Germany

IP STARS Reviews

Patent
Bardehle Pagenberg

Bardehle Pagenberg has experienced patent specialists to handle work in a range of technical fields, including telecommunications, software, electronics and mechanical engineering. Its patent attorneys and lawyers collaborate effectively on litigation. The firm is one of the most active in nullity and infringement proceedings in the German courts.

Joachim Mader, Martin Hohgardt, Bastian Best, Tobias Kaufmann, Johannes Lang, Christof Karl and Hans Wegner are notable European patent attorneys recommended in their respective fields. For patent disputes, the firm can assemble a strong team featuring lawyers like Peter Chrocziel, Nadine Heiartz, Johannes Heselberger and Tilman Müller-Stoy. Karl and Heselberger are among the dual qualified patent practitioners in the firm. Heiartz was featured in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP (2019). Chrocziel, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2018 with a team of associates, is also recognised for advising on licensing and competition law issues. 2018 rising star Michael Kobler was promoted to partner early this year. Jan Bösing is a rising stars to watch.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's German patent team consists of patent attorneys and lawyers who work together effectively to deliver results for clients in the patent offices and courts. The team is experienced in dealing with disputes in a range of technical fields, from life sciences to telecoms. Christian Harmsen is head of the IP department while Oliver Jan Jüngst is the firm's new managing partner. Both leaders are patent litigators. Other recommended patent litigators include Matthias Meyer, Felix T Rödiger, Boris Kreye and Anna Wolters-Höhne, while the notable patent attorneys are Daniela Kinkeldey, Felix Landry and Michael Alt. Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky, Tobias Wilcke, Annika L Schneider and Tung-Gia Du are among the rising stars in the team.

Cohausz & Florack

Tobias Hoheisel and Romina Kühnle were recognised as rising stars in the 2019 edition of IP STARS.

Grünecker

Grünecker has one of the largest, most experienced patent attorney teams in Germany. The team's patent protection expertise covers major technical fields such as engineering, IT/software, life sciences and telecoms. The firm also has lawyers who work with the patent attorneys on patent infringement and nullity actions. Moritz Höffe, Franz-Josef Zimmer, Reinhard Knauer, Heike Vogelsang-Wenke, Udo Weigelt, Jens C Koch and Thomas Schuster are among the experienced European patent attorneys in the firm recommended in their respective fields. Ulrich Blumenröder and Bernd Allekotte are the key lawyers in the firm. Felix Kahr, Martin Ahr and Thomas Kronberger are notable rising stars in the patent attorney team, while Petra Lübbe and Sebastian Ochs are rising stars in the legal team.

Hoffmann Eitle

Hoffmann Eitle won Managing IP's German Patent Attorney Firm of the Year award for patent litigation and Europe patent prosecution award in 2019. Aside from its routine excellent patent protection work such as drafting and portfolio management, it is one of the top-performing firms in EPO and German patent office proceedings. The firm has expertise in a range of technical fields, including mechanical engineering, chemistry and life sciences. The notable European patent attorneys recommended in their respective fields include Leo Polz, James Ogle, Peter Klusmann, Thorsten Bausch, Daniel Grohs, Joseph P Taormino, Morten Garberg and Anne Katrin Schön. Like its top-tier rivals, the firm is also active in patent litigation in the courts and has experienced lawyers such as Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine, Niels Hölder and Holger Stratmann. The rising stars in the firm include patent attorney Claudia Unsin and lawyer Mike Gruber.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) for patent litigation in Germany. The firm has a top-class group of patent litigators for any patent dispute in Germany. Three IP practitioners in its German practice hold senior leadership positions in the firm: Burkhart Goebel, who splits his time between Madrid and Hamburg, is global head of IP; Leopold von Gerlach is the firm's global chair; and Miriam Gundt is head of diversity & inclusion in Europe. Gundt is one of the experienced patent litigators in the practice. Other notable patent litigators include Andreas von Falck, Martin Fähndrich, Clemens Plassmann, Steffen Steininger and Alexander Klicznik. The senior litigators are supported by a strong team of associate lawyers as well as a small team of patent attorneys including telecoms specialist Andreas Schmid, who joined in 2018. For IP transactions, the firm has lawyers such as Christian Stoll. Patent litigation star Martin Chakraborty sadly passed away in August 2018. Felix Banholzer, Anna-Katharina Friese and Agathe Michel-de Cazotte are among the rising stars in the firm. Stephan Neuhaus, who was recognised as a rising star in 2018, was promoted to partner in 2019. Recent case studies show the firm acted in high-profile patent disputes in the fields of telecommunications, life sciences and semiconductors.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Hoyng Rokh Monegier remains one of the leading firms to instruct when faced with a technically complex or commercially important life sciences and TMT patent dispute in Germany. Its presence in other key European patent litigation jurisdictions, such as France and the Netherlands, is also seen as an advantage. The firm's key patent litigators are based in its Düsseldorf office; the senior litigators are Klaus Haft, Martin Köhler, Christine Kanz, Kay N Kasper and Christian Osterrieth. Kanz is featured in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP (2019) publication. Tobias Hahn, Mirko Weinert, Tobias J Hessel and Stefan Richter are swiftly building up a solid reputation in the patent litigation community. Christina Tenbrock and Thomas Misgaiski are rising stars in the firm. 2018 rising star Eva Thörner has left the firm.

Kather Augenstein

Case studies show the firm acted for Audi, Volkswagen and Ericsson in their respective patent disputes. Alexander Haertel and Rising Star Jonas Block left the firm in July 2020.

Maiwald

Maiwald is one of the best in the business for EPO and German patent office prosecution and contentious proceedings. The firm has a strong patent practice in the chemistry and pharmaceutical sectors, but it is witnessing growth in other fields such as biotechnology, medical devices and ICT. The firm won Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) award for patent prosecution work in Germany. Angela Zumstein, Alexander Ortlieb, Norbert Hansen, Christian Schäflein, Derk Vos, Eva Ehlich, Dirk Bühler and Berthold Lux are among the senior European patent attorneys in the firm recommended in their respective fields. The senior patent attorneys are supported by associates and other technical specialists. Fabian Kiendl, Ina Bürck and Annelie Wünsche are rising stars to watch. For patent disputes, the firm has experienced lawyers such as Stephan Schneller, Marco Stief and Heike Röder-Hitschke. Recent case studies show the firm acted for PepsiCo against Coca-Cola in an EPO appeal proceedings concerning its patent for sweetened beverages.

Vossius & Partner

Vossius & Partner is well-regarded in both patent prosecution and patent litigation work in the life sciences and chemistry sectors. The firm is also developing a reputation in other areas such as electronics and medical devices. It has many European patent attorneys who are recognised as experts in their respective fields; they include Rudolf Weinberger, Arnold Asmussen, Olaf Malek, Hans-Rainer Jaenichen, Josef Schmidt, Gerhard Hermann, Natalia Berryman, Rainer Viktor and Jürgen Meier. Berryman is featured in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP (2019). Jaenichen is regarded as one of the best patent attorneys in Europe for biotechnology work. For patent litigation, the firm can build a strong team around lawyers such as Kai Rüting, Thure Schubert and Georg Andreas Rauh. The firm further strengthened its IP team in 2018 by hiring experienced practitioners such as patent litigator Andreas Kramer, who joined as partner. The firm has an excellent team of associates including rising stars Christian-Leopold Zapp and Andreas Heiseke. Recent case studies show the firm acted for CRISPR Therapeutics in the high-profile EPO opposition against Broad Institute's CRISPR-Cas technology patent.

Trade mark
Bardehle Pagenberg

Bardehle Pagenberg has a strong IP practice in Germany. Head of trade marks Claus Eckhartt deals with contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. Other notable soft IP practitioners are Henning Hartwig, Philipe Kutschke and Alexander von Mühlendahl. The senior practitioners have the support of a team of associates and experienced IP consultants. Christine Fluhme and Anna Giedke, who also advises on copyright, are notable associates in the firm. The firm won Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) award for designs.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's German IP team is best known for contentious work in the courts and IP offices but also deals with IP-related transactions and trade mark portfolio management. Patent litigator Christian Harmsen is head of the IP department. Uwe Lüken, Richard Dissmann and Joseph Fesenmair are among the experienced soft IP lawyers in the department handling trade mark issues. Fabian Niemann, Markus Körner and Henriette Picot are recommended for non-contentious and contentious copyright work. Notable junior lawyers in the firm for soft IP include Franz Gernhardt, Sebastian Fischoeder and Mascha Grundmann.

Updates:
Grundmann, who was recognised as a rising star in 2018, was promoted to partner in May 2019.

Boehmert & Boehmert
Boehmert & Boehmert has one of the largest IP teams in Germany. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, Malte Nentwig, Axel Nordemann and Florian Schwab are some of the leading names in the firm for trade mark work. Nordemann also advises on competition law. The key practitioners for copyright and related rights are Martin Schaefer, Andreas Dustmann, Jan Bernd Nordemann and Christian Czychowski.
Grünecker

Grünecker has one of the strongest trade mark practices in the country. The firm is highly recommended for trade mark protection and disputes work. A group of respected senior lawyers lead on soft IP instructions including Nicolás Schmitz, Anja Franke, Maximilian Kinkeldey and Holger Gauss. Philipp Strommer and Julia Bittner are among the experienced junior practitioners in the firm. Some of the patent lawyers in the firm also handle IP-related transactions and trade mark instructions.

Harmsen Utescher
Harmsen Utescher is highly recommended for trade mark and copyright work. John-Christian Plate and Martin Kefferpütz are among the copyright specialists in the firm. Jan Peter Heidenreich, Till E Lampel and Karin Sandberg assist clients with contentious and non-contentious trade mark issues. Martina Pfaff is a junior lawyer to watch. The team won Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) award for trade marks.
Hoffmann Eitle

Hoffmann Eitle is one of the elite IP firms in Germany. Although it stands out in patent work, its soft IP practitioners are also highly regarded in trade mark protection and disputes work. Wedig von der Osten-Sacken is head of trade marks. He works alongside trade mark partners, such as Michaela Ring and Angela Wenninger-Lenz. They are supported by a dedicated team of trade mark attorneys and other senior IP practitioners in the firm including Dirk Schüßler-Langeheine, Clemens Tobias Steins and Holger Stratmann. Steins is picked out for his licensing practice.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is Managing IP's Global Firm of the Year (2019). The firm continues to record remarkable achievements in IP in Asia and Europe. Morten Petersenn and Andreas Bothe are the leaders in its soft IP practice in Germany. Other notable soft IP lawyers in the practice include Erhard Keller and Yvonne Draheim. The partners have a group of excellent junior lawyers, including Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh and Thorsten Klinger. Partner Nils Rauer and Ruth Maria Bousonville, both of whom advise on copyright matters, left the firm in early 2019.

Lubberger Lehment
Boutique firm Lubberger Lehment specialises in soft IP work and is particularly noted for its enforcement practice. The key soft IP lawyers in the firm include Kai Schmidt-Hern, Andreas Lubberger, Benjamin Koch, Bernd Weichhaus and Cornelis Lehment. Schmidt-Hern is also noted for his copyright practice, while Weichhaus is also experienced in competition law. The partners are supported by a team of knowledgeable associates, including Friederike Funk.
Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has one of the strongest soft IP teams in Germany. Olaf Gillert is head of the trade mark and design department. He works with partners such as Marcus Hartmann, Wiebke Baars, Ortrun Günzel and Thomas Raab. Another notable soft IP partner in the team is Thorsten Troge, who advises on copyright issues. The partners are supported by a team of experienced associates, notably Katharina H Reuer.

Updates:
Reuer, who was noted as a rising star in 2018, was promoted to salaried partner in July 2019.

Vossius & Partner

Vossius & Partner is Managing IP's Patent and Trade Mark Attorney Firm of the Year (2019) for trade mark work. Although revered for patent work, the firm also has strong expertise in trade marks. Mathias Kleespies heads up its trade mark and design practice. Simone Schäfer, Paul Kretschmar and Marcus von Welser are among the experienced soft IP specialists the firm's legal department. Copyright specialist Brigitte Bieler and Leyre Barragán Zapirain are associates to watch.