The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Hoffmann Eitle

Work +49 89 92 40 90
Fax +49 89 91 83 56
Dusseldorf, Hamburg, London, Munich

Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Intellectual property: patent litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hoffmann Eitle

Particularly established in patent prosecution, Hoffmann Eitle also continues to act in disputes with a strong focus on the life sciences industry, but also covers the electrical and mechanical engineering and chemistry areas with litigation expertise. Niels Hölder represents Bayer in an action brought by BASF regarding the distribution of the herbicide Tembotrione and acts for Edwards Lifesciences in an action for vindication against Neovasc Tiara due to a patent application for catheter mitral valve prostheses. Another highlight was the defence of ASUS in three patent infringement proceedings. The team also has close connections in Japan and a Japanese-speaking lawyer with Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine, as the extensive list of Japense clients shows; it includes Mitsubishi Electric in connection with the defence in two patent infringement proceedings and another client was Nippon Carbide Industries regarding infringement and nullity proceedings surrounding retro-reflective foils.

[back to top]

Patent prosecution
Intellectual property: patent prosecution - ranked: tier 1

Hoffmann Eitle

In DĂĽsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich Hoffmann Eitle advises on biotechnology, electotechnology and IT with particular strengths in chemistry and mechanics. The firm is well established in patent prosecution, but also has expertise in the execution of due diligence processes and experience in licence law matters. A recent highlight was advising Belgian biopharmaceutical manufacturer UCB Pharma on the enforcement of pharmaceutical patents. Other clients include Seiko Epson, Mitsubishi Electric, Sony Ericsson, Baxalta and Fujifilm. The firm is well positioned in Europe with offices in London, Madrid and Milan and also has strong ties in Japan.

[back to top]

Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 4

Hoffmann Eitle

Hoffmann Eitle advises on the entire spectrum of trademark and competition law. While particularly active in Munich, with a team headed by Wedig von Osten-Sacken and Michaela Ring, the firm also has competition expertise in Dusseldorf. The group is active in the area of prosecution, advising the likes of PETIT BATEAU, as well as in litigation, an area in which Burton Snowboards Europe is a client. In another highlight, the firm advised Italian design company Scab Giardino on an alleged infringement of design law in the furniture sector, which also required the group to coordinate proceedings in Milan. The team is particularly well positioned to advise Anglo-American and Chinese clients.

[back to top]

Further information on Hoffmann Eitle

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Hoffmann Eitle in other jurisdictions.


Offices in Munich, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf


Offices in London

Legal Developments in Germany

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to