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Christian Harmsen

Christian Harmsen
Firm:
Office:
Bird & Bird LLP
Carl-Theodor-Straße 6
40213
City:
Düsseldorf
Country:
Germany
Tel:
+49 211 2005 6000
Fax:
+49 211 2005 6011

Biography • Life Sciences

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 our German intellectual property (IP) group as well as co-head of our international IP group.

He is experienced in all areas of IP, but focuses on international patent litigation of all technical areas. Throughout his career, Christian has led and coordinated a number of multinational proceedings for clients such as Caterpillar, Electrolux, Ericsson, GlaxoSmithKline and Honeywell. He also successfully represents mid-cap companies, including a German railway company for which he achieved, after three instances, a breakthrough decision of the Federal Supreme Court (Laufkranz) in 2006.

For many years, legal publications have noted Christian as one of the leading patent lawyers in Germany and Europe. Already in 2001, Christian was recognised by JUVE in its "Top 40 under 40" and, thus, as one of the leading German lawyers of his generation.

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 and on the protection of plants. 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.

Sources comment, "Distinctly top lawyer Christian Harmsen combines ‘strong technical expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach’,” (The Legal 500: EMEA, (2014)), with others adding that "clients describe him as ‘very efficient, commercial and strategic’" (Chambers Europe, 2014).

IAM Patent 1000 (2014) comments that Christian “is clear and objective and extremely convincing, thanks to his charisma and presence in court”.

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