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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Patents 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Johannes Heselberger is an excellent practitioner who commands a stellar reputation in the market for his ability on patent litigation.


Johannes Heselberger, managing partner, heads the firm’s patent litigation group together with Professor Dr Tilman Müller-Stoy.

He represents clients in patent infringement proceedings before German courts in the first and second instance and gives advice and support to them in legal appeal proceedings and in complaints against denial of leave to legal appeal proceedings before the German Federal Court of Justice.

In addition, Johannes Heselberger plays a leading and coordinating role in patent nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and in appeal proceedings before the German Federal Court of Justice as well as in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office, and the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Owing to his practice as an attorney-at-law and his qualification as a graduate physicist, Johannes Heselberger has comprehensive technical experience in the field of telecommunications, medical devices and the automotive industry. Pharmaceutical and biotech cases, including the extremely rare proceedings for a compulsory license, are also part of his field of practice as an attorney-at-law. His comprehensive professional expertise in SEP and FRAND litigations, as well as in enforcement of and defence against licence programmes, makes him a valuable adviser in this field.

Johannes Heselberger successfully attended to a number of important, often transnational patent infringement proceedings for German and international large-scale companies as well as for owner-operated medium-sized enterprises. Depending on the size and complexity of a case, he heads compact teams of attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys, or large working groups in cooperation with his partners of the law firm.

Being qualified as both an attorney-at-law (since 1994) and a European patent attorney (since 1999), he is particularly able to have a comprehensive understanding not only of the legal but also the technical aspects of a case. This gives Johannes Heselberger a unique ability to coordinate infringement proceedings and proceedings on legal validity.

Johannes Heselberger regularly speaks on topics in the fields of patent infringement and patent valuation. He teaches patent law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (MIPLC) and is a member of its board of trustees. Johannes Heselberger is the initiator and co-organiser of the Munich International Patent Law Conference. He is a member of the group of authors of the JURIS report on case law, responsible for patent law.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
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