European Patent Office Germany Leo Polz


Leo Polz is partner and co-chair of HOFFMANN EITLE’S biotechnology group.

Dr Polz studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, graduating in 1985, and completed his doctoral thesis in biochemistry in 1989. He worked in research at the Chiba-University in Japan in the field of pharmaceutical biology until 1990, where he was engaged in investigation on pharmaceutically active compounds from plant cell cultures, elucidation of the structure and biosynthetic routes of secondary metabolites from plants.

Dr Polz joined HOFFMANN EITLE in 1990, qualifying as a German and European patent attorney in 1994.

Dr Polz has a particular focus on patent litigation, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European and German Patent Offices. Further, Dr Polz is active in patent prosecution, legal opinions and due diligence work. He has particular expertise in the fields of biochemistry and biotechnology, pharmacology, cosmetics and paper chemistry. Dr Polz has litigation experience including patents involving Factor VIII, vaccines, cell cultures, polymerase chain reaction, screening methods and hormones.

Dr Polz is bilingual in German and English and is currently learning Chinese. He frequently travels to the United States, Japan and China, and has a strong client following in Asia.

Professional associations

  • EPI
  • Patent Attorney Bar Associ­a­tion

Firm details

Arabellastrasse 30
Munich 81925

Contact details

T: +49 89 924 090
F: +49 89 918 356


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