As a pure IP firm that has deeply internalised the mixed approach, Bardehle is among the market leaders for patent litigation on the lawyer and patent attorney side in equal measure. The firm is extremely strong in telecommunications patents. It represents many well-known industrial companies including BMW, Robert Bosch, TomTom, Microsoft and AirFrance/KLM, but also NPEs like Intellectual Ventures. Bardehle masters this balancing act magnificently, building up a wealth of knowledge on FRAND issues. This is a forward-looking specialty, as advice...
Among the patent attorney firms, this Düsseldorf IP boutique is a market leader for patent litigation. In the technical fields of mobile communications and pharmaceuticals, which are rife with disputes, competitors cannot fail to encounter Cohausz & Florack these days. In high-profile SEP proceedings, the patent attorneys are hired alongside external lawyers by both Sharp and Nokia against Daimler concerning connected cars. The relationship with both clients is strong and stretches back over years. Even though the connected cars lawsuits ag...
The patent attorneys at this Munich IP boutique are standing their ground at the top of the market for patent litigation. It is not only EPO oppositions and nullity suits that play an important role: the patent attorneys are particularly active in infringement proceedings. Unlike competitor König Szynka, they impress with both a strong presence in pharma and biotech actions and in equally top-class mobile communications cases. Ddf-mp, similarly to competitor Cohausz & Florack, has built up a sizeable team of renowned patent attorneys for li...
This mixed IP firm is without a doubt one of the market leaders in patent prosecution and litigation on the patent attorney side. The coronavirus crisis has even fuelled this further, as for years Hoffmann Eitle has litigated for medical product manufacturers like Edwards Lifesciences and pharma companies such as Sanofi-Aventis and Zentiva, as well as biotech companies like Samsung Bioepis with its mixed team. Clients also rely on Hoffmann Eitle for innovative key patents: Allergan hired the team regarding CRISPR/Cas patents, as did Moderna for...
Among the German patent attorney firms, this is one of the leading names for litigation. The pure patent attorney boutique enjoys an excellent reputation for biotech and pharma proceedings. Clients such as Bayer and Eli Lilly have entrusted the team with high-stakes cases for years: it recently litigated for regular client Bayer Pharma in central proceedings concerning Factor VIII for a haemophilia medication. The first litigation for ViiV Healthcare against Gilead regarding HIV drug Bictarvy was equally significant.
This pure patent attorney firm is undisputedly one of the market-leading outfits when it comes to litigation in technical matters in major patent suits. Few mobile communications cases of high economic importance occur without its involvement. Apple and LG, for example, entrusted the patent attorneys with additional proceedings. Only a few patent attorney firms, such as Samson & Partner, have a similar visibility in SEPs and FRAND proceedings. The patent attorneys mainly advise patent users on defending NPE suits. In exceptional cases, e.g....
This Munich patent attorney firm remains one of the most active litigation outfits for mobile communications. This year once again there was hardly any case involving these patents in Germany without Samson & Partner on the scene. The patent attorneys were active for Nokia in the now settled connected cars dispute with Daimler, as well as for Apple, Wiko and Deutsche Telekom in various NPE suits over SEPs. They also litigated for Facebook, HMD and Lenovo in large series of proceedings in cooperation with external lawyers.
Working with the Grünecker lawyers, these market-leading patent attorneys conducted three successful series of lawsuits for Broadcom/Avago against VW, BMW and Daimler regarding connected cars patents. The companies settled these in 2020. These suits enabled the small but hard-hitting litigation team to join the ranks of the market leaders. The firm has not been seen in high-stakes SEP suits since the settlements. However, the team nurtures solid ties to Broadcom, and actions against other auto manufacturers are likely. This could help Grünecker...
The structural realignment that this Munich IP firm, which is well positioned in litigation, decided on a good three years ago is making an impact. In keeping with its tried-and-tested mixed approach with patent attorneys and lawyers, the latter are firmly anchored in management. Today, their career paths are organised following the model of large law firms. The strategy has affected all technical fields of the broad-based prosecution practice.
This IP firm is one of the market-leading mixed firms. Its patent attorneys have been among the very top litigators for oppositions at the EPO and nullity suits for years. But Vossius is most successful these days with its mixed approach. The team of lawyers, who are striving towards market leadership, are active in many infringement proceedings.
This Munich patent attorney firm is visible in the market with its technically broad prosecution practice as well as a pronounced focus on litigation. When it comes to pharma and biotech patents, work centres on major opposition suits before the EPO regarding ingredients of great economic importance. These oppositions frequently have the character of large series of cases, including Sandoz against Biogen’s multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri and various strawman oppositions against CRISPR patents.
As one of the market leaders, this German patent litigation practice is a central pillar of the international firm, with an excellent setup across Europe. Unlike in other European countries, Bird & Bird stands out in Germany not only for the exceptional visibility of its lawyers in litigation, but also for its well-oiled mixed approach with its own patent attorneys. Of the seven recently appointed counsel, three are patent attorneys. Each discipline is now almost equally represented in the partnership. This team structure sets Bird & Bi...
This highly traditional IP firm is one of Germany’s market leaders for patent filing. Regular clients trust in the firm for a wide array of technical sectors. Companies like Intel, Microsoft and Panasonic bank on its IT expertise. Chinese companies are also increasingly putting their faith in the team. The firm has deep roots in the pharma and biotech sector, too, where it works for Blink and Heidelberg University.
The patent attorneys at this well-positioned Munich IP firm enjoy a very good name for litigation involving mobile communications patents. On the technical side, they conduct extensive campaigns for NPEs, for example one very large series of proceedings for VoiceAge EVS against four mobile communications manufacturers over speech codecs. They also kick-started a further series of actions involving speech codecs for mobile telephones for CCC. The patent attorneys have thus carved out a strong reputation for SEP and FRAND proceedings for patent h...Full Analysis
This patent attorney team is one of the most active in patent litigation before the German courts and the EPO. The two name partners Karl-Ulrich Braun-Dullaeus and Friedrich Emmerling enjoy excellent names when it comes to mobile communications and electrical engineering patents.Full Analysis
This Berlin IP firm underscored its good position in disputes on the side of Chinese mobile communications companies. In the German landmark proceedings involving SEP and FRAND issues, Gulde litigated for Haier against Sisvel in two cases up to the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof). After defeats here, Gulde even pushed the dispute as far as the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht). The SEP and FRAND expertise of the patent attorneys and lawyers is now attracting many clients from Asia. TCL, ZTE and Hisense defende...
With its integrated team of patent attorneys and lawyers, Jones Day enjoys a strong market image in Germany. Clients from a multitude of technical fields entrust the patent attorneys with prosecution, some quite extensively. These include start-ups, Mittelstand companies and major corporations from around the world, like Samvardhana Motherson Group from India, as well as companies rooted in the local Frankfurt area.
The great strength of this mixed IP firm is the patent attorneys’ broad roots in numerous sectors and technical fields. These give rise to a large number of proceedings for the well-positioned team of lawyers led by Tobias Wuttke. Under his leadership, the litigation team has made steady progress in the last ten years and continues to enjoy a strong market image. In the early years, the team mainly conducted litigation for regular Mittelstand clients, but frequent litigation for Deutsche Telekom has now given it a wealth of experience in mobile...
The well-positioned prosecution and litigation practice of these Munich-based patent attorneys works across a wide range of technical fields. The patent attorneys are, however, best known for their strong specialty in pharma, biotech and chemicals patents. This provided crucial stability for the firm during the difficult coronavirus pandemic.
Backed up by a technically broad prosecution practice and a good reputation across Germany for disputes, this Munich IP firm is embarking on a new era. One turning point was the move of firm founder Michael Wallinger from the partnership, although he continues to work as an attorney for the firm. He is one of Germany’s most experienced patent attorneys for litigation. The firm had already prepared successors early on. For example, Mathias Ricker a life sciences specialist who also has a great deal of litigation experience, is now guiding the fa...
This Essen-based IP firm is one of the best-known litigation outfits in western Germany on the patent attorney side. This is thanks to steady staff development over many years. Close ties to German companies strong in the technological sectors, such as auto suppliers Kiekert, TI Automotive and ThyssenKrupp, and bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei, lend the firm stability. The firm also files many patents for other regular clients like Novoferm, Certoplast and Hailo Wind Systems. Because Andrejewski Honke also conducted a number of opposition and nul...
This pure patent attorney firm from Stuttgart is very well positioned for patent prosecution for the German Mittelstand. The traditional firm also boasts a great deal of experience in disputes across a very broad technical spectrum. This is especially true for nullity suits and EPO oppositions involving mechanical engineering, mechanics and electronics patents, which are often conducted by the patent attorneys for Mittelstand companies. The firm regularly assists these clients in technical matters, including in infringement cases alongside vari...
This patent attorney firm has a well-positioned litigation practice for mobile communications, mechanics and electronics patents. Patent attorneys Philipp Harlfinger and Christof Keussen enjoy especially good names for litigation. In high-volume infringement disputes they mostly work with external law firms, such as Taliens for TCL or Hoyng ROKH Monegier for a lamp manufacturer.
Michael Best’s team has a strong market image for oppositions at the EPO involving pharma, biotech and chemicals patents. Regular clients including Hexal and Ratiopharm place a great deal of trust in the pure patent attorney boutique. The latter hired the firm in the high-stakes suit against Amgen over drug cinacalcet.
The very well-positioned prosecution practice is the foundation for the highly acclaimed mixed litigation team of this Munich IP boutique. Lorenz Seidler files patents for numerous Mittelstand technology companies, such as Alois Pöttinger Maschinenbau, as well as well-known brand manufacturers, such as Ford, Fresenius Medical Care and Liebherr. The patent attorneys frequently litigate in opposition and nullity suits for these clients, too. The firm generally conducts infringement proceedings for these regular clients with its own lawyers. There...
This pure patent attorney firm is well positioned for litigation involving mechanics and electronics patents, as well as for EPO oppositions for biotech patents. Ulrich Storz still plays a prominent role as a strawman in disputes over CRISPR patents. Other patent attorneys conduct series of proceedings for Wilo (heat pumps), Claassen (floorings) and TK Elevators (lifts).
This Munich IP firm remains one of the very active filing practices across a wide technical spectrum. In litigation, companies mainly entrust the patent attorneys with electronics and mobile communications patents. This technical breadth is evidenced by the firm’s two highest-stakes cases at present: for Tridonic, the patent attorneys are battling with various competitors over white LEDs with the Mitscherlich lawyers; for regular client Huawei, they are defending several NPE suits in cooperation with lawyers from Preu Bohlig. Huawei, however, a...
The patent attorneys at this Munich firm are strongly positioned for all-round prosecution, including oppositions at the EPO and nullity suits. Despite the firm’s broad technical setup, it is best known for its experience in mechanics and electrical engineering. Prinz & Partner traditionally represents many clients from the auto industry, where it has a good network. Examples include Valeo and ZF.
This pure patent attorney firm is well positioned for proceedings at the EPO and in national nullity suits. Notable clients from the pharma, biotech and chemicals sectors have longstanding, solid relationships with Uexküll & Stolberg. Most recently, litigation for Amgen and BMS in high-stakes proceedings stood out. The team also made strides in litigation for biotech company Ohly.
This small Munich patent attorney firm not only has a busy prosecution practice across a wide technical spectrum, but the patent attorneys also operate a growing litigation practice. Marc Wachenhausen was prominent in several mobile communications and medical technology cases. A further specialty lies in electronics patents. WBH demonstrated its broad technical setup in the work for regular client HTC involving mobile communications, as well as lighting technology for smartphones. For its prestigious medical technology client Neovasc Tiara, WBH...
With a broad technical focus, but largely thanks to its strong pharma specialty, this well-positioned patent attorney firm in Munich made headway going against the general trend towards less patent filing during the coronavirus pandemic. The firm filed many patents for large European pharma manufacturers, for example Sanofi-Aventis and Hoffmann-La Roche, and conducted EPO oppositions. The patent attorneys also worked for Bayer in several oppositions and nullity suits and advised a contract manufacturer on a collaboration with a Covid-19 vaccine...
Once again, this well-positioned patent attorney firm in Munich stood out for intensive litigation for Samsung. For what is perhaps the firm’s most important regular client, Joel Nägerl and team fought against a whole host of NPEs (including Fipa) regarding mobile communications patents. But work is by no means limited to this important line of business for the Korean company. The patent attorneys recently battled for the conglomerate against Varta over battery technology.
This pure patent attorney firm is well positioned in the market when it comes to litigation for pharma and biotech companies. The practice’s strengths lie in representing renowned generics companies. These hire the team for cases of high economic importance, especially before the EPO and the Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht). Aluid, Mylan and Stada are among the regular clients. One important win recently was the patent attorneys destroying Yeda/Teva’s patent for the multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone on behalf of G. L. Pharma, Synthon a...
This well-positioned pure patent attorney firm has excellent connections to Asian companies, who instruct it to file patents in electronics, IT and telecoms. The firm filed many patents at the EPO, for example, for Sony and Konica Minolta. Volkswagen also trusts MFG for traditional auto technologies, as well as telecommunications patents.
With its Frankfurt and Hamburg partners, this well-positioned patent attorney firm enjoys a strong reputation for litigation work. This includes not only EPO suits, but also a whole host of nullity suits and infringement proceedings. Examples include litigation for Eurotronic concerning sensor technology for buildings, OWIM regarding shoe soles and P&M Services over paper cutting machines. The patent attorneys always conduct infringement proceedings alongside law firms like Arnold & Ruess.
This firm is best known for intensive prosecution work across a broad technical spectrum, with specialties in mechanics, electronics and IT. The reluctance of the auto industry – a focal point on the firm’s client list – to file patents during the coronavirus crisis was compensated for by a rise in work from Asian tech corporations, such as Kyocera and Baidu. The patent attorneys also successfully used their offices in Shanghai and Taipei to deepen connections.
Although filing activity fluctuated in the first year of coronavirus, the well-positioned litigation practice of this Stuttgart IP boutique made steady progress. This is thanks to Witte Weller’s strong specialty in the life sciences sector. EPO oppositions, nullity suits and infringement proceedings are mainly conducted for Mittelstand companies from the medical product sector, such as Karl Storz and Diazyme. Work involving biotech patents is also taking on a weightier role, for instance for German and US universities and Jennewein Biotechnolog...
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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