Full-service IP firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the world’s largest firms focusing exclusively on IP. It is a true one-stop shop for all IP matters, with experts in every area of IP and every technology. A comprehensive approach to clients IP needs and Finnegan’s mega-boutique size underpin its year-to-year, decade-to-decade pre-eminence in IP litigation across all industries and tribunals.
Global presence: The firm’s offices in the United States, Asia, and Europe practise all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Its multinational team represents clients on IP issues relating to US and European patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.
Industry and technical expertise: Finnegan offers full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, combination products, chemicals, oil and gas, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, aerospace and aviation, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage, outdoor recreation, sports and fitness, digital health, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics, textiles, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing.
IP-focused talent: With Finnegan’s practice centered on intellectual property, the firm is able to create economies of scale and focus all resources on providing the best tools and teams for clients. In the past five years, Finnegan filed over 650 IP-related district court cases. The firm’s team is comprised of over 250 litigators, including career trial attorneys. Over 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines (more than 60 hold PhDs). Over 225 professionals are registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO), the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Market recognition: Surveys conducted by legal and business publications rank Finnegan as one of the leading intellectual property law practices in the world. The firm is consistently ranked in the United States for contentious and prosecution trademark and patent work by publications including Managing Intellectual Property, Intellectual Asset Management, World Trademark Review, and The Legal 500, which has ranked Finnegan as a top-tier firm in nearly every significant IP category since 2009. The publications cite the firm’s winning record, technical expertise and deep bench of talent in all aspects of IP litigation.
Diversity: Finnegan is committed to promoting and strengthening a diverse workplace where all feel welcome, included, and are given opportunities to advance within the firm. Our strategy of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion includes, but is not limited to, internal and external initiatives that focus on recruiting, retention, a supportive infrastructure, professional association involvement, and community relations. Examples of our efforts include: IP University, an introductory program to IP for diverse undergraduate and graduate students; The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship; being a proud signatory of the Mansfield Rule 5.0; Finnegan FORWARD, the firm’s women’s business initiative; Diversity Corporate Partnership program; various, diversity mentorship programs; and various collaborations and sponsorships with organizations focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Patent attorneys who want to be successful have to have more than just a good grasp of the law. They must be able to understand, evaluate and define what is to be protected down to the smallest detail. An accurate description of the patent attorneys at Samson & Partner. We are physicists, computer scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and chemists. All under one roof, our team has certainly found the right formula to be successful in what we do.
The firm's recipe for success has always been anticipating outcomes. Our vast experience in implementing and litigating patents benefits our clients right from the outset, i.e. during the procurement of intellectual property rights until its enforcement.
Work areas and Services
Samson & Partner's head office is situated in Munich, Germany, in direct proximity to the European Patent Office (EPA) and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). We work in all areas of intellectual property law - national, European and world-wide. Our services starts from assessment of protectablility and drafting of patent and utility model applications to procurement of protection rights through the responsible authorities. We defend our clients' patents against attacks by third parties, e.g. against oppositions, nullity and cancelation actions.
Samson & Partner has been and continues to be involved in mayor global patent battles between big international players in these technological fields, both on the offensive as well as on the defensive side. By our characteristic composition and our firm structure we have proven to be well positioned to put up strong teams of patent attorneys to support our clients in these multi-national battles.
The world of the inventions and patents is as various as the technical areas Samson & Partner covers:
Zacco is an international full-service IP solutions and brand protection specialist, with around 125 authorised patent attorneys and 75 authorised trademark and design attorneys, operating globally and in most sectors. Our combined aim is to view the world as our customers do, building practical strategies that cover their IP, brand character and content.
Zacco became a part of the OpSec Group in 2023 so we are now around 1300 experts. Together we help organisations to develop, manage and protect the value of their IP throughout its lifecycle. Combining physical and digital brand protection solutions to bring authenticity and assurance, from the creation of new assets and identities, to monetisation of rights and content, to protection against infringement and abuse.
Zacco, and many of our colleagues, regularly achieve Top Tier rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500, which we believe independently verifies our commitment to quality, excellence and innovation.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Our international presence means a single point of contact can handle IP prosecution in multiple jurisdictions. Many of our patent attorneys are authorised EPAs so we have an expert ready to advise you on nearly all current and emerging fields of technology. As a client, you will find a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner able to help you secure, monetise and enforce your ideas, whether you work physically in chemistry, greentech, mechanics, materials or biotech, or digitally in digitalisation, software, AI or machine learning, among other areas. We also provide many IP portfolio management and in-sourced services, such as in-house paralegals.
Our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on EU trademark practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EUIPO.
We cover ten European jurisdictions directly including the EUIPO/EPO, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Austria and Switzerland, and operate internationally through a comprehensive network of trusted long-term global partners.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of expertise in IP litigation and dispute matters, clients can rely on Zacco. We are renowned experts in IP, with both the legal and the technical proficiency in-house to successfully represent your interests and enforce your IP rights. This could be directly, in cooperation with leading law firms, or providing litigation and technical support to other counsel or trusted representatives before the authorities.
The legal practice serves all industries with advice and assistance related to IP. This includes due diligence, drafting and negotiation of contracts or licensing agreements, or Data Protection, marketing law and other compliance matters. We also advise on e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, customs surveillance and counterfeit prevention, among other areas. Zacco has successfully represented international clients in proceedings before national courts and the European Court of Justice.
Digital Brands and Security
With a significant portion of IP infringement now taking place online, we have introduced services to help clients stay ahead of new and emerging threats to both physical and digital IP. Our Digital Brands team can actively monitor your IP and brand rights online, assisting with registration and securing of traditional and emerging domains, and identifying and removing potential counterfeits or infringements across online marketplaces, social media and the metaverse. We also provide cybersecurity training and testing, digital forensics and secure software development services.
IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of our clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets – everything that you literally cannot put your finger on. We help define them, evaluate them, release their hidden value and protect them, both now and in the future.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco continuously evolves to best serve the changing needs of IP. Digitalisation means traditional borders or sectors no longer apply and we have broadened our scope of services to meet the implications, threats and opportunities that emerge.
More than 150 years of innovative thinking
We have a long history of protecting, monetising and enforcing IP, and list many leading brands and innovators as clients. Our focus on close collaboration, technical expertise and high quality makes Zacco one of Europe’s leading IP solutions specialists.
Braun-Dullaeus Pannen Emmerling (BDPE) is a genuine service boutique dedicated to serve clients with the explicit promise to guarantee exclusive, personal advice in the long term. Especially when it comes to IP litigation, BDPE ensures that any risk of a conflict of interest is kept as low as possible.
The lawyers at BDPE specialise in litigation and prosecution in the field of intellectual property and combine branch-specific and technical expertise with legal competence. The firm’s partners have been well known in their fields for over 20 years and are among the few established experts in their clients’ industries. This means we can support you not only in an advisory capacity, but also as real business partners who understand your business.
The firm’s expertise is focused on patent and utility model law, on trademark, design and copyright law, as well as on competition, domain and employee invention law. BDPE’s client portfolio includes worldwide corporations and leading companies in Germany and abroad. The firm works with an international network of contacts with other law firms and patent attorneys.
BDPE’s competence lies in legal representation in patent, trademark and design litigation, as well as in copyright and competition proceedings, protecting innovations, new technologies and products, brands and new designs, and handling the corresponding grant, appeal and opposition proceedings. The firm provides strategic advice on patent portfolios and in all areas of IP law.
BDPE advises and represents its clients across a broad range of technical areas: automotive, computer technology, electrical engineering, electronics, food and beverage production, LED technology, mechanical engineering, medical technology, optical technology, photovoltaic technology, physics, semiconductor technology, software, telecommunications and video/audio encoding. BDPE further specialises in the following industries and sectors: consumer goods, energy suppliers and providers, fashion, furniture and household retailers and media and communication agencies. As a matter of principle, we do not exclude any business sector or field of technology.
Our team is currently composed of seven patent attorneys and two attorneys-at-law based in offices in Dusseldorf and Munich, Germany. The firm and its patent attorneys are frequently recommended by renowned publications and ranking organisations, and have garnered a truly remarkable amount of praise since the founding of the firm in 2019.
The firm is already one of the most active in patent litigation before the German courts, especially in connection with mobile communications and electrical engineering patents. Our lawyers have been involved in various high-profile patent litigation proceedings, many of which have concerned standard-essential patents and have had international implications. Partners Friedrich Emmerling and Karl-Ulrich Braun-Dullaeus are highly regarded in Germany, particularly for their work in the telecommunications field and for their activities in German nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court.
BDPE promotes diversity! Our attorneys and office staff represent a multitude of nationalities from Europe, Asia and the Americas, and speak as many as 10 different languages. This makes it possible, for example, for our firm to interact directly with a broad client base across the globe and understand cultural differences.
We are committed in our hiring practices to seek out diverse lawyers and office staff and to ensure that they are strategically invested in and advanced. We are further dedicated to non-discriminatory hiring practices and believe that a diverse staff is essential to our practice and success.