. A highlight in the parallel import sector was the representation of Jack Daniel’s Properties in an action and injunction procedure against a parallel importer of collector’s editions. Christian Czychowski, Carl-Richard Haarmann, Malte Nentwig, Axel Nordemann and Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann are also key contacts.

CMS has longstanding experience in contentious matters and in the development and management of portfolios. With eight offices across Germany, the practice, which is led by Thomas Manderla in Düsseldorf and Jörn Witt in Hamburg, stands out for its large geographical presence, but also for its expertise at the intersection with drug advertisement law. The trade mark practice has an excellent reputation in particular, not least due to the presence of Gordian Hasselblatt. Recent highlights include Cologne-based Heike Blank’s representation of BayerVital in a multitude of competition and drug advertising law disputes and Nikolas Gregor acting for Unilever in opposition proceedings against the registration of the trade mark Nivea-Blau by Beiersdorf. A key mandate in the healthcare sector was acting for Eli Lilly in several matters in the fight against piracy, including border seizures, as well as ongoing advice on trade mark and competition law. Heralt Hug advises the Gewandhaus in Leipzig on labelling law questions and trade mark portfolio management. Other clients include August Storck, L’Oréal Deutschland and Leifheit.

Gleiss Lutzalways gives advice under the consideration of the economic situation of the company’. The ‘high-quality service’ and ‘deep expertise’ also contribute to the practice’s good reputation under Berlin-based Stefan Weidert. The firm covers both contentious matters and portfolio design, including advice on international trade mark strategies, and due to its full-service approach is able to offer clients ‘an all-round care-free package also in matters transcending IP’. Andreas Wehlau in Munich represented Blizzard Entertainment in an action regarding the distribution of a cheat programme for the game Overwatch, while Weidert successfully acted for the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in proceedings at the Higher Regional Court in Cologne surrounding the publication of the client’s ratings. Merck, Hansgrohe and Tigercat also sought the firm’s advice. The ‘renowned’ Stefan Völker is the key contact in the Stuttgart office. Counsel Alexander Molle, who also handles matters at the intersection with IT law, is also recommended.

Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher belongs to the most established firms on the market. Portfolio management is a particularly big focus, but the team also has longstanding experience in the defence of trade marks at courts and at the authorities. Karin Sandberg defended Bell in preliminary ruling proceedings at the ECJ around the interpretation of EU regulations regarding geographical indications, specifically the amendment of the specification Schwarzwälder Schinken (Black Forest ham) so that the cutting and packing of the product also takes place in the area of origin. In a highlight relating to EU law, Martin Kefferpütz represented Ferrero in proceedings now at the EJC surrounding the question of the nullity of a community design due to the rights to an earlier trade mark. Till Lampel acted for Roxtec International in a dispute at the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg concerning the protection of trade marks in the sealing solutions sector. Rainer Kaase successfully secured the enforcement of the registered trade mark Immunostad for Stada at the EJC. Automobiles Citroën, Intersnack and Jack Wolfskin are among its other clients.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte’s ‘extraordinarily good’ IP experts provide ‘first-class advice’ and ‘a very high-service level’ with ‘very high responsiveness and a risk awareness’. The team’s combination of ‘an extraordinary business sense and outstanding industry expertise in the clients’ sectors’ makes the boutique a ‘leading address’. In addition to expanding its portfolio management by gaining new clients in the pharmaceutical area, the firm also strengthened its dispute practice, both in trade mark and design infringement proceedings and unfair competition law matters. Founding partners Karolina Schöler and Henning Harte-Bavendamm successfully defended Procter & Gamble on appeal at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart against Wilkinson regarding advertisement with test results of the consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest. ‘Brilliant lawyer and analyst’ and ‘extraordindary litigator’ Michael Goldmann is also recommended for his ‘excellent pleadings’. Frederik Thiering and Marion Jacob ‘are extremely experienced in trade mark law’ and ‘always achieve the best deal for their clients’. Other key contacts are Andrea Jaeger-Lenz and Arne Lambrecht. Clients include numerous international names, such as Christian Louboutin, Boehringer Ingelheim and Haribo. Ulrich Börger left for UNVERZAGT VON HAVE in August 2018.

Hogan Lovells International LLP took a step forward in its Hamburg, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf-based practices with the counsel promotions of Thorsten Klinger, Fabian Pfuhl and Marcus Schönknecht in January 2018 and of Marlen A. Mittelstein in January 2019, simultaneously counterpointing the departure of several senior associates. Morten Petersenn, who heads the European IPMT practice, acted for the community of heirs Baklan in a matter that was initiated in 2017: he represented the client at the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe in a dispute regarding the right to use the trade marks BAKTAT and BAK, which besides trade mark issues also involved international private law and inheritance law problems. Susanne Karow’s management of Canyon Bicycles’ international trade mark portfolio and global chair Leopold von Gerlach’s advice to Citi Group on strategic matters and portfolio development show the team’s strength in the non-contentious area. A highlight in domain law was Petersenn’s representation of Chanje in an action against a user of chanje domains in the Netherlands. Other clients include CeramTec, eBay and FlixBus. Yvonne Draheim and copyright expert Nils Rauer are also key contacts. The renowned Andreas Bothe heads the IPTM practice in Germany.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte stands out for its ‘precise work’ and was able to expand its market presence with numerous new mandates in trade mark and competition law. The team has broad industry expertise with matters originating from the banking, finance and insurance sectors, pharmaceutical, automotive and energy industries but also the fashion, sports and luxury goods segments. Renowned practice head Ralf Hackbarth represented BMW in three landmark proceedings concerning the protection of the trade mark MINI against the use of the trade mark by Segway for scooters, while Oliver Rauscher Deichmann handled contentious and non-contentious trade mark and design law matters. Two other prominent clients for design law matters are Lafuma Mobilier and Longchamp; the key contact here is Stefan Abel. Stefan Eck and Constantin Kurtz take the lead in handling contentious matters for the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition (Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs). Carola Onken and Andreas Schulz are also key figures.

Lorenz Seidler Gossel’s service level is ‘always excellent and meets the highest demands’. The Munich-based firm ‘ensures optimal results for clients in the IP arena’ and is both active in the management of trade mark portfolios and in contentious matters. Christian Raßmann has ‘extensive experience in IP issues in the sports sector’ and successfully represented adidas in infringement proceedings against Puma at the Federal Court of Justice regarding bioweb shoe models. Philipp Neuwald represented Casio Europe in all trade mark and unfair competition law disputes in Germany. In the design law segment Paul Schäuble’s representation of Naketano in several actions due to the infringement of registered and unregistered designs is one of the firm’s highlights. The ‘technically excellent’ Reinhard Ingerl, ‘who manages to make the most out of even the messiest situations’, delivers ‘polished written pleadings, which strike fear into the opponent’. Siegfried Jackermeier is another key player in the team. Other clients include Allianz, ProSiebenSat.1 and Swarovski.

Lubberger Lehment is especially known for its extensive experience in complex disputes in trade mark, copyright and competition law. The team also has particular expertise in litigation against large internet platforms such as Amazon and Google. The firm has offices in Berlin, Hamburg and, since spring 2017, also in Munich, where the practice around Benjamin Koch is expanding. Andreas Lubberger successfully claimed a victory for Coty in a high-profile preliminary ruling procedure at the EJC concerning the issue of whether and under which requirements luxury cosmetics manufacturers can control the distribution channel of its products to the end costumer. For Cornelis Lehment, a highlight was the representation of Axel Springer in several proceedings against AdBlock producers; the core issue of the disputes were fundamental questions regarding advertising funding of media content on the internet and restricted competition. Kai Schmidt-Hern handled another comprehensive mandate for documentus and represented the client in a dispute with Reisswolf regarding the continued transitional use of the trade mark REISSWOLF. Black Rock, Clarins and Deutsche Bahn are among its other clients.

Taylor Wessing’s ‘excellent lawyers’ impress clients with ‘an outstanding flair for what is feasible and willingness to go the extra mile’. The firm expanded its portfolio management practice with two new large client wins and further concentrated on the internationalisation of the practice, especially to Asia, via the appropriate composition of teams drawn from the firm’s large pool of lawyers. The group is also active in contentious matters, such as Wiebke Baars’ representation of the Scotch Whisky Association in trade mark disputes concerning absolute bars to protection due to geograophical indications, including one proceeding at the Regional Court in Hamburg which led to a referral to the EJC. In competition law, Andreas Bauer advises BSH on matters including the design of claims, the product launch of a new spot cleaner and securing the client’s presentation at the IFA fair. Key figures in the team, which is led by practice head Olaf Gillert, include Stefan Fröhlich, Marcus Hartmann, Thomas Raab, Jan Schumacher and Dirk Wieddekind. Thorsten Troge was promoted to equity partner in May 2018. Clients include Hewlett Packard, American Airlines, Alois Dallmayr Kaffee and Pernod Ricard.

Bardehle Pagenberg has a balanced practice handling contentious trade mark advice and prosecution matters, and Henning Hartwig also adds deep expertise in design law. Advice on transactions and license agreements round off the firm’s services. Philipe Kutschke is advising adidas on global design registrations and represents the client in ten court proceedings against Puma relating to shoe sole technology. The group is also acting for Coca-Cola in the prosection area and in contentious matters as well as for border seizures. Practice head Claus Eckhartt is the lead partner in this matter; he has niche expertise in representing clients in product piracy proceedings. With the partner promotion of Pascal Böhner in January 2018, the team expanded its pool of partners but at the same time bolstered its expertise in domain law disputes. Other clients include Galana, Mondelēz and Nintendo.

At the start of 2018, BEITEN BURKHARDT opened a new office in Hamburg, where the IP practice is now led by Angelica von der Decken, who divides her time between that office and Munich. The firm is particularly renowned for its niche expertise in the gaming and cosmetics industry. A highlight in this area is Andreas Lober’s advice to Bandai Namco Entertainment on the trade mark, competition law and copyright law protection of the Pac Man brand. Christina Hackbarth and von der Decken together represented the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory in various disputes concerning the use of Bavarian emblems. Deutsche Fußball-Bund, Estée Lauder and NIO also sought the firm’s advice. The team, which is led by practice head Matthias Stecher, also includes Tanja Hogh Holub and Axel von Walter, and Wojtek Ropel and Gudrun Hausner, who were both promoted to salary partner in spring 2018. Claudio Chirco joined PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in April 2018 and Tilmann Lührig left for Lexton Rechtsanwälte in May 2018.

CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner is noted for its ‘very good service level’ and ‘the ability and willingness to tackle specific issues’. With the opening of an office in Hamburg in July 2017, the firm gained Detlef von Schultz and Sebastian Eble from Preu Bohlig & Partner, who now head the practice together with Cologne-based Ingo Jung and Nadja Siebertz. The practice covers trade mark portfolio management and contentious matters. A recent client was OBI in proceedings against Hornbach and Globus concerning the abstract colour trade mark orange. A highlight in the non-contentious area was gaining a large part of the trade mark portfolio management of Bastei Lübbe and the establishment of the new umbrella brand Be for audio books. The client base exemplifies the firm’s broad industry expertise with a particular concentration of clients stemming from the luxury segment in the newly opened Hamburg office. Other clients include Daimler, Gruner+Jahr and Saint-Gobain Glass.

Due to the ‘high level of advice across all areas of IP’, Grünecker is a popular choice for trade mark and competition law. The team is noted for its ‘uncomplicated cooperation at a top technical level’ and in addition to its expansive trade mark portfolio management practice, it is also highly active in litigation. Highlights included Nicolás Schmitz advising Laverana on the coordination of over 300 proceedings globally and on the strategic direction of the trade mark portfolio and Holger Gauss representing Lyft in several opposition proceedings at the DPMA and EUIPO. The firm is well known for advising domestic and international clients in the fashion and luxury goods industry, but is also expanding its client base into other areas, especially the sports and pharmaceutical sectors. Other clients include Schwan Stabilo, Bulgari and Superdry. Patent attorney Martin Aufenanger, Anja Franke and Maximilian Kinkeldey lead the team together with Schmitz and Gauss.

Baker McKenzie continues to expand its trade mark portfolio management practice and was able to gain the portfolios of Leica and E.ON. Under Michael Fammler’s lead, who together with co-practice head Rembert Niebel constitutes the core of the team, the firm now advises Leica globally on all trade mark matters concerning the trade marks Leica and Leitz, including those of a cross-border nature, where clients benefit from the firm’s international network. Niebel acted for New Valmar and Luv n’Care in a design law highlight, which involved two disputes concerning the manufacture and distribution of baby and toddler products. The practice also handled a significant domain law matter with its advice to SAP on the acquisition of a large number block of legacy IP addresses. CSL Behring, Esprit and StudioCanal are also clients.

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten’s IP experts are considered ‘clearly above average’ and combine ‘excellent advice’ with ‘broad industry expertise’. In addition to its strong product piracy practice and a competition law practice that is particularly active in mobile communications, the firm also has longstanding experience in design law, where it advises many clients in the luxury and fashion sectors, among others. Reinhard Döring and Benedikt Frank, who was promoted to salary partner in January 2018, acted for Vodafone in multiple competition law proceedings across Germany against telecoms providers and consumer protection organisations. Andreas Bock, who is noted for his ‘analytic thinking’ and his ‘tactful finesse’, together with Jan Müller-Broich is representing The Swatch Group in Germany in all trade mark and design infringement matters and is also handling proceedings due to violations of competition law. The duo are also advising Guccio Gucci in trade mark and design law with assistance from Daniela Burghardt, who was promoted to counsel at the start of 2018. Other clients include the European Central Bank, Bottega Veneta and Rothenberger Group.

Danckelmann & Kerst predominantly handles contentious competition law matters; the firm is well known in the market due to its representation of Telekom. At the start of 2018, Jan-Felix Isele successfully concluded proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice for the client pertaining to competition and telecoms law requirements regarding the processing of porting requests when changing providers. Nikolaus Konstantin Rehart and Hans-Jürgen Ruhl represented Telekom in proceedings at the Higher Regional Court in connection with the advertising limitations with test prizes won at network tests. The firm is also active in trade mark portfolio management, including for cider manufacturer Born in the Wetterau. Other clients include the German Agency to Combat Unfair Competition, Bettzeit and Roche Diagnostics Germany.

FPS’ practice sits at the intersection between IP and IT with a significant focus on the commercialisation of intellectual property. The firm also advises clients on the development of portfolio strategies and in infringement proceedings. The client base consists of a mixture of German and international companies stemming from a broad range of industries. The team frequently acts for clients in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics, luxury goods and fasion sectors and in the media and advertisement industry. Christoph Holzbach is the main contact.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘very professional’ team provides ‘a very good service level’. The practice handles stand-alone IP matters, both of a contentious and non-contentious nature, but also acts as a transaction-supporting unit. Competition law matters, including those related to the unlawful misappropriation of trade and company secrets, form a particularly important pillar of the practice. Renowned practice head Matthias Koch leads a team that includes the ‘business-oriented’ Andrea Lensing-Kramer, who together with principal associate Tobias Timmann is advising Volkswagen on the coordination of a global defence in competition law proceedings pertaining to the emission of nitrogen oxide by diesel vehicles. The team represented Agco in several trade mark actions against fashion manufacturer Fendi relating to the trade mark Fendt. Other clients include Plasser & Theurer, VMWare and Knauf International.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek strengthened its Stuttgart office with the arrival of Andreas Schabenberger in December 2017, who was formerly at Menold Bezler, consequently bolstering its litigation practice in particular. Practice head Dominik Eickemeier, who us based in Cologne, also focuses on infringement proceedings, but has additional expertise in transactions and portfolio development and management. In the product piracy area the firm has longstanding experience in disputes and advises clients on special enforcement programmes for the protection of trade marks and designs. Another area of focus lies in domain disputes.

Cologne-based firm JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH provides comprehensive advice on trade mark and competition law matters during the development and marketing of products. The team also covers issues at the intersection with media and corporate communications. Karl Hamacher, Martin Viefhues and Nils Weber constitute the core team, which was strengthened by the September 2017 arrival of Ine-Marie Schulte-Franzheim, who joined as of counsel from her own firm Schulte-Franzheim and has notable competiton law expertise.

Preu Bohlig & Partner has particularly close contacts with French clients, but also advises a multitude of prominent German companies. The team has longstanding experience in the prosecution and litigation area and is increasingly handling design law matters in addition to its traditionally strong trade mark and competition law practice. Andreas Haberl MUC}, whose track record includes numerous due diligences, is advising Eisl Sanitär on the enforcement of design rights. In July 2017 {Daniel Hoppe joined from Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte and is now the main contact in the Hamburg office. Astrid Gérard in Munich, Christian Kau and Torben Düsing, who was promoted to partner in July 2018, in Düsseldorf and Christian Donle in Berlin are the other key names.

Clients recommend SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte’s team not only for its ‘excellent knowledge of trade mark and competition law and impressive industry expertise’ but also its ‘strong sense for profitability’. The team’s ‘dedication in combination with its high flexibility’ make it ‘a reliable partner’. In addition to competition law highlights, such as representing OTD Oil Trading Germany in comprehensive court proceedings against a competitor, the practice also handled several significant trade mark and design law matters. Dorothee Altenburg advised food retailer basic on its prosecution business and a trade mark dispute against Kellogg. At the end of 2017, the team in Berlin saw the arrival of former Noerr partner Sandra Sophia Redeker, who is noted for her ‘high capacity for abstract thinking combined with pragmatism and creativity’, and counsel Sascha Pres, whose ‘excellent combination of legal astuteness and practical orientation is impressive’. In Frankfurt, the team includes practice head Magnus Hirsch and Ulrich Hildebrandt, ‘who combines his dogmatic strengths and his enormous pool of knowledge with practical, comprehensible advice in a wonderful manner’, and Margret Knitter, whose ‘work is solution-oriented and highly precise’. Markus Brock is also recommended. New clients include Skechers and Procter & Gamble Service.

IP boutique Vossius & Partner has deep know-how in the analysis of property rights portfolios and property rights strategy development. Paul Kretschmar advised MAN Truck & Bus on its most important trade marks globally, including the processing of the required registrations, and on the designs in connection with new truck and bus models. The team also has strength representing clients in contentious trade mark and design proceedings. In one highlight, practice head Mathias Kleespies successfully represented Dogstyler Soest in trade mark infringement proceedings and in a series of proceedings against several competitors due to design infringements. Simone Schäfer is the main contact for the monetisation of IP rights. Clients include the Federal Association of the German Sport Goods Industry, Boffi and ResMed Germany.

IP boutique Eisenführ Speiser is active in providing general non-contentious advice and in representing clients in disputes. Harald Förster represented Agrarfrost in a complex trade mark dispute with McCain and assisted Cloer Elektrogeräte with the registration of numerous designs. In a product piracy highlight, Julian Eberhardt coordinated several proceedings against pirates for Herbacin Cosmetic, including in Asia. Sennheiser, Ta-Xan and Big Dutchman International are also clients.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner’s quality of advice is characterised by the team’s ‘strong expertise, efficient working method, reliability and quick implementation of decisions’. Clients also appreciate the ‘proactive handling of matters’ and the ‘thinking according to an industry and case basis’. Following the arrival of Stephan Dittl and of counsel Heinz-Werner Ehlgen, both from Salger Rechtsanwälte, in the Frankfurt office in October 2017, the practice is now spread across three offices in Germany, including the already existing ones in Freiburg and Cologne. The traditionally strong prosecution practice is increasingly complemented by an expanding litigation practice with additional niche expertise in drug advertisement law. The ‘highly regarded’ Norbert Hebeis represented Haufe-Lexware in a trade mark dispute at the EJC concerning the legal concept of the relevant similarity of various trade marks. Erima, Wilkinson Sword and Pharmacist Chamber North-Rhine are among its other clients. Morton Douglas, David Kipping and Hans-Georg Riegger are also recommended.

Hoffmann Eitle is steadily expanding its litigation practice, as its increasing domestic presence in trade mark infringement proceedings and its growing volume of work in the coordination of international disputes demonstrates. It has also strengthened its activities in design law and in combination with its traditionally strong prosecution practice has an increasingly broad and balanced practice. The team is also well versed in IP due diligence and assisted Högänas with the acquisition of Starck Surface Technology and Ceramic Powders. Beele Engineering, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA and Nikon are among its other clients. Practice head Wedig von der Osten-Sacken and Michaela Ring are noted.

Loschelder’s ‘very commendable’ IP team provides ‘a very good service level’. Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen, who together with Stefan Maaßen is one of the key figures in the practice, represented 1&1 in several contentious proceedings, including a comprehensive series of proceedings against mobile phone distribution companies. The team also acted for B. Braun in comprehensive proceedings concerning infringed trade secrets and copied software, including a procedure to secure evidence. In the prosecution area, its global trade mark management for Klosterfrau stands out; the firm also advises the company on labelling and domain law. Other mandates stemmed from a Bonn-based special purpose machine builder, an industry association in the logistics area and Henkel. Associate Patrick Pommerening makes a significant contribution with his ‘detailled advice’.

Noerr combines ‘competent and honest advice’ with ‘a very high service level’ and ‘broad team’ in the IP area. Personnel changes included Sandra Sophia Redeker’s departure to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte in December 2017, as well as on the promotion of Janina Voogd to partner and of Valentina Nieß to counsel, both in January 2018. Christoph Rieken and Voogd provided comprehensive trade mark and competition law advice to the financial services provider of a German automotive corporation, and advised the client on the legal framework for a used-car platform, particularly on questions concerning financing advertising. In the contentious area, group represented a leading German retail chain in the context of an international dispute around chocolate figures. Tobias Dolde, who divides his time between Munich and Alicante, heads the practice. Other clients include Marc O’Polo, Kanebo Cosmetics and PopSockets.

Rospatt Osten Pross’s ‘impressive expertise’ results in ‘highly competent advice from the entire team’. The spectrum of services range from trade mark disputes to numerous design and competition law proceedings and the firm also has experience in the prosecution area. Rüdiger Pansch, ‘whose impressive market knowledge’ and ‘innovative suggestions’ stand out, represented Ferrari in multiple infringement and opposition proceedings about the rights to the famous Testarossa trade mark, and Thonet sought Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen’s expertise for the copyright protection of the so-called Freischwinger (free-swinging) chair. The firm also acted for Marjo Leder & Tracht in registration and infringement procedures concerning the question of distinctiveness and use of fun and statement signs as a trade mark. The client portfolio also includes Schneider Electric, Almirall and Lock & Lock.

Düsseldorf-based IP boutique Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB’s ‘very competent’ team provides domestic and international clients with a comprehensive range of services in trade mark and competition law. The practice predominantly revolves around founding partner Peter Ruess, whose highlights include acting for Sony Interactive Entertainment in trade mark and design law as well as strategic advice to the Federal Association of German tobacco wholesalers (Bundesverbands Deutscher Tabakwaren- und Automatenaufsteller). Counsel Anja Doepner-Thiele is the main contact for Dr. Kurt Wolff with regard to continuous competition advice and contentious cosmetics and drug advertisement law matters. Other mandates stem from Guhl, the Order of Saint John and De Zuivelstichting.

Clients note Dentons’ ‘extraordinary expertise’ and ‘business sense’. The team, which is jointly led by Stefan Dittmer and Constantin Rehaag, is successfully expanding its prosecution practice for trade marks and designs and has deep expertise in combatting against product piracy. Of counsel Helmut Brandau has particularly extensive white-collar criminal law know-how. The practice’s strength in contentious matters can be seen in its representation of Amazon in complex competition law and trade mark infringement proceedings, particularly on the question of interference liability, while the team also has significant activity in transactional matters, such as handling the acquisition of Karlie Flamingo for Beeztees Group, including two trade marks. With Daimler and Yamaha the practice gained two new prominent clients.

At DLA Piper, practice heads Stefan Engels, Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel have a strong forensic focus. With Ulrike Grübler, the firm also has an expert in international trade mark strategies and portfolio management. The firm saw highlights in the contentious and the non-contentious area with its frequent and often international advice to Amazon on promotion and advertising campaigns and the representation of medtronic in trade mark and design proceedings against a Chinese competitor. Clients also include Bauer Media Group, Nike and Samsung.

Clients note Eversheds Sutherland’s team’s ‘very good service level and the very good reaction times and quality of work’. Practice head Tobias Maier is singled out for his ‘very useful advice’ and his ability to find ‘pragmatic and quick solutions’. Under his lead the practice has expanded both at associate level and in terms of the client portfolio. The firm now advises Owens & Minor and Saint Gobain, in addition to existing clients such as Avon Cosmetics and Dennemeyer. It handles classic IP matters, including advising Asos, a client in the fashion and beauty area, on the establishment of online distribution in Germany, and is well versed in matters that require special expertise in healthcare law. In the latter area, the team’s Europe-wide advice to Aspen Pharma on competition law, specifically on drug advertisement law, stands out. In evidence of its international work, Axel Zimmermann, working with the Paris office, advised Kering on the development of a strategy in the face of fast-growing fashion.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIERrightfully belongs to the league of IP firms with a very good reputation’. In the trade mark area, the firm predominantly advises industrial companies and clients in the food and drinks sector, pharmaceutical, media, entertainment and publishing industries. Practice head Martin Köhler’s team also includes experienced litigator Thomas Schmitz, who represented EOS in competition, trade mark and design law matters, often in injunction proceedings but also in principal proceedings on infringement cases. Schmitz also advises Hotel Adlon, GlaxoSmithKline and SIG on trade mark law.

KNPZ Rechtsanwälte’s range of services consists of its representation in contentious matters and advice on the commercialisation of trade mark and design rights but also classic prosecution business and transactional work. Litigation highlights include founding partner Christian Klawitter’s representation of Porsche in a dispute with Acacia at the EJC about design rights to car rims. Kai-Uwe Plath assisted Scout24 with the acquisition of Finanzcheck.de.

SCHULTZ - SÜCHTING provides advice on IP issues and has longstanding experience in copyright and media law. Another focus is matters at the intersection with pharmaceutical law. Lars Kröner has a good reputation in the market.

Following Squire Patton Boggs’ team expansion at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, it subsequently acquired several new clients, including Cosnova, Deutsche Bank and Zott. In addition to its comprehensive prosecution and portfolio management work, including its global trade mark management for Bora Creations, the team also has a solid litigation practice. Iliana Haleen represented Zippo in a multifaceted matter, which besides trade mark litigation also required license law expertise and experience in domain law disputes. Reinhart Lange heads the team, which also includes Eva Schalast.

In addition to the GDPR-related wave of data protection matters, FECHNER Rechtsanwälte handled data protection matters related to branding questions and trade mark law aspects and assisted with transactions and matters concerning the monetisation of IP rights. Name partners Georg Fechner and Birte Lorenzen were also able to expand the traditionally strong practice for agency businesses. Together with Britta Klingberg, who was promopted to associate partner in April 2018, they advised Veltins on the launch of new products, specifically the clarification of trade mark rights, foodstuff labelling law advice, the management of protective rights and plant variety rights. Other clients include HSH Nordbank, Jung von Matt and Ogilvy & Mather.

Lichtenstein, Körner & Partner provides comprehensive advice on trade mark, design and competition law to a client base consisting predominantly of German mid-sized companies. The firm also has experience in ancillary areas such as copyright and domain law. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle is one of the main contacts.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH successfully expanded its work for Warsteiner and Geert Johann Seelig now advises on the client’s entire trade mark portfolio. The team also assists the client with the strategic development of trade marks and designs and handles its license agreements. Detlef Mäder was able to utilise his expertise in product piracy cases in acting for Daniel Wellington in numerous proceedings. Mäder and Seelig, who jointly head the team, act for a diverse client base, which includes Imperial Tobacco, Saint Gobain Glass and Harley Davidson.

At Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, clients receive ‘an excellent service level’ and benefit from the team’s ‘outstanding expertise’; practice head Oliver Nilgen stands out for his ‘very strong service orientation’ and ‘practical solutions’. The team has a focus on the prosecution area, both with regard to trade marks and designs, but also increasingly handles contentious matters. The client portfolio includes ACO Severin Ahlmann, Revell and producer of musical instruments Warwick.

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB provides ‘businesslike advice at the drop of a hat’ and impresses clients with the ‘expertise in trade mark and competition law matters of each lawyer in the team’. The firm’s spectrum of work includes handling international trade mark portfolios, such as for Deutsche Bausparkasse Badenia, and comprehensive representation in contentious matters, such as for Generali in labelling, trade mark and copyright proceedingst. ‘Total strategist’ Holger Alt has gained additional instructions from Femto Messtechnik concerning trade mark law. Angelika Hoche is noted for her ‘knowledge, experience and reliability’. Claudia Böhm is the main contact for matters in the healthcare sector, as well as for drug advertisement law issues.

White & Case LLP’s IP team is noted for its ‘quick response rates’ and ‘pragmatic approach’. Practice head Markus Mette has deep experience in representing technology companies in disputes and was able to expand the firm’s activity in the area via the acquisition of several new clients. Overall the practice acts for a broad client base, which also includes clients from the consumer goods, automotive and energy sectors. The group advises Anschutz Entertainment Group on the use of the trade mark Eisbären Berlin on merchandising products. The team benefits from the firm’s network for a flow of regular cross-border work.


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