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Germany: Patents 2018

A total of 62 leading lawyers are recommended for inclusion this year thanks to their exceptional technical expertise and knowledge of patent law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andreas von Falck Hogan Lovells, Düsseldorf
2. Klaus Haft Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Munich
3. Frank-Erich Hufnagel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf
4. Tilman Müller-Stoy Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft, Munich
5. Christian Harmsen Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf

Intellectual property law boutique HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER leads this year’s research with an impressive seven listings.
Klaus Haft “stands out” in the international market place thanks to his well-established patent litigation practice. Sources effuse that he is “an exceptional litigator” and is “particularly well known for handling IT and telecoms cases”.
Martin Köhler has “a great wealth of knowledge and experience in managing diverse IP issues” according to one international commentator. He is a client favourite thanks to his “responsiveness and practical approach”.
Kay Kasper has more than 15 years’ experience acting in domestic and foreign patent law proceedings and draws praise for his “excellent litigation skills”. His practice covers a range of sectors, including IT, medical devices and mechanics.
“Superb litigator” Tobias Hahn is an intellectual property specialist who focuses his top-tier practice on national and international patent litigation across a wide range of industries.
With more than 40 years’ experience, Thomas Reimann is internationally regarded as an authority in the intellectual property space. His strong technical expertise makes him a firm favourite among clients.

HOGAN LOVELLS is well known for its excellent patents practice and achieves five nominations this year.
The “outstanding” Andreas von Falck ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research thanks to his “immense experience” handling major patent litigation cases on an international scale.
Martin Fähndrich is a renowned patent law specialist who draws praise for his expertise handling complex cross-border litigations in highly technical fields.
Martin Chakraborty is “a very well-established player in the market” who is particularly well regarded for his extensive experience representing well-known clients in the telecoms sector.

Five leading patents specialists at international law firm BIRD & BIRD are also selected for inclusion.
The “absolutely top tier” Christian Harmsen is internationally recognised for his strong patent litigation practice, with one source effusing, “He is one of the best in Germany.” He is highly sought after by clients due to his “strategic thinking and understanding of their business needs”.
Oliver Jan Jüngst is “a star IP litigator” who impresses market commentators with his technical expertise. He is particularly adept at handling complex international patent infringement litigation proceedings.
Anna Wolters-Höhne is “a rising star at the firm” who regularly counsels German and international clients on complex patent law disputes. Sources consider her to be “extremely good in the pharmaceuticals sector”.

Major European IP firm BARDEHLE PAGENBERG PARTNERSCHAFT is home to four leading individuals who have been highlighted by our research.
Tilman Müller-Stoy is an accomplished practitioner who is “a rising star in the market” according to one commentator. He boasts broad experience assisting clients from a range of industry sectors, including telecoms, biotechnology and brewing and food processing technology.
The “outstanding” Johannes Heselberger boasts an enormous amount of technical expertise. His “smart and fair” approach means that he is the practitioner of choice for many of the world’s technology giants.
Jochen Pagenberg is a truly eminent figure in the market and possesses more than 30 years’ experience dealing with complex patent enforcement cases.
Christof Karl is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in patent litigation and prosecution, particularly in the computing sector.

KRIEGER MES GRAF V DER GROEBEN is a specialist intellectual property firm with a strong patent law practice. This year, four exceptional practitioners have been listed.
Jochen Bühling is “a well-known name” who boasts extensive expertise in all matters relating to intellectual property rights. He is internationally regarded for his skills as a litigator, with one peer describing him as “a tough opponent”.
Axel Verhauwen is “an exceptional lawyer” according to sources and has considerable experience advising and representing global companies on the full spectrum of patent law disputes.

Multinational law firm FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER also boasts two nominations this year.
Frank-Erich Hufnagel is “running the show” when it comes to patent litigation and comes “highly recommended thanks to his excellent client focus”.
Peter Chrocziel is widely endorsed by peers for his “excellent attention to detail”.  He is particularly prominent within the technology sector, frequently advising companies on licensing and enforcement matters.

Leading IP law firm ARNOLD RUESS sees two leading patent specialists recognised.
Bernhard Arnold is highly rated by sources who admire him for his “extensive experience and excellent client base”. He is an accomplished litigator who is often called upon to represent leading companies in the telecoms sector.
Cordula Schumacher is “a highly experienced counsel” who regularly represents major clients in patent infringement and validity proceedings on a national and international scale.

The “excellent” Peter Kather at KATHER AUGENSTEIN is “a very experienced litigator who is a pleasure to work alongside and against”, according to sources.

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTS Marco Stief is “one to watch” according to peers, who appreciate his extensive experience litigating in foreign and domestic patent infringement proceedings.

Joachim Feldges at ALLEN & OVERY is “very well known in the market” and is widely regarded for his strong track record developing and coordinating international patent litigation strategies.

NOERR’s Ralph Nack is a renowned expert on complex issues relating to patent law and is regarded as a frontrunner in the region when it comes to patent monetisation.

Tobias Wuttke at MEISSNER BOLTE & PARTNERS is “a rising star” in the patents space and enjoys and exceptional reputation thanks to his deep knowledge of complex cross-border infringement processes.

Marcus Grosch at QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN “stands out” among peers thanks to his strong IP litigation practice and is a go-to name for handling complex patent disputes.

Thure Schubert of VOSSIUS & PARTNER PATENTANWÄLTE RECHTSANWÄLTE regularly represents prominent national and international companies in complex patent law disputes. One source remarks, “He is exceptionally talented with excellent business sense.”

Axel Katérle at WUESTHOFF & WUESTHOFF is “a very experienced litigator” who is held in high regard thanks to his expertise in the field of communications technology.

“Top-notch legal mind” Matthias Sonntag at GLEISS LUTZ is a seasoned adviser who has an excellent reputation thanks to his vast procedural experience.

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