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Gerd Jaekel

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Intellectual Property; Patent Litigation; Licensing & Technology Transactions.


Gerd Jaekel, Partner, advises clients in all aspects of intellectual property law and represents companies in international disputes. In addition to his extensive litigation practice, he represents companies in IP and technology transfers associated with corporate transactions. Gerd has a broad scientific background as a physicist and regularly advises technology companies in complex intellectual property matters. His litigation experience involves representations for clients in a wide range of industries, including: consumer electronics and mobile communications; pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech; aircraft manufacturing and aviation; building materials; food production, oil refining; and polymers. In addition to advising on numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions, Gerd has experience in IP financing transactions and has provided counseling on IP portfolio and risk management. Gerd has participated in multinational symposia and lecturing projects on patent law. He is a frequent speaker on IP and unfair competition issues.


German, English, and French.


Rechtsanwalt (Germany). His professional memberships include the German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR), Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP).


University of Mainz (Physics Diploma 1994 in construction and stabilization of a diode laser for the magneto-optical storage of cesium atoms); Second German State Exam (Higher Regional Court, Koblenz, 1993); Indo-German Chamber of Commerce Mumbai (1992-1993); First German State Exam (University of Mainz, 1990).

Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation

Within: Patent litigation

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.

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