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Rankings Germany 2022

Preu Bohlig & Partner – Germany 2022

JUVE Comment

This IP firm is close on the heels of the market leaders with its excellent name for patent disputes for clients stemming from a broad technical spectrum. Long-standing, close ties to SME clients ensure a steady stream of cases involving mechanics and electronics patents. Arms manufacturer Haenel, for example, counted on the firm in a dispute against Heckler & Koch. The team remains active in mobile communications battles, for small accessories providers like Sandvine alongside regular client Huawei.

Clients from the life sciences sector frequently hire Hamburg partner Daniel Hoppe, whose visibility has increased in recent years. He litigated for defendant Aliud Pharma in the high-profile suit brought by various generics manufacturers against Bayer over Nexavar. Clients also benefit from the firm’s well-established expertise in regulatory pharma law, which allows it to provide all-round advice – on the market launch and licensing of products or on licence agreements, for instance. Preu Bohlig is seeing a rise in cases where trade secrets play a major role, as shown by the dispute between Fresenius Medical Care and FilaTech, which has now been settled.

Having primarily brought in young laterals as reinforcements in previous years, Preu Bohlig is now banking on its own young talent – the right move given the growing workload. The firm is investing in associate development and over the past year has appointed four young lawyers to the new position of counsel for the first time.

Strengths

Litigation with a broad technical spectrum, including SEP and FRAND claims.

European set-up

The German IP firm with strong roots among SMEs opened its own Paris office a few years ago, through which it acquires and advises French clients. An unusual investment, but one that has so far paid off. Lawyers from Paris, Munich and Hamburg, for example, advised Faurecia in the dispute against Benteler. Preu Bohlig also frequently cooperates with numerous foreign firms within non-exclusive relationships. Because of its client structure, however, the firm has so far only been active for Huawei in important cross-border cases.

Recommended individuals

Ludwig von Zumbusch, Christian Donle (“one of the best litigators, always gets stuck in”, competitor), Christian Kau (“does a good job”, competitor), Daniel Hoppe (“highly competent and meticulous”, “strong in trade secrets”, competitors)

Team

11 partners, 4 counsel, 7 associates

Specialties

Very strong focus on IP. Alongside patents, also trademarks and unfair competition and pharma law. Litigation predominates. Invention law, know-how protection, licensing and R&D contracts.

Clients

Litigation: Aliud Pharma/Stada (defendant) against Bayer over Nexavar; Betapharm (defendant) against Amgen over cinacalcet; Hewlett Packard (defendant) against Wsou over mobile communications; Huawei (defendant and co-defendant) against Intellectual Ventures, Intve, Sonion and WaveTouch over SEPs and patents for microphones and fingerprint sensors; Huawei (defendant) against SolarEdge over solar technology; Haenel (defendant) against Heckler & Koch over rifle-locking system; Actividad Nautica Balear (defendant) against Cayago Tec over dive sleds; G&B Fissaggi (defendant) against Fischerwerke over special rawlplugs; 4Inno (claimant) against Philips and Signify over LED lamps; Bora (claimant) against Miele over extraction systems; Faurecia (claimant) against Benteler over car crossbeams (settled 2021); Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland (claimant) against FilaTech over hollow-fibre spin machines (settled 2021); ongoing for James Hardie Europe, Uhrig Straßen- und Tiefbau, Washtec, Ventec Central Europe. Advice: Arndt Graeve on employee invention law.

Location

Düsseldorf, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg