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MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
ELISENSTRASSE 3, 80335 MÜNCHEN
Germany

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 2

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).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.

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.

Practice head(s):

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®.

Intellectual property > Patent prosecution Tier 2

MAIWALD PATENTANAWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH is particularly active in patent granting and post-granting proceedings before the European Patent Office, including in proceedings before the Board of Appeal and the Extended Board of Appeal. Based in Munich and Düsseldorf, the firm has a traditional focus on pharmaceutical and chemical patents but also successfully expanded its biotechnology expertise over recent years, including vaccines and stem cell therapy. In-depth knowledge pertaining to supplementary protection certificates is another strength. Other growth areas are electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer-related inventions, with a noticeable plus in medical technology-related mandates in 2020. Matters in the digitisation and artificial intelligence context are further growth topics. In addition to the prosecution practice, including a sizeable EPA opposition practice, the team is experienced in IP strategy consulting and, thanks to the in-house lawyers, has also developed a good reputation in infringement proceedings. The client base is very international, with a focus on China, Japan, Switzerland, the USA and Great Britain. Dirk Bühler (biochemistry), Eva Dörner (chemicals), Eva Ehlich (chemicals), Holger Glas (chemicals), Alexander Ortlieb (physics), Alexander Schmitz (electrical engineering), Derk Vos (chemicals), Naho Fujimoto (chemicals), Christian Pioch (physics), Lutz Kietzmann (mechanical engineering), Christian Schäflein (physics) and Martin Huenges (chemicals) belong to the core team.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of patent attorneys who are very proactive and strategic in responding to the needs of our business.’

‘Eva Ehlich: Excellent knowledge of industry; years of experience; excellent strategic thinking; holistic approach.’

Naho Fujimoto: Very solution oriented; very efficient.’

‘The team consists of experienced scientists who understand the technology and develop IP strategies to protect scientific innovations.’

‘Attentive and thorough.’

‘Maiwald’s team around Dirk Bühler combines a high level of expertise with great commitment, pragmatism and very professional and personal interactions.’

‘Dirk Bühler has an extremely good overview of current case law and trends at the EPO and the German courts, which is of great value for filing strategies and opinion work.’

Key clients

CureVac

Hexal AG /Sandoz

LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG

Royalty Pharma

Takeda

The Regents of the University of California

Work highlights

  • Advised Royalty Pharma on multiple transactions totaling $2.33 billion in 2020.
  • Representing the patent holders University of California, Emmanuelle Charpentier and the University of Vienna in opposition proceedings before the EPO against seven opponents to the basic patent CRISPR/Cas9 (EP 2 800 811).

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 240 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 90 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.

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Stefan Bianchin  photo Stefan Bianchin Partner, Attorney-at-Law, European Patent Attorney, Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property
Dr Dirk Bühler  photo Dr Dirk Bühler Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Eva Dörner  photo Dr Eva Dörner Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Eva Ehlich  photo Dr Eva Ehlich Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Ing Sophie Ertl  photo Dr Ing Sophie Ertl Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Naho Fujimoto  photo Dr Naho Fujimoto Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney,…
Dr Holger Glas  photo Dr Holger Glas Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Norbert Hansen  photo Dr Norbert Hansen Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Ulrike Herr  photo Dr Ulrike Herr Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Chemist
Susanna Heurung  photo Susanna Heurung Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property
Dr Martin Huenges  photo Dr Martin Huenges Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Lutz Kietzmann  photo Lutz Kietzmann Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Attila Kimpan  photo Attila Kimpan Partner, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Ralf Kotitschke  photo Dr Ralf Kotitschke Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Andrea Lasar  photo Dr Andrea Lasar Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Andreas Ledl  photo Dr Andreas Ledl Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Simon Lud  photo Dr Simon Lud Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney
Dr Berthold Lux  photo Dr Berthold Lux Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Regina Neuefeind  photo Dr Regina Neuefeind Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Alexander Ortlieb  photo Alexander Ortlieb Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Stefanie Parchmann  photo Dr Stefanie Parchmann Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Christian Pioch  photo Dr Christian Pioch Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Heike Röder-Hitschke photo Heike Röder-Hitschke
Dr Christian Schäflein  photo Dr Christian Schäflein Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Claus Schindele  photo Dr Claus Schindele Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Alexander Schmitz  photo Dr Alexander Schmitz Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Susanne Schmitz  photo Susanne Schmitz Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Marco Stief photo Dr Marco StiefPartner, Attorney-at-Law
Dr Derk Vos  photo Dr Derk Vos Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Dr Ian Weaver  photo Dr Ian Weaver Partner, Chartered Patent Attorney (UK), European Patent Attorney, Irish Patent Agent, European…
Dr 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, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Number of practitioner : 80
Number of partners : 31
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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

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. 

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.