This firm consistently racks up a high number of patent applications and last year the patent attorneys also attracted attention at the German courts for the first time for representing VW and Audi in the first big case over connected cars. The litigation for VW marked a real coup for the firm in major infringement cases. After being settled VJP has not been involved in similar cases this year. The firm began to step up its litigation with its mixed practice a while ago. Some of its patent attorneys are active in oppositions and nullity suits, e.g. for a German pharma concern. The small lawyer team has been active on cases for the NPE NMS as well as a shutter manufacturer. The firm is known for the technical breadth of its prosecution work. Its strength in electrical engineering and the auto industry, its excellent ties to Asia (VJP has its own offices in Singapore and Taiwan) and the Düsseldorf office all put the firm in good stead to land more big cases. This could be further improved if VJP were to establish litigators in Düsseldorf.
Prosecution for electronics, IT and engineering patents.
31 patent attorneys, 4 lawyers
IP activity focuses on technical protection rights. Large proportion of patent prosecution with a broad technical spectrum. Opposition and nullity suits. 9 US patent attorneys provide advice on US patent filing from the German offices. Infringement proceedings increasingly with the firm’s own lawyers.
Litigation: VW and Audi against Broadcom over connected cars (settled); Network Managing Solution (NMS) against Deutsche Telekom over mobil telecommunications patents; shutter manufacturer against competitor over smart home applications; oppositions for Kyocera, Nireco, Zepter, a German pharma concern. Prosecution: filings and some oppositions for Henkel, Hyundai, Infineon, Intel, Kyocera, Leica, LG, Osram, Solarworld.