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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.

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBHnot 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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