For more than a century, the world’s top companies have looked to Gowling WLG to maximise and protect their treasured intangible assets, at home and abroad. As the global economy grows ever more knowledge-driven, clients continue to count on our broad experience to help them navigate an increasingly perilous intellectual property (IP) landscape.
Home to more than 200 IP practitioners in jurisdictions around the world, Gowling WLG is a leader in IP law, with significant strength in prosecution, enforcement & litigation and transactional work across all industry sectors.
IP solutions — wherever you need them
Gowling WLG provides top IP practices in Canada, the UK and throughout Europe, as well as across an arc of challenging jurisdictions that include China, Russia, and the Middle East. Our exclusive association with JurisAsia in Singapore — along with a robust network of established relationships with leading IP practitioners worldwide — further ensures you have access to the very best advice, wherever business takes you.
Full lifecycle approach
Every step on the path to market presents different challenges for you and your brands. Gowling WLG works with you to overcome those challenges by protecting and enforcing your IP assets and helping you maximise their value. From initial drafting and registration to complex enforcement matters, through to the management and monetisation of large international portfolios, our team is equipped to assist you during the entire lifecycle of your IP assets.
Market leading IP expertise
Gowling WLG offers expertise in all aspects of IP around the world - with core specialisms in trademarks, brands and designs, patents, IP litigation and advertising, and product regulatory advice. This strength in global capability, combined with our collaborative approach, is why many of the world’s top businesses choose us as their trusted IP adviser, and have done so for more than 125 years.
We manage a vast number of trademark and patent files, and protect and enhance our clients’ trademark and patent assets in more than 100 countries through our prosecution services in Canada, Russia and China, as well as through our global network of associate relationships.
Our team has expertise on contentious and non-contentious IP services across a range of industries, and many of our professionals hold specialist expertise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of expertise enables us to better understand your business and help you realise the full value of your IP.
Year after year, the firm’s IP professionals and practice groups are recognised by some of the world’s most respected legal publications, receiving top rankings in global and country-based publications.
Comprehensive service offering
Outside of our IP service offering, Gowling WLG is equipped to advise clients in virtually every area of law relevant to business. We see this as one of our core strengths and a key differentiator from other IP service providers, whether they are full-service firms or boutiques.
Clients who work with us can be assured of a holistic approach to their business goals and legal advice that focuses on innovation, results and value.
V.O. is one of the larger independent Intellectual Property firms in Europe. We offer services in patent and trademark protection, as well as market and engineering intelligence in terms of IP.
We have wide expertise and many years of experience in Chemistry, Electronics, Life Sciences, Mechanics and Physics. More than 60 attorneys support clients worldwide to maximize the value of their intellectual property.
Clients range from tech starters and midsized innovators to knowledge centers and multinationals. They include leading national and international companies and institutes. With nine offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, we operate in a global network of professionals.
Maikowski & Ninnemann is a Patent Attorney Law Firm with offices in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main.
Our work covers all core areas of intellectual property rights such as prosecution, litigation and defence of patents, utility models, trademarks and design rights as well as counselling on inventions, trademarks, designs, know-how and licenses. The center of our strategic thinking and work for the last 40 years has been to personally take care of our clients' interests. Whether your company is large or small, you will find a permanent and personal counsel — that is the basis for an individual, trusting relationship that is fundamental to our success together.
As one of Germany’s largest and best-known firms in the field of intellectual property, Maiwald’s foremost aim is to achieve the best possible solution for each client in each particular case. Maiwald employs about 230 people working out of Munich and Düsseldorf. The interdisciplinary teams work closely with each other and with foreign associates, always with an eye to the client’s particular needs, whether start-up, mediumsized firm or large corporation, across all industrial sectors. Maiwald’s team does its utmost to ensure that all IP matters are handled with competence and care, irrespective of the client’s physical location, whether in Germany, Europe or beyond.
Client-oriented solutions and personal consultation are at the heart of Maiwald’s professional approach. About 90 highly qualified patent attorneys, attorneys-at-law, and technical experts, an in-house patent search department and numerous client-specific teams of paralegals put their extensive range of skills and experience at clients’ disposal in order to arrive at the best possible customised IP solutions. Client satisfaction is evidenced by the long-standing business relationships with many prestigious corporations.
Main Areas of Practice: Maiwald advises and represents domestic and international clients from all technical fields across the entire spectrum of intellectual property law. When appropriate, an interdisciplinary exchange of information and expertise can take place between various teams, ensuring that the optimal solution is achieved in each particular case.
Maiwald’s Patent Attorneys: Maiwald’s team of patent attorneys combine their expertise across various technical fields and advise and represent clients across a wide range of industries.
Pharma & Biotech
Organic Chemistry & Polymers
Inorganic & Construction Materials
Food & Agriculture
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Communication & Information Technology
Mobility & Energy
Displays & Light
Measuring & Process Technology
Medical Technology & Imaging
Maiwald’s patent attorneys have extensive experience in the management of international patent portfolios. Services include drafting and filing patent applications and coordinating worldwide prosecution as well as defending, enforcing and contesting IP rights. Patent attorneys also prepare freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions based on thorough research and analysis to establish whether existing IP rights of third parties could potentially stand in the way of a client’s particular product or manufacturing process. Clients also benefit from the exceptional expertise in opposition and appeal proceedings before the German and European Patent Office as well as in infringement and nullity proceedings before the national courts.
Maiwald’s Attorneys-At-Law: Maiwald’s team of attorneys-at-law can boast many years of experience in trademark, design, copyright, and contract law as well as patent infringement litigation, particularly in the conduct and coordination of international litigation proceedings.
The firm’s legal expertise includes:
Patents & Utility Models
Supplementary Protection Certificates
Trademarks & Designs
Competition & Antitrust Law
Employee Invention Law
Plant Variety Protection
Close cooperation between patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law is especially important in patent infringement litigation, since this type of proceedings generally calls for a comprehensive overview of the various national regulations as well as a thorough grasp of the particular technology. The interdisciplinary teams provide a comprehensive package of services to guarantee the successful conduct of legal proceedings in an international arena, also in cases where speed is of the essence, such as in preliminary injunction proceedings or border seizure procedures.
However, Maiwald’s attorneys-at-law would be the first to acknowledge that litigation is not always the best solution. They are skilled advocates in arbitration and mediation proceedings and are trusted experts when it comes to negotiating licensing contracts.