Germany: Patent Agents 2019

This year we identify 35 patent agents for their exceptional work in drafting, portfolio management and opposition filing.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hans-Rainer Jaenichen Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte, Munich
2. H Ulrich Dörries df-mp, Munich
3. Thorsten Bausch Hoffmann Eitle, Munich

Hoffmann Eitle performs well in this chapter with an impressive four listings.
Thorsten Bausch is “an outstanding patent agent,” who is “very well known in the field”. He specialises in chemical patents, on both a cross-border and a domestic level.
Joseph Taormino is an “extremely diligent” patent agent who has particular expertise in patents relating to the biotechnology field.
Peter Klusmann is praised by sources as an excellent patent agent. He regularly works on opposition and appeal proceedings before both German and European patent offices.

Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte sees two impressive patent agents listed.
Hans-Rainer Jaenichen is a pre-eminent name when it comes to patent issues in the biotech space. He is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field, and is an expert when it comes to oppositions, infringement proceedings and licence proceedings.
Jürgen Meier is “one of the most experienced biotech patent agents in Europe,” according to sources. He specialises in revocation, prosecution, and infringement proceedings.  

df-mp achieves two listings here.
Ulrich Dörries is recognised by peers as “an excellent patents agent,” who is known for the “brilliant written submissions” he provides to both German and international clients.
David Molnia receives praise from sources who commend his “brilliant work in telecoms”. His practice often focuses on complex patent litigation proceedings.

Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff achieves three listings here.
Bernhard Thum is praised by sources who “highly recommend” him as an excellent patent agent. He advises a number of clients in various patent-related matters.
Axel Katérle is recognised for his excellent work as a patent agent. He advises on many aspects of patent law, and works with clients nationally and internationally.
Hendrik Wichmann receives effusive praise from market sources for his wide-ranging expertise on matters including patent applications, appeals and oppositions.

Two practitioners at Lederer & Keller are listed.
Michael Best is “very precise and to the point” according to respondents who praise his work on opposition and appeal proceedings before the courts, as well as advising clients in patent infringement proceedings.
Günter Keller is an exceptional patent agent who provides expertise on a range of matters, including genetic engineering and biotechnology patents.

Michael Alt of Bird & Bird is praised by sources as “very experienced,” and “one of the best patent agents in the field of pharma”. He also represents clients in the field of genetics, food and biotech.
Daniela Kinkeldey is “very highly thought of” among sources who praise her strong experience in the patents arena as well as her “very thorough work”.

Alexander Esslinger of Betten & Resch is commended for his brilliant work in patents. He works in a number of tech industries, and is also an experienced patent litigator.

Gregor König of König Szynka Tilmann von Renesse Patentanwälte is “one of the best chemical patent agents” in the country and is “very well-known in biotech”. He represents a number of international and domestic clients across various patent-related matters.

“Patent statesman” Heinz Goddar of Boehmert & Boehmert is highly commended in the field for his technical expertise in both German and European-related patent matters.

Utz Kador at Kador & Partner is a well-recognised patent agent whose work focuses on matters relating to chemistry and chemical engineering.

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