Hoffmann Eitle > Munich, Germany > Firm Profile

Hoffmann Eitle

Intellectual property > Patent prosecution Tier 1

Hoffmann Eitle is among the largest IP boutiques in Germany. The Munich-based firm is one of the heavyweights in prosecution, both in terms of applications’ volume and the busy EPO opposition practice. With four specialised taskforces (chemicals, biotechnology, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering), the team offers a broad range of technical expertise, with the life sciences generating the lion’s share of the workload. The chemicals team is led by Matthias Kindler, Peter Klusmann and Klemens Stratmann. Leo Polz and Joseph Taormino head the biotechnology team. Christopher Furlong heads the mechanical engineering team and Rainer Zangs is in charge of the electrical engineering team.


‘Very efficient working team with friendly and competent employees.’

The team has a remarkable ability to unify IP and business acumen and provide appropriate support.

Anne Katrin Schön and Thomas Becher show us perspectives that prove that they are more than capable of looking beyond the IP world and taking the business environment into account very well.

I have quick access to the partners I work with and they always respond very quickly. Hoffmann Eitle is a law firm where the focus is clearly results-oriented and no time is wasted on prestige, which is why they work well with each other, but also with law firms in other countries.

Dominik Scheible offers very good strategic advice in the areas of electronics and connected devices. He is very good at his job and always delivers on time.

‘Response times are very short and all inquiries are answered reliably.’

Key clients




Moderna Therapeutics


NTT Docomo

Novo Nordisk

Match Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Regeneron in several EPO opposition appeals regarding the use of transgenic mice to produce antibodies.
  • Advising Ablynx on patents in the field of immunoglobulin variable domains (ISVDs).
  • Defense of Allergan against an opposition by Merz Pharma to a patent on a syringe for dermal fillers.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 2

At Hoffmann Eitle, 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.Corresponding with the IP boutique’s strenghts, Hoffmann Eitle‘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.


‘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.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

Munich-based IP boutique Hoffmann Eitle added forensic capacities to its experienced prosecution practice. The group is jointly led by Wedig von der Osten-Sacken and Michaela Ring and often takes on a leading role in contentious proceedings at national and international level. Clients call upon the cross-border expertise via the firm’s offices in London, Madrid, Milan and Amsterdam, with increased instructions from Chinese companies. Other key topics include design law and transaction-related matters. Isabelle Kuschel (global trade mark and design administration and enforcement) made partner in January 2021.


‘Michaela Ring is always very knowledgeable and efficient. I highly recommend her.’

‘Very good cooperation with Isabelle Kuschel. Competent advice, fast response times, good and timely follow-up of processes.’

Key clients

Klöckner Pentaplast


BYD Company Ltd.

Nikon Corporation


GoFundMe Inc.

ORAFOL Europe GmbH

VERMOP Salmon GmbH

Beele Engineering B.V.

Sysmex Corporation


AIWA Co., Ltd.

Hardenberg-Wilthen AG

IGEPA group GmbH

Berger Bau SE

Geistlich Pharma AG

AXENT Switzerland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to Klöckner Pentaplast on brand portfolio management.
  • Acquisition of the community design portfolio and the German trademark portfolio from GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Supervision of ORAFOL Europe GmbH for brand and design portfolio management; Advice on the design launch of the main products and registration of the corresponding brands and designs; Coordination of trademark infringement proceedings in China.