Its merger changed the European patents landscape: two market-leading litigation teams from Germany and the Netherlands, Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft and Dutch-French-Spanish IP firm Hoyng Monegier, are gearing up for more European litigation work. With some 100 litigators, Hoyng ROKH Monegier is now the largest dedicated IP boutique in Europe and, with its newfound clout, is sounding the charge on the large litigation teams of Hogan Lovells, Taylor Wessing and Bird & Bird. The firm’s chances of capitalizing on the trend toward more cross-border IP litigation in Europe are excellent – not only in view of the UPC arrival, but also in trademarks. It proved to be a clever move of Reimann Osterrieth to form an exclusive bond with one of the few European litigation firms to operate at the same level, as at the same time competitors’ chances of exclusive partnerships in the Netherlands and France have decreased markedly. Next to all the merger headlines, events such as the German team launching in Munich in spring 2016, the appointment of another young partner, and figurehead Dr. Thomas Reimann’s move to of counsel status, were merely footnotes. The firm’s presence in a large number of proceedings simultaneously is virtually a sure thing. This work received momentum on the defendant side of mobile communications suits from NPEs: Deutsche Telekom and Samsung put their trust in the team. One challenge remaining for the successful team is to hone its visibility in pharmaceuticals cases.