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MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
ELISENSTRASSE 3, 80335 MÜNCHEN
Germany
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Naho Fujimoto advises and represents companies from the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industries with respect to patent prosecution proceedings worldwide. On account of her linguistic and cultural background, Naho's Japanese clients naturally make up a large part of her workload. While her activities mainly center on European patent prosecution, Naho also supervises and manages complex global patent families and portfolios, from filing to grant to post-grant procedures. She has many years of experience in providing strategic advice on product-related projects, including conducting state of the art searches, preparing freedom-to-operate opinions, monitoring competitor activities and participating in opposition proceedings.

Position

Partner, German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, Chemist

Career

Since 2019

Partner at Maiwald

Since 2015

Patent attorney at Maiwald

2013-2015

Patent attorney trainee at Maiwald

2012-2013

Patent attorney trainee at a French IP law firm in Paris

   

Languages

German, Japanese, English, French

Memberships

GDCh

Education

2016

Admitted to practice as German patent attorney

2015

Admitted to practice as European patent attorney

2013-2015

Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen

2005-2009

Doctoral degree in the field of organic chemistry from the University of Hamburg

1999-2005

Studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg

Lawyer Rankings

Germany > Intellectual property > Patent prosecution

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.

Deutschland > Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz > Patentrecht: Patentanwälte: Anmeldungen und Amtsverfahren

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS- UND RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH ist am Markt besonders in Erteilungs- und Nacherteilungsverfahren vor dem Europäischen Patentamt, einschließlich in Verfahren vor der Beschwerdekammer und der erweiterten Beschwerdekammer sichtbar. Die Kanzlei mit Standorten in München und Düsseldorf ist weiter eine sichere Wahl für Pharma- und Chemiepatente, der traditionellen Kernexpertise des Teams, wobei über die Jahre der Ausbau der Biotechnologieexpertise gelang, unter anderem zu Impfstoffen und der Stammzelltherapie. Die Expertise zu ergänzenden Schutzzertifikaten ist eine weitere Stärke der Kanzlei. Drei weitere besonders schnell wachsende Praxisbereiche sind die Elektrotechnik, der Maschinenbau und die computerbezogenen Erfindungen; man konnte aber 2020 auch in der Medizintechnik spürbar zulegen. Mandate mit Digitalisierungsbezug und aus dem Bereich künstliche Intelligenz sind ebenfalls zunehmend im Arbeitsaufkommen vertreten. Neben der Prosecution-Praxis, die eine erhebliche EPA-Einspruchspraxis beinhaltet, ist man in der IP-Strategieberatung erfahren und konnte sich dank der hauseigenen Rechtsanwälte auch einen guten Ruf in Verletzungsverfahren erarbeiten. Die Mandantschaft ist sehr international zusammengesetzt, wobei Schwerpunkte auf China, Japan, der Schweiz, den USA und Großbritannien liegen. Dirk Bühler (Biochemie), Eva Dörner (Chemie), Eva Ehlich (Chemie), Holger Glas (Chemie), Alexander Ortlieb (Physik), Alexander Schmitz (Elektrotechnik), Derk Vos (Chemie), Naho Fujimoto (Chemie), Christian Pioch (Physik), Lutz Kietzmann (Maschinenbau), Christian Schäflein (Physik) und Martin Huenges (Chemie) gehören zum festen Kern des Teams.