Patent prosecution Tier 2

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH has carved out a strong practice developing registration strategies and handling opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, while also having notable experience in complementary protection certificates. As well as its traditional strength in pharmaceutical and life sciences sector work, the Munich-based boutique is increasingly expanding its engineering sector portfolio, which includes digitalisation and artificial intelligence as well as IT and telecommunications and medical technology mandates. Its international practice showed a significant increase in Japanese and Chinese clients. Key members of the team include Dirk Bühler (biotechnology), Eva Dörner (chemistry, pharmaceuticals and crop protection), Eva Ehlich (chemistry and pharmaceuticals) and Martin Huenges (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals). Simon Lud (telecommunications and communications engineering, automotive, digitalisation, computer-implemented inventions) and Claus Schindele (chemistry, most notably polymer chemistry and thin-layer technology) were elevated to the partnership in July 2018 and November 2018 respectively.


‘Very competent advice and input with good economical understanding. Due to vast experience from patent disputes, the application strategy is already thought through to the end.’

‘The lawfirm Maiwald is characterised by efficiency, client orientation and the very high quality of a patent rights lawyer’s advice and working method.’

‘Eva Dörner offers efficient, structured and solution-oriented cooperation, always with the aim to get the most out of it for the client. Even the urgent assignments are always worked on with the highest quality. Especially to be emphasised are her excellent ability of communication as well as experiences, in particular in the sector of chemical and pharmaceutical patents.’

‘Eva Ehlich stands out due to the rare ability, to combine thoroughness and pragmatism. She delivers excellent results.’

‘Dirk Bühler is a brilliant strategist with the ability, to think innovatively to develop successful strategies.’

Key clients


LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG

Massachusetts General Hospital



Purdue Pharma L.P.


The Regents of the University of California

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services


Patent litigation Tier 4

Led by Marco StiefMAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH has a fine reputation in the market. Much of its work pertains to disputes in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors but the team also has a strong profile for proceedings concerning technology patents. Clients also benefit from the firm's expansion of its engineering practice.

Key clients

1A Pharma

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Hexal AG

IRES Infrarot Energiesystem GmbH



P4 automotive handels GmbH


The Regents of the University of California

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 220 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 80 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

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 +49 (0)89 747 266 0
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Dirk Bühler  photo Dr Dirk Bühler
 Stefan Bianchin  photo Stefan Bianchin
Dr Eva Dörner  photo Dr Eva Dörner
Dr Eva Ehlich  photo Dr Eva Ehlich
Dr Ing Sophie Ertl  photo Dr Ing Sophie Ertl
Dr Naho Fujimoto  photo Dr Naho Fujimoto
Dr Holger Glas  photo Dr Holger Glas
Dr Norbert Hansen  photo Dr Norbert Hansen
 Susanna Heurung  photo Susanna Heurung
Dr Martin Huenges  photo Dr Martin Huenges
 Attila Kimpan  photo Attila Kimpan
Dr Ralf Kotitschke  photo Dr Ralf Kotitschke
Dr Andrea Lasar  photo Dr Andrea Lasar
Dr Andreas Ledl  photo Dr Andreas Ledl
Dr Simon Lud  photo Dr Simon Lud
Dr Berthold Lux  photo Dr Berthold Lux
Dr Regina Neuefeind  photo Dr Regina Neuefeind
 Alexander Ortlieb  photo Alexander Ortlieb
Dr Stefanie Parchmann  photo Dr Stefanie Parchmann
Dr Christian Pioch  photo Dr Christian Pioch
Dr Christian Schäflein  photo Dr Christian Schäflein
Dr Claus Schindele  photo Dr Claus Schindele
Dr Alexander Schmitz  photo Dr Alexander Schmitz
 Susanne Schmitz  photo Susanne Schmitz
 Stephan Schneller  photo Stephan Schneller
Dr Marco Stief photo Dr Marco Stief
Dr Derk Vos  photo Dr Derk Vos
 Elke Wurster  photo Elke Wurster
 Angela Zumstein  photo Angela Zumstein
Number of practitioner : 80
Number of partners : 32
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