Patent litigation in Germany

Covers litigious patent matters, considering both law firm and mixed law firm practice. Disputed patent matters handled by patent attorneys, with a focus on nullity proceedings, and the business with patent applications and official proceedings are covered in a separate ranking. 

Covers litigious patent matters, considering both law firm and mixed law firm practice. The business with patent applications and official procedures is covered in a separate ranking.

Bardehle Pagenberg

IP boutique Bardehle Pagenberg fields a mixed team of patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law and is well versed in parallel nullity and infringement proceedings. The extensive opposition practice, especially before the EPO, complements the team’s forensic expertise. Core industries include the automotive, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors, with additional experience in the electronics, software and the medical technology sectors. Johannes Lang, Christof Karl, Joachim Mader and Tobias Kaufmann head the team. Patrick Heckeler (inventions related to IT as well as mechanics, electrical engineering and telecoms) made partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

Bardehle Pagenberg is our law firm of choice for complex patent litigation in Germany. They navigate us confidently through infringement and nullity proceedings conducted in Germany and combine their experience before the judiciary with an in-depth understanding of our business and our technologies.’

I really appreciate that Bardehle has both lawyers and patent attorneys on the team.’

Key clients

Amgen

AusBio Laboratories

BMW

Cisco Systems Inc.

Daiichi Sankyo

Dell

DWS

Emerson

Emporia

Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

Intellectual Ventures

Microsoft

Micron

Nintendo

Ranpak

Robert Bosch

Rogers Corporation

Schöck Bauteile GmbH

TomTom

Topseat

10x Genomics Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Nintendo in proceedings before the District Court of Mannheim and parallel nullity proceedings against Avago for infringement of patents relating to a graphics chip in the Nintendo Switch.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP has a sizeable team of attorneys-at-law and patent lawyers as well as a international presence, which places the firm among the top players for national and cross-border patent disputes. The size of the team is reflected in a broad service spectrum. Focus areas include the technology, telecoms, life sciences, automotive, retail and consumer goods industries. The combined strengths of the patent lawyers and the firm’s antitrust experts make the team a particularly good choice for disputes pertaining to standard-essential patents. As part of its legal tech portfolio, the firm offers a tool for managing patent portfolios. The team around the Düsseldorf practice head Christian Harmsen includes Oliver Jan Jüngst (Düsseldorf), who specialises in international proceedings, Boris Kreye in Munich, who is also experienced in opposition and nullity proceedings, medical products, mobile communication and automotive expert Matthias Meyer (Düsseldorf), FRAND specialist Felix Rödiger, also in Düsseldorf, and life sciences litigator Daniela Kinkeldey in Munich. The Munich office expanded with the promotion of mechanical and electronics specialist Marc Grunwald in May 2021. Anna Wolters-Höhne left the firm the same month.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Key clients

B. Braun

Baxter

Broadcom

Canon Inc.

Celanese

Edwards Lifesciences

Electrolux

Envipco

Fisher Paykel

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Fresenius

Guardant Health

Honeywell

HTS

Jinko Solar

KCC Corporation

Knorr-Bremse

Merck / Ares Trading

Meritor

Neo

Nevro

Nestlé

Nokia

Novartis

Ontex

Provisur

Qualcomm

Sisvel

Stada

Teva

Valeo

VKR (Velux)

WalkMe

Waters

Ypsomed

Zentiva

Cohausz & Florack

Cohausz & Florack is particularly well versed in opposition and infringement proceedings for standard-essential patents and the sectors chemicals and life sciences. The Düsseldorf-based IP boutique also has an active opposition practice for both German and international clients. The group is particularly experienced in supporting clients from the US, China and Korea. Key contacts include life sciences specialist Arwed Burrichter, Natalie Kirchhofer as a biochemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences expert, Christoph Walke, who is a specialist in electrical engineering, and Gottfried Schüll, who specialises in standardised technologies. Björn Brouwers (including communications engineering and energy technology) made partner in January 2021. Ralph Minderop retired in 2020.

Testimonials

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is clearly one of the best patent attorney teams for patent litigation. The telecommunications and IT team in particular impresses with a very high level of technical and legal expertise. The team is focused on finding solutions that resolve any issues, but they are still very good team players who work well with our in-house teams and other attorneys.’

Christoph Walke drives the processing of the cases through his team very smoothly. We trust him because of his impressive track record in high-tech patent litigation.’

Key clients

Bayer AG

bio-tec Biologische Naturverpackungen GmbH & Co. KG

Exelixis

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

df-mp Dörries Frank-Molnia & Pohlman Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

df-mp Dörries Frank-Molnia & Pohlman Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte PartG mbb fields one of the most renowned patent lawyer teams for disputes, especially nullity and infringement proceedings. Oppostion and complaints procedures complete the contentious service offering. The group is particularly visible in proceedings for pharmaceuticals and mobile communications clients, with additional technology-related expertise far beyond these two areas. The team is led by David Molnia, Hans Ulrich Dörries, Dominik Ho, Sandra Pohlman, Elisabeth Greiner and Philipp Nordmeyer.

Testimonials

The cooperation with the team at df-mp is extremely trusting and proactive. Working with Ms. Elisabeth Greiner is extremely good. She is able to listen very well to understand what is really going on and is then able to find the right solution. This enables her to provide an excellent service without excessive effort (in terms of time and money). The diligence and professionalism in execution is beyond reproach.’

The team is very knowledgeable in SEP telecom patents and very efficient in the job management.’

‘Dominik Ho is both technically very good and effective in the courtroom. The court clearly respects and appreciates his presentation of the technical and patent issues.’

It is a great pleasure to work with Elisabeth Greiner. Highly experienced in patent litigation, knows all the tricks and tricks. Technically highly qualified. Perfect work results, very thorough, very careful and very fast.’

Key clients

Interdigital

WSOU

Webasto SE

Sonos

IPCOM

France Brevet

Conversant Wireles Licensing

Unwired Planet/ Panoptis

FIPA AG

Nokia

ZENTIVA GROUP, a.s.

Lonza Solutions AG

Nextferm

Ratiopharm

Teva

Hexal AG

One Button – Arendi

Pfizer

Zoetis

Amgen

Sandoz

IP Bridge

Amazon

Torqeedo GmbH

Krones AG

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co

Toll Collect GmbH

Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG

Hasso Plattner Institut

Work highlights

  • Representing Interdigital in enforcing its mobile phone patent portfolio before the District Court of Munich and in defending the patent portfolio before the Federal Patent Court.
  • Representing Ceva Animal Health in an opposition against Bayer’s EP2164496 concerning Forceris® and Baycox Iron®, successfully ending the long-standing legal dispute.
  • Representing Sonos in an injunction against Google.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out thanks to specialised expertise in the life sciences, automotive and the consumer goods sectors and impresses with a sizeable practice at national and international level. The frequent collaborations with the US colleagues are particularly noteworthy. The expertise of the team’s growing FRAND practice is utilised in the automotive sector as well as in supporting clients from the technology and telecoms arena. The group is particularly visible in contentious proceedings before the courts, but also offers assistance with arbitration, opposition and nullity proceedings. Patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law are among the team, which, in addition to the forensic practice, also acts in an advisory capacity, for example on licensing agreements, portfolio developments and freedom-to-operate analyses. Growth areas are instructions from FinTech clients and manufacturers of smart home items, the latter being an example of the ever-growing field of patent advice in the digitised context. The group also advises on issues in the employee’s inventions arena. The management trio consists of Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg as head of the global IPMT practice, Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf as head of the European practice and soft IP specialist Andreas Bothe in Hamburg as head of the German IPMT practice. Andreas von Falck (Düsseldorf), Steffen Steininger (Munich), Clemens Plassmann (Düsseldorf), Henrik Lehment (Düsseldorf), Benjamin Schröer (Munich) and Alexander Klicznik (Düsseldorf), who is dually qualified as patent lawyer and attorney-at-law, are further key contacts. Anna-Katharina Friese in Hamburg (focus on clients in the sectors telecoms, pharmaceuticals, medical products and mechanical engineering) made partner in January 2022. In January 2021, Munich-based patent lawyer Andreas Schmid, who specialises in proceedings against collecting societies and telecoms standards, made partner, while counsel Felipe Zilly in Düsseldorf also belongs to the patent lawyer team. Stephan Neuhaus joined Allen & Overy LLP in May 2021.

Testimonials

‘Know procedural tricks.’

‘Alexander Klicznik: Persistent in the analysis and preparation of the facts.’

Andreas von Falck: For the big performance in the hearing in the courtroom.’

‘This team has lawyers with a wide range of expertise, far more than other law firms we work with on a regular basis.’

‘Andreas von Falck and Miriam Gundt are outstanding.’

‘A strong team across the board. Huge wealth of experience, large team, excellent lawyers, good at dealing with clients.’

‘Andreas von Falck is a litigation master with fantastic charisma. Funny, approachable, realistic.’

Miriam Gundt is a great IP expert with considerable negotiation experience and above-average argumentative power.

Well experienced in IP and cross-border cases, especially for standard essential patents. High quality, very good business sense, good knowledge of the industry.

Benjamin Schröer is very thorough, service oriented and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Catena-X

Daimler

Eli Lilly

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Flexicare

FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group

Ford

Freudenberg

Google

Hamilton Medical

Hanwha Q Cells

HTC

JOLED

LGE

Medit

Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (MSD)

SolarEdge

Solvay

Valeo Telematik und Akustik GmbH

Sierra Wireless

Work highlights

  • Advising leading companies in the German automotive industry on the establishment of the Catena-X initiative, including the development of guidelines for handling SEPs.
  • Representing Daimler in patent infringement proceedings and parallel validity proceedings against IP Bridge on telecommunications patents.
  • Successfully representing Eli Lilly in relation to Alimta® in inventory and several infringement cases.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

The German team of European IP boutique HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is among the largest in Germany and particularly experienced in contentious proceedings in the electronics, telecoms, and life sciences industries as well as the biotechnology, automotive and optics sectors. The firm’s European network makes it a good address for cross-border proceedings, where the group often takes on a leading role. The team also has longstanding international experience in parallel proceedings in the US. In addition to the contentious practice, the group also advises on licensing agreements. Martin Köhler in Düsseldorf heads the German practice, which also includes renowned Christine Kanz (focus on biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy) and Klaus Haft (including expertise on matters pertaining to chip technology, electronics and software).

Practice head(s):

Martin Köhler

Testimonials

‘The team’s experience covers a wide range of technologies, for each of which the lawyers are really in-depth and have extensive knowledge of the relevant case law and legal systems. Top tier law firm.’

‘Tobias Hessel is easy to deal with, approachable, has respect for his clients and is very knowledgeable.’

The law firm has an excellent support team that forwards inquiries quickly and competently and establishes personal contact without delay. The legal profession is very easy to reach and has excellent legal competence in all matters. The necessary technical understanding is varied and very good. In comparison to other law firms, the legal quality is significantly higher. We don’t want to miss the cooperation.

There is constant coordination among the gentlemen in the team, so that the client can be contacted at all times. The technical perception can be described as very good, so that the legal preparation of the legal disputes can be carried out quickly and in a targeted manner.

Key clients

Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Dr. Kurt Wolff

Elekta

Fujifilm

Gilead

Hanwha Q Cells

Heckler & Koch

Huawei

Lenovo

Motorola Solutions

Open TV

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Texas Instruments

Work highlights

  • Representing Gilead in patent infringement litigation involving two blockbuster products, including proceedings before the ECJ Grand Chamber on the interpretation of the SPC Regulation (Gilead vs Teva, C-121/17).
  • Representing Heckler & Koch in patent infringement proceedings for the protection of a rifle locking system.
  • Representing and strategically advising Huawei in the Connected Cars disputes against Nokia and Sharp.

König . Szynka . Tilmann . von Renesse

König . Szynka . Tilmann . von Renesse enjoys an excellent reputation for its successfully won lawsuits in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. Clients’ representation in nullity proceedings and support in infringement proceedings, with additional experience in the coordination of international disputes are all part of the firm’s service spectrum. Gregor König is frequently recommended and advises industrial clients as well as medium-sized companies.

Other key lawyers:

Gregor König

Maikowski & Ninnemann

Maikowski & Ninnemann is among the most active litigation practices in German patent law. Clients benefit from the firm’s strategic decision to put equal emphasis on litigation as well as application and authorities proceedings, thus the prosecution practice and litigation team create mutually added value. Numerous high-tech companies instruct the group, including from the technology and electronics sectors, while the overall industry expertise is broad. Patents on artificial intelligence constitute a growth area. Key figures in the team are Gunnar Baumgärtel (including mechanical engineering, soft and chip technology), Felix Gross (including process engineering, plastics technology, mechanical engineering, software), Ralf Emig (including mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, medical technology), Andreas Tanner (including electrical engineering , IT, medical technology), Christoph Schröder (including electrical engineering, medical technology, mechanical engineering) and Fabian Sokolowski (including medical technology, chemicals, biotechnology). The firm’s headquarters are in Berlin with other offices in Munich, Leipzig and Frankfurt. Frederick Kramer (mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, physics, electrical engineering) in Frankfurt made partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical understanding, creative approach and the ability to present complex technical contexts in a clear and precise manner. The consistently high quality of the patent attorneys across the board is remarkable. Very collegial and result-oriented in cooperation. Particularly strong in telecommunications and technology.’

‘Gunnar Baumgärtel is an excellent courtroom attorney who is a pleasure to have at your side in infringement proceedings. Very experienced and technically brilliant. Andreas Tanner is able to convey complex issues very clearly.’

‘Outstanding technical expertise paired with the ability to present it clearly and comprehensibly even for non-technically trained people, which means that it also hits the recipient horizon of the court particularly effectively in infringement proceedings.’

‘Excellent technical expertise – especially in all facets of electrical engineering; collegial and highly professional cooperation; fight extremely committed and with a high level of commitment for the interests of their clients.’

‘Gunnar Baumgärtel and Andreas Tanner are excellent litigators who know how to present complex technical issues to the court in an understandable way.’

‘Very strong patent attorneys, especially in the area of telecommunications and electrical engineering. Convincing content and linguistically successful briefs.’

‘Gunnar Baumgärtel is one of the best and most experienced patent attorneys in Germany. Extremely precise and very strong in pleading. Andreas Tanner is a very strong representative. Ralf Emig convinces with technically demanding cases.’

‘Gunnar Baumgärtel: Fantastic comprehension, acts confidently even under pressure. Felix Gross: Outstanding team player, good strategist. Ralf Emig turns every stone, extremely detailed.’

‘Excellent team of patent attorneys.’

‘Felix Gross: Excellent practitioner. Gunnar Baumgärtel: Experienced litigator.’

Key clients

ARRI (Arnold Richter)

Biomet

Biotronik

Borealis

Broadcom

Brose Fahrzeugteile

Commscope

Continental

Fenwal Inc.

Fitbit

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Fresenius Kabi

FU Berlin

Garmin

GE Healthcare

Google

Heidenhain

HTC

Infineon Technologies

Joyson Safety Systems

Kronotec

LG Electronics (LGE)

LR Health & Beauty

Magna International

MD Elektronik

MSA Auer

NTN

Phoenix Contact

ProBiodrug AG

Rolls Royce

Solar Edge

Suzlon

TollCollect

TU Berlin

TU Dresden

Vestel

Viessmann

Vodafone

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is known in Germany for its exceptionally strong litigation practice, reflecting the firm’s overall structure. Headed by Marcus Grosch in Munich, the team is one of the top addresses for patent proceedings against companies, many of which are fought before the BGH. A particular strength is the close cooperation with the US team, with regular collaborations on cross-border proceedings. The representation in nullity and opposition proceedings is also part of the offering, thus clients receive a one-stop shop service in infringement and validity proceedings. The group is particularly well-known for its extensive work in the connected cars complex and is also increasingly active for life sciences clients. Johannes Bukow (infringement and validity proceedings) and Jérôme Kommer (including coordination of international processes) in Mannheim and head of the Stuttgart office Jesko Preuß complete the German partner roster.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Grosch

Key clients

Daimler AG

Google LLC

BlackBerry Inc.

Opticon Sensors Europe BV, Opticon Sensoren GmbH, Opticon Electronics Co. Ltd.

Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1

Qualcomm Inc

Voxer IP LLC

Netflix

BASF

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Daimler in more than 30 patent infringement and validity proceedings regarding so-called Connected Cars patents and SEPs against Broadcom, Nokia, Sharp, Conversant.
  • Representing Google in offensive and defensive patent infringement and validity proceedings against Sonos in a global dispute.
  • Representing BASF in patent infringement proceedings and parallel opposition proceedings against Puma regarding hybrid foams used in sports shoes.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

With Bernhard Arnold, Cordula Schumacher and Arno Riße, the patent law practice of the Düsseldorf IP boutique Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB fields three of the most renowned litigators. Since its activity for Nokia in the connected cars complex, particulary obtaining the anti-anti-suit injunction against Continental, the firm has further expanded its reputation, among other things by representing Sisvel against Haier before the BGH in the FRAND context. The team’s sector expertise is broad and includes the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Marina Wehler made counsel in January 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Marina Wehler; Jan Wergin

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘The firm stands out because the team is so focused and committed. I find them better than other law firms because of their positive attitude and responsiveness.’

‘Cordula Schumacher is a tenacious litigator. She is completely dedicated to her clients and winning their cases.’

Bernhard Arnold is a calm and agile lawyer.

‘The entire team is very capable, both legal and non-legal, for example in management, coordination and leadership.’

‘I admire Bernhard Arnold’s ability to coordinate international teams. He’s also very experienced.’

‘The team is highly recommended, especially for FRAND-related infringement proceedings. The lawyers also delve deeply into the technical matter and are valuable discussion partners when it comes to questions of infringement and the legal validity. Partners and associates work very closely together on the drafting of the briefs, which creates additional synergies.’

‘Arno Riss impresses with his precise and always convincing arguments, even in highly complex cases. Cordula Schumacher is undoubtedly one of the leading lawyers in the field of FRAND.’

‘Few process units on the market combine excellent quality with high efficiency as skilfully as Arnold Ruess. Arnold Ruess is excellently staffed not only at partner level, but also at associate level.’

‘Arno Riss and Cordula Schumacher shine with ingenuity and high success rates. Every client knows they are in good hands with Arnold Ruess.’

‘Very clear, experienced, smart and resourceful in finding solutions. The team works incredibly deeply into the case and is definitely a partner with whom we dare to conduct a case.’

‘Bernhard Arnold is a wonderful patent lawyer and a very good coordinator in cross-border cases. You can also count on Senior Associate Jan Wergin.’

‘Creative IP professionals with a lot of bite.’

‘Bernhard Arnold: Very focused, creative, fast and persistent.’

‘The team is characterized by great expertise, persistence and great teamwork.’

‘Bernhard Arnold: Very experienced and well-considered patent attorney. Cordula Schumacher: Great fighter for her clients’ IP rights.’

‘Excellent litigation law firm that is very well connected internationally and able to handle complex projects.’

‘Bernhard Arnold and Jan Wergin are very well organized and reliable.’

‘Strategic thinking; Pragmatism; high level of legal and technical competence, expertise, knowledge; quick familiarization with complex issues.’

‘Arno Risisse: quick wit; understands technical facts immediately and evaluates and analyzes them with a lawyer’s perspective; excellent understanding of the grant and opposition/appeal procedure before the DPMA and EPO; strategic foresight.’

Key clients

Adtran, Inc.

Alcon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Kingfa Sci. & Tech Co. Ltd

Nokia

Sanofi/Regeneron

Sisvel

Streck Inc.

VARTA Microbattery GmbH

Zentiva

InterDigital Technology Corporation

Krüger

Work highlights

  • Representing Nokia in a market-defining connected car case against Daimler; Enforcement of ten essential standard patents against Daimler as defendant and approximately ten interveners, including obtaining anti-anti-suit injunction against Continental.
  • Representing Sanofi/Regeneron in infringement proceedings regarding the cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent.
  • Representing Sisvel in a leading FRAND case against Haier after the ECJ Huawei/ZTE; Obtaining two key decisions on FRAND in 2020.

Bardehle Pagenberg

Bardehle Pagenberg combines the expertise of both patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law, which makes the firm particularly suitable for parallel infringement and validity proceedings. The antitrust law specialists in the team also make the IP boutique a good choice for FRAND mandates. Particular sector focuses are on the automotive, telecoms, electronics and software industries, whereas the advice to clients from the pharmaceutical sector is a growth area. With offices in Munich and Düsseldorf, Paris and Barcelona as well as a network of internationally established law firms, the group is well equipped for national and international mandates. The dually qualified Johannes Heselberger and Tilman Müller-Stoy form the leading duo. In July 2020, Alexander Haertel from Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte joined the team. Anna Giedke, whose areas of expertise include chip and IT patents, made partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

The Bardehle legal team provides excellent support for clients in litigation. The lawyers have in-depth legal knowledge paired with the ability to quickly and comprehensively familiarize themselves with new technical contexts, so that these can then be dealt with very competently in litigation.

Tilman Müller-Stoy is a very experienced lawyer specializing in IP proceedings across Germany and internationally, who acts very effectively and convincingly in every field of technology. In the process, he gets to the heart of the essential facts in a very understandable way and develops an exemplary power of persuasion and efficiency.

Key clients

Amgen

AusBio Laboratories

AirFrance/KLM

BMW

Cathay Pacific

Cisco Systems Inc.

Daiichi Sankyo

Dell

DWS

Emerson

Emporia

Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc.

Intellectual Ventures

Juno Therapeutics GmbH

Microsoft

Micron

Nintendo

Ranpak

Robert Bosch

Rogers Corporation

Sana Biotechnology Inc.

Schöck Bauteile GmbH

TomTom

10x Genomics Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Amgen as a plaintiff against Sanofi & Regeneron before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf in the pharmaceuticals sector as part of multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and also representing Amgen as a defendant against Sanofi & Regeneron before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice in compulsory license proceedings.
  • Representation of BMW against Broadcom / Avago before the District Court of Mannheim and the District Court of Hamburg on ten patents in the field of infotainment systems in cars, as well as several parallel nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court.
  • Representing Microsoft in numerous patent infringement proceedings since 2011, including applications on tablet computers, cloud systems and patents for controlling digital content.

BRAUN-DULLAEUS PANNEN EMMERLING

Since its formation in 2019, BRAUN-DULLAEUS PANNEN EMMERLING has established itself as one of the most active IP boutiques for nullity proceedings in Germany. The offices in Munich and Düsseldorf are also active in infringement and complaints proceedings. In addition to the litigation practice, the firm also offers advice on patent applications and representation in the corresponding authorities proceedings. Karl-Ulrich Braun-Dullaeus (Düsseldorf) and Friedrich Emmerling (Munich) are the practice heads. Jörg Kohlschmidt (Munich; data protocols and bus systems, high-frequency technology, mobile communication, circuit technology) made salary partner in May 2021. Ju Min Kim joined Vossius & Partner in March 2021. Matthias Erdmann left the firm in April 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Kohlschmidt

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge from many years of extensive experience in the telecommunications sector. Good strategy. Open communication about risks and opportunities.’

‘Excellent coordination of complex international supply chains in defense.’

‘One of the most experienced patent attorney units for standard essential patent litigation.’

‘Friedrich Emmerling: Great technical understanding and very process-experienced.’

‘Jörg Kohlschmidt: Excellent mandate organization.’

Friedrich Emmerling: One of the most experienced and best patent attorneys in Germany.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Telekom

Continental Automotive GmbH

Adidas AG

Leonardo MW Ltd

Philip Morris

Thales DIS France

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Deutsche Telekom in patent disputes from 15 patents before the LG Mannheim, OLG Karlsruhe, LG and OLG Munich, LG and OLG Düsseldorf, BPatG, Federal Court of Justice and EPA regarding network infrastructure, smartphones and DSL modems.
  • Representation of Continental Automotive GmbH and Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH on patents in connected vehicles, parallel opposition proceedings and actions for nullity before the EPO and the BPatG pending.
  • Representing Philip Morris in a BAT-led global e-cigarette series of lawsuits in the US, UK and Germany.

Hoffmann Eitle

At Hoffmann EitleComparative Guides promotional icon, clients benefit from the combined expertise of patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law, who regularly cooperate in nullity, opposition and infringement proceedings. The firm enjoys a particularly good reputation for its chemicals and biotechnology sector expertise, but also has experienced mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and IT experts. In addition to the three German locations in Munich, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, the firm has offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan. International strength is evident in the large number of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and US clients among the client portfolio. The team leaders, all based in Munich, are Matthias Kindler, Peter Klusmann and Klemens Stratmann for the chemicals sector, Leo Polz and Joseph Taormino for the biotechnology segment, Christopher Furlong for mechanics and Rainer Zangs for electrical engineering matters.

Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte

Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte fields one of the largest patent law teams among German IP boutiques. Practice head Miriam Kiefer and her team, which also includes name partners Christof Augenstein and Peter Kather as well as Christopher Weber (software, electronics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanics and plastics processing) and Sören Dahm (mainly telecoms, mechanical engineering, automotive, chemicals and medical technology) have longstanding experience in supporting some of the most extensive proceedings in Germany. The team advises a wide range of sectors, with proceedings in the automotive and telecoms sectors among the most prominent mandates. Alexander Haertel joined Bardehle Pagenberg in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Kiefer

Testimonials

Christopher Weber has fantastic technical knowledge which he combines with a sense of humour.

Kather Augenstein provides excellent advice on the specific needs of the client and potential future legal action. Peter Kather stands out due to his great experience and calm negotiation skills. Christof Augenstein is very client-oriented and proactive. Even in complex cases, he has a comprehensive overview of both the legal and technical side. Miriam Kiefer is an excellent attorney who is highly recommended in technically and legally complex patent proceedings.

‘Effective and very efficient way of working. Christopher Weber has a very quick technical mind.’

The team is dedicated, extremely legally competent, and very thorough. Your strategy and business acumen are brilliant. Miriam Kiefer is very experienced with a strong ability to fight cases in court. Peter Kather is very experienced in oral hearings and has a highly developed ability to focus on the important aspects of a case.

The special strength of Kather Augenstein’s team is that it consists of one piece and is extremely variable. Partners and associates can be added to a core team at any time in order to absorb work peaks and to conduct complex processes precisely and with the necessary depth.’

Peter Kather: An excellent strategist and a respected leader throughout the scene. The spark burns in him as ever. Christof Augenstein: A mastermind for large-scale proceedings. Never loses track and is ‘spot on’ in the oral hearing with every patent in suit. His fighting qualities are well known. Soren Dahm: Up and coming. Mr. Dahm is calm in communication, but extremely precise in his approach. He only needs one argument to dig the water out of the opponent in the oral hearing.

Christof Augenstein is a pure joy as a lawyer, relaxed in his dealings, but with a clear focus on the goal.

Key clients

Volkswagen/Audi

BASF SE

Merck KGaA

B. Braun

Ericsson

Knorr-Bremse AG

HTC

Boston Scientific

Work highlights

  • Representing Ericsson against Samsung in a global dispute regarding the conclusion of a license agreement for, among other things, standard-essential patents.
  • Representing Coloplast in a complex urinary catheter dispute with Hollister involving various mutual infringement and invalidity claims.
  • Representing BASF in a number of disputes regarding additives for the food and cosmetics industries.

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

IP boutique MAIWALD PATENTANAWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH has both patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law among its team and is a good choice for opposition and nullity proceedings as well as for patent infringement proceedings. The team is best known for its strong life sciences practice and sizeable team, thus offering a broad range of technical expertise. The key contacts include Derk Vos (chemicals and pharmacy), Dirk Bühler (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, personalised therapy, diagnostics), Alexander Schmitz (electrical and information technology, mechanics, mechanical engineering), Eva Dörner (chemicals, pharmacy, crop protection) and Alexander Ortlieb (physics, medical technology and diagnostics, computer-implemented inventions, mechanical engineering, telecoms).

Key clients

Generics UK Ltd. trading as Mylan

Hexal AG

Hexal AG und Klinge Pharma GmbH

LTS Lohmann Therapiesysteme AG

Powermat Technologies Ltd.

Royalty Pharma plc

Takeda Ltd.

The Regents of the University of California, Emmanuelle Charpentier and the University of Vienna

Work highlights

  • Representing The Regents of the University of California, Emmanuelle Charpentier and the University of Vienna in EPO opposition proceedings against seven opponents to the basic patent CRISPR/Cas9.

Rospatt Osten Pross

IP boutique Rospatt Osten Pross, with offices in Düsseldorf and Mannheim, is among the top German addresses for patent infringement proceedings. The team is renowned for its extensive mandate portfolio and is primarily active in proceedings in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries as well as the telecoms, automotive and electronics sectors. The team’s experience in nullity proceedings complements the infringement practice well. The main contacts are Max von Rospatt, Henrik Timmann, Thomas Musmann, Hetti Hilge and Rüdiger Pansch, all of whom advise on patent law.

Testimonials

‘Excellently positioned IP law firm with a wide range of specialties and industries.’

‘Max von Rospatt: grand seigneur of patent law, excellent litigator.’

‘Legal expertise paired with analytical and very good technical understanding in a wide variety of areas.’

‘André Sabellek offers client-oriented, tailor-made recommendations with foresight.’

‘Thomas Musmann has been in the business for a long time and is extremely specialized in patent litigation. I would consider him for any patent litigation. ‘

Henrik Timmann is an extraordinary personality in the field of patent litigation with an outstanding perception, fine intuition and profound expertise. He is eloquent and feared by his opponents, yet valued for his collegiality and professionalism. Hetti Hilge is also a very good lawyer who persistently fights for the benefit of her clients and does a job of the highest quality.’

We have come to know and appreciate the law firm as an efficient, powerful address for IP law and in particular patent law. Our impression is that the team coordinates the workload amongst each other as a matter of course and we particularly appreciate the fact that answers to our questions are also discussed internally in the team there and we can therefore draw on the entire expertise of the law firm.’

Key clients

3Shape

Amgen

AMO (Johnson & Johnson)

BASF

Biogen

BP

Ceva Tiergesundheit

Corning

CSL Behring

Dorel France

Dr. Falk Pharma

ETEX (vormals Promat)

Flooring Industries / Unilin

Heidenhain

Hydac

Illumina

Innova (Doppelmayr)

Johnson & Johnson

LG Electronics

Mauser

Mundipharma

Osram

Rhodia Chimie (Solvay)

Samsung Electronics

Schneider Electric

Siemens

Sulzer

Unicorn Mouldings

Work highlights

  • Representing Illumina in patent infringement proceedings against BGI/MGI in the field of DNA sequencers in Germany.
  • Representing Biogen/Samsung Biologics in proceedings against Fresenius Kabi and Gedeon Richter regarding the biosimilar to Humira from the joint venture between Biogen and Samsung Biologics; parallel procedures in the UK, Denmark, Italy, France.
  • Representing LG Electronics as a defendant in infringement proceedings against IP Bridge regarding the alleged infringement of three standard-essential 4G patents before the LG Mannheim.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is a renowned address for pan-European-oriented patent litigation. The German team, led by Christian Lederer, is particularly well integrated into the firm’s network in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Eastern Europe, but also advises on cross-border proceedings beyond this. Mainly US, Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese clients call upon the team’s expertise. The core focus areas are technology and life sciences, with the former covering primarily IT, electronics and automotive companies, while the latter includes pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical products companies. In January 2021, the team expanded with the appointments of Munich-based Andrea Sautter (pharma, biotech, medical products) and Julius Zacharias (life sciences) to partner, while further growth was noted in May 2021 when the equity partner roster was strengthened with the appointments of Anja Lunze (life sciences and healthcare) and Daniel Tietjen (life sciences).

Practice head(s):

Christian Lederer

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing team is remarkably responsive, which is a great asset to clients. The long experience in infringement proceedings, particularly in large multi-jurisdictional cases, allows the team to work smoothly with law firms in other countries.’

‘Christian Lederer is a very good coordinator. His ability to understand technical issues and very good communication skills help him to lead a large team.’

‘Anja Lunze has many years of IP specialization and her in-depth knowledge of IP law and case law in combination with her excellent writing makes her stand out.’

‘Roland Küppers is a very experienced IP lawyer and has a good relationship with many judges in Düsseldorf. His insight into legal issues is always accurate and leads the team in the right direction.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Allison GmbH (Wonderland Group)

ASUS

BELIMO Holding AG, BELIMO Automation AG, BELIMO Stellantriebe Vertriebs GmbH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Hexal / Sandoz

Mylan

Nichia

TCT Mobile Germany und TCT Mobile Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing ASUS in 17 patent infringement lawsuits against plaintiff Philips for infringement of four alleged standard-essential patents (UMTS/LTE) and nine implementation and hardware patents (e.g. user interface, activity sensors, playback authorization for playing digital content and battery management) for mobile devices and laptops ; also advice on parallel legal status proceedings.
  • Representing Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. in the lawsuit for joint ownership/participation in the co-inventor community in patent applications for PD-L1 and PD-L2 antibodies (cancer immunotherapy).
  • Representing Hexal/Sandoz in European litigation regarding pemetrexed (Alimta®) against Eli Lilly in a complex involving several generic drug manufacturers in different European jurisdictions.

Uexküll & Stolberg

IP boutique Uexküll & Stolberg, with offices in Hamburg and Munich, is particularly well versed in opposition and appeal proceedings, both before the DPMA and the EPO. Nullity and infringement proceedings are also part of the advisory offering. The team around management trio Peter Franck (head of the chemicals practice group), Bernd Janssen (head of the technology practice group) and Albrecht von Menges (head of the biotechnology practice group) also regularly advise on international proceedings. The longstanding and ongoing instructions by numerous US pharmaceutical giants and other Fortune 500 corporations stand out in particular.

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

ExxonMobil

Monsanto/Bayer

Janssen Pharmaceutical

Johnson&Johnson

Ivoclar

Bristol-Myers-Squibb / Pfizer

KRKA

Medac

Sealed Air

W.R. Grace

Big Ben

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chr. Hansen

Work highlights

  • Representing the Bristol-Myers-Squibb / Pfizer alliance in several opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO) against up to eleven opponents.
  • Representing BIG BEN, a manufacturer of accessories for video game consoles, before the Federal Court of Justice in nullity proceedings against Nintendo.
  • Representing Ivoclar Vivadent AG in opposition proceedings against a patent held by 3M Innovative Properties Company.

Vossius & Partner

With its mixed team of patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law, Vossius & Partner is a good choice for nullity and opposition proceedings as well as infringement proceedings. The group routinely handles multi-jurisdictional mandates, often in a leading role. The team impresses with a broad range of technical expertise, with the majority of instructions from the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, electronics and telecoms sectors. Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg (mechanical engineering), Hans-Rainer Jaenichen (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals), Natalia Berryman (chemicals), Rainer Viktor (including standard-essential telecoms patents), Gerhard Hermann (physics and medical technology), Arnold Asmussen (including medical and automotive engineering), Christian Sandweg (physics), Raphael Salzer (medical and plastics technology), Thomas Schwarze (optical technologies) and Christoph Eisenmann (physics and materials science, among other things) are among the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg; Natalia Berryman; Hans-Rainer Jaenichen; Arnold Asmussen; Gerhard Hermann; Rainer Viktor; Christian Sandweg; Thomas Schwarze; Christoph Eisenmann

Zimmermann & Partner Patentanwälte mbB

Zimmermann & Partner Patentanwälte mbB is well-known for its representation of Samsung Electronics in proceedings against Apple. The team is experienced in nullity proceedings and the strategic patent support in infringement proceedings, with expertise in numerous prominent international disputes as well as purely German proceedings. The technical focuses include telecoms, chip technology, LED and LCD technologies, medical products and consumer goods. Munich-based trio Joel Nägerl (telecoms, electrical engineering, chip technology, optics), Benedikt Neuburger (technology, physics) and Dominique Gobert (process and automation technology, energy technology and metal processing) and Frank Steinbach (medical technology, energy technology, measurement and testing technology ) in Berlin are the team’s key figures.

Key clients

Applied Materials

Samsung Electronics Co

General Electric Co.

Medtronic

Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp.

WITTENSTEIN SE

Saint-Gobain

ABB

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung – und prüfung

APPLIED MATERIALS ITALIA S.R.L

NGK Spark Plug Co.

Ansell

Spectrum Brands

Celtic  Therapeutics

Integrated Circuit Testing

Coty Inc.

Bombardier Transportation GmbH

Motorola Mobility / Lenovo

GE Wind Energy

Xilinx; Inc.

Wonderland Switzerland AG

Burmester Audiosysteme

Continental Automotive GmbH

Ursa Insulation

Arno Friedrich Hartmetall GmbH

Lauda Dr. Wobser GmbH & Co. KG

Quark Pharmaceuticals

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP specialises in advising large international corporations in infringement and nullity proceedings, with frequent instructions on cross-border mandates. The German team around the Munich-based duo Jan Ebersohl and Joachim Feldges maintains close ties with the offices in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Poland. With the addition of Stephan Neuhaus, until April 2021 at Hogan Lovells International LLP, the Düsseldorf office strengthened its partner roster with patent law expertise as well as the already established life sciences practice under Feldges. Ebersohl and senior associate Denise Benz mainly cover high-tech matters, including OLED and automotive patents.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Feldges; Jan Ebersohl

Key clients

Bayer Animal Health

Bayer

Work highlights

  • Advising Bayer Animal Health in a significant cross-border legal dispute against Ceva Santé Animale and its subsidiaries.
  • Representing a large electronics manufacturer in patent infringement and nullity proceedings.
  • Representing a medical device manufacturer in patent infringement proceedings concerning the German parts of two European patents for certain features of syringes for high-pressure injectors.

Boehmert & Boehmert

IP boutique Boehmert & Boehmert covers a broad technical spectrum and fields both patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law. With six offices in Germany (Bremen, Bielefeld, Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Düsseldorf, Munich) and three locations abroad (Alicante, Paris, Shanghai), the group is instructed by medium-sized players as well as numerous international clients, primarily from the US and Asia. The patent lawyers’ forensic practice is particularly visible in opposition proceedings before the EPO. Christian Appelt (physics, mechanical engineering, electronics, computer technology) and Markus Engelhard (life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology) in Munich and Daniel Herrmann (optics, electronics, computer-implemented inventions, among others) in Frankfurt are among the key contacts.

Key clients

NovaTec GmbH Innovative Technologie

Blink AG

Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Limited

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

Samsung Bioepis

Senju Pharmaceuticals

Novo Nordisk A/S

Work highlights

  • Takeover of the complete patent portfolio of NovaTec GmbH Innovative Technologie.
  • Filing a patent before the EPO (including isolated opposition) for the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.
  • Completion of an opposition procedure for Samsung Bioepis.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper represents clients in infringement, nullity, opposition and enforcement proceedings. The IT industry, including telecoms, consumer electronics, technology and media, constitutes a key focus area for the team and especially counsel Constanze Krenz in Munich. The recent growth of the life sciences practice, which is mainly covered by Philipp Cepl and counsel Kokularajah Paheenthararajah in Cologne, is steadily becoming the firm's second cornerstone. With Markus Gampp leading the German practice and co-chairing the firm's global patent practice, the German team is an ideal choice for advising on cross-border matters. In 2020, under Gampp's leadership, the practice continued to expand across the most important patent infringement courts in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Markus Gampp

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and creative team. Always willing to work collaboratively with in-house counsel.’

‘Markus Gampp is friendly and competent. Easily accessible and always sends promised information on time. Markus is a creative and very competent lawyer who we always enjoy working with.’

Philipp Cepl: Extraordinary specialist knowledge, clever litigator with the highest level of expertise in substantive law, efficient.’

‘Kokularajah Paheentharajah: Extremely diligent, his double qualification gives him a depth of knowledge and understanding that has hardly ever been seen anywhere else.

Efficiency, fairness without compromises at the expense of the client, always good spirit.

Philipp Cepl is an outstanding patent litigator, whom we value personally and professionally. Particularly noteworthy is his effective way of working, which is always oriented towards the goals and needs of the client.

‘DLA Piper has an excellent international set-up and works very well and efficiently on projects, even across national borders.

Markus Gampp is an excellent lawyer and litigator. He has almost 20 years of experience and has proven his skill and strategic acumen in many large, complex and often international proceedings. In all of this, he is also very pragmatic and keeps an eye on the economic goals.

Key clients

Alpinestars S.p.A.

Aptiv Plc

Ardagh Group

Dell

Extreme Networks

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Medtronic

Microsoft

Nike Inc.

Vervaeke Belavi

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Microsoft, HP and Dell in several patent infringement proceedings before the LG Mannheim and the LG Munich regarding touchscreen technology.
  • Advising and representing Harman as a co-intervener in multiple series of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Avanci members against Daimler. The subject is the alleged infringement of several standard-essential patents of Sharp, Conversant and IP Bridge by, among others, telecommunications units (2G/3G/4G) supplied by Harman to Daimler, including advice on licensing/antitrust issues/FRAND.
  • Advising and representing Medtronic in various disputes regarding the enforcement of medical technology patents in the areas of respiratory and surgery.

Eisenführ Speiser

At Eisenführ Speiser, the forensic practice draws on the IP boutique’s many years of prosecution experience. The patent lawyers often cooperate closely with attorney-at-law colleagues in infringement proceedings. Nullity and opposition proceedings, especially before the EPO, complete the patent lawyers’ litigation practice. Key contacts in the group are Lars Birken (mechanical engineering, medical technology), Manuel Söldenwagner (chemicals, life sciences, medical technology), Fabian Fegers (construction technology, mechanical engineering, medical technology), Uwe Stilkenböhmer (chemicals, life sciences), Klaus Göken (construction, electrical -, medical and information technology, mechanical engineering), Jochen Ehlers (electrical engineering, information technology) and Ludger Eckey (electrical, information and medical technology, optics).

Testimonials

At Eisenfuhr, the lawyers and patent attorneys work very well together. Both have a clear understanding of the technologies underlying the patents. They think strategically and coordinate well with other jurisdictions when there are parallel proceedings. They’re also fun to work with.’

Jochen Ehlers is an authority on patent law in Germany. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and inspires confidence in his clients. He is also very flexible in his thinking and creates real strategic added value.’

Key clients

Access Advance LLC

BEGO Unternehmensgruppe

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Golden Compound GmbH

HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG

Hoya Surgical Optics GmbH

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Minimax GmbH & Co. KG

Sisvel International S.A.

Via Licensing Corporation

Grünecker

Grünecker is among the largest IP boutiques in Germany and combines an established litigation team with a strong patent lawyer practice, thus offering a wide range of technical expertise. The automotive, engineering, chip technology and electronics sectors are among the team’s core focuses. Medical technology-related matters are a growth area, where counsel Sebastian Ochs is a key contact. The group also handles nullity, opposition and appeal proceedings as well as infringement proceedings; the latter regularly feature cross-border aspects, with parallel proceedings in the US, other European jurisdictions and Asia. Practice head Bernd Allekotte and Ulrich Blumenröder both took on leading roles in various market-shaping mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Ochs

Testimonials

‘The team has great legal knowledge and is quick to grasp technical issues.’

‘Bernd Allekotte and Moritz Höffe have the courage to accept challenges. Instead of playing it safe, they instill confidence in their clients and show above-average commitment in court and against the other side.’

‘ The Grünecker team is professional, efficient and pleasant to deal with. I enjoyed working with them on difficult cases. Highly recommended!’

The litigators understand patent law in Germany, Europe and the USA. Communication runs smoothly and response times are short.

Grünecker has a large team of technically excellent patent attorneys and experienced litigators. You are able to quickly understand complicated technology and explain it with little input and direction from the client. They understand a case immediately and take it on, which is exceptional in the market. Because of the high quality and efficiency and the reasonable cost structure, you get a lot for your money at Grünecker.

Bernd Allekotte is experienced and calm, with really above average judgment and a calm but confident court appearance.

Key clients

Broadcom

ECI (Ribbon)

LONGi Solar Technology GmbH

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A. S.

Weber Maschinenbau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Broadcom in the Connected Car litigation series against BMW and Daimler.
  • Representing ECI (Ribbon) in infringement proceedings against Intellectual Ventures II in Germany and France.
  • Representing LONGi Solar Technology in patent infringement proceedings conducted in multiple jurisdictions including China, Australia, USA and Germany.

Hoffmann Eitle

Corresponding with the IP boutique’s strenghts, Hoffmann EitleComparative Guides promotional icon‘s patent lawyer team is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, including medical products, as well as in the automotive and telecoms sectors. Adept at coordinating its Europe-wide litigation, the firm is a popular choice for cross-border disputes. Thanks to the team’s knowledge of Japan, including the language skills of Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine, who jointly heads the team with Holger Stratmann, the team is instructed by a large number of Japanese clients. In addition to its litigation practice, the group also advises on licensing agreements.

Testimonials

‘Hoffmann Eitle has highly specialized experts in every pharmaceutical area. They are also well versed in patent litigation, including opposition and infringement litigation. It is rare to find this range of knowledge under one roof and the lawyers work very well together and play to their strengths very well.’

‘Dirk Schuessler-Langeheine is very experienced in pharma infringement proceedings and enriches cases with his knowledge of German and European regulatory requirements. Fluent in Japanese and English, he is an asset to any multi-jurisdictional team. He’s also a very nice person and fun to work with.’

‘The team is very dedicated and knowledgeable in German law. They do a good job, achieve their goals and are very good value for money because the hourly rates are not as exorbitant as at other law firms.’

‘Niels Hölder is a great partner, attentive and knowledgeable. He makes sure he has the time to devote to a project and is available when needed. His knowledge of pharmaceutical law is excellent.’

‘Mike Gruber is a great partner with a lot of experience. His legal understanding and understanding of the technical aspects of a case is also excellent.’

Key clients

Sanofi S.A.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLP

Work highlights

  • Defending Sanofi SA & Regeneron, Inc. in a complex infringement suit between pharmaceutical companies involving an approximately $2 billion cholesterol-lowering drug.
  • Successful defense of Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLP in a transcatheter mitral valve prosthesis dispute.
  • Defense of Insulet in a wearable insulin pump case.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

At the Munich and Düsseldorf offices, KLAKA Rechtsanwälte offers a renowned litigation team with experience in infringement and nullity proceedings. Practice head Olaf Giebe in Düsseldorf is particularly well-known, but the Munich quartet of Wolfgang Götz, Stefan Eck, Constantin Kurtz and of counsel Michael Nieder is also very active before the German courts and the Federal Patent Court. The expertise in opposition and nullity proceedings before the patent authorities complements the forensic practice. In 2020/2021, numerous new automotive, chemicals, mechanical and plastics technology clients were added to the portfolio. The group also assists with complex proceedings in  the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and electronics sectors. The advice on licensing agreements, including on research and development contracts, is another key area.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Giebe

Testimonials

‘Focus on the essentials; not every legally possible argument, but only those that lead to the goal are discussed; up-to-date on each court’s approach/preferences.’

‘Stefan Eck takes the necessary time to convey the issue of the dispute to the interlocutor in an appropriate manner; has the technical understanding in addition to excellent legal expertise; is flexible in time. Olaf Giebe sums things up; knows the court; works straight towards the goal; remarkably quick familiarization with a new topic. Both are very collegial, especially with other lawyers of the same party.’

‘Very high professional competence, very good technical understanding and willingness to familiarize yourself deeply with the underlying technology. The law firm is always up-to-date with the case law of German and European courts.’

‘Constantin Kurtz is characterized by excellent commitment to the client and a very high degree of responsiveness. He works reliably at the highest professional level. His pleadings convince with the clarity and stringency of the arguments.’

’boutique law firm; individual and fast service; assertive in patent and trademark disputes; responsive in injunction proceedings.’

‘Stefan Eck: Very experienced in patent disputes, good technical understanding, quick and effective processing.’

‘Extremely competent, high degree of induction; extraordinarily good technical and legal understanding.’

‘Olaf Giebe: Very strong litigator. Stefan Eck: Good technical and procedural understanding. Wolfgang Götz: Very present in the courtroom.’

Constantin Kurtz and Olaf Giebe specialize in patent litigation in the fields of electronics, telecommunications and mechanics. The two lawyers are excellent at recognizing the key aspects of complex patent litigation, developing a strategy for how to proceed and correctly placing the decisive arguments both in the pleadings and in the oral hearing.’

Key clients

AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH

Bulthaup

Certoplast

Dürr Dental SE

fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Fränkische Rohrwerke und Fränkische Industrial Pipes

PILOUS spol. S.r.o.

Schütz GmbH & Co. KG aA

SRAM LLC und SRAM Deutschland GmbH

TCT

Virtual Paper Licensing GmbH

Wiko SAS und Wiko Germany GmbH

WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH

Xiaomi Technology Germany GmbH

ZTE Deutschland GmbH und NXT Netcare Services GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing ZTE Germany GmbH, NXT Netcare Services GmbH, Xiaomi Technology Germany GmbH in important patent infringement proceedings against WSOU Investments LLC, Texas, USA before the District Court of Munich I regarding a patent on a method for dividing uplink and downlink capacities between a base station and a mobile phone.
  • Defense of Wiko against 3G Licensing before the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court regarding a patent that the plaintiff regards as essential for the LTE standard.
  • Advising and representing SRAM LLC and SRAM Deutschland GmbH in numerous infringement and validity proceedings, often against Shimano, but increasingly also against other, including larger competitors, relating to electronic shifting technologies.

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Under the leadership of Marco Stief, MAIWALD PATENTANAWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH has developed a very good reputation for its activity especially in infringement proceedings in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector. In 2020, the representation of Mylan in the lawsuit against Gilead regarding the drug Truvada, by Counsel Heike Röder-Hitschke and patent lawyer Derk Vos, made headlines. Other key areas were mechanical engineering and the automotive sector. Clients also benefit from the expertise of the patent lawyer team.

Practice head(s):

Marco Stief

Testimonials

Maiwald is very well focused on our industry and key topics, so that even larger work orders can be completed quickly and very well. In particular, Maiwald distinguishes, in addition to the legal expertise, the particularly good knowledge of the industry and (if necessary) also technical expertise. With every project, you notice that all the lawyers have been working in the life sciences sector for decades.

‘The focus is on very good practical legal advice with pragmatic solutions and recommendations for action. They don’t simply create lengthy legal-theoretical expert opinions without a reason, like some other law firms do, without a clear result or recommendations for action.’

With Marco Stief you can tell that he knows the industry through and through. In addition to excellent legal knowledge, he has a quick technical understanding of our very different products. What is decisive for us, however, is that he always keeps an eye on the long-term consequences and knows the market and related areas of law very well. This enables him to develop creative solutions and to discuss possible solutions and strategies directly at management level.

Key clients

Generics [UK] Ltd. trading as Mylan

Hexal AG

Hexal AG und Klinge Pharma GmbH

LTS Lohmann Therapiesysteme AG

Powermat Technologies Ltd.

Royalty Pharma plc

Takeda Ltd.

The Regents of the University of California, Emmanuelle Charpentier and the University of Vienna

Work highlights

  • Representing Generics UK Ltd. Trading as Mylan in BGH proceedings, obtaining the revocation of a supplementary protection certificate from the US pharmaceutical company Gilead for the HIV drug Truvada®.

Preu Bohlig & Partner

Preu Bohlig & Partner expanded its activities for pharmaceutical and medical products clients in 2020 with help from the firm’s regulatory experts, thus a clear fourth practice was established in addition to the traditionally strong automotive, telecoms and mechanical sectors. In the automotive sector, the team is instructed particularly often by automotive suppliers in proceedings against competitors and by OEM manufacturers. In the telecoms industry, the focus is on proceedings against collecting societies. The interface competence between the telecoms and the automotive sector is evident in the context of connected cars. The key contacts are Christian Donle in Berlin, Daniel Hoppe in Hamburg, Christian Kau in Düsseldorf and Ludwig von Zumbusch in Munich as the respective site managers. Konstantin Schallmoser is in charge of the Paris office. Two new counsels were promoted in January 2021: Martin Momtschilow in Düsseldorf and Christian Holtz in Hamburg.

Testimonials

‘Christian Kau: Extremely quick comprehension; best communication; discussion at eye level; technically and legally well versed; quick response to inquiries; solution-oriented.’

‘Alexander Harguth: Excellent specialist knowledge, technically multilingual, a rock, who accompanies the client in a factual and very professional manner.’

‘Extremely broad experience, unobtrusive, very good client communication and value for money.’

‘Andreas Haberl: Extremely quick familiarization with new, unusual material, expenditure appropriate to the goal’

‘The cooperation is characterized by simplicity and pragmatism.’

‘Christian Kau has the ability to understand technical contexts quickly and easily, which considerably simplifies working with patent attorneys in the field of patent litigation. In addition, inquiries are usually processed quickly and effectively.’

‘The team works at a high level and with quick response times.’

‘Matthias Hülsewig: Assertive, precise style, comprehensive advice.’

‘Good understanding of the technical characteristics of products, considering the position of companies and competitors in the supply chain for defense tactics or contract drafting.’

Key clients

4Inno Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Atral-Secal GmbH

ATT AutomotiveThermoTech GmbH

BBP Kunststoffwerk Marbach Baier GmbH

betapharm GmbH

BORA Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG

Brita GmbH

Cevital SPA

Delta Electronics Inc. (Taiwan)

Faurecia S.A.

EvCon GmbH

Flexiworld Technologies GmbH

Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

G & B Fissaggi Srl

GIRARD SUDRON SAS; Girard Sudron GmbH

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE)

Hikma Pharma GmbH

Huawei Ltd.

James Hardie Europe GmbH (vormals Fermacell)

Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint GmbH

Mylan B.V.

Pan-Dur GmbH

Picote Solutions Oy

Sandvine

STADA Arzneimittel AG

Stetter GmbH (SCHWING Stetter)

Streumaster Maschinenbau GmbH

Uhrig Straßen- und Tiefbau GmbH

Ventec Central Europe GmbH

Vodacom South Africa

WashTec Holding

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Lt. in around 50 different patent infringement proceedings – on the side of the defendant or as an intervener, at the same time accompanying the corresponding legal attacks.
  • Representing Mylan BV in enforcing a novel injunction that may prevent a patent owner from submitting their patents to a validity check by dropping them.
  • Representing ATT AutomotiveThermoTech GmbH in proceedings against the German Renault companies on the basis of a total of nine patents relating to technology for cooling systems in passenger cars and heaters for passenger cabins.

Prinz & Partner

Prinz & Partner fields a combined team of patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law with offices in Munich and Berlin. The firm not only has a respected application practice but also many years of experience in contentious proceedings, especially in opposition and nullity proceedings. In infringement proceedings, clients benefit from the one-stop shop offering of legal and patent advice. Jochen Sties and Thomas Kitzhofer lead the team from Munich. Bernhard Pfleiderer, formerly in charge of the Hamburg office, retired in December 2020. Johannes Trapp also left the firm in December 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Strass

Key clients

Nike

Kennametal

ZF/TRW

Valeo

Rational

Europäische Zentralbank

Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies

Faurecia Interior Systems

Bürkert

BMW AG

Rohde & Schwarz

Inteva / Roof Systems Germany GmbH

Süss Microtec AG

GB Boucherie NV

Dehn SE + Co KG

Delo Industrieklebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Langmatz GmbH

Ohrmann Montagetechnik

Schill + Seilacher

Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH

Jochen Schweizer

Metrona Wärmemesser Union GmbH

easE-Link

Tintometer GmbH

Galata Chemicals

BCS Automotive Interface Solutions GmbH

ABB Schweiz AG

Schischek GmbH

Curiosity Diagnostics  Sp. z o.o.

micro resist technology GmbH

Alfred E. Tiefenbacher (GmbH & Co. KG)

Medac GmbH

Prüfer & Partner

Prüfer & Partner stands out among the competition thanks to its special expertise in patents, which are to be protected both in the USA before the USPTO and in Europe. The team around practice heads Jürgen Feldmeier, Dorothea Hofer and Andreas Oser acts in both opposition and nullity proceedings and also offers patent lawyer support in infringement proceedings. The IP boutique is based in Munich.

Testimonials

The team has many years of experience.’

Jürgen Feldmeier offers solution-oriented advice.’

Key clients

Brother Industries

Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Multipond Wägetechnik GmbH

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems

Knorr Bremse AG

Freiberger Compound Materials

Hill-Rom

Hymmen GmbH Maschinen und Anlagenbau

Terumo Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Co.

Heidolph Instruments GmbH & Co. KG

Cratoni

Novartis – Sandoz (inkl Hexal, Lek Pharmaceuticals)

Trumpf Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen

Toray Industries

Hyve AG

Kesseböhmer Produktions GmbH & Co. KG

Osram GmbH

B Braun Melsungen AG

Tachi Co. LTD. (JP)

Knauf Insulation

Krka d.d.

Heusch GmbH & Co. KG

ICAROS GmbH

Curadis GmbH

QRSkin GmbH

enzymmanagement ag

BHS Technologies

Wachtel GmbH

Hilgenberg GmbH

Nipro Corporation (JP)

kopter germany GmbH

SeedX Technologies Inc.(Israel)

Research Institute Of Tsinghua University In Shenzhen

CloudMinds (Shanghai) Robotics Co., Ltd.

Suzhou Teknect Engineering Co.

Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute Co., Ltd.

GK8 LTD (Israel)

IMMUNITY PHARMA LTD. (Israel)

KAHR MEDICAL Ltd. (Israel)

Qubig GmbH

Vossius & Partner

Renowned IP boutique Vossius & Partner boasts a team of attorneys-at-law and patent lawyers, which covers a wide range of technical areas in infringement and nullity proceedings and is increasingly instructed on market-shaping mandates. Clients from the telecoms, electronics, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors constitute the main share of the client roster. With regard to the latter, the team’s expertise in contentious supplementary protection certificates is noteworthy. The firm’s main litigation offices are Munich and Düsseldorf, with Berlin and Basel as additional locations. Cross-border disputes are routinely handled in cooperation with an established international network of law firms, primarily from the US, Asia and other European countries. The Asia desk is comprised of lawyers from Japan, China, Korea and the US and specialises in clients from the respective countries. Thure Schubert in Munich heads the team, which also includes Christian-Leopold Zapp and Georg Andreas Rauh as key figures, also in Munich. Kai Rüting and Andreas Kramer are the main contacts in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):

Thure Schubert

Testimonials

Very efficient, collaborative, strategic, reliable, open, competent. We are very satisfied and would work with the team and individuals again at any time.

The services of Vossius & Partner have so far been irreplaceable for us. The undeniable technical expertise coupled with a sensible, no-nonsense approach to IP disputes have enabled us to conduct litigation very efficiently.

Key clients

3M

Alcon Inc.

Archos S.A.

Boston Scientific

British American Tobacco

CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Lenovo Group Limited

MAS Elektronik AG

Online Cleaning Technologies GmbH

Sungrow (Photovoltaik)

TCL Group

Wiko (Tele-communications)

XIAOMI

ZTE Group

Work highlights

  • Representing British American Tobacco in six patent infringement proceedings against Philip Morris before the Munich Regional Court, the Hamburg Regional Court, the Düsseldorf Regional Court and the Mannheim Regional Court as part of an international complex of proceedings with parallel proceedings in the USA, Great Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Japan, among others, regarding the Systems IQOS, ePod and Glo.

Weickmann & Weickmann

Weickmann & Weickmann specialises in patents in the fields of mechanics, electrical engineering and IT as well as life sciences and chemicals. The Munich-based IP boutique has a combined patent lawyer and attorney-at-law team and offers experience in opposition and appeal proceedings as well as in nullity actions and infringement disputes. Practice heads are Markus Herzog and Brigitte Böhm. Manuel Millahn, who is part of the firm’s technology team, made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Markus Herzog; Brigitte Böhm

Key clients

Algoriddim

Amistec

Apogenix GmbH

Evanium Healthcare

Fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Fränkische Industrial Pipes

Kemijski Institut; National Institute of Chemistry

Lead Discovery Center

Lilium

MAB Discovery

Max-Planck-Innovation

Media Pharma

Novelis

Peter & Traudl Engelhorn-Stiftung

Römer & Heigl GmbH

SERDAR PLASTIK

Boehmert & Boehmert

Established IP boutique Boehmert & Boehmert renders a litigation practice which is particularly popular with German medium-sized companies, thus reflecting the general orientation of the firm, but the group also regularly represents large international corporations. Academic institutions are also among the client base. Practice heads Carl-Richard Haarmann and Michael Rüberg are active from the Düsseldorf and Munich offices and also utilise the firm’s well-established team of patent lawyers in court and authorities proceedings.

Key clients

MASTER-SPORT Einzelhandelzentrum UG

Wieslaw Stanislaw Rutka

Franz Mensch GmbH

Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

Hörmann KG Brockhagen

JVC Kenwood Corporation

Minitüb GmbH

Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke & Co

Universität Heidelberg

Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Nivalion SA

Polytech Health

QVC

Work highlights

  • Representing Hörmann KG Brockhagen in a patent infringement dispute with Czech competitor Kruzik sro.
  • Representing JVC Kenwood Corporation in numerous patent litigation, in particular in connection with the enforcement of standard essential patents (FRAND) against competitors with regard to DVD technology, display technology and streaming processes for video files.
  • Representing the University of Heidelberg in patent enforcement proceedings.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte advises on a broad spectrum of hard IP matters and handles patent disputes, including validity proceedings, employee's inventions, licensing issues and the interface between antitrust law and IT. The management trio consists of Stephan Gruber and Hannes Jacobsen in Munich and Jens Kunzmann in Cologne. The Munich office gained another partner with the promotion of Paul Szynka (patent law, utility model law, competition law) in January 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Szynka

Testimonials

‘I was particularly impressed by the comprehensive knowledge of the case law of the Federal Court of Justice and the higher courts.’

‘Stephan Gruber: Extensive knowledge of all questions of substantive and procedural law. I am still impressed that he knows the appropriate BGH decision for every question and you can be sure that there is nothing Mr. Gruber does not know. Hannes Jacobsen is certainly one of the most talented litigators of his generation. Technically brilliant.’

‘CBH offers expertise in the IP sector that is rarely found in technology companies, combined with strong industry experience. CBH is a leader in the area of licensing law and employee invention law in particular. The response time is remarkably short compared to the competition. The hourly rates and the type of billing are pleasantly fair, which creates trust.’

‘Jens Kunzmann works very professionally and gives clear and pragmatic advice. He has a strong understanding of his clients’ interests and business. In addition to his above-average expertise in licensing law, he is also characterized by his creativity in approach and argumentation. In addition, Mr. Kunzmann is very pleasant to deal with, so that working together is fun.’

‘When advising on patent infringement litigation, the CBH team always focuses on the interests of the client. CBH’s lawyers work together with the client and the patent team to find solutions that are aligned with the client’s commercial goals.’

‘Hannes Jacobsen and Paul Szynka: well-founded advice in the interests of the client, fast response times.’

‘The CBH team is optimally put together. Stephan Gruber is something of a legend in the patent law field and noticeably passes his experience on to his young colleagues – when we work together, I feel that the team works extremely well.’

‘The support provided by CBH is based on convincing teamwork – but I would like to emphasize the support provided by Hannes Jacobsen. Like others, his accessibility and technical expertise are at an excellent level – but I would like to emphasize his commitment: Mr. Jacobsen formulates his assessments in concrete terms and formulates remaining risks. This quality is extremely helpful for in-house counsel, since risk assessments of alternative or selected procedures are also communicated within the company.’

Key clients

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG

AVAGO-Gruppe

Bayer AG

Bosch Rexroth

Eberspächer-Gruppe

Fliegl Fahrzeugbau GmbH

Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co KG

Heraeus Medical GmbH

Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co KG

Siemens AG

Siemens Healthcare GmbH

Trilux GmbH & Co. KG

Thyssenkrupp Konzern

Volkswagen AG

Wacker Chemie AG

Work highlights

  • Representing Phoenix Contact GmbH in preliminary injunction proceedings for patent infringement, including proceedings before the European Court of Justice after a highly regarded and controversially discussed request for a preliminary ruling from the District Court of Munich I.
  • Representation of Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG in a comprehensive patent dispute regarding camshaft adjusters and valve technology for motor vehicles.
  • Representing Siemens Healthcare GmbH in a comprehensive patent dispute with a German competitor regarding X-ray C-arms (3D).

Eisenführ Speiser

IP boutique Eisenfuhr Speiser has a team of attorneys-at-law and patent lawyers and is a good choice for parallel infringement, nullity and opposition proceedings. The firm gained in strength with the promotion of Sönke Scheltz to partner in January 2021 in Hamburg and the addition of the very experienced technology and medical products specialist Michael Schneider from Pinsent Masons Germany LLP, who is increasingly expanding the litigation presence at the Munich office. Volkmar Henke (graduate physicist), Tilman Müller (standard-essential patents and antitrust law), Rainer Böhm (license agreements and antitrust law) in Hamburg and Bremen-based  Julian Eberhardt (license disputes) are among the key contacts.

Key clients

Access Advance LLC

BEGO Unternehmensgruppe

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Golden Compound GmbH

HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG

Hoya Surgical Optics GmbH

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Minimax GmbH & Co. KG

Sisvel International S.A.

Via Licensing Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Access Advance LLC (Godo Kaisha, Mitsubishi, GE Video Compression and Philips) in enforcing a standard essential patent on video coding.
  • Representing HARTING Stiftung & Co. KG in the defense against an application for an injunction.
  • Representation of Sisvel International SA in an appeal procedure against WiKO, after an appeal procedure that was successful for the client, in which a claim for injunctive relief from SEP was affirmed.

Gleiss Lutz

Under the leadership of Matthias Sonntag, Gleiss Lutz enjoys a good reputation in Düsseldorf. Sonntag and his team cover a wide range of technical areas, including the electronics, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors and are regularly instructed on prominent topics in the market, such as connected cars. The FRAND expertise is another strength.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Sonntag

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge base in the automotive sector. Always up-to-date and well connected, including with the antitrust team.’

‘Dr. Herwig Lux: Very structured way of working and a high level of competence. Pleasant working atmosphere and good accessibility.’

‘The team at Gleiss Lutz is characterized by the fact that it consists of several specialist lawyers who have specialist knowledge in the various areas of law (antitrust law, IP license law, supply contract law, etc.) and the exchange between lawyers is very well organized and cooperative and takes place . As a client, it is usually sufficient to get in touch with a contact person who obtains the assessment of other specialist lawyers or coordinates their involvement. Complex legal processes that affect several areas of law are therefore processed efficiently and with a very high level of expertise.’

‘Herwig Lux: A high level of expertise paired with a solution-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Daimler

Procter & Gamble

Sony

Work highlights

  • Lead advice to Daimler (opposite Nokia) in antitrust proceedings at the EU Commission and the dispute over the FRAND conditions.
  • Ongoing patent advice and representation for Procter & Gamble in patent litigation, including pre-launch FTO analysis.
  • Successful defense of General Atomics and other companies (including Diazyme and DiaSys) in a patent dispute over PCT tests.

Hengeler Mueller

With Wolfgang Kellenter, Hengeler Mueller fields one of the most respected patent litigators in Germany. Under his leadership, the team is active in both infringement proceedings and in strategic litigation advice. The team also demonstrates interface competence with the antitrust experts in the FRAND context. In addition to a number of large German and international companies, collecting societies also regularly call upon the group's expertise. In January 2021, Matthias Rothkopf was promoted to counsel. Counsel Benedikt Migdal joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Kellenter

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Rothkopf

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek stands out due to its particular in-depth experience in nullity proceedings before the BGH. Practice head Anton Horn and his team expanded the practice in 2020 by intensifying the cross-border workload, where proceedings related to Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands were advised on, and also with increased activity in contentious LED matters in the automotive sector; the latter was further enhanced in cooperation with the firm’s Indian desk. Sabine Dethof, as well as Horn in Düsseldorf, and senior associate Cécile Corbet, who is regularly active for French clients, are other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Anton Horn

Key clients

Dr. Anton Horn

Brødrene Hartmann

CeramOptec GmbH

EGGER

EnerDry A/S

SWISSPHONE

Systemhouse s.p.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Filing of an action for nullity before the Federal Patent Court by Dr. Anton Horn against the German part of a European patent on the Ethiopian national grain teff, successfully obtaining the cancellation of the patent.
  • Enforcement of a patent for the design of egg packaging against a listed Finnish-Dutch competitor.
  • Representing Enerdry A/S in proceedings against a German competitor regarding patents for large-scale biomass drying systems, including proceedings before the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s team, led by duo Gerd Jaekel (dually qualified as lawyer and qualified physicist) as head of the engineering litigation group and Christian Paul (dually qualified as lawyer and qualified chemist) as head of the litigation team for pharmaceuticals and chemicals, is well positioned for cross-border mandates due to the firm’s international structure. The team frequently cooperates with the offices in Great Britain, France, the US and in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. One of the team’s fastest growing areas is mobile communications patent litigation. The in-house patent lawyers, especially the life sciences and physics specialists, contribute to the practice’s strength.

Practice head(s):

Christian Paul; Gerd Jaekel

Key clients

Blickle Räder + Rollen GmbH u. Co. KG

Celgene Corp. und Tochterunternehmen

Lufthansa Technik AG / Astronics, Panasonic und andere

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.

CJ CheilJedang Corp., Südkorea

Puma Biotechnology, Inc.

BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tung Thih Electronic (TTE) Co. Ltd. / Valeo

Wonderland, Nuna

Innio Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG

Idenix Pharma-ceuticals Inc. (Merck & Co., Inc.)

Keryx Biophar-maceuticals

CYLANCE Inc.

NXP Semi-conductors N.V.

Rational AG/ Rational International AG

Motherson Group (vormals Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG))

SK Innovation Company Ltd.

Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co.

Tektronix

Conex Universal Limited

Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc.

Genentech, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Lufthansa Technik AG / Astronics, Panasonic and others in a complex international patent infringement lawsuit against a US supplier of cabin electronics.
  • Successfully secured rejection of an opposition to a European patent held by Puma Biotechnology, Inc. that comprehensively covers the use of irreversible inhibitors for the treatment of gefitinib/erlotinib-resistant cancers and cancers harboring the T790M EGFR mutation.
  • Advising the Motherson Group and its subsidiaries (comprising around 900 patent families), primarily on new materials in the automotive sector and driver assistance systems.

Linklaters

In 2021, Linklaters expanded its team, which is particularly active in the chip technology, optics and pharmaceuticals industries, with the partner promotions of Bolko Ehlgen alongside practice head Julia Schönbohm. Thanks to the collaboration with the firm’s international sector groups, both comprehensively cover cross-border matters with offices from the network. The group has particularly close ties to the offices in Great Britain, Belgium and France. The firm’s overall strength in litigation and antitrust law is also utilised in patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Julia Schönbohm

Other key lawyers:

Bolko Ehlgen; Atif Bhatti

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

IP boutique Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB fields a mixed team of attorneys-at-law and patent lawyers and is well versed in infringement and nullity proceedings. The group also has extensive experience in inspection procedures, while the specialised expertise in the protection of computer-implemented inventions and disruptive technologies forms part of the team’s broad sector knowledge. The team around renowned Tobias Wuttke expanded in January 2021 with the partner promotion of Philipp Rastemborski, both are based in Munich. Former presiding judge BPatG a.D Rainer Engels as well as Hans-Peter Felgenhauer, former member of the Technical Board of Appeal, EPA, a.D., contribute their expertise as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Wuttke

Key clients

CommScope Inc.

Belparts NV

Cybex GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG, Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Honeywell International Inc.

BTL Medical SRO

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

Drylock Technologies NV

Tyrolon Schulnig GmbH (AT)

Institut Straumann AG

Noerr

Noerr‘s patent litigation team shines with many years of experience in contentious patent and license proceedings, both at national and international level. Ralph Nack and his team, including Armin Kühne, who made equity partner in January 2021, cover a wide range of technology sectors, including electronics, technology and pharmaceutical patents. The group also has expertise in standard essential patent infringement litigation. Competitor disputes and proceedings with patent users as a party are also among the service offering.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Nack

Other key lawyers:

Armin Kühne

Key clients

AIM Sport Vision AG

Centripetal Networks

Edelmann Technology GmbH & Co. KG

FMF Gestion

HTC

KRKA/TAD Pharma GmbH

Fluke

Qioptiq Photonics

Sound United/D&M Germany

TCL

Work highlights

  • Representing Centripetal Networks in asserting various patents in the field of network security against the market leader.
  • Defending various TCL group companies in infringement proceedings relating to LTE voice coding patents filed by VoiceAge; all patents in suit have been declared essential (SEPs).
  • Defending various TCL Group companies in patent litigation against members of the MPEG LA Patent Pool (Panasonic, NEC, IP Bridge) as plaintiffs for patents related to AVC codec; disputed patents are all declared to be standard essential (SEP).

Simmons & Simmons

Since July 2020, the Simmons & Simmons team is managed by Peter Meyer in Düsseldorf and Munich-based Thomas Gniadek, who joined the firm from Noerr. While Meyer mainly handles disputes in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, Gniadek is active in proceedings from technology-oriented industries, including the telecoms, electronics and automotive sectors. This complements the firm's overall TMT sector strength and also noticeably strengthened the team's FRAND expertise, as shown by the number of large new clients which are advised on standard-essential patents. Internationally, the German practice cooperates particularly often with the teams in the Netherlands, Great Britain, France and Italy. Michael Knospe switched to of counsel status in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Peter Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gniadek; Michael Knospe

Testimonials

‘Thomas Gniadek understands our business needs and offers the best solution that reconciles our legal and commercial interests.’

‘Peter Meyer: Competent, professional, very efficient, good understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘Internationally established; quick availability, very competent in patent infringement proceedings.’

‘Peter Meyer: Excellent appearance in court in patent infringement proceedings, very competent, quick familiarization, international experience, especially in Anglo-American patent law and patent infringements, friendly.’

Simmons & Simmons is our team of choice in Germany. You always have balanced proposals and strategies, both from a legal and economic point of view. The advice is always goal-oriented and pragmatic. We also trust the team to coordinate global disputes.’

Peter Meyer is very impressive and able to always get to the heart of the matter. His experience and impressive business acumen allow him to find the best solution for the client. His advice is trusted.’

Thomas Gniadek is very precise and has a good handle on the procedure and the allocation of resources. He is very strong in disputes and FRAND issues and his court appearance is clear, focused and persuasive. He is an excellent litigator who delivers results.’

Key clients

Achenbach Buschhütten GmbH & Co KG

Bayer HealthCare

Firecomms

Formlabs Inc. und Formlabs GmbH

Helios Ventilatoren GmbH & Co. KG

Industex SL, ISL GmbH, MediaShop AG, Bruno Bader GmbH & Co KG

Imperial Tobacco Group (Fontem Ventures)

Kinetics Concepts Inc./ Systagenix

Oppo

Match Group Inc. et.al.

Reemtsma

Samsung Bioepis

Thales/ Gemalto

WiLAN

Xiaomi

Work highlights

  • Extensive advice and representation of Xiaomi in two different patent litigations regarding standard-essential patents against 1. Sisvel and 2. Philips.
  • Representing Bayer HealthCare in various entitlement claims against Nektar Therapeutics and Nektar against Bayer HealthCare.
  • Defending Match Group Inc. and other group companies in a patent lawsuit brought by the Berlin software company Hoccer against the dating platform Tinder.

AMPERSAND Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB.

Munich-based AMPERSAND Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's patent litigation practice was particularly visible in telecoms disputes in 2020, especially in proceedings with patent users. The group is well versed in a wide range of technologies and this versatility also attracts numerous large and medium-sized companies. Practice head Hosea Haag and Philipp Neels are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Hosea Haag

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Neels; Agnes Lauer

Testimonials

‘The Ampersand team is excellently positioned for litigation.’

‘Hosea Haag’s many years of litigation experience combined with the commitment and creativity of Jonathan Konietz is unbeatable. Recommended at any time. ‘

‘Highly motivated team with the best expertise and a wealth of experience’

‘Hosea Haag: Absolute expert in the field of patent infringement.’

Agnes Lauer: Highly motivated and excellent legal knowledge.

‘Powerful team with good technical understanding in engineering.’

‘Hosea Haag hits the nail on the head and presents it convincingly.’

‘Hosea Haag has the remarkable ability to work alongside technical and legal specialists to ensure the case is handled in the best way possible for the client.’

‘An extraordinarily homogeneous team that supports each other. Excellent communication skills, always focusing on the essential points in the negotiation. Outstanding technical achievements, always an exciting challenge in processes and negotiations.’

‘Philipp Neels and Hosea Haag. Both fair in the matter,  factual in the argumentation, technically absolute big players in both patent and procedural law. Both focus on the essentials and have clear, unambiguous communication in briefs and negotiations.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare Ltd.

ADMEDES GmbH

Axell Wireless

BlueID GmbH

Cobham plc

Conversant Wireless Licensing S.à.r.l.

DAF Truck N.V.

DT Swiss AG

Human Care Nederland B.V.

IDnow GmbH

InstrAction Siltectra uVm

INTAS Pharmaceuticals

INVTE SP GmbH

MTU

Neodron

Onebutton

Quiss Qualitäts-Inspektionssysteme und Service GmbH

Schülke & Mayr GmbH

Tautropfen Naturkosmetik

Uniloc Deutschland GmbH

Valutis GmbH

Wonderland Nurserygoods Co. Ltd.

WSOU Investments LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing WSOU Investments LLC in over 20 patent infringement proceedings in Germany.
  • Representing INVTE SP in seven infringement proceedings and three injunction proceedings relating to FRAND and SEP patents in the field of telecoms.
  • Representing Quiss Qualitäts-Inspektionssysteme und Service GmbH in three lawsuits against competitors.

EIP

International patent law boutique EIP's German team specialises in extensive cross-border infringement proceedings with an industry focus on electronics. The range of services also includes in-house software for the analysis and management of patent portfolios and for determining FRAND license rates. Practice head Christof Höhne and his team, especially Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky, have established the firm as a permanent fixture in Germany through their representation in several large-scale proceedings, including those related to connected cars.

Practice head(s):

Christof Höhne

Other key lawyers:

Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky

Testimonials

Top litigators, strong team. Christof Höhne is strong in SEP cases.’

Efficient team that works at high speed and also manages and successfully conducts extensive patent infringement disputes. Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky: Extensive experience in patent infringement proceedings with an international dimension; Understanding of strategic client interests and economic relationships beyond the specific legal dispute.’

Understand sophisticated technology quickly and can explain it in simple terms. Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky is extremely responsive, cautious but aggressive, and also very creative in his understanding of choosing the right court and procedures to get the best results. He always wants to take on more cutting-edge mandates.

Christof Höhne and Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky are skilled litigators who complement each other very well. They have excellent support from Isabelle Schaller and Dmitri Kosenko.’

Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky and Christof Höhne are a well-established team. When it comes to reaction times, both partners cannot be beaten. The success in many process series is impressive and can be attributed to the commitment and excellent expertise of the two partners.’

Key clients

Conversant Wireless Licensing

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Avago, Broadcom

IPBridge

Sonos

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of Conversant against Daimler and its defendants in a very extensive and complex lawsuit involving SEPs in the automotive sector.
  • Obtaining an injunction for Sonos before the Hamburg Regional Court against Google regarding consumer electronics.
  • Obtaining an anti-anti-suit injunction for IP Bridge against Huawei before the Munich Regional Court, and representing IP Bridge in several patent infringement proceedings against Huawei.

Harmsen Utescher

Harmsen Utescher, one of Germany's oldest IP boutiques, fields a team active in both prosecution and litigation. Thus, practice head Karsten Königer and his team are experienced in both infringement proceedings and validity proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Karsten Königer 

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP opened its Düsseldorf office in May 2020 under the leadership of Ina vom Feld, and the team, which specialises in life sciences and technology patents, has expanded at associate level. A particular strength is the firm's international positioning, which benefits clients in extensive cross-border proceedings as well as nullity and infringement proceedings, especially with reference to other European countries. The firm also covers matters at the interface with the corporate team, with regular cooperations in the transactional space.

Practice head(s):

Ina vom Feld

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lesch

Testimonials

‘Very experienced. Fast and efficient. Handle all aspects of the infringement process. Ina vom Feld: Precision, excellent legal knowledge. Very good understanding of technical contexts. Convincing both in writing and orally.’

Ina vom Feld definitely stands out. She is exceptionally perceptive and has an immensely broad legal knowledge, particularly in the life sciences, where her expertise also encompasses regulatory issues. The first point of contact for me when it comes to extending property rights for pharmaceutical or crop protection patents.’

‘The German team, led by Ina vom Feld, works like clockwork with the litigation teams in other countries. Despite short deadlines and high pressure due to the importance of the case, the atmosphere in the team is always exceptionally good and everyone wants to achieve the best possible result.’

The team, led by Ina vom Feld, is very good at complex patent procedures. They see the bigger picture, are used to handling cross-border mandates and quickly get to the heart of problems. They work extremely hard to bring about success. Ina vom Feld is outstanding: technically superb, works incredibly hard to pull out all the stops that lead to success and is fun to work with. Despite being very busy, she is very responsive.’

Ina is very experienced in pharmaceutical patents and supplementary property rights certificates. Also very responsive. She is easy to reach and adapts to the needs of her clients.’

Key clients

Dyson

Foundation Medicine

Thales

Sanofi

Roche

Work highlights

  • Defense of patent and protection certificate regarding Sanofi’s Aubagio, one of Sanofi’s top-selling products, before the Federal Patent Court.
  • Defending Foundation Medicines in two patent infringement lawsuits involving Foundation Medicines Liquids Biopsy Test.
  • Representing Thales in an extensive patent litigation against a competitor for eSIM technology, comprising multiple infringement claims and actions for annulment.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP focuses on the automotive, electronics, chemicals and healthcare sectors and also impresses in cross-border mandates thanks to the firm’s international network. In addition to patent infringement and nullity proceedings, practice group heads Boris Uphoff (Munich, Düsseldorf) and Henrik Holzapfel (Düsseldorf) are also well versed in licensing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Boris Uphoff; Henrik Holzapfel

Other key lawyers:

Steffen Woitz

Key clients

Barberàn SA

ELOKON

Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH

Huvepharma EOOD

Kanzler Verfahrenstechnik GmbH

Paul Hartmann AG

pure11 GmbH

Samsung Display

Scolmore International Ltd.

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of Kanzler Verfahrenstechnik GmbH in a series of patent litigation against Technip France and Solvay SA

Taliens

The Munich-based German patent litigation practice at European IP boutique Taliens gained a second partner in October 2021 with Peter Koch, previously at Pinsent Masons Germany LLP. Koch’s experience in patent proceedings in the fields of mechanics, electronics and medical technology complements the expertise of practice head Thomas Lynker, who specialises in telecoms and life sciences patents, among other things. The team covers infringement, nullity and opposition proceedings in Germany and Europe and is particularly renowned for its expertise in FRAND disputes. The firm’s other offices are in Paris and Madrid.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lynker

Other key lawyers:

Peter Koch

Testimonials

‘Quick response times, on the spot thinking, very precise and knowledgeable.’

‘Thomas Lynker and Thomas Reithmann are both incredibly professional, willing to help and always keeping the client’s interests in mind.’

‘Thomas Lynker and Jean-Frédéric Gaultier have built a very smart and sophisticated team to handle any type of complex and important telecommunications patent litigation. They have technical expertise and experience from large law firms combined with the efficiency and personal touch of a boutique.’

‘Thomas Lynker has exceptional connections in the telecommunications sector in Europe and Asia. He understands the technology of how the industry works and can find creative and practical legal solutions accordingly.’

Christian Werner is a young lawyer who works hard and has a strong technical background.

‘Taliens offers clear and understandable advice in complex cases where patent infringement proceedings and patent nullity proceedings are intertwined. The decisions to be made about how to proceed in the proceedings are well prepared and processed in a comprehensible manner.’

‘We have had particularly good experiences with Thomas Lynker, who personally familiarizes himself with the details of the facts and is regularly available for advice with a short response time. We appreciate the smooth and uncomplicated cooperation.’

‘Very experienced in patent litigation, brilliant strategic ideas and very in-depth knowledge of how technology and law intertwine. At Taliens, the same person covers technical and legal matters, so nothing slips through and there’s also a cost saving.’

‘Thomas Lynker is brilliant, gives himself completely to his style, is always available. He knows all the nooks and crannies in disputes and combines a deep understanding of technology and legal aspects.’

‘Highly professional, energetic and enthusiastic team, very efficient and smart.’

‘Extremely high flexibility and very good legal expertise. Extreme loyalty resulting in low friction losses when advising other colleagues. Very good coordination skills of complex issues.’

‘Thomas Lynker uses his many years of experience in advising very complex clients in an international environment; Despite his relatively small unit, he is able to offer and implement advice of the stature of a large law firm. Very experienced, diligent and goal-oriented in IP litigation.’

Peter Koch is very experienced and strategically excellent; this approach is only logical and fits in well with the development of the law firm as a whole.

Key clients

ZTE Deutschland GmbH and ZTE Corporation

TCT Mobile Europe SAS und TCT Mobile Germany

Orckit IP

Newtec Labeling S.r.l

KTN Neuberger GmbH

Peiker Holding GmbH

Performance in Lighting

ATK Sports s.r.l.

Mala Technologies

Pegaso

Work highlights

  • Representing TCT Mobile Europe SAS and TCT Mobile Germany in patent infringement and patent nullity proceedings against LG Electronics based on three intellectual property rights.
  • Representing Mala Technologies Ltd., ISRAEL in patent infringement proceedings brought by Mala against NOKIA based on two patents.  
  • Representing ZTE Deutschland GmbH and ZTE Corporation against Conversant before the LG / OLG Düsseldorf and the Federal Patent Court in a patent infringement suit (based on alleged LTE standard essential patents).