Dr. Natalie J. Kirchhofer is a partner and German and European Patent Attorney with COHAUSZ & FLORACK. She has substantial experience in prosecuting and litigating high stakes patents in the fields of (bio)chemistry, pharmaceuticals and the life sciences, with a special focus on EPO opposition and German nullity proceedings. Clients benefit in particular from her analytical skills, sharp-mindedness and talent for arguing cases at oral proceedings.
She has been active in patent law since 2010, having completed her training in IP law at COHAUSZ & FLORACK, CEIPI, the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court in Munich as well as a clerkship with the honorable Dr. Thomas Kühnen. During a 6-months stint in the IP Litigation Practice Group of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York, she gained hands-on experience in US patent litigation and also passed the US Patent Bar Exam. Through a part-time secondment in the patent department of a major German chemical and pharmaceutical company, she has a deep understanding of corporate client needs.
Natalie obtained a graduate degree in biochemistry with major electives organic chemistry and immunology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. As member of the German national academic foundation (Studienstiftung) and Fulbright Scholar, she joined the lab of Nobel laureate Prof. Gunter Blobel at Rockefeller University, New York and subsequently obtained her PhD on a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Scholarship from the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, investigating proteins involved in DNA double-strand break repair.
Dr. Kirchhofer’s talent for advocating and devising effective winning strategies place her among the most sought-after (bio)chemistry patent counsel in Germany.