Gulde & Partner – Germany 2018
This Berlin IP firm is one of the strongest filing firms in east Germany, whose patent attorneys have carved out a strong presence in infringement proceedings over recent years. Excellent ties to Asian companies – with its own offices in Beijing and Yokohama – play a large part in this. Chinese mobile communications manufacturers feature heavily in the current client list. G&P used its showpiece instruction Haier against Sisvel – where the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) is expected to make a precedent ruling on the FRAND issue at the end of 2018 – to position its own lawyers in infringement proceedings. The well-prepared retirement of the firm’s best-known patent attorney, Jürgen Hengelhaupt, was a certain turning point. In response to this, G&P appointed another patent attorney to partner.
Patent prosecution and litigation related to electronics and telecoms patents. Strong presence among Asian companies.
Marco Scheffler, Dr. Sönke Lorenz (patent attorney).
18 patent attorneys, 3 lawyers
All-round IP activity with a strong focus on patent prosecution with two technical specialties in chemicals/pharmaceuticals and physics/electronics/IT. Licences, nullity suits and infringement proceedings.
Litigation: Haier against Sisvel concerning mobile communications standards; Reemtsma against BAT regarding consumer items; frequent work for TCT and Wiko concerning mobile communications. Prosecution: Fontem Ventures (incl. litigation), Autel Robotics, Audi, Bundesdruckerei, Robert Bosch, Coty, German Auto Labs, Samsung, Siemens, Volkswagen.