Austria: Patents Analysis 2015

Austria has an active patent litigation scene and was the first country in the European Union to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Most recently, it was announced that Austria will establish a local division of the UPC in Vienna, which was welcome news to patent lawyers who argue it will improve the legal protection in Austria and prevent a brain drain. The jurisdiction will not start before 2017. In this developing area of law, six lawyers are singled out. 

Two lawyers are recommended from Sonn & Partner Patentanwälte. Peter Pawloy advises on patent infringement proceedings and patent prosecution. He has experience in obtaining and enforcing supplementary protection certificates and is considered a “highly skilled practitioner”. Helmut Sonn is a “legendary figure” at the bar who is particularly well known for his patent litigation.

At his own firm, Christian Gassauer-Fleissner is a “reassuring adviser” who enjoys a “prominent position” in the market. He is considered a “leading authority” on patent law in Austria.

Salomonowitz Horak Rechtsanwälte is represented by Sascha Daniel Salomonowitz, a “meticulous” lawyer who is “highly proficient” in patent law.

At his own firm Lothar Wiltschek specialises in patent law and is a “font of knowledge” in the subject. Clients appreciate his “user-friendly manner”.

Georg Kresbach at Wolf Theiss heads the firm’s IP and IT practice group. He advises high-profile clients in life sciences-related patent matters and has an “impressive depth of experience”.

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