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Germany: Patents 2017

A total of 59 individuals are recognised in this chapter, with a proven track record of their work advising and representing clients in relation to their patent portfolios and patent litigation needs. Below we identify the most highly regarded practitioners in the area.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Frank-Erich Hufnagel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf
Andreas von Falck Hogan Lovells International, Düsseldorf
Jochen Pagenberg Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft, Munich
Klaus Haft Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Munich
Joachim Feldges Allen & Overy, Munich
Jochen Bühling Krieger Mes Graf v. der Groeben, Düsseldorf
Tilman Müller-Stoy Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft, Munich

 Hoyng Rokh Monegier leads the way in our research with an impressive seven individuals listed. Klaus Haft is known for his “highly sophisticated” patent litigation practice in relation to electronics, optics and software. Thomas Reimann draws on more than 40 years of experience practising IP law. He is described as “the eminent elder statesman of the patent bar”. Christian Osterrieth impresses clients with his “extensive knowledge of IP law”. He has particular expertise relating to the technology industries, representing major electronic, medical devices and pharmaceutical clients concerning their global patent litigation strategies. Kay Kasper acts primarily in patent litigation cases concerning the telecoms, IT and medical devices industries, and is greatly admired for his “high level of technical expertise”.

At Bird & Bird, Christian Harmsen ranks highly in our research specialising in international patent litigation across a wide range of technical areas, including a prominent practice in pharmaceutical litigation. Oliver Jan Jüngst is regularly seen before the German courts and the EU Patent Office acting on high-profile cases. A source notes, “He is an excellent strategist and innovative in his approach.” Boris Kreye wins praise for his “great flair” and a “sharp intellect”, representing national and international clients before the German patent infringement courts and coordinating multinational patent disputes.

At Hogan Lovells, Andreas von Falck is a respected practitioner, with experience advising and representing clients in relation to patent litigation across the pharmaceutical, medical devices and high-tech industries. Respondents state, “He is very good to work with, focuses on the case, is analytical and well-prepared.” Martin Fähndrich has an “astute legal mind” and “excellent reputation” among clients, focusing his practice on patent infringement across the automotive, electronics, telecoms and software industries. Martin Chakraborty is also highly recommended by respondents.  

Axel Verhauwen ranks as the top name at the IP boutique Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben. He is considered a “first-class litigator” who commands great respect for his specialist patent infringement practice. His impressive clientele includes a number of global corporations in the electronics sector. Peter Mes is one of the most experienced IP lawyers in Germany with an impressive 40 years of experience. He is held up as an elder statesman in the field by peers. Gereon Rother is also seen as a notable player at the firm.

Four practitioners are highlighted at the highly regarded boutique Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft. Jochen Pagenberg is one of the most instantly recognisable names in German IP law. He is widely praised for his longstanding and eminent practice. Johannes Heselberger impresses clients with his “wide-ranging knowledge” and “ability to think quickly on his feet”. He is considered an “outstanding choice” for infringement proceedings in the medical devices, telecoms and automotive industries. Tilman Müller-Stoy and Christof Karl are also recognised in our research for their outstanding contribution to patents law in Germany.

From Rospatt Osten Pross Thomas Musmann is a specialist in patent litigation who advises and represents international companies across the automotive, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He is praised as being “extremely responsive, quick and very effective”. Max von Rospatt has a strong cross-border patents practice and receives wide acclaim from peers internationally for his practice, covering a wide area of technical fields. Alongside them, Henrik Timmann is also well thought of and active as lead counsel in major patent infringement proceedings.

From Gleiss Lutz Thomas Bopp is a “well-respected senior name” in the market. He has a reputation for being a “brilliant advocate and a fine strategist”, acting for life sciences companies in complex patent litigation.

Joachim Feldges at Allen & Overy is considered “exceptional across the board”. Drawing on over 25 years of experience, his practice focuses on complex patent litigation for companies in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is home to Frank-Erich Hufnagel, who is “known as one of the best in the market” for patent litigation. He specialises on matters relating to the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industry, with a track record of success relating to patent enforcement.

From Krieger Mes Graf v der Groeben, Jochen Bühling is an “impressive patent litigator”, with extensive experience handling the infringement of IPR, as well as strategies for licencing and protection negotiations for multinational companies. 

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