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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan – Germany 2016

JUVE Comment

The gold-rush atmosphere in the comparatively young German patents team of this US firm has past, although it is still among the leading German litigation practices. Following impressive startup years, consolidation at a high level has now set in. Now that the patent battles between the major mobile communications manufacturers, in which QE caused a stir on the side of Google, have come to an end, the team is now active for Google and Motorola in frequent NPE suits against Android applications on the defendant side or as intervener. QE is using the consolidation in mobile communications suits to advance in other technical fields or sectors, e.g. auto, printing and laminate technology. A series of associate departures is further indication of this consolidation.


Litigation related to telecoms and on the interface with antitrust. Strong US practice.

Development potential

Unlike other top European practices, QE does not have patent expertise in Paris and London. In lucrative cross-border proceedings, the alternative is to rely on the appeal of extremely strong and renowned partners like Grosch, esp. as the next generation is raising its market profile. One open flank is the firm’s low visibility in pharmaceuticals proceedings. The US practice offers a solid foundation here, with its good contacts.

Recommended individuals

Dr. Marcus Grosch, Dr. Nadine Herrmann, Dr. Johannes Bukow.


3 partners, 1 counsel, 9 associates


Pure litigation firm. In Germany, IP activity centers on patent litigation. Also cancellation proceedings, opposition and nullity suits and infringement proceedings, generally without external patent attorneys. In Hamburg, soft IP and antitrust on the interface with patents.


Motorola against Saint Lawrence; Google against Unwired Planet, Marathon and Philips; Samsung and IPCom (all regarding mobile communications); DSM regarding enzyme treatment in milk preparations; SWM concerning cigarette paper; Memjet regarding printing technology; frequent litigation for Saint-Gobain, Sisvel, Carl Freudenberg.


Hamburg, Mannheim, Munich