Klaka – Germany 2017
This traditional boutique is small yet highly recommended for patent litigation and enjoys a strong market presence in a sizeable number of proceedings. Klaka covers a wide technical spectrum, although it saw a drop in pharmaceuticals proceedings. But instead the firm was involved in more mobile communications cases: in addition to regular client ZTE, the firm defended Wiko against various NPE suits. Two other regular clients kept the firm increasingly busy: Sram regarding bicycle components and 3M concerning various technologies. In terms of personnel, the year marked the end of an era as long-time senior partner Dr. Michael Nieder moved to of counsel status. The practice took this in its stride thanks to Giebes’ outstanding reputation.
Litigation related to pharmaceuticals and mechanics.
For the UPC system, Klaka is banking on its independence and good ties to patent attorneys and other European litigation firms, but shares these with other German competitors. This strategy can work if Klaka establishes other excellent litigators besides Giebe and develops a larger team for more complex UPC proceedings.
Olaf Giebe, Dr. Wolfgang Götz, Dr. Stefan Eck.
4 partners, 1 associate, 1 of counsel
Strong focus on patent law, exclusively litigation and advice. Also trademarks and unfair competition.
Wiko against Sisvel and 3G Licensing; ZTE against Optis Cellular (all regarding LTE patents); Sram against Shimano regarding bicycle components; Tyco Fire & Security regarding security technology; Fischerwerke concerning special plugs; Big Ben concerning computer games; Medien Patentverwaltung regarding film copy coding; Ortlieb regarding sporting equipment; 3M concerning dental technology and spray pistols.