Dr Dirk Bühler > Maiwald GmbH > Munich, Germany > Lawyer Profile

Maiwald GmbH

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Dirk Bühler specializes in the management of product-related patent portfolios worldwide as well as the associated opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and personalized therapy and diagnostics. He regularly advises clients on complex SPC matters and freedom-to-operate strategies in these areas.

His extensive experience enables him to bring strategic IP consultancy and patent portfolio creation/management into alignment with the economic interests of his clients in a rapidly changing market environment. Clients value his interdisciplinary approach of combining questions relating to patent law with regulatory requirements for marketing authorization of medicinal products in order to achieve the fullest protection possible.

Dirk has received numerous awards for his professional activities as patent attorney and regularly publishes articles on various aspects of patent law.


German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
M.Sc. Biochemistry


since 2007 Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald
since 2004 Patent attorney at Maiwald
2001 – 2004 Patent attorney trainee at Maiwald


German, English




2004 Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
2004 Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
2001 – 2004 Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen
1998 – 2001 Doctoral degree in the field of biochemistry from the Freie Universität Berlin (doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry)
1992 – 1998 Studied biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of California, Berkeley and Heidelberg University

Lawyer Rankings

Germany > Intellectual property > Patent prosecution

With a team consisting of solicitors and patent lawyers, Maiwald GmbH is a one-stop patent shop and also provides seamless advice on other IP areas, including trade mark and copyright law. The group’s technical cornerstones include engineering, medical technology, biotechnology as well as chemistry and pharmaceuticals, while its geographical focus rests on the US, China, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Eva Ehlich (polymer chemistry, drug delivery, formulation technology), Dirk Bühler (drugs, molecular chemistry, biology, diagnostics) and Derk Vos (chemistry and pharmacy) are among the team’s key contacts.