This Munich firm has a very active filing practice with a broad technical spectrum. The patent attorneys are also highly active in litigation, Huawei being a particular highlight: Mitscherlich represented the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer together with Bird & Bird in the defense against a series of suits from MPEG-LA over video compression. Another important litigation client for the patent attorneys is Nestlé in the years’ long dispute with ECC over coffee capsules. Mechanics patents play a key role here. In patent prosecution, Mitscherlich advises a healthy mix of international corporates such as Bosch, Honda, Huawei and Sony as well as numerous German midsized companies on many technical fields. Only pharma and biotech patents are of slightly less significance. IT, software and electronics are standout fields.
Patent prosecution with technical specialty in electronics and mobile communication patents (the latter also litigation).
Christian Rupp, Thomas Körfer (both patent attorneys)
22 patent attorneys, 4 lawyers
IP work has a clear focus on technical protection rights: patent prosecution involving chemicals, electronics, medical products, mechanics and IT/software. Opposition and nullity suits. Infringement proceedings predominantly with external lawyers.
Litigation: Huawei against MPEG-LA pool over video compression (settled); Nestlé/Nespresso against ECC on nullity suit against coffee capsule patent; Tridonic against HTC over LED patent and EPO opposition. Prosecution: filing, incl. oppositions for Akzo Nobel, Altana, Bosch, Fujitsu, Honda, Huawei, Hytera, Nestlé, Sony, Rohde & Schwarz, Zovertobel.