Christian’s excellent reputation makes him an ideal choice for leading global technology companies.
Christian, based in the Düsseldorf office, is partner and head of the firm’s German intellectual property group as well as co-head of the international intellectual property group.
He is experienced in all areas of intellectual property, but focuses on international patent litigation of all technical areas. Throughout his career, Christian has led and coordinated a number of multi-national proceedings.
For many years, legal publications have noted Christian as one of the leading patent lawyers in Germany and Europe.
Christian is deputy chairman of the German intellectual property and copyright association’s (GRUR) section west and sits on the GRUR committees on patent and utility model law. He is also a 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).
He lectures and publishes regularly on various themes relating to the practice of intellectual property law and writes regularly as a columnist in the German newspaper, Handelsblatt.
Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences (2017) describes him as “well reputed as a dynamic lawyer with a depth of knowledge”.
IAM Patent 1000 (2016) says: “With a ‘fantastic affinity for the technical issues’, Christian Harmsen is ‘a great trial lawyer who knows how to present a case in front of a court – he really brings what’s needed to the table’.”
Who’s Who Legal: Patents (2016) says: “He is highly regarded for his coordination of cross-border disputes.”
In Chambers Global (2016), one client states: “He is a strong litigator and very experienced. He is absolutely at the top."
Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers (2016) comments: “Christian Harmsen was included in the Best Lawyers® 2016 in Germany for Intellectual Property.”
Chambers Europe (2015) says: “The top-ranked Christian Harmsen heads the firm's German IP practice and is regularly seen representing major clients in patent litigation disputes.”
WWL says: Christian Harmsen specialises in international patent litigation. He is noted for his “impressive expertise" and as "someone who has his finger on the pulse”.
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