This team from the full-service firm is best known in Düsseldorf for litigation and is gaining momentum. It not only grew its associate base, but also widened the technical scope of litigation work through an increased volume of instructions. Only pharmaceuticals proceedings still play a minor role – quite unlike those related to medical technology. The team was involved in its first proceedings concerning high-tech patents, e.g. for Bel Fuse (high-speed data cables). The team is helped in this development by its close ties to patent attorney firms like Cohausz & Florack, as well as intensive cooperation with the partner firms in Heuking’s WSG network. Horn worked with Dorda in Vienna for Echosens concerning medical technology. But the specialty is still litigation for Mittelstand clients concerning highly specialised technologies – e.g. for Sisgrass involving modern surfaces for sports facilities.
Litigation for Mittelstand clients, advice on know-how protection.
The smooth cooperation within the international WSG network gives the patents team a good basis for the UPC launch, to look after Mittelstand clients in multinational proceedings. However, this will require the partner firms staying loyal to the network.
Dr. Anton Horn.
1 equity partner, 1 salary partner, 3 associates
IP work focuses slightly more on trademarks and unfair competition than technical protection rights. Infringement and nullity suits, know-how protection, licensing contracts and transaction advice.
Bel Fuse regarding high-speed data cables; Echosens concerning diagnosis devices; CeramOptec regarding laser technology; Sisgrass regarding surfaces for playing fields; Egger concerning floor panels.