This mixed IP firm is a market leader for both patent litigation and patent prosecution. The firm solidified this position with two crucial moves. Firstly, it brought on board the young partner Alexander Haertel, who is experienced in mobile communications suits, as a partner for the Düsseldorf office, giving BP its first litigator at the site of this important patent court for some years. There were only two patent attorneys here before this, which put BP at a disadvantage against most of the leading litigation firms who have much larger teams...
This Düsseldorf IP boutique has long been a leader in the patent attorney market for litigation and prosecution. Clients praise its outstanding quality and responsiveness. It is therefore not unusual for clients to entrust their crown jewel patents to the firm. C&F is especially well positioned for litigation in pharma and mobile communications patents. There are few competitors with equally strong setups in both market segments. In the landmark proceedings concerning connected cars patents, it is currently litigating for Nokia and Sharp ag...
This Munich IP firm is among the market leaders for patent litigation by patent attorneys. It is one of the few and most active litigation outfits in Germany for proceedings involving both pharma/biosimilar and mobile communications patents. Even across Europe, few patent attorney teams are so visible in litigation in both technical fields. Partners like Hans-Ulrich Dörries, Elisabeth Greiner, Sandra Pohlman (all pharma) and David Molnia (mobile communications) enjoy excellent reputations spanning beyond Germany’s borders. Although the firm has...
There is no doubt that this mixed IP firm is among the market leaders for patent prosecution and litigation on the patent attorney side. It also boasts a well-positioned lawyer practice with an excellent name in pharma litigation. Both the patent attorneys and lawyers are seen in economically important cases, for example for Allergan in the CRISPR/Cas battle, for Sanofi/Regeneron concerning cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent and for Zentiva regarding cancer drug pemetrexed and HIV drug Truvada. But the firm does not always work in such cases wi...
This patent attorney firm enjoys an outstanding reputation for litigation. What sets it apart from many competing patent attorney firms is its frequent work for originators in the economically important pharma and biotech cases. The firm represented regular client Eli Lilly in several extensive battles concerning cancer drug pemetrexed and erectile dysfunction drug Tadalafil. The team is also the first choice for various Bayer divisions when it comes to the central proceedings, such as against Ceva regarding drugs for coccidia infections. It so...
This patent attorney firm is one of the market-leading names when it comes to the representation of technical aspects in big-ticket patent litigation. There are few economically important mobile communications cases it is not involved in. The patent attorneys represent many notable industry giants in the shape of Apple, Google, HTC, Lenovo and Vodafone – chiefly in the defence against NPE suits. For LG and Hoccer, on the other hand, they are involved in active suits concerning mobile communications technologies. Just how well the firm is establ...
This Munich patent attorney firm again cemented its reputation as one of the most active litigation outfits when it comes to mobile communications patents. The patent attorneys are chiefly active on the side of industrial companies. The relationship with Apple is now well established; the company consistently calls on S&P, alongside other firms, for technical matters. S&P is still conducting nullity suits for Apple against Qualcomm patents, after the two companies were involved in a heated series of proceedings in 2019 over patent infri...
This mixed IP firm is one of Germany’s active prosecution practices but is also busy in litigation. The latter is focussed firstly on intensive work in EPO oppositions, especially for technology companies from the German Mittelstand, such as Enercon or Sennheiser. Secondly, the litigation team is increasingly involved in mobile communications suits. Patent attorney Jochen Ehlers successfully fought for Sisvel against Haier alongside lawyers from Arnold Ruess, with the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) ruling on precedent FRAND issues...
In addition to the market-leading patent attorney practice of this mixed IP firm, the well-positioned team of lawyers is getting into gear in major litigation. The latter is still active for Broadcom/Avago in connected cars suits. After an initial series of cases against VW was settled, it stepped up its game for Broadcom with another case against BMW and therefore remains at the centre of disputes over connectivity in the auto industry. At the same time, the Broadcom suits are a clear sign of the increasingly successful cooperation between pat...
With its tried-and-tested mixed approach, this Munich IP firm is largely geared towards disputes, with pharma, biotech and medical products clearly dominating the firm’s public image. Work for the life sciences sector has always been Maiwald’s great strength. The patent attorneys rigorously conduct oppositions at the EPO and nullity suits involving key active ingredients. They are equally active for patent holders and manufacturers of generics and biosimilars. Marco Stief, head of the lawyer team, is a distinguished expert for licences and pate...
This mixed IP firm is one of the market leaders in patents. For years, the patent attorneys have been especially well positioned in filing and disputes, particularly in EPO oppositions. However, V&P recently has written much of its success story with its up-and-coming team of lawyers. Over three years it has vigorously grown its Düsseldorf office into a visible unit. Since then, the mixed litigation team has not only been more active in cross-border cases, but also in mobile communications suits on the side of midsized and small manufacture...
This patent litigation practice positioned excellently across Europe is a market leader in Germany, too. Thanks to its well-rehearsed mixed approach, the firm has already built up numerous renowned litigators among both lawyers and patent attorneys – a team structure that sets it clearly apart from competitors Hogan Lovells and Hoyng ROKH Monegier. The different disciplines are now almost equally represented in the partnership. In pharma litigation, the team around Jüngst and Wolters-Höhne impressed the market with a large number of important c...
In patent filing, this mixed IP firm is among the market leaders in Germany. The patent attorneys file patents covering a wide technical spectrum for a large, international base of regular clients. The prosecution practice is well established in computer technologies, including semiconductors and software, as well as mobile communications, pharma and biotech. The patent attorneys also boast litigation experience but were not seen as frequently in high-profile cases as the smaller firms focusing more on litigation, such as Hamm & Wittkopp fo...
The patent attorneys at this well-positioned Munich IP firm enjoy an excellent reputation for litigation involving mobile communications patents, largely due to work for SEP holders. Advice to NPEs on campaigns traditionally plays a central role here. But the firm is moving away from this more and more, to bring its know-how in mobile communications patents into play for industrial clients, e.g. VoiceAgeEVS. For the developer of voice codecs software for mobile communications, Bosch Jehle is conducting a large series of proceedings with lawyers...Full Analysis
This patent attorney team has only been operating in this setup for two years and is already one of the most active in patent litigation before German courts, especially when it comes to mobile communications and electrical engineering patents. The two name-partners Karl-Ulrich Braun-Dullaeus and Friedrich Emmerling enjoy an excellent reputation in this field, partly for their litigation for two companies often taken to court by NPEs: Deutsche Telekom and Huawei. Both mobile communications giants, however, also work with other patent attorney f...Full Analysis
This Berlin IP firm underscored its strong position in disputes in work for Chinese mobile communications company Haier against Sisvel before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in much-observed landmark proceedings involving standard essential patents. The firm even filed a constitutional complaint for its client against the controversial, SEP-friendly precedent decision of the highest German patent court – an extremely rare approach in patent proceedings. In the case so far, Gulde & Partner has demonstrated the good cooperati...
This large, international firm has a strong profile in Germany with its integrated team of patent attorneys and lawyers. The patent attorneys operate a relatively broad prosecution practice and provide litigation support to the well-positioned German litigation team as well as teams in other European markets where Jones Day has no patent attorneys. The German team is especially renowned in the chemicals sector, for example providing extensive litigation for Celgene in EPO oppositions. The team often cooperates with the strong US practice and co...
The great strength of this mixed IP firm is the patent attorneys’ far-reaching roots in numerous sectors and technical fields. This gives rise to a multitude of cases for the well-positioned team of lawyers around Tobias Wuttke, chiefly for Mittelstand companies. The litigation team is best known for its mobile communications work for Deutsche Telekom, which it successfully defended against a suit by Enovsys concerning data security in mobile location technology. The team was also successful for Commscope in the battle over WiFi repeaters in tr...
This patent attorney firm is one of the very well-positioned prosecution outfits in Munich and works within a broad technical range. The firm stands out in the market for its extensive filing for the LG electronics and display divisions. This has earned it a good reputation for electronics patents, leading to work for many Asian companies, even outside of this segment. On the litigation side, however, the firm is not present in mobile communications. The second stand-out specialty is the chemicals and pharma practice, which focuses heavily on l...
This mixed Munich IP firm remains visible across Germany with a technically broad prosecution practice and a strong name for disputes. The firm displayed its long-standing roots in the auto industry – it has close ties to both suppliers and OEMs – in litigation for VW on the patent attorney side in a dispute over infotainment modules, which is now settled. In other connected cars suits, the firm is active in the background, e.g. for BMW. In its activities involving traditional auto industry issues, name partner Wallinger is and will remain a st...
This Munich patent attorney firm boasts a strong and technically broad prosecution practice, as well as a pronounced litigation specialty. In pharma and biotech patents, the firm is most active in major opposition suits at the EPO involving important active ingredients. These are often strawman suits against competitors’ patents. W&W underscored its expertise in chemicals patents and consumer goods with extensive work for Colgate-Palmolive. In infringement proceedings, on the other hand, the patent attorneys are primarily involved in mobile...
This IP firm in Essen is one of the best-known litigation outfits in western Germany on the patent attorney side. This is thanks to gradual personnel growth over many years. Over the past year AH has seen stronger growth and appointed a patent attorney from its own ranks to equity partner, as well as hiring a former patent attorney trainee on a permanent contract. These are two important steps for the small, previously cautious firm in preparing for the upcoming generational change in its core area: traditional engineering. The solid ties to ma...
Among patent filers, this IP firm is one of the well-positioned names in the market. In addition to an outstanding reputation for chemicals and pharma patents, the firm is establishing itself in the IT sector, especially mobile communications patents. This is partly down to the rise in litigation work for the patent attorneys, including representing Asus in an extensive dispute with Philips. They always work with external lawyers for litigation, e.g. from Taylor Wessing in the work for Asus. The firm also files many patents for Xiaomi but does ...
The patent attorneys at this well-positioned traditional firm in Stuttgart boast a wealth of experience in disputes within a broad technical spectrum. This applies mainly to nullity suits and EPO oppositions in engineering and electronics patents. These are often conducted for auto suppliers like Aircom Automotive or medical product manufacturers like Paul Hartmann. It is not unusual for such proceedings to be part of larger-scale litigation, including infringement proceedings. Dreiss conducts the latter on the side of notable litigation firms,...
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 Stre...
This Munich patent attorney firm is renowned in the market for its many years of in-depth experience in pharma, biotech and chemicals patents. The purely patent attorney firm’s reputation is based on strong visibility compared to competitors in oppositions at the EPO as well as litigation in infringement proceedings and nullity suits before German courts for manufacturers of generics and biosimilars. Michael Best’s team works alongside lawyers, primarily from large firms, for pharma companies like Hexal and Ratiopharm. Consequently, the team wa...
The foundation for the mixed patent team at this Munich IP boutique is Dieter Laufhütte’s very well-positioned prosecution practice. It files patents for a multitude of Mittelstand technology companies, such as Alois Pöttinger Maschinenbau, as well as well-known brand manufacturers like Ford and Liebherr. The patent attorneys litigate for these clients, too, in opposition and nullity suits. These cases are frequently part of infringement proceedings, which the firm also handles with its own lawyers. LSG appears in the courtrooms for regular cli...
The regular clients of this firm’s technically broad prosecution practice trust the patent attorneys in a remarkable number of opposition and nullity suits and increasingly in infringement proceedings. This pronounced litigation activity underscores Michalski Hüttermann’s strong position in the western German market, where it stands alongside Dompatent and Cohausz & Florack as one of the three large patent attorney firms. Unlike its two competitors, it does not pursue a single-office strategy; rather, it is additionally anchored in the regi...
This Munich IP firm operates an active filing practice with a broad technical spectrum. The patent attorneys also litigate frequently, especially when it comes to electronics patents. They are conducting proceedings for Tridonic, one of the main players in the B.O.S.E consortium, against Chinese competitors concerning white LEDs. Engineering patents also play a central role in the practice, including much activity for the patent attorneys in opposition suits. Mitscherlich is well known for mobile communications patents owing to its intensive wo...
This firm dominated by patent attorneys has a broad technical focus but is especially well established among auto companies. The firm conducts many proceedings for these, from EPO oppositions to infringement proceedings concerning traditional engineering and mechanics patents – the great strength of the patent attorneys. Suppliers Valeo and ZF/TRW are among long-time clients. P&P also made an early appearance in a case involving connected cars patents for Texas Instruments as intervener for Audi/VW two years ago. The dispute has since been ...
This Hamburg-based patent attorney firm provides its clients with all-round support in oppositions, nullity suits and patent filing. The well-positioned team is firmly established among regular clients, most of which are notable international companies from the pharma, biotech and chemicals sectors. Litigation for Amgen made good headway. The litigation team receives much public attention for its representation of Monsanto at the EPO, even after the merger with Bayer. In infringement proceedings, highlights included litigation for Medac in the ...
This Munich patent attorney firm is known for its involvement in infringement proceedings over electronics and mechanics patents. The patent attorneys conduct these in cooperation with external lawyers, e.g. from Klaka. Probably the best-known litigation instruction is still in the field of mechanics. For years, the firm has litigated time and again for Sram concerning innovative bicycle components. A dispute over special dowels for Fischerwerke shows that the patent attorneys generally tackle complex subject matters for Mittelstand companies s...
This Munich patent attorney firm boasts an active prosecution practice covering a wide range of technical sectors. The patent attorneys are therefore busy in nullity suits and infringement proceedings. They litigate for regular clients like GE Wind and Medtronic concerning patents in renewable energies and stents, respectively. But, as before, the firm’s best-known areas of litigation are mobile communications and electronics patents. The team draws attention for its intensive work for various Samsung companies as defendants in infringement pro...
This pure patent attorney firm is well positioned in the litigation market. The team around Wittkopp specialises in pharma and biosimilar patents and frequently represents clients from the pharma sector, such as Mylan and Stada, in economically important cases. The most recent example is litigation for Hikma Pharma regarding the cytostatic Alimta in some of the year’s highest profile pharma proceedings. In such cases, the chemists and biochemists from the Hamburg firm combine with lawyers from large firms like Bird & Bird and Taylor Wessing. Ha...
This IP firm is best known for its intensive prosecution work in a wide variety of technical sectors. Electrical engineering and the auto industry stand out. The patent attorneys are already conducting many opposition and nullity suits, especially involving electronics and mechanics patents. The firm’s own team of lawyers, based in Munich, is also active in infringement proceedings for a host of regular clients. Other clients from Asia rely on the firm for litigation in Germany, among them a manufacturer of power plant technology and tools. The...
This small Munich patent attorney firm not only has a busy prosecution practice with a broad technical spectrum, but also a well-positioned litigation practice. Name partner Wachenhausen is especially visible. Competitors praise him as “very experienced in the courtroom”. One specialty is engineering patents, frequently on the interface with digital technology and computer sciences. Away from this, the firm is often hired for infringement proceedings in other technologies, e.g. by regular client HTC concerning mobile communications or lighting ...
The patent attorneys at this Stuttgart IP boutique frequently litigate for Mittelstand technology companies, predominantly medical product manufacturers like Karl Storz and Diazyme. Pharma and biotech litigation has become the firm’s hallmark over many years. Work here is increasingly shifting towards biotech patents, where WW&P currently works mainly for German and US universities. Visibility in pharma patents, on the other hand, has decreased, partly because the best-known partner, Hajo Otten, retired at the end of 2019. Although the firm...
The selection of law firms in the above table reflects the research of the editorial staff at JUVE and is based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics. It remains a subjective view and implies no disparagement of any firm not mentioned here but which is nevertheless active in this field. The firms are alphabetically listed within the groups. To find out more about our rankings and research criteria please click here and here.
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