Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner – Germany 2018

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JUVE Comment

This IP firm is still one of the most active litigation outfits in Düsseldorf and has a large number of visible partners in its ranks compared to local competitors. They litigate within a balanced technical spectrum ranging from pharmaceuticals and mobile communications patents to electronics and mechanics patents – which not every Düsseldorf boutique can claim. But mobile communications proceedings are the most notable specialty at present, largely due to extensive work for NPEs. Work defending regular client LG against an NPE suit by Conversant contributed to this. This shows how Wildanger fights on both the industry and NPE side in equal measure. Thanks to experience in SEP suits and FRAND aspects, the firm is likely to make the shortlist for connected cars litigation in the future, though it is not active in the Broadcom suit against Audi/VW.

Strengths

SEP and NPE suits. Litigation related to electronics, mechanics and pharmaceuticals.

European strategy

For the UPC, the boutique is banking on its independence and close cooperation with European litigation firms, though these are being wooed by many German competitors. Wildanger will thus have to consolidate its partnerships in European litigation and grow in order to handle more major proceedings. One positive note is that the partners work on complex instructions in teams more regularly than other boutiques.

Recommended individuals

Dr. Roland Kehrwald, Wolf Graf von Schwerin, Peter-Michael Weisse, Eva Geschke

Team

7 partners, 4 associates

Practice

Exclusive litigation and advice in IP with a clear focus on patents. Nullity suits. Licences. Small practice in trademarks and unfair competition.

Clients

Litigation: frequent activity for BSH; LG against Conversant; Saint Lawrence (SLC) against Motorola (both regarding mobile communications); Mylan Dura concerning Truvada (all public knowledge); Henkel regarding dehumidifier.

Location:

Düsseldorf