Kuhnen & Wacker


Prinz-Ludwig-Straße 40A


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Senior Partner: Rainer K. Kuhnen
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Firm - Year of Establishment: 1974
Number of Partners: 6
Total Number of IP Practitioners: 23
Languages Spoken at the Firm: German, English

KUHNEN & WACKER (K&W) is a full-service IP law firm that was established more than 45 years ago in Freising, close to Munich airport. The firm represents small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as major corporate and global technical innovators. K&W’s professionals are a fine blend of senior attorneys having sophisticated experience and of younger well-trained attorneys forming, where needed, interdisciplinary teams to provide best advising capabilities for each case.

The K&W Philosophy
Continuity, quality and strategy are the three pillars and principles of K&W. This philosophy allows us since almost half a century to offer high-quality, proactive services at and out of the box strategy thinking at competitive rates.

The diverse team of K&W consists of a staff of about 90 people. 23 of whom are specialised patent attorneys and attorneys at law. These attorneys are supported by patent engineers and specialists, as well as by a highly qualified and multilingual administrative team. The firm’s experienced and professional staff working in a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure guarantee prompt responses to the needs of clients. K&W boasts an excellent track record of handling complex cases successfully.

In order to document the high-quality management standard that the firm has developed since its founding, K&W’s QM has been certified by the official ISO 9001 certification since 2013.

Added value
K&W has earned a worldwide reputation through its handling of sophisticated litigation matters. Our long record of success includes recent litigation relating to cardiac stents, ink cartridges for printers and the automotive field.
K&W adds value for its clients in many areas, such as licensing, portfolio analysis and management, arbitration and mediation, antitrust, due diligence and competitive benchmarking. Some components of this added value arise from our internal teamwork, external networking and our frequent seminars.

A further added value in the context of global competition is K&W’s comprehensive and longstanding network of colleagues and associates in more than 150 countries.
K&W is an active member of many patent and trademark organisations (AIPLA, AIPPI, FICPI, LES, VPP, INTA, ECTA, GRUR, etc.). The attorneys at K&W are actively involved in several committees in order to develop, improve and harmonise trademark law worldwide.

K&W specialises in IP-related litigation and prosecution and offers the full spectrum of services in connection thereto.
K&W’s services include inter alia the following:

  • Patents and Utility Models
  • Trademarks, Designs and Copyright
  • Employee and University Inventions
  • License Agreements
  • National and International Infringement Proceedings
  • Competition and Antitrust Law
  • Counterfeiting and Product Piracy
  • IP Evaluation and Assessment
  • Portfolio Analysis and Management
  • Due Diligence
  • Benchmarking
  • Developing of IP Strategies.

“KUHNEN & WACKER IP Made in Germany”

Key IP Areas
Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Patent, Trade mark, Trade mark prosecution, Patent prosecution, Patent contentious, Trade mark contentious, Life sciences IP

Key Sector Expertise
Aerospace, Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Food & beverage, Furniture, Industrials, Instruments, Life sciences, Mechanical, Medical device, Nanotechnology, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Renewable energy, Robotics, Semiconductors, Tobacco, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Transport, Utilities, Universities & research, Advertising, Internet