DLA’s team focusing on patent litigation has taken crucial development steps, like building up a small Cologne team around Cepl since summer 2017. He boasts experience in pharmaceuticals suits, which he has already brought into play for Medtronic. The team is set to serve the Düsseldorf market. But the German and European practice centres on the Munich team around Gampp, who had an excellent year in mobile communications proceedings. His litigation for auto supplier Harman as the central co-litigant for VW/Audi in the Avago suit involving connected cars was an important step. DLA also landed its first work for a US mobile communications company. The firm thus has an established Munich practice after just a few years.
Mobile communications litigation.
Backed up by a strong US practice, DLA is expanding its European patents team, now in Germany. The inroads made by the German team raised its importance within the well-positioned European DLA patents practice, which is especially strong in Munich and Amsterdam. There is room for development in Paris and, in particular, London.
Dr. Markus Gampp, Dr. Philipp Cepl.
3 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates
In IP, advice and litigation in trademarks and unfair competition and technical protection rights to an equal degree. Infringement and nullity suits with a broad technical spectrum, as well as transaction advice, R&D and licensing contracts. Advice on antitrust.
Litigation: Harman and Aptiv as intervener for VW/Audi against Avago regarding chips; Robert Bosch against Mitsuba regarding auto accessories; Alpinestar against Dainese concerning motorcycle protective clothing; Versicherungskammer Bayern against Intellectual Ventures regarding IT system; Nike against Burlex concerning sneakers. Advice: portfolio management, licences and FTO analyses for Robert Bosch.