Firm Profile > MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH > Munich, Germany

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

Patent prosecution Tier 2

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH fields an active patent granting and opposition procedures practice and has a particular focus on proceedings before the EPO. From its Munich and Düsseldorf offices, the firm also offers advice on strategic patent and portfolio issues, assistance with international instructions such as the global coordination of patent granting procedures, a seasoned team for nullity and infringement claims and advice on complementary protection certificates, which represents a particular focus. Sectorally, the firm's traditional strength lies in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industries, although the team also possesses deep expertise in the biotechnology, mechanical engineering, electrotechnology, computer-related inventions and medical engineering fields. The engineering practice is also increasingly gaining visibility. The client base is comprised of startups, medium-sized companies and large international corporations, while the share of clients from the US and Asia, particularly China and Japan, is increasingly growing. The team's key contacts are Dirk Bühler (biotechnology), Eva Ehlich (chemicals and pharmaceuticals), Martin Huenges (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals), Derk Vos (chemicals and pharmaceuticals), Christian Schäflein (physics), Alexander Ortlieb (physics, medical engineering and diagnostics, computer-implemented inventions, mechanical engineering and telecommunications), Eva Dörner (chemicals), Angela Zumstein (pharmaceuticals), Berthold Lux (chemicals), Alexander Schmitz (electrotechnology) and Sophie Ertl (mechanical engineering). Dually qualified patent lawyer and attorney-at-law Stefan Bianchin joined the firm in February 2019 from Mitscherlich & Partner and made partner in August 2019. Naho Fujimoto (chemicals), Ian Weaver (optoelectronics and optical information processing) and Christian Pioch (software, data processing and semiconductor technology among others) made partner at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 respectively.

Testimonials

'' Extremely detailed and insightful comments and recommendations on decisions made by patent offices in key jurisdictions. Maiwald will never be the cheapest law firm, but they offer absolute quality service. '

'' Pragmatic advisory approach with a good understanding of the economic aspects underlying IP rights. This approach allows the law firm to obtain property rights that are actually economically significant. '

'' Creative and able to view each constellation as an individual case and adapt solutions accordingly. They are extremely well trained, smart and prudent and leave no stone unturned. '

' Professional, service-oriented, able to handle every patent case. '

' Angela Zumsteim: Highest quality of work, very service-oriented and easy to deal with. The best representation in opposition proceedings I've seen in years. Makes complex issues appear simple. '

' As a mixed law firm, Maiwald has experts on all IP-related issues, from employee invention law to compliance and contract law. The close cooperation between patent attorneys and lawyers reduces costs and ensures overall better performance in litigation. Lots of experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning. With over 80 patent attorneys and lawyers, we are also well equipped for large multinational projects. '

' Christian Schäflein: There will probably be only a few patent attorneys in Europe with a comparable wealth of experience in the areas of software and AI. '

' Christian Pioch: Young and aspiring. With his analytical mind he will certainly move the company forward. '

' Stefan Bianchin: With his dual qualifications as a lawyer and patent attorney, he is very efficient in patent infringement proceedings. '

Key clients

Alere (jetzt Abbott)

Baidu

CureVac

Cytune

Devicor Medical Products

Flagship

Hexal AG /Sandoz

Intel Corporation

LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG

Massachusetts General Hospital

Merck

Mundipharma

Oncomed

Purdue Pharma L.P.

Royalty Pharma

Takeda

The Regents of the University of California

The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Valmet

Patent litigation Tier 4

In 2019 and 2020, MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH emerged strengthened. The arrival of dually qualified patent lawyer and attorney-at-law Stefan Bianchin from Mitscherlich & Partner in February 2019 and his subsequent partner promotion in August along with the partner promotion of three patent lawyers indicated a clear growth trajectory for the practice. Pharmaceutical matters constitute the practice's core, although the team is also an established advisor in the life sciences sector and is increasingly gaining profile in other industries such as mechanical engineering and electronics, not least due to the strengthening of the mixed patent and attorney-at-law firm's prosecution practice. Marco Stief heads the practice and has experience in national and international patent infringement matters, border seizure proceedings and disputes related to technology agreements.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

1A Pharma

Dr Reddy’s/Betapharm

Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH

Generics [UK] Ltd. Trading as Mylan

Hexal AG/Sandoz

Klinge Pharma

Merck

Mundipharma

Nike

Novamont S.p.A.

P4 automotive handels GmbH

Powermat

Royalty Pharma

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 230 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 doerner.marketing@maiwald.eu +49 (0)89 747 266 0
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dirk Bühler  photo Dirk Bühler Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
 Stefan Bianchin  photo Stefan Bianchin Partner, Attorney-at-Law, European Patent Attorney, Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property
 Eva Dörner  photo 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
 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
 Christian Schäflein  photo 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
 Susanne Schmitz  photo Susanne Schmitz 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
 Stephan Schneller  photo Stephan Schneller Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property
Dr Marco Stief photo Dr Marco Stief Partner, 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, European Trademark and Design…
 Elke Wurster  photo Elke Wurster Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Maitrise en droit international, Certified Compliance Officer (univ.)
 Angela Zumstein  photo Angela Zumstein Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney
Number of practitioner : 80
Number of partners : 32
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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

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.