JUVE Patent’s Germany ranking 2022 reflects how the country’s firms and lawyers have reacted to the latest developments in the German legal market. This year, the preparation for the UPC was a key driver. The lawsuits filed by CureVac and Moderna against BioNTech as well as new mobile communications proceedings also created a buzz. Mathieu Klos and Konstanze Richter present a detailed overview in the latest ranking video.
28 October 2022 by Konstanze Richter
In JUVE Patent’s Germany Ranking 2022, Konstanze Richter and Mathieu Klos present the latest developments in the German patent market.
On the eve of the UPC launch, the German patent market has once again gained momentum. Law firms and patent attorney firms are getting set to increase their appeal for cases at the new court, where one third of the judges will be German. For example, Simmons & Simmons brought in a team of patent attorneys from Isenbruck Bösl Hörschler, opting for a new mixed approach. Other firms are underscoring their strong market positions with advice in attention-grabbing patent disputes.
Hoyng ROKH Monegier has positioned itself ready for pharma actions on the side of BioNTech over mRNA technology. The leading boutique was up against other heavyweights in the German patent scene, in the shape of Bird & Bird for CureVac and Freshfields for Moderna, in one of the year’s highest-profile cases.
Meanwhile, Hogan Lovells is underlining its leading market position with advice to tech giants like Apple and Oppo. At the same time, smaller IP boutiques including Kather Augenstein for Ericsson and Arnold Ruess for Nokia alongside Bird & Bird are proving once again that they can hold their own in the market.
A key factor in companies’ hiring practices is how much experience advisors have in SEP and FRAND issues on the interface with antitrust law. Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v. Schwerin & Partner, Bardehle Pagenberg and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan all demonstrated this in their recent team expansions.
The fact that patent attorneys are also authorised to represent clients at the UPC is creating further movement in the advisory market. Patent attorneys at Cohausz & Florack, df-mp Dörries Frank-Molnia & Pohlman and Maikowski & Ninnemann have such a wealth of litigation experience that they are expected to conduct UPC actions without lawyers.
For further analysis, read the JUVE Patent Germany rankings 2022. This includes top patent litigation firms and top patent prosecution firms in Germany, and our new Ones to Watch category.
You can fnd detailed information on the JUVE Patent research criteria here.