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Top choice’ for patent litigation, particularly multi-jurisdictional disputes, Bird & Bird covers the whole breadth of technical areas, from electronic and mechanical engineering to chemistry and biotech. Clients include large companies in the IT, telecoms and life sciences sectors. Most prominently, the firm represents Huawei in a dispute with ZTE regarding standard-essential patents in mobile communications and has been defending Nokia and Microsoft in a set of proceedings against IPCom. In the pharmaceuticals industry, the team has been representing Ratiopharm and Glenmark in a dispute with Pfizer surrounding the handling of a patent for pregabalin in health insurance discount agreements. Christian Harmsen, Oliver Jan Jüngst, Matthias Meyer and life sciences expert Boris Kreye are all well regarded.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-class’ patent team shows ‘excellent quality’ and ‘promptness’, particularly in the coordination of complex cross-border disputes, most notably in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. The practice represented MSD in compulsory licence proceedings against Shionogi regarding the active ingredient raltegravir for HIV treatment; the Federal Patent Court for the first time granted a compulsory licence in summary proceedings. The team also acted for ZTE in a dispute with Huawei surrounding standard-essential patents in mobile communications and Steffen Steininger defended LG Electronics against an action by a non-practising entity (NPE) regarding a telecoms patent. Practice head Andreas von Falck and Miriam Gundt are life sciences experts, with Martin Fähndrich and Martin Chakraborty standing out in telecoms work. Alexander Klicznik was promoted to partner.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s ‘brilliant and broad’ patent litigation team consists of ‘a large number of experienced lawyers with excellent legal and technical know-how’, including in telecoms, electronic and mechanical engineering, and life sciences. The team defended Deutsche Telekom against several patent infringement proceedings by Saint Lawrence Communications and Intellectual Ventures surrounding standard-essential telecoms patents. The firm also represented Carl Zeiss Meditec in patent infringement proceedings regarding intraocular lenses. Klaus Haft is considered ‘one of the best German patent litigators’, who ‘always has an overview’. The ‘creativeMartin Köhler is recommended along with Thomas Reimann, Christian Osterrieth, Mirko Weinert and the ‘outstandingKay Kasper.

Bardehle Pagenberg’s ‘very strong team caters for clients’ needs in an extremely flexible and swift manner’; its ‘excellent service’ focuses on mechanical and electronic engineering, IT and telecoms. It has been representing Intellectual Ventures in various patent infringement proceedings against Deutsche Telecom, Vodafone and Telefonica, among others, and acting for BMW in patent infringement and nullification proceedings against Synchronicity IP. The team also successfully acted for Bosch in a patent infringement dispute surrounding packaging machines. Christof Karl is ‘level-headed and pragmatic’; Johannes Heselberger and Tilman Müller-Stoy lead the practice.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a strong patent practice in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms industries. Novartis and its subsidiaries are key clients in several proceedings, including the continued representation of Hexal in its dispute with Pfizer over the handling of a patent for pregabalin in health insurance discount agreements. The firm is also advising Bristol-Myers Squibb on the enforcement of a patent for Opdivo cancer drug and is assisting NTT DoCoMo with enforcing four standard-essential telecoms patents against HTC. Clients in other areas include STMicroelectronics International and Hewlett-Packard. Frank-Erich Hufnagel, Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Peter Chrocziel are recommended.

IP boutique Klaka Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very competent’ and ‘very quick’ patent litigation team acts for domestic and international clients with strength in mechanical and electronic engineering and chemistry. A key client in several disputes remains 3M, including regarding polymer foam, paint spraying systems, medical devices, dental technology and vehicle accessories. It is also representing SRAM in several patent disputes with competitor Shimano and ZTE in a dispute with Optis Cellular Technologies surrounding telecoms patents. The ‘very knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Olaf Giebe, Constantin Kurtz, ‘experienced litigator’ Stefan Eck and Wolfgang Götz are recommended.

IP boutique Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben advises many German mid-sized companies and international corporations, patent licensing agencies and individual inventors. Highly active practice head Axel Verhauwen has expertise in electronic engineering and the enforcement of standard-essential patents in digital technology and telecoms; the firm is representing IPCom in several such proceedings. It also successfully represented France Brevets against HTC in a case concerning standard-essential patents in near-field communication. Senior partner Peter Mes is highly regarded, in part due to his longstanding work as boardmember of the Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright (GRUR).

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a ‘very good’ practice in telecoms patent litigation and has a growing workload concerning software patents. The team successfully defended key client Google against patent infringement proceedings by Max Sound regarding video streaming and against multiple actions by TLI Communications. On the claimant side, it has been representing IPcom against HTC, Nokia, Microsoft and Apple in proceedings concerning standard-essential telecoms patents. Practice head and ‘crafty litigator’ Marcus Grosch and Johannes Bukow are recommended.

Rospatt Osten Pross’s ‘broad team’ is noted for its ‘very efficient and pragmatic’ approach to patent litigation, particularly in pharmaceuticals. The team has been acting for Biogen in patent infringement proceedings regarding Tecfidera, a treatment for multiple sclerosis, and is defending MSD against infringement proceedings brought by Bristol-Myers Squibb concerning cancer drug pembrolizumab. In telecoms, the team has been defending Samsung against infringement proceedings by FIPA regarding a standard-essential patent. Henrik Timmann and the ‘eloquentThomas Musmann are recommended along with Max von Rospatt, who is ‘very experienced and well versed’.

Excellent’ boutique Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v Schwerin & Partner mbB has substantial experience in patent advisory work and litigation. It has a sizeable practice in representing patent licensing agencies in proceedings against telecoms giants, such as acting for SLC in patent infringement proceedings against Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and several mobile phone manufacturers. Other areas of expertise include electronic and mechanical engineering and life sciences – recent work includes representing Mundipharma against generic drug competitors and acting for Henkel in a dispute with UHU regarding dehumidifiers. Peter-Michael Weisse, Eva Geschke, Roland Kehrwald and Wolf Graf von Schwerin are recommended.

IP boutique Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte has earned ‘an excellent reputation’ for complex patent litigation in the short time since its formation. The ‘dynamic and well-connected’ team has ‘outstanding technical and legal knowledge’. It has a focus on life sciences and telecoms, with work including representing Sandoz in a dispute with Pfizer surrounding the handling of a patent for pregabalin in health insurance discount agreements and acting for Sisvel in infringement proceedings against ZTE, Haier and Hisense concerning standard-essential telecoms patents. Bernhard Arnold is ‘a sober strategist, who persistently pursues clients’ goals’, and Cordula Tellmann-Schumacherrepresents clients’ wishes with the greatest vehemence’.

Very goodCMS is well positioned, particularly in the medium-sized market segment, and with broad technical expertise advises across various industries. With strength in summary proceedings, it continues to handle several cases of patent infringing import and transit of pesticides for Syngenta. It has also been representing Leifheit in multiple patent infringement proceedings against competitor Mapa Spontex. Other clients include Acon Laboratories, Kienle + Spiess and Roche Diagnostics. The ‘very competent’ Markus Deck and Matthias Eck are recommended.

Gleiss Lutz has particular expertise in life sciences, where it advises key clients such as Bayer and Acino. It is defending a German manufacturer of kyphoplasty systems against two patent infringement proceedings by IP Navigation and Marathon. The firm also covers electronic engineering and telecoms and has significant strength in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and disputes requiring antitrust, food and drug law expertise. Practice head Matthias Sonntag and of counsel Thomas Bopp are recommended.

Grünecker is known for its strong patent prosecution practice, but its ‘very broad’ team also provides an ‘excellent service’ in patent litigation and, ‘in emergencies, even handles with complex topics literally over night’. Electronic engineering and IT are core areas of expertise for the team, which also has an expanding practice in life sciences. It has been representing Align Technology in patent infringement proceedings against competitors and defended Yahoo!, Pinterest and Twitter against patent infringement proceedings by TLI Communications. Bernd Allekotte, Gerhard Barth and Ulrich Blumenröder are recommended.

Besides its known strength in patent prosecution, Hoffmann Eitle’s ‘experienced and efficient’ team is also well positioned for patent litigation, covering mechanical and electronic engineering, as well as IT; chemistry and biotech are two areas of expertise for Niels Hölder. The practice has a preponderance of work for Japanese clients, thanks to Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine’s Japanese language skills. The practice represented Seiko Epson in various proceedings regarding the protection of patents for printer cartridges and Panasonic in a dispute with Philips surrounding LED patents.

Jones Day’s ‘very quick and reliable’ team has particular expertise in pharmaceuticals. It continues to represent Idenix Pharmaceuticals, an MSD subsidiary, against Gilead in a global series of infringement and nullification proceedings regarding hepatitis C medication sofosbuvir. The team has been acting for Celgene in disputes with various generic drug manufacturers regarding cancer drug patents; it also has experience in the international planning and coordination of parallel legal proceedings and in using results from US discovery proceedings for those in Europe. Christian Paul and Gerd Jaekel are recommended.

Preu Bohlig & Partner has extensive expertise in patent litigation with an emphasis on electronic and mechanical engineering, chemistry and life sciences. It continues to represent Volkswagen in a patent dispute with an Italian electronics company and is representing Siemens in patent infringement proceedings. The renowned Stephan Gruber is recommended along with Axel Oldekop and Alexander Harguth.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘very quick’ and ‘client-oriented’ patent team excels in life sciences, where clients include Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Helsinn Healthcare. Other work included representing Imperial Tobacco subsidiary Fontem Ventures in the enforcement of patents for e-cigarettes and defending Firecomms in disputes over optoelectronic amplifiers. ‘Strategic thinker’ Peter Meyer and Thomas Adam stand out.

Taylor Wessing is noted for patent disputes in the life sciences industry, but also has expertise in electronic engineering and IT. It has been representing Shionogi in a patent dispute with MSD regarding the active ingredient raltegravir for HIV treatment and defended W.L. Gore against infringement proceedings brought by Lifeport in relation to medical devices. Other clients include ASUS, Peugeot and Citroën. Christian Lederer, Christoph de Coster and Sabine Rojahn are recommended.

The ‘very strong’ team at Vossius & Partner has experience in parallel actions concerning patent infringement and nullification proceedings and adopts ‘a pragmatic strategy’ in the context of settlements. Life sciences is a focus area, where it has been representing Invivoscribe subsidiary LabPMM in parallel infringement, nullification and damage claims proceedings regarding diagnostic methods in the biotech area and successfully acted for the State of Isreal in landmark proceedings surrounding the patentability of plants. Practice head Johann Pitz and Thure Schubert are recommended.

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