Maiwald GmbH > Munich, Germany > Firm Profile

Maiwald GmbH
ELISENSTRASSE 3,
80335 MÜNCHEN
Germany

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: patent lawyers Tier 2

In contentious proceedings, Maiwald Intellectual Property particularly impresses with longstanding experience in opposition proceedings before the EPO and subsequent appeal proceedings; here, the team, which is headquartered in Munich, has a track record of achieving groundbreaking judgments. Its forensic practice focuses on life sciences and the pharmaceutical sector, especially with regards to biotechnology and medical devices, and in addition to its EPO practice, also handles nullity and accompanying infringement proceedings, which often entail cross-border aspects. In addition to its powerful litigation team, the boutique also provides a broad registration practice that encompasses strong life sciences expertise alongside sector know-how in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as artificial intelligence. Key contacts among its patent lawyers include Derk Vos (chemistry, pharmacy), Dirk Bühler (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, personalized therapies, diagnostics), Eva Dörner (chemistry, pharmacy, crop protection), Martin Huenges (biotechnology, pharmacy), Lutz Kietzmann (among electrical engineering, measurement and process engineering, mechanical engineering) and Stefanie Parchmann (pharmacy, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry). Biochemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical specialist Annelie Wunsch made partner in February 2021.

Key clients

Danaher Gruppe

University of California

Sandoz Hexal

Lindt & Sprüngli Chocoladefabriken GmbH/AG

Radiometer GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmBH

Illumina

Work highlights

  • Successful representation of the University of California in CRISPR/Cas9 matters before the EPO.
  • Representation of Sandoz Hexal in various proceedings.

Intellectual property > Patent prosecution Tier 2

Maiwald GmbH particularly impresses with its successful opposition practice before the European Patent Office, many years of litigation experience in nullity and infringement proceedings, which are often handled in cooperation with the firm’s own lawyers, and its sector specialization. The practice has particular experience in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors, but has also gained a good reputation in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer-based inventions, as the constantly growing clientele in these areas proves. Notably, its advice on artificial intelligence and digitization has also been expanding. In addition to numerous established German companies, the team also assists clients from the US, Japan, China, Switzerland and the UK which also instruct the team with transactions. Eva Dörner (chemistry, pharmacy, crop protection), Andreas Ledl (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biochemistry), Christian Pioch (software, semiconductors, medical technology), Alexander Ortlieb (physics, medical technology, computer-implemented inventions), Alexander Schmitz (electrical engineering, IT, mechanics, mechanical engineering), Lutz Kietzmann (renewable energies), Dirk Bühler (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, personalized therapies, diagnostics), Martin Huenges (biotechnology, pharmaceuticals), Angela Zumstein (pharmaceuticals, chemistry), Eva Ehlich (drug delivery, pharmaceutical technology, medical applications), Sophie Ertl (mechanical engineering, medical technology, materials technology, vehicle and aircraft construction), Naho Fujimoto (pharmaceuticals, chemistry) and Christian Schäflein (sensor technology, data processing, aircraft construction, image processing, medical technology) are the key contacts. Annelie Wunsch, who specialises in biotechnology, biochemistry and pharmacy, made partner in February 2021. The firm has its headquarters in Munich and an additional office in Düsseldorf.

Testimonials

‘Well organised, competent advice, good level of detail.’

‘A strong team that covers all areas that are important to us at partner level and is also focused on relevant issues. A resource-saving approach, focused on the solution and not on the problem, together with the combination of IP and patent law makes working together very easy for us. The exchange with other in-house departments works smoothly.’

‘The collaboration with Andreas Ledl and Eva Dörner has become indispensable for us. Andreas Ledl’s level-headed manner and his focus on addressing all involved parties and presenting problems in an abstract way is second to none. Eva Dörner’s chemical expertise undoubtedly rivals that of our in-house chemists while always being one step ahead in negotiations with patent lawyers on the other side. Both leave any ego behind and always have the best possible result for their client in mind. I haven’t seen it that often.’

Key clients

Powermat Technologies Ltd.

Baidu – Apollo Intelligent

University of California

Illumina

Brainlab AG

Royalty Pharma

Hexal AG / Sandoz International GmbH

Borealis AG

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Spectroplast AG

CureVac N.V.

PepsiCo

Ryvu Therapeutics S.A.

Knorr Bremse AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

ABB

Radiometer GmbH

BASF SE

Gedeon Richter Nyrt.

CSP, Sio2, Maxwell Chase

GlobalWafers

Nippon Kayaku

MANN+HUMMEL International GmbH & Co. KG

Novamont SpA

Work highlights

  • Conducted due diligence for Royalty Pharma on multiple transactions including the Morphosys acquisition of Constellation Pharma.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: solicitors Tier 3

Maiwald GmbH operates from its Düsseldorf and Munich locations and places a strong focus on chemistry and life sciences, while the practice is primarily known across the German market for its activities in the pharmaceutical sector; the team further focuses on medical products, engineering and the technology sector. Practice head Marco Stief focuses not only on life sciences-related matters but also on patent disputes in the IT and technology transfer sectors. Annelie Wunsch (biochemistry, biotechnology and pharma) made partner in summer 2021 and Ulrike Herr, who is well-versed in the pharma and chemistry industries, joined the team in January 2022 from Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler LLP. Elke Wurster left the firm at the end of 2021 for a position at TÜV Süd GmbH, while Stephan Schneller entered self-employment shortly before.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Danaher Gruppe

University of California

Sandoz Hexal

Lindt & Sprüngli Chocoladefabriken GmbH/AG

Radiometer GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

As one of Germany’s largest and best-known firms in the field of intellectual property, Maiwald’s foremost aim is to achieve the best possible solution for each client in each particular case. Maiwald employs about 260 people working out of Munich and Düsseldorf. The interdisciplinary teams work closely with each other and with foreign associates, always with an eye to the client’s particular needs, whether start-up, mediumsized firm or large corporation, across all industrial sectors. Maiwald’s team does its utmost to ensure that all IP matters are handled with competence and care, irrespective of the client’s physical location, whether in Germany, Europe or beyond.

Client-oriented solutions and personal consultation are at the heart of Maiwald’s professional approach. About 100 highly qualified patent attorneys, attorneys-at-law, and technical experts, an in-house patent search department and numerous client-specific teams of paralegals put their extensive range of skills and experience at clients’ disposal in order to arrive at the best possible customised IP solutions. Client satisfaction is evidenced by the long-standing business relationships with many prestigious corporations.

Main Areas of Practice:
Maiwald advises and represents domestic and international clients from all technical fields across the entire spectrum of intellectual property law. When appropriate, an interdisciplinary exchange of information and expertise can take place between various teams, ensuring that the optimal solution is achieved in each particular case.

Maiwald’s Patent Attorneys:
Maiwald’s team of patent attorneys combine their expertise across various technical fields and advise and represent clients across a wide range of industries.

These include:

  • Pharma & Biotech
  • Organic Chemistry & Polymers
  • Inorganic & Construction Materials
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Communication & Information Technology
  • Mobility & Energy
  • Displays & Light
  • Measuring & Process Technology
  • Medical Technology & Imaging
  • Artificial Intelligence & Digitalization

Maiwald’s patent attorneys have extensive experience in the management of international patent portfolios. Services include drafting and filing patent applications and coordinating worldwide prosecution as well as defending, enforcing and contesting IP rights. Patent attorneys also prepare freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions based on thorough research and analysis to establish whether existing IP rights of third parties could potentially stand in the way of a client’s particular product or manufacturing process. Clients also benefit from the exceptional expertise in opposition and appeal proceedings before the German and European Patent Office as well as in infringement and nullity proceedings before the national courts.

Maiwald’s Attorneys-At-Law:
Maiwald’s team of attorneys-at-law can boast many years of experience in trademark, design, copyright, and contract law as well as patent infringement litigation, particularly in the conduct and coordination of international litigation proceedings.

The firm’s legal expertise includes:

  • Patents & Utility Models
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates
  • Trademarks & Designs
  • Copyright
  • Competition & Antitrust Law
  • Compliance
  • Contract Law
  • Employee Invention Law
  • Pharmaceutical Law
  • Data Protection
  • Plant Variety Protection

Close cooperation between patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law is especially important in patent infringement litigation, since this type of proceedings generally calls for a comprehensive overview of the various national regulations as well as a thorough grasp of the particular technology. The interdisciplinary teams provide a comprehensive package of services to guarantee the successful conduct of legal proceedings in an international arena, also in cases where speed is of the essence, such as in preliminary injunction proceedings or border seizure procedures.

However, Maiwald’s attorneys-at-law would be the first to acknowledge that litigation is not always the best solution. They are skilled advocates in arbitration and mediation proceedings and are trusted experts when it comes to negotiating licensing contracts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Press contact Dr Eva Dörner doerner.marketing@maiwald.eu +49 (0)89 747 266 0
Photo Name Position Profile
Martina Boidol photo Martina Boidol Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Physicist
Nils Braun photo Dr Nils Braun Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Dirk Bühler photo Dr Dirk Bühler Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney M.Sc. Biochemistry
Aliki Busse photo Dr Aliki Busse Partner Attorney-at-Law Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property and copyright law
Eva Dörner photo Dr Eva Dörner Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Eva Ehlich photo Dr Eva Ehlich Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Sophie Ertl photo Dr Ing Sophie Ertl Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Mechanical…
Naho Fujimoto photo Dr Naho Fujimoto Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Holger Glas, LL.M. photo Dr Holger Glas, LL.M. Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist…
Norbert Hansen photo Dr Norbert Hansen Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Lars Häusler photo Dr Lars Häusler Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Biochemist
Ulrike Herr photo Dr Ulrike Herr Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Sebastian Herzog photo Sebastian Herzog Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Electrical Engineer
Susanna Heurung photo Susanna Heurung Partner Attorney-at-Law Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property
Martin Huenges, LL.M. photo Dr Martin Huenges, LL.M. Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Chemist Representative before the UPC…
Lutz Kietzmann, LL.M. photo Lutz Kietzmann, LL.M. Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Mechanical Engineer LL.M. (Intellectual Property)
Ralf Kotitschke photo Dr Ralf Kotitschke Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Physicist
Andrea Lasar photo Dr Andrea Lasar Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Biologist
Andreas Ledl photo Dr Andreas Ledl Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Biochemist
Sun Jin Lee photo Dr Sun Jin Lee Partner European Patent Attorney European Patent Litigator (UPC) Biochemist
Berthold Lux photo Dr Berthold Lux Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Christian Meyer photo Dr Christian Meyer Partner Attorney-at-Law Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property Representative before the UPC
Julia Mössinger photo Dr Julia Mössinger Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Biologist
Regina Neuefeind, LL.M. photo Dr Regina Neuefeind, LL.M. Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Biologist…
Alexander Ortlieb photo Alexander Ortlieb Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Physicist
Stefanie Parchmann photo Dr Stefanie Parchmann Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Chemist
Tobias Philipp photo Dr Tobias Philipp Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Mechanical…
Christian Pioch photo Dr Christian Pioch Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Physicist
Christian Schäflein photo Dr Christian Schäflein Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Physicist
Claus Schindele photo Dr Claus Schindele Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Chemist
Susanne Schmitz photo Susanne Schmitz Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Graduate…
Alexander Schmitz photo Dr Alexander Schmitz Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Electrical…
Marco Stief, LL.M. photo Dr Marco Stief, LL.M. Partner Attorney-at-Law LL.M. University of Chicago
Isabel Tomerius photo Dr Isabel Tomerius Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Derk Vos photo Dr Derk Vos Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Chemist
Ian Weaver photo Dr Ian Weaver Partner Irish Patent Agent Chartered Patent Attorney (UK) European Patent Attorney M.Sc.…
Annelie Wünsche photo Dr Annelie Wünsche Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Biologist
Angela Zumstein photo Angela Zumstein Partner German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney Representative before the UPC Pharmacist
Number of practitioner : 85
Number of partners : 38
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Board of Directors : Dr. Regina Neuefeind, Lutz Kietzmann, Dr. Norbert Hansen, Dr. Martin Huenges, Dr. Holger Glas, Dr. Dirk Bühler, Dr. Christian Schäflein, Dr. Alexander Schmitz, Angela Zumstein, Dr. Derk Vos, Dr. Berthold Lux, Dr. Eva Ehlich, Alexander Ortlieb, Dr. Andreas Ledl, Dr. Eva Dörner, Dr.-Ing. Sophie Ertl, Dr. Marco Stief, Dr. Ralf Kotitschke, Dr. Christian Pioch, Dr. Naho Fujimoto
Offices : Munich and Düsseldorf

The clients 

Maiwald advises and represents domestic and international clients from all technical fields across the entire spectrum of intellectual property law. The firm is to a high extent internationally oriented. In particular, many of our clients are located in the USA, UK, Switzerland, China and Japan. We have worked with a devise range of clients including: 

  • International biotech and pharmaceutical companies 
  • Internationally well-known automotive firms and suppliers 
  • Various healthcare providers 
  • Well-known IT companies producing software and hardware 

The team 

Maiwald’s team is a diverse team of different ethical backgrounds with various educational and practical experiences. 

Our team members have worked in many different countries, including: 

  • UK 
  • USA 
  • Japan 
  • Spain 
  • France 
  • USA 
  • China 
  • Korea 

We provide services in a range of languages including English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. 

The network 

A main characteristic of our practice is that our attorneys have a network of direct client contacts, and so we rely on referrals far less than some competitors; this provides an excellent basis for the independent expansion of international client relationships. 

Maiwald appoints Dr. Sun Jin Lee, Sebastian Herzog und Dr. Tobias Philipp as partners

Maiwald is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sun Jin Lee, Sebastian Herzog und Dr. Tobias Philipp as partners.

Personnel News Maiwald/Dr. Isabel Tomerius appointed Partner

Dr. Isabel Tomerius joins Maiwald as Partner Patent attorney Dr Isabel Tomerius joined Maiwald GmbH, one of Germany's leading IP law firms, as partner with effect from October 1, 2023.

Maiwald appoints Martina Boidol as partner

Maiwald, one of Germany’s leading IP law firms, has appointed Martina Boidol as partner with effect from 1 July 2023.

Dr. Ulrike Herr takes up role as partner with Maiwald

Patent attorney Dr. Ulrike Herr joins Maiwald as partner on 1 February 2022. Formerly with the Munich office of Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler, where she became a partner in 2014, Dr. Herr practices in the areas of polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, among others.