Germany: Patents 2019

In this chapter we recognise 65 lawyers who stand out for their exceptional work in the field of patents. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andreas von Falck Hogan Lovells International LLP, Düsseldorf
2. Frank-Erich Hufnagel Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Düsseldorf
3. Klaus Haft Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Düsseldorf
4. Peter Kather Kather Augenstein, Düsseldorf
5. Marco Stief Maiwald Patentanwalts- und Rechtsanwalts-GmbH, Munich
6. Tilman Müller-Stoy Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB, Munich

Hogan Lovells tops our research this year with six listings.
Andreas von Falck is widely praised by sources who consider him “an outstanding figure in this field”. He is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the patents space, with a special focus on life sciences and the chemical industry.
Martin Chakraborty is “a very important patent litigator” according to sources who consider him a leading figure in the market and commend his excellent work assisting clients on complex disputes.
Miriam Gundt is “extremely good” in the field of patents and is recognised for her extensive experience across a range of industries from biotech for life sciences.
Clemens Plassmann is highlighted as “a great lawyer” who boasts strong experience handling multi-jurisdictional patent disputes.
Martin Fähndrich is praised as “a very strong patent lawyer”. He has vast experience representing clients in German patent infringement proceedings.
Christian Stoll is “a great strategist” who comes highly recommended for his first-rate work handling complex patent matters across the life sciences sector. 

Bird & Bird sees five practitioners listed in this chapter.
Anna Wolters-Höhne is “very highly thought of” among peers who consider her “a creative practitioner” with strong expertise handling international patent disputes and patent litigation before the civil courts.
Christian Harmsen is “a leading patent attorney” who has broad experience working on international patent litigation, particularly relating to the technology sector.
Oliver Jan Jüngst is a “standout” practitioner in the patents space. His has particular expertise in patent infringement litigation, and has broad experience before German courts as well as the European Patent Office.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier achieves six listings here.
Klaus Haft is a leading practitioner in the patents space and is renowned for his extensive experience handling a range of matters including electrics, mechanics, and optics.
Martin Köhler draws high praise from sources who describe him as “accurate, practical, and great to work with”. He represents a broad range of clients, in industries such as telecoms, automotive, and pharma.

Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft garners five listings in this chapter.
Johannes Heselberger is “a leading name in patents” who comes highly recommended by sources as “a senior patent litigator” in the German market.
Tilman Müller-Stoy stands out as “a very strong patent lawyer” who is praised by sources for his work in antitrust matters relating to patents, as well as utility models.
Peter Chrocziel is an “excellent patent lawyer” who has over 30 years’ experience handling a range of complex IP matters across the pharma, automotive and technology industries.

Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben performs well with four lawyers recognised.
Jochen Bühling is “a very established lawyer” in the patents space. He advises national and international clients, and has particular expertise in infringement matters.
Axel Verhauwen is identified as an excellent practitioner in patent law. He coordinates various cross-border cases, and works in a number of technological areas.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has two lawyers identified in this chapter.
Johannes Bukow is highly praised by sources for having “extensive knowledge of patent law, as well as very quick technical understanding” of complex cases.
Marcus Grosch is recognised for his excellent work and vast experience handling patents matters relating to antitrust law. 

Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v Schwerin sees three listings here.
Wolf Graf von Schwerin is highly commended as a “very impressive” patent lawyer. He works on a broad range of patent issues within areas such as data, telecommunications and biochemistry.
Eva Geschke is a highly respected practitioner in the patent space who stands out among peers for her excellent work advising both international and domestic clients on patent infringement and litigation proceedings.  
Peter-Michael Weisse also gains recognition in this chapter for his first-rate patents practice.

Frank-Erich Hufnagel of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “an extremely impressive practitioner” who is recognised by sources as “one of the most established names” in the patent space.

Marco Stief of Maiwald Patentanwalts- und Rechtsanwalts is highly praised by sources as “one of the best patent litigators in pharma”. He has vast experience of patent infringement litigation at both a national and international level.

Peter Kather of Kather Augenstein is a very highly regarded practitioner, with peers noting his “superb” work in the field. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the practice area, with clients across a range of industries including biotech and telecommunications.

Bernhard Arnold of Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte is an “excellent patent litigator” who is widely respected for his expert handling of sophisticated IP disputes.

Olaf Giebe of Klaka Rechtsanwälte is “very experienced” in patent matters. He has over 30 years’ experience, and has worked on a large number of complex international patent proceedings.
Stefan Eck is a well-known figure in the German patent space who focuses his practice on complex infringement proceedings.

At Linklaters, Julia Schönbohm is highly praised by sources as a key figure in the patent space. She is well known for her work representing clients in infringement proceedings on an international level.

Joachim Feldges of Allen & Overy is “very prominent” and a “household name in the field”. He regularly represents clients in sophisticated validity and infringement cases.

Niels Hölder of Hoffmann Eitle is a well-established patent litigator in the market who is particularly praised for his impressive work across the pharma sector.

Thure Schubert of Vossius & Partner is commended for his work handling complex IP disputes before German patent infringement courts.

Gleiss Lutz’s Matthias Sonntag is commended for his work in patents. He has clients in various areas including pharma, chemicals, and telecommunications.
Thomas Bopp continues to impress market sources with his first-class patents practice, and is frequently engaged by clients across the life sciences who commend his expertise in the field.

Ulrich Blumenröder of Grünecker Patent - und Rechtsanwälte is “very active” in the patents arena and is widely recognised for his strong expertise handling patent IP transactions.
Hans Hilgers is a long-standing fixture in the German market who is widely regarded as a leading name when it comes to complex patent litigation and infringement matters in the mechanical engineers space.

Wolfgang Kellenter of Hengeler Mueller is praised by sources as an “excellent patent lawyer” who is particularly strong in litigation, and advises various clients in the technology sector.

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