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Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford

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Intellectual Property; Patent Prosecution & IP Counseling; Patent Litigation.


Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, Partner, has experience in physics, mechanics, optics and laser technology, electrical engineering and software-implemented inventions, wireless data communications, network engineering and (optical) semiconductor technology, mechanical engineering, thermodynamics, filter technology, instrumentation and control, and acoustic damping technology. Andreas regularly advises on economic enhancements in R&D departments, such as setting up efficient patent document surveillance systems and installing service invention reporting systems, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, preparing and filing oppositions, opposition appeals and revocation proceedings, and enforcing property rights as well as preliminary injunction proceedings. He handles the preparation of expert opinions on patentability and validity as well as infringement opinions to avoid the infringement of third-party property rights. He also advises on the development of avoidance solutions. Andreas represents automotive suppliers, leading market manufacturers of lighting systems, drinking water treatment systems and aircraft components, and patent exploitation companies. In addition, he advises numerous start-up companies on the establishment of patent portfolios and strategies.


English, German.


Bar admissions: European Patent Office (EPO), German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), German Federal Patents Court (BPatG), German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in revocation appeal proceedings, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, EU trademarks and EU designs). Andreas is also a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the German Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Since January 2013 he is a delegate of the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys (Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte e.V).


European Qualification Exam (2005); German Patent Bar Exam (2004); Internship with the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court (2003-2004); Internship at the District Court of Düsseldorf (2003); Patent attorney candidate at Boehmert & Boehmert (2000-2003); Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (Technical University) Aachen (Diploma in Physics 2000); Institute of Semiconductor Electronics (1999-2000); Internship at Dornier MedizinLaser GmbH (1999); Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT (1997-1999).

Germany: Intellectual property

Patent prosecution

Within: Patent prosecution

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.

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