Founded in 1929, Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben is widely regarded as one of Germany’s leading law firms in the field of intellectual property. It focuses on litigation and advice/counselling. The firm has a particular reputation for its work in the patent litigation sector. While experienced in a wide range of IP and unfair competition litigation, all lawyers working in the firm have particular training and experience in patent litigation.
One of the firm’s strengths is its ability to acquire an in-depth understanding of the most complex technical matters and then convey the relevant technical facts and their legal implications to courts and other bodies. The firm’s lawyers represent their clients before all German district courts and courts of appeal, before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court (in nullity action appeals), before the European Court of Justice and the EU General Court and before other authorities concerned with intellectual property and product piracy, as well as in arbitration proceedings. The firm’s clients include national and international corporations of every size and business sector, with a focus on technology-based companies.
Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben regularly acts for international corporations from Europe, the United States and Asia – particularly in the context of large, concerted patent litigation campaigns involving multiple jurisdictions. The firm has excellent contacts with foreign law and patent attorney firms also specialising in patent litigation and advice/counselling in Europe and the United States, and these contacts are utilised in the course of such concerted actions.
The firm represents large and medium-sized European, US and Asian companies in all industry and technology sectors, in particular in the engineering, chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, automotive, telecommunications, electrical, electronics, consumer electronics and medical devices sectors.
All lawyers working in the firm provide comprehensive legal advice regarding the enforcement of IP rights in Germany, above all with respect to patent (or utility model) infringement litigation. This involves out-of-court advice on potential patent infringement, IP strategy and (licence) negotiations with opponents, as well as comprehensive activity and advice relating to patent infringement lawsuits before German courts. Mostly in connection with infringement litigation, the firm also advises and represents clients in nullity actions before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court (together with patent attorneys). The firm represents employee inventors and employer companies in disputes regarding employees’ inventions remuneration. The firm is also hugely experienced in conducting litigation and providing advice concerning other IP rights (eg, designs, trademarks and copyright) and unfair competition and antitrust laws. In addition, the firm has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating licence agreements regarding intellectual property and know-how, both in connection with and independent of pending infringement litigation. The firm further provides comprehensive legal advice to companies with regard to shaping their advertising and marketing campaigns in Germany.
Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben is an international firm. All partners at the firm have studied or worked abroad. They manage international and cross-border litigations for renowned worldwide companies of various industries. In this context, Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben relies on an established network of leading law firms in order to guarantee the best possible representation in corresponding countries.
The firm’s excellent reputation has also been confirmed by third parties:
- “A leading litigation office in patent law, focusing exclusively on industrial property rights” (JUVE 2010).
- “One of the best and leading firms for patent litigation. Very impressive” (Chambers Europe 2013).
Axel Verhauwen, Partner
Jens Künzel, Partner
Jochen Bühling, Partner
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