BP is among the leading practices in patents thanks to its strong visibility in litigation, despite the fact that the mobile communications battles for Apple and Microsoft have slowed down. Instead, the firm stepped up litigation on behalf of regular clients like Adidas and Cisco. The team was, however, present in one of the largest mobile communications suits, where it represented intervener Amazon against SLC. With its setup and its offices in Milan and Paris, BP need not fear competition in the new UPC system, esp. as it bolstered both of it...
This leading Düsseldorf IP boutique works exclusively with patent attorneys in patents and boasts one of the most visible prosecution practices in western Germany. The patent attorneys are esp. well known for their litigation work in mobile communications suits, e.g. for France Brevets and Nokia. In recent years, the practice has carved out a strong position in work for industry-oriented NPEs, and frequently brings this experience into play in its litigation for manufacturing companies. The firm’s visibility among NPEs provides it with a good s...
HE is still among the leading names for patents and established an excellent setup for the UPC early on, esp. on the patent attorney side. The firm operates one of the large European prosecution practices with an extremely strong position among Japanese companies and in the pharmaceuticals sector, and is also well placed when it comes to mobile communications and electronics patents. Alongside Bardehle, HE boasts one of the most active mixed litigation teams, traditionally with a strong presence in pharmaceuticals proceedings. Patent attorneys ...
This recommended Düsseldorf firm was again one of Germany’s most active patent attorney firms when it came to litigation. König and von Renesse’s involvement in high-profile infringement proceedings and nullity/opposition suits with a pharmaceuticals background for Bayer subgroups, Eli Lilly and Amgen was a familiar picture. But they also saw more litigation for medical product manufacturers and involving consumer goods, as the series of proceedings for OrbusNeich (stents) and for ECC (espresso capsules) gained momentum. KSTVR still works exclu...Full Analysis
Not only is this highly recommended firm one of the most visible prosecution practices outside of Munich, it is also one of the foremost names for litigation in mobile communications suits on the patent attorney side. Here, M&N appears in almost all of today’s high-profile series of proceedings. M&N counts on its good ties to some law firms, such as ROKH and Hogan Lovells, in view of the UPC system and despite ROKH’s merger with Hoyng Monegier. At the same time, M&N banks on the outstanding litigation expertise of individual lawyers like Baumgä...
This leading firm in patents is increasingly active in litigation, with its mixed teams. The practice was in action, for instance, for Aeritas against Lufthansa concerning mobile boarding patents. The patent attorneys and lawyers are keeping up with the trend by advising the growing number of NPEs arriving in Germany and litigated for Marathon Patent, for instance, in several proceedings. B&B is well set up for the upcoming UPC with offices in Paris and Munich. The firm plans to continue only serving the court venue Düsseldorf with lawyers from...
This leading firm in patents is one of the standout patent litigation firms thanks to numerous opposition and nullity suits conducted primarily by patent attorneys like Ehlers and Göken. The patent attorneys are also very experienced litigating in infringement proceedings (e.g. for Enercon, Philips and Nordson), and traditionally active globally, with one example the ground-breaking arbitration work for Enercon in India. In a number of high-profile proceedings, e.g. Sisvel, the patent attorneys worked with external litigators, but also increasi...
A leading patents team which is very well positioned for the UPC thanks to its successful mixed approach, very broad prosecution practice and offices in Munich and Paris. The exceptionally broad technical expertise of the patent attorneys also stands the firm in good stead, incl. their litigation experience for electronics and telecoms patents. The lawyers are also active in a multitude of proceedings with a wide technical background, e.g. for Välinge in connection with laminate flooring and Doco Korea concerning razor blades. Grünecker is incr...
This firm, which is highly recommended for patents, enjoys an esp. good name in the pharmaceuticals sector, both for prosecution and litigation. The litigation team was much busier this year, partly because of Stief’s high-profile activity. But reducing Maiwald to a pharmaceuticals firm would be too simplistic, as the patent attorneys and lawyers cover a broader technical spectrum encompassing the auto sector, aircraft construction and medical technology. Maiwald bolstered its practice in mechanical patents with two patent attorneys experienced...
This respected IP firm is known as one of the top names for mobile communications suits on the patent attorney side. But the proportion of work accounted for by mobile communications suits dropped, as key client Nokia was not in court as often, either as plaintiff or defendant. Instead, the firm’s litigation experience in electronics and mechanics patents emerged. S&P could use the current calm period in mobile communications suits to position its younger litigators, who are already established, in the market. Besides strong litigation work, th...Full Analysis
On the basis of its excellently positioned prosecution practice, this leading firm in patents fine-tuned its litigation team setup. The firm bolstered the lawyer side with two career starters and appointed an experienced litigator salary partner. The litigation team already enjoys an excellent position in Munich, and the firm launched an additional office in Düsseldorf in November 2015, with a mixed litigation team of its own patent attorneys and an experienced lateral. Vossius is thus gearing itself more and more towards the UPC system, with a...
This respected patent attorney firm is very visible with its approach geared largely towards litigation. Unlike many competitors on the patent attorney side, the firm is active in pharmaceuticals and mobile communications suits to an equal degree. With this strategy, it will be able to play a role in the UPC system. In pharmaceuticals proceedings, the patent attorneys were as busy as ever litigating in opposition and nullity suits for generics manufacturers as well as originators. They are also visible in infringement proceedings, for instance ...Full Analysis
This firm is highly recommended for patent filing and landed an astonishing number of new clients this year. The long-established IP boutique in Stuttgart thus gained ground in its already strong filing practice. For new client Innowatech, Dreiss not only took over the patent portfolio, but also stepped into an extensive opposition suit at the EPO right away. Dreiss litigates in infringement proceedings for its core base of Mittelstand clients from Baden-Württemberg, often alongside external litigators. This also gives rise to further litigatio...
The leading patents practice of this US firm is preparing for the launch of the UPC system, with a well-positioned patent attorney practice and a litigation team that is firmly established in Munich. The mixed approach and excellent links to US companies provide an excellent basis. For some time, the German patents practice has been growing mainly within existing client connections. For instance, the litigation team is conducting a host of major proceedings for pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical product manufacturers, among them economically ...
Alongside its well-positioned prosecution practice, this leading firm in patents now boasts a visible litigation team around Wuttke, which conducts a multitude of proceedings for Mittelstand companies. The firm also gained corporates such as Deutsche Telekom and a German chemicals manufacturer as new clients. On the downside, the team has not yet had a chance to step up to the plate and litigate for Facebook in a suit by NPE Marathon, although the patent attorneys handle the European prosecution. But the continuous expansion of the litigation t...
Unlike many patent attorney firms, this Hamburg IP boutique, which is highly recommended for patents, is geared primarily towards litigation, not only filing. U&S litigates in cooperation with external lawyers. The patent attorneys themselves are very active for regular clients like Exxon Mobil in opposition suits. Agricultural corporate Monsanto is also a source of much litigation work, e.g. concerning plant cultivation. At international level, the patent attorneys mainly advise US clients who hire U&S directly, some of whom have been working ...
This mixed firm recommended in patents is visible at a steady, high level, mostly in disputes. The firm gained new clients and litigated for Macronix in infringement proceedings. Steady filing work for the Mittelstand provides a solid basis for the strong litigation practice. The firm also works for large patent filers, such as BMW. WRST enjoys a strong name in the auto sector overall. Following the loss of two experienced patent attorneys last year, the firm has now appointed one of its own patent attorneys as partner.
A Munich-based patent attorney firm which is highly recommended for both filing and litigation. After an extensive selection process, the firm made it onto the Google panel, for which it now files patents. The firm’s visibility stems increasingly from litigation in the life sciences sector, where it works as part of an international team. The firm will need to find a suitable growth strategy to continue coping with the high workload. If it manages to do so, some of its patent attorneys, e.g. Katérle, may be candidates as litigation specialists ...
This Ruhr Valley firm is most respected for its filing work in patents and, with a slight delay, raised its headcount for the upcoming UPC. Having suffered a departure last year, AH now boosted its specialties in mechanics, engineering and electronics with a patent attorney from its own pool of young talent. Thanks to the market visibility of a number of partners (e.g. Albrecht) and long-established connections to many notable Mittelstand companies and some corporates from western Germany, the firm has now ascended to first place in the Ruhr re...
This respected firm for patents around highly experienced patent attorney Esslinger had already been continuously building on its activity in the mobile communications sector in recent years, incl. intensified prosecution work for Google. However, the patent attorney experienced in mobile communications suits, Dr. Friedrich Emmerling, who had joined the firm only ten months ago from Bird & Bird, left the firm for Prüfer & Partner. Nevertheless, B&R’s technical expertise stretches far beyond mobile communications.Full Analysis
Once again, this leading litigation practice for patents demonstrated excellent visibility in pharmaceuticals and mobile communications cases, e.g. on the side of Nokia, Microsoft and Huawei. In the mobile communications sector, B&B is often in action for NPEs as well now. But the team mainly proves its huge clout through its involvement in a broad technical spectrum of cases, e.g. for Canon (printing technology) and Acer (DVD technology). Jüngst and Wolters-Höhne were active in far more pharmaceuticals cases, both for originators and generics ...
This respected patent attorney firm enjoyed strong visibility across Germany, thanks to Keussen – incl. for litigation on the patent attorney side. The firm often looks after large global portfolios for its very loyal Mittelstand client base, incl. enforcement before the courts, as well as the large portfolios of some corporates and international companies, e.g. Sanyo and NEC, across Europe. Though GDM only conducts a small number of infringement proceedings, it mostly does so with its own litigator, unlike its north German competitors.
This respected Berlin IP firm is visible to an equal degree these days for its prosecution and litigation work. The firm operates one of the strongest filing practices in eastern Germany and cleverly capitalizes on its traditionally strong ties to Asia (own office in Beijing as well as Japanese and Korean patent attorneys) to conduct litigation for primarily Chinese clients, such as ZTE, Hisense and Haier. Proceedings often feature a mobile communications element. The firm’s strong visibility in Asian work and the expansion of its litigation ac...
This firm respected in patents developed its prosecution work within existing client relationships. The filing practice is strong in terms of the number of patents filed at the German Patent and Trademark Office and EPO and forms the basis for litigation work. As in previous years, the firm shone here on the side of Nike against Adidas. The patent attorneys were very active in nullity suits and infringement proceedings – always alongside external lawyers – mostly for auto manufacturers and suppliers. Following some years of stability, the firm ...
The patent attorneys at this respected IP firm underscored their reputation for chemicals and pharmaceuticals patents with work for Hexal in two high-profile suits. The patent attorneys are esp. visible in infringement proceedings and nullity suits on behalf of generics companies, as well as filing patents and conducting official proceedings in a variety of sectors. The second practice specialty is electronics patents, of which it files many for Asian corporates like LG.
The patent attorneys at this Munich IP firm are respected primarily for work in patent litigation, where they always operate alongside external lawyers. The patent attorneys are often part of the action when regular client Samsung is active in Germany’s courts. Although the proceedings involving the Korean company’s smartphones are over, Z&P benefits from Samsung’s setup as a conglomerate, with frequent litigation related to other technologies. Litigation predominates in work for some clients, e.g. GE Wind, whereas Z&P is active on an all-round...Full Analysis
This respected, mixed IP firm traditionally enjoys a dominant position in the patent attorney scene in the Rhein-Main region, thanks to its strong position in mechanics patents. The prosecution work in chemicals patents is also held in high regard. The patent attorneys litigate for a number of Mittelstand companies and some corporates, e.g. Sanofi-Aventis. K&S is successfully building up its own litigation practice with lawyers, with the UPC in mind.
This pure patent attorney firm is respected for filing and litigation work, and stands out from the practices in the Ruhr Valley. Following its spinoff from Gesthuysen und Partner the firm has succeeded in positioning a team of young patent attorneys visibly in the market, under name partner von Rohr. The focus of activity has shifted from engineering towards chemicals, life sciences and electrical engineering patents, with work for companies of varying sizes from the region. The firm is praised by competitors for its “sound judgment in bills f...
The strength of this Munich firm respected for patents lies in portfolio management. Besides this, the patent attorneys are steadily developing litigation work for clients, incl. from the fields of pharmaceuticals and mechanics, and have gained a new pharmaceuticals company and an aluminum corporate as clients. Early 2015 saw W&W incorporate the nine-strong firm Hansmann & Vogeser into the practice, though only one patent attorney at partner level was among the new arrivals. A few months beforehand, a team around recommended patent attorney and...
This patent attorney firm in Stuttgart is respected for its patent filing practice. Unlike other Swabian firms, WW&P is esp. active for large corporates, such as Boeing, Sony and Carl Zeiss. The firm opts for organic growth; it takes a strategic approach to training and advances patent attorneys to the partnership, though it did not appoint any partners this year. The team, which is consistent in quality terms, also conducts litigation with external lawyers.
The selection of law firms in the above table reflects the research of the editorial staff at JUVE and is based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics. It remains a subjective view and implies no disparagement of any firm not mentioned here but which is nevertheless active in this field. The firms are alphabetically listed within the groups.
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