With a well-positioned office in Hamburg, this patent attorney firm is among the strong filing practices in northern Germany. The Stuttgart team nurtures good connections to innovative south German Mittelstand companies, above all auto suppliers. Beyond this, GDM is well known throughout Germany for its litigation. Most of the patent attorneys’ cases stem from patents previously filed for regular clients. The firm is often entrusted with complex EPO oppositions or nullity suits, for example for Magna concerning auto accessories or for Haag Streit over operating microscopes. It is also active in mobile communications cases for TCL and ZTE alongside Munich litigation firm Taliens. However, such connections to external lawyers are not exactly conducive to the firm’s mixed approach. GDM’s lawyers still only appear sporadically in litigation.
Patent prosecution in a broad technical field. Litigation related to automotive, chemistry, IT and wind energy.
Glawe Delfs Moll is a national prosecution firm first and foremost. But it has a renowned expert on the UPC in Christof Keussen. The firm has been preparing for the launch of this for some years, but this is moving into the background given the uncertainty about whether the UPC will open its doors. Nevertheless, with its involvement in the German proceedings for Carl Zeiss/ASML against Nikon concerning machines for manufacturing chips two years ago, Glawe Delfs Moll showed that it can play a role in cross-border cases on the patent attorney side. The firm also has the experience necessary for this in mobile communications. To build on this, it will have to deepen its mixed approach. This process has been rather sluggish so far. This could change when its regular auto supplier clients are confronted by more connectivity issues and SEP suits.
Philipp Harlfinger (“extremely precise and reliable”, competitor), Christof Keussen, Markus Hössle (all patent attorneys)
12 patent attorneys, 2 lawyers
All-round IP activity. Two thirds of the practice is patent law with strong patent prosecution activity within a broad technical spectrum. Opposition and nullity suits and infringement proceedings by patent attorneys.
Litigation: TCL (claimant) against NPE in revocation case over SEP; ZTE (claimant) on opposition over Android function; Magna (defendant) against Henniges on infringement suit over auto equipment; Magna (defendant) against Kicket on revocation suit over auto equipment; NPE (defendant) against solar manufacturer on revocation suit over smart home technology. Prosecution: Senvion on opposition over wind energy patent; Haag Streit on opposition over operating microscope. Filing and oppositions for E.on, Link Group, JVC Kenwood, Lufthansa Technik, Magna, Senvion and Zeiss.