As a pure IP firm that has internalised the mixed approach like few other German IP firms, Bardehle is a market leader for patent disputes on the lawyer and patent attorney side alike. The firm has a particular strength in semiconductor and telecoms patents. After a long time warming up, the firm has also made the breakthrough into prosecution and litigation in the life sciences sector in recent months.
In impressive fashion, Cohausz & Florack demonstrated its place as one of the market’s leading patent attorney firms, both for patent prosecution and litigation. Its activity in numerous high-stakes suits in the life sciences and telecoms sectors stands out. Christoph Walke’s team remains highly visible on the side of SEP holders. Patent owners from the telecoms sector entrust the team with new and sometimes extensive series of proceedings against implementers. For instance, after the first wave of connected cars disputes – where Cohausz &a...
This pure patent attorney firm has been at the top of the market for years with its impressive number of high-profile cases. The patent attorneys of the Munich firm were again exceptionally visible on the side of lawyers in extensive infringement proceedings. External lawyers call on the technical experts from df-mp particularly often for top-level disputes over mobile communications and software patents.
This mixed firm is one of the undisputed market leaders for litigation by patent attorneys. The latter advise on the technical matters of high-profile infringement proceedings on the side of external lawyers, both in life sciences and mobile communications patents. When it comes to pharma proceedings, they are often in action with the firm’s own strongly positioned lawyers.
This patent attorney firm is one of the market leaders for litigation in pharma and biotech. König Szynka litigates for its regular clients from the life sciences industry in cases of high economic and legal importance, with many years of activity for pharma originators Bayer and Eli Lilly.
This pure patent attorney firm remains among the very exclusive group of market-leading practices when it comes to the technical aspects of international patent proceedings for mobile communications companies. Few similar firms – among them Samson & Partner and Cohausz & Florack – enjoy such visibility in SEP and FRAND suits.
This market-leading patent attorney firm in Munich is one of the busiest litigation outfits in the mobile communications sector, where it manages to work for both SEP holders (e.g. Nokia) and patent users (e.g. Apple, Lenovo and Wiko). This balancing act is achieved by few other patent attorney firms at the top of the German patent litigation market. Cohausz & Florack, for instance, works chiefly for SEP holders, Maikowski & Ninnemann exclusively for patent users.
With their strong presence in complex series of proceedings, Vossius lawyers belong right behind those at the top of the market, where the mixed firm’s patent attorneys have long been. Clients from a range of industries regularly rely on the IP boutique’s combined strength in legal and technical expertise in infringement proceedings and the parallel nullity suits. Like Bardehle Pagenberg, the firm consistently and successfully relies on a mixed team of lawyers and patent attorneys.
Yet again, this mixed IP firm put in an incredibly strong performance in litigation on both the patent attorney and lawyer side. The patent attorneys are among the most persistent challengers to the market leaders; the lawyers are on their way there, with a growing presence in mobile communications proceedings.
As one of the largest IP firms in Germany, Grünecker is positioned in the German market for patent disputes with a leading team of patent attorneys and a team of lawyers that is close behind the top of the market. The firm sets itself apart from competitors by appearing in proceedings with mixed teams with a consistency similar to Bardehle Pagenberg. The technologies covered range from solar technology for Longi Solar, to traditional mechanical engineering for a manufacturer of food cutting machines, to SEP and FRAND actions for Vestel.
With an established mixed approach, this firm specialises in litigation, with an emphasis on pharma, biotech and medical products. The patent attorneys are among the chasing pack at the top of the market, while the lawyers are well positioned in litigation. Having restructured in recent years, Maiwald is on a clear path towards expansion. The patent litigation team welcomed experienced patent attorney Ulrike Herr from Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler. She has many years of experience in SPC lawsuits and thus complements Maiwald’s well-respected life sc...
As one of the market leaders, the German patent practice is a cornerstone of this international firm, which enjoys a superb position in patents across Europe, too. Unlike in other European countries, the patent team in Germany is not only characterised by the extraordinary visibility of its lawyers in the courtrooms, but also by the well-oiled teamwork with the Bird & Bird patent attorneys.
This IP firm’s strongly positioned litigation team traditionally follows a mixed approach. Lawyers and patent attorneys litigate together, chiefly for SME clients like packaging manufacturer Sprick in the design dispute against Activatec. That said, the patent attorneys also work alongside external lawyers in infringement disputes, for instance with Graf von Westphalen for Hörmann against Assa Abloy and with Linklaters for Bundesdruckerei against Credit Card Supplies.
The patent attorneys at this strongly positioned Munich IP firm enjoy an excellent name for litigation over mobile communications patents as well as semiconductor patents. In the latter, they are extremely active for claimants in infringement proceedings and simultaneous nullity suits. Clients are predominantly NPEs bringing major series of suits against multiple manufacturers of chips or mobile devices at once. The patent attorneys therefore not only have plenty of experience in litigation, but also in coordinating such campaigns. They also op...Full Analysis
This IP boutique from Düsseldorf and Munich is one of the most active litigation outfits on the patent attorney side before the German civil courts and EPO. With a strong market position, the team led by Karl-Ulrich Braun-Dullaeus and Friedrich Emmerling has an excellent reputation for litigation in complex mobile communications cases.Full Analysis
This strongly positioned IP boutique in Berlin nurtures a mixed approach and traditionally boasts a solid base of Asian clients, which include notable Chinese companies from the telecoms sector. The case for Haier against Sisvel, in which a constitutional complaint is pending, put Gulde & Partner on the map for SEP disputes in Germany.
With its mixed team of patent attorneys and lawyers, Jones Day enjoys a solid reputation in the German market for patent litigation and prosecution in equal measure. Clients from an array of technical fields and sectors entrust the patent attorneys to look after their patents, some to a considerable degree. Strong specialties have formed over the years in the pharma/biotech, automotive and semiconductor sectors. The patent attorneys are very active, for instance, at the German Patent and Trademark Office for a US semiconductor manufacturer.
At this IP boutique, the major strength of the mixed patent team lies in the patent attorneys’ broad positioning in many technical fields and economic sectors. This not only leads to a great deal of activity for the patent attorneys in EPO oppositions, but also numerous nullity suits and infringement proceedings in cooperation with Tobias Wuttke’s strongly positioned litigation team. Under his leadership the litigation team has made steady progress again, especially on the claimant side, for example for Cybex over children’s seats, for CommScop...
The well-positioned prosecution and litigation practice of these Munich patent attorneys covers a wide spectrum of technical fields. In litigation, however, they are known above all for their pronounced specialty in pharma, biotech and chemicals patents.
Supported by a technically broad-based prosecution practice, this mixed Munich IP firm is also well positioned throughout Germany for disputes, with numerous EPO oppositions for regular clients – BMW, Eppendorf, Fresenius Medical Care and Cellcentric, for example. Companies like Bridgestone, C&E Fein/Robert Bosch and Eastman also trust in the patent attorneys in EPO oppositions, without them necessarily carrying out the patent filing as well.
This patent attorney practice in Munich stands out for its large, broad-based prosecution practice, as well as for its strongly positioned litigation practice. The patent attorneys are often seen in infringement proceedings and nullity suits with a pronounced specialty in life sciences, electronics and mechanics patents. They are especially busy with EPO oppositions.
The patent attorneys at this Munich IP firm still enjoy an excellent reputation for the technical elements of infringement proceedings and nullity suits, as well as EPO oppositions. The firm is also one of the busiest in Germany for patent prosecution for pharma, biotech and electronics patents.
The patent attorneys from the Ruhr Valley metropolis of Essen make up one of west Germany’s well-positioned teams. They are firmly rooted among clients from the automotive sector, including TI Automotive, and enjoy a strong reputation for the defence and prosecution of patents from the chemical engineering and mechanics sectors.
Like many patent attorney firms in Munich, Betten & Resch, with its midsized filing practice, is known for its strong base of international clients. For these, the patent attorneys also operate a well-positioned litigation practice, which has a strong focus on electronics and medical products.
Dompatent is well positioned in the market as the patent attorneys enjoy an excellent reputation for filing chemicals and pharma patents. This leads to intensive dispute work for regular clients, such as medical product manufacturer Dahlhausen. On the one hand, the constant growth in prosecution work is an important basis for representing regular clients in proceedings, and, on the other, clients such as Tesa have gained confidence in the patent attorney team through the joint litigation work and now hire it for patent filing, too.
This Stuttgart patent attorney firm represents its clients, primarily German SMEs, in nullity suits and oppositions at the EPO, with a specialty in mechanical engineering, mechanics and electronics patents. The team is also nicely positioned for comprehensive prosecution activity spanning a wide technical spectrum.
The patent attorney team of this mixed firm has a well-positioned litigation practice for electronics, mobile communications and mechanics patents. In high-volume infringement disputes, the patent attorneys mostly work with external law firms, for instance with Taliens for TCL in mobile communications or with Hoyng ROKH Monegier for Signify or Zeiss SMT regarding lighting and lithography technology.
Michael Best’s team has a good name in the market for opposition suits at the EPO as well as nullity and infringement cases in connection with pharma, biotech and chemicals patents. Regular clients including Hexal, Ratiopharm and Teva frequently put their faith in the Munich patent attorney boutique. The latter hired the firm for the lucrative opposition proceedings against Bristol-Myers Squibb concerning the drug apixaban.
This strongly positioned patent attorney practice is working in proceedings from the Munich market, barely fazed by the economically uncertain environment some of its clients are facing. The patent attorneys run lawsuits within a very broad technical spectrum, while competitors like Samson & Partner or Braun-Dullaeus Pannen Emmerling nurture a clear focus on patent litigation in mobile communications and electronics.
In infringement proceedings, this well-positioned patent attorney firm mainly advises on the technical aspects of mechanics and electronics patents. These cases are largely run from Düsseldorf, such as that for Quantificare in the dispute over 3D cameras for plastic surgery. The biotech team is also particularly active in EPO oppositions.
This Munich IP firm has held its ground among Germany’s very active patent prosecution practices. It also has some well-positioned partners highly renowned for their litigation experience, who generally advise on the technical issues in infringement proceedings and nullity suits for clients strong in the technology sectors, for example Tridonic and Zumtobel. They are often active for regular client Huawei in NPE suits, such as that against the NPE WSOU.
The patent attorneys at this Munich IP firm are well positioned for all-round patent prosecution, including EPO oppositions and nullity suits. In spite of its broad technical setup, Prinz & Partner is best known for its experience in mechanics and electrical engineering. The firm traditionally represents many clients from the automotive industry, where it boasts a solid network. Examples include Faurecia, Valeo and ZF.
Formed in autumn 2021, this well-positioned patent attorney firm has a strong focus on patent litigation. The team already had a solid reputation for infringement proceedings, nullity suits and EPO oppositions at Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff. Name partner Bernhard Thum was seen as one of the most accomplished litigators on the patent attorney side as a Wuesthoff partner.Full Analysis
This traditional Hamburg patent attorney firm is strongly positioned for litigation involving life sciences patents. Well-known clients from the pharma, biotech and chemicals sectors put their faith in the team for extensive EPO oppositions and nullity suits. The patent attorneys often provide technical advice in infringement suits alongside law firms. One example is the dispute for Amgen regarding cinacalcet (with Rospatt Osten Pross). The team was recently busy for Amgen and BMS in large-scale EPO oppositions with numerous opponents. The firm...
This small Munich patent attorney firm operates a busy granting practice, especially for mechanical engineering and electronics, as well as a visible litigation practice. The team often combines work on validity matters, such as EPO oppositions or nullity suits, with technical advice in simultaneous infringement proceedings on the side of law firms. For example, WBH acted for Optical Imaging in a dispute against Zeiss (with Eisenführ Speiser) and for Ferdinand Peer against Comuto (with Taliens).
This pure patent attorney firm has a good market position in litigation for pharma and biotech companies. The strength of the practice lies in representing notable generics manufacturers, which hire the team for high-stakes cases, especially before the Federal Patent Court and EPO. The team also advises on the technical matters of infringement proceedings on the side of lawyers. Aliud, Mylan and Stada feature on the regular client list.
This well-positioned, pure patent attorney firm is an insiders’ tip in the Munich market for mobile communications cases. But, with regular work in NPE suits involving SEPs and FRAND for Xiaomi and TCL, it is emerging as a real alternative to the large patent attorney practices with litigation expertise in this sector, such as Samson & Partner and df-mp. MFG has a much lower headcount than the market leaders and has not been active in this segment for as long, so its clout is therefore still limited.
This pure patent attorney firm enjoys a good reputation for litigation. This is largely thanks to the partners in Frankfurt and Hamburg, who litigate for clients from a wide variety of technical fields – in both EPO proceedings and a whole host of nullity and infringement suits. In a dispute with Ocado in Germany, Autostore relied on a team around Frankfurt-based name partner Keulertz. In this and in other lawsuits, he cooperates with lawyers from Düsseldorf IP boutique Arnold Ruess.
This strongly positioned, midsized patent attorney firm has an active litigation practice for regular clients including Brother, Hymmen and Knorr Bremse. Printing technology is a particular specialty. The patent attorneys also work for pharma and medical technology companies, such as Nipro, Terumo and a Novartis subsidiary, in major EPO oppositions, and operate a well-known, midsized filing practice on a broad technical basis.
This patent attorney practice strongly positioned for litigation is regularly instructed by companies from its technically broad client portfolio for high-stakes EPO oppositions and national nullity proceedings, especially for electronics and mechanics patents. Such work often stems from intensive patent filing within a wide technical spectrum, although the firm is best known for mechanics, electronics and IT. German as well as numerous US and Asian tech corporations, including Intel and Baidu, feature on the client list.
The prosecution practice of this patent attorney firm is well positioned in the life sciences sector but also has a good name for EPO oppositions and nullity suits, as well as technical support in infringement proceedings. This expertise stretches beyond the life sciences sector (especially medical products) to a wide spectrum of technical fields.
This well-positioned Munich patent attorney firm once again stood out for its extensive litigation for Samsung.Joel Nägerl and team battled even more vigorously for what is perhaps the firm’s most important regular client against a whole host of NPEs (e.g. Fipa and Solas OLED) over mobile communications standards and display technology patents. As the regular client is facing other actions and is planning to assert its own patents more strongly in the future, the team will be kept busy for the long term.
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.