Christian Harmsen

Bird & Bird - Germany

Patent star 2022



Practice areas:

Patent litigation

Strategic vision and attention to detail are essential parts of my daily practice in intellectual property.

Based in our Düsseldorf office I am head of our German as well as co-head of our international Intellectual Property Group.

For more than 20 years, I have been advising clients in all areas of intellectual property law. But my passion is technology. Therefore, I assist leading technology companies in international patent litigation. Throughout my career, I have been lucky to lead numerous high-profile proceedings for some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world. However, I have also successfully represented mid-cap companies and achieved landmark decisions for them.

For many years, all relevant legal publications have listed me as one of the leading top-tier patent lawyers in Germany and Europe. Already in 2001, the legal magazine JUVE recognised me as one of the 'Top 40 under 40' of all the German lawyers of my generation.

I act as Chairman of the German Intellectual Property and Copyright Association's (GRUR) section West and serve on the GRUR committees on patent and utility model law. I am also member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the European Patent Lawyer Association (EPLAW) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Besides, I lecture and publish regularly on various themes relating to the practice of intellectual property law, for example as a columnist in the German newspaper Handelsblatt.


Last updated 29th June 2020