Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte > Dusseldorf, Germany > Firm Profile

Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte
BAHNSTRAßE 16
40212 DÜSSELDORF
Germany

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: solicitors Tier 2

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.

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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.

The Firm

Kather Augenstein was founded by five established IP specialists at the beginning of 2016 and by now consists of 12 lawyers, who combine their expertise and experience for you. All of our lawyers have many years of experience acting in major cases for significant clients. Our size means that we are much more flexible than many large law firms.

We relish the challenging cases. Our passion is to disentangle complex situations, to decipher apparently contradictory facts, and to get to the root of a problem. We delve into the matter and never give up. Our focus: patents, trademarks, design and unfair competition. When it comes to intellectual property rights, we are second to none – all of us are specialised in this field.

We are a focused and very powerful team with the experience and know-how of the largest law firms. We work closely together, are highly specialised, and combine our knowledge effectively to your advantage. Naturally, this includes issues of international reach as intellectual property does not stop at borders. We work seamlessly with similarly experienced law firms around the world and coordinate international legal disputes.

We are thus able to supervise major mandates with complex issues. In court litigation we do not only master the strategy, we will also bring our creativity and ideas fully to the fore, to get the best possible outcome for you.

We work exclusively in litigation, because we prefer contentious disputes. Contentious and complex proceedings require a special approach and organisation. We appreciate your concern that your interests may not be heard with sufficient care and, also, the stressful situation and heavy pressure that legal disputes entail. We are aware of the impact that a dispute over monopoly rights may have, especially if a ban on production is at stake. We also have extensive experience with arbitration. We are regularly nominated as arbitrators, and are thus familiar with the other side of the bench.

Areas of Practice

Patents

Patents and utility models are the focus of our work at Kather Augenstein. We have enforced intellectual property rights in all technical areas, notably telecommunications, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical technology, bio-technology, nano-technology, engineering, chemistry and many more.
One of our core competencies is to make complex technical issues readily understandable. Our profession faces the challenge of the Unified Patent Court, an entirely new system, without established legal principles or precedent. In conjunction with colleagues at foreign law firms, we have engaged with the subject, and delved into the new law and procedure from different national perspectives. Since legal judges will be even more dominant at the Unified Patent Court, our role as translators is also set to become even more important in the future. The partners of Kather Augenstein were accepted as being readily qualified to act as judges for the new Unified Patent Court; an expertise that will be much to your advantage.

Trademarks and designs

Given the global division of labour, the decisive factor in the success of a company in Europe no longer hinges solely on production costs. That is because every business is now in a position to access cost-effective manufacturing options outside of Europe. Strong brands and distinctive designs are becoming increasingly important for your success, and we will help you protect them, to ensure that you remain distinctive, and that customers recognise true quality and originality. Strong brands and designs will always be subject to envy, but fear not! With us, you are in safe hands.

Unfair competition

Are you troubled by a competitor publishing misleading advertising, disseminating facts constituting trade libel, or otherwise violating laws against unfair competition? We will help you get matters back on track.

Equally, if someone accuses you of unfair behaviour or breach of intellectual property rights, you’ve come to the right place. We will defend your rights against unjustified claims.

Litigation PR

Patent and trademark disputes always attract a lot of attention. With our experience, we ensure that our clients also make a good impression in the public eye. If necessary, we offer Litigation-PR in cooperation with a trusted service provider.

Nowadays only those who take account of all communicative developments will emerge successfully from legal disputes – not only in court, but also in the public perception.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner Dr. Peter Katherkather@katheraugenstein.com+ 49 211 5135 360
Partner Dr. Christof Augensteinaugenstein@katheraugenstein.com+ 49 211 5135 360
Managing Partner Miriam Kiefer LL.M.kiefer@katheraugenstein.com+ 49 211 5135 360
Partner Christopher Weberweber@katheraugenstein.com+ 49 211 5135 360
Partner Sören Dahmdahm@katheraugenstein.com+ 49 211 5135 360
Number of Lawyers : 13
German
English
French
Italian
Spanish
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
EPLAW
Union IP
German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright Law (GRUR)
VPP
German-British Lawyers' Association
women in ip e.V.
Managing Partner : Miriam Kiefer LL.M.