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Christian Paul

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Intellectual Property; Patent Litigation; Emerging Technologies; Life Sciences IP.


Dr. Christian Paul, Partner, is a litigator who represents clients in patent litigation and other technology-related litigation. He combines a rare double qualification as an attorney and natural scientist (graduate chemist), with training in the fields of technical chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, among others. His practice focuses on industrial high-tech applications and chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological research and development. Christian has served as trial counsel for international clients in litigation involving a wide range of patents, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical products, diagnostics, polymers, and chemical products. Prior to joining Jones Day, he practiced as a partner in the IP group of one of the major German law firms. Further to his doctorate degree in law, Christian holds the additional qualification as a German certified IP expert (Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz). Christian is the author of a number of articles on computer/informatics, medical science/pharmacology, and intellectual property law.


English, German.


Bar admissions: Federal Republic of Germany, all German District Courts and German Courts of Appeal, German Federal Patent Court (BPatG), and German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) in nullity appeal proceedings. He is also a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the California Association of Germany (CAOG).


University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Dr. iur. 2003, Institute for Law and Technology; Diploma in Chemistry 1995); Bavarian State Ministry of Justice (Second State Examination 2001; First State Examination 1999).

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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