Marco Stief

Marco Stief
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Marco Stief joined Maiwald in 2009 and heads the legal department of Maiwald comprising a total of 12 lawyers. His expertise spans all aspects of intellectual property law, although the main focus of his work is patent litigation and IP/IT related agreements.

Marco has extensive experience in international and national patent infringement litigation and disputes arising from technology-related agreements. In addition, he advises companies with regard to design law, unfair competition law, the law on employee inventions and unauthorised disclosures of confidential data. He regularly advises companies on complex national and international IP transactions and a wide range of technology-related contracts.

The Legal 500 recommends Marco Stief as “pragmatic, fast, results-oriented and always with the highest professional standards” and WirtschaftsWoche (2010/2015) recommends him as one of the best lawyers for patent law in Germany. He is winner of the Client Choice Award 2015/2016 for patent law and has been named as one of the 300 “world’s leading IP strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and as one of the 1000 “world’s leading IP litigators” for several years in succession. The JUVE Handbook lists him as one of the top 12 German patent litigators under the age of 50; according to the guide, he is particularly valued for his pragmatic approach.

Marco teaches industrial property law at the University of Dresden and pharmaceutical law and contract law at the University of Marburg. He is the author of numerous specialist articles and papers and co-author of the Handbuch des Patentrechts (Handbook of Patent Law), published in both German and English. He is co-author and editor of the Vertragshandbuch Pharma und Life Sciences (Handbook of Pharmaceutical Contracts), as well as the handbook Supplementary Protection Certificates.

Prior to joining Maiwald, Marco was an attorney-at-law at Clifford Chance (Düsseldorf office) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Düsseldorf, London, Munich offices) and director legal (global IP and pharma) for the Fresenius Group (Bad Homburg).

Marco studied law at the Universities of Bayreuth and Tübingen. He graduated in the top 1 per cent of his class. During his academic career, Marco received scholarships for outstanding academic achievements from Fulbright International (Fulbright Scholar), Rotary International (Ambassadorial Scholarship), the German Federal Parliament and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Having completed postgraduate studies in law at the prestigious University of Chicago, he was awarded the title Master of Laws (LLM).

WWL says: Marco Stief is highly praised by sources as “one of the best patent litigators in pharma”. He has vast experience of patent infringement litigation at both national and international levels.

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Marco Stief is a partner and head of the legal department at the patent attorney and attorney-at-law firm Maiwald.

Marco Stief has gained many years of experience in international and national patent infringement cases. Furthermore, he regularly advises companies on complex national and international IP transactions, licensing, partnership and F&E agreements as well as on trade mark issues, competition law, employee invention law and unfair competition law.

Marco Stief, a former Fulbright Scholar, lectures on IP at the universities of Marburg and Dresden, and is publisher and author of numerous titles, including, among others, Vertragshandbuch Pharma und Life Sciences (“Handbook of Pharmaceutical Contracts”), Supplementary Protection Certificates – A Handbook and Patent Law – A Handbook.

Prior to joining Maiwald, Marco Stief was an attorney-at-law at the Düsseldorf office of Clifford Chance, attorney-at-law at the Düsseldorf, London and Munich offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and legal director for Fresenius SE & Co KGaA in Bad Homburg.

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine nominated Marco Stief as one of the top 300 “world's leading IP strategists." He is listed in the German JUVE Handbook as one of the top 12 patent litigators under 50 in Germany. According to JUVE, clients particularly esteem Marco Stief for his pragmatic approach. The Legal 500 recommends Marco Stief as "pragmatic, fast, results-oriented and always with the highest professional standards".

WWL says: Marco Stief has a "profound understanding of the legal set-up in Germany" according to clients who applaud his "excellent creativity".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Patents which can be purchased from our Shop.

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