This highly traditional Düsseldorf IP firm is among the leading German patent litigation practices with a strong presence before Düsseldorf’s courts. Whereas it seemed that the firm had fallen behind those at the front of the market for mobile communications suits two years ago, it has now made a comeback with litigation for LG against Unwired Planet and SLC. In pharmaceuticals proceedings, the firm has always been one of the foremost players. ROP has completed the generation change earlier than other boutiques, now that the last senior partner, Dr. Ulrich Pross, has retired. The practice is now driven by an industrious team of visible young partners, such as Max von Rospatt, Musmann and Timmann. The next generation of young litigators is already lining up behind these. The firm has thus already taken care of important tasks with the UPC in mind.
Litigation, strong international contacts.
With regard to the UPC, the only problem could be the lack of a presence in the London market as the future center of expertise for pharmaceuticals issues. Though the firm nurtures close ties to British firms such as Bristows and Powell Gilbert, a merger appears unlikely, because of the firms’ size differences if nothing else.
Max von Rospatt, Thomas Musmann, Dr. Henrik Timmann,Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen.
6 partners, 2 associates
Predominantly litigation and advice in IP and adjacent practice areas, such as pharma advertising law and antitrust. Clear focus on patent infringement proceedings. Broad spectrum of expertise, esp. in the pharmaceuticals, medical technology, telecoms and auto sectors. Trademarks and unfair competition.
Samsung against Dyson regarding vacuum cleaner; LG against Unwired Planet and Saint Lawrence (SLC) concerning mobile communications (public knowledge); Lucas Industries regarding auto technology; Novartis Vaccines regarding vaccine; Osram concerning lighting technology.