HOFFMANN EITLE is a well-known European IP boutique firm with more than 100 in-house IP professionals working in seven locations – Munich, London, Milan, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Amsterdam. The firm’s headquarters are in Munich and this is where most of its attorneys are located.

Founded in 1892, HOFFMANN EITLE has grown from just one founding member into one of the largest and most renowned law firms in Europe. HOFFMANN EITLE was also among the first firms to create a one-stop shop for contentious patent matters in Germany. Its long tradition of excellence is today combined with a truly modern approach to IP consultation which satisfies its many clients. HOFFMANN EITLE’s commitment to quality and competence has also been recognised by the industry, as evident from the numerous awards it has won and its consistently high ranking in major industry guides.

Practice areas

HOFFMANN EITLE offers comprehensive European IP services and competent advice in all technical and legal areas. The firm represents its clients directly before many courts (including the German and European courts) and patent offices (including those in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Denmark). Its team of more than 90 patent attorneys with European and national qualifications and various technical backgrounds files more than 4,000 patent applications each year. The scientific background of the patent attorneys covers virtually every commercially relevant technical area, allowing the firm to meet the demands of a variety of cases in individual ways.

HOFFMANN EITLE is the market leader in EPO opposition work and is involved in more than 5% of opposition cases – significantly more than any other law firm in Europe. This opposition experience is valuable when prosecuting patent applications carefully, to ensure that the resulting IP rights have real value and can withstand challenge from competitors.

HOFFMANN EITLE is also highly active in patent litigation, both in the coordination of multi-jurisdictional disputes and proceedings before the German courts. In addition, its litigation and licensing team is on hand to provide advice on other IP-related issues, such as competition law, contract law and licensing.

Trademark and design work is another major field of expertise at HOFFMANN EITLE. The firm has a dedicated team of in-house attorneys at law with specialised knowledge in trademark prosecution and litigation.

International firm

HOFFMANN EITLE is a multinational firm. Its IP professionals come from a number of countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, as well as from several countries outside Europe, including the United States, Japan, China and Korea. Therefore, HOFFMANN EITLE’s attorneys can advise clients in many languages, with an understanding of local legal traditions and a network of contacts in their attorneys’ respective home countries.

In addition to HOFFMANN EITLE’s extensive in-house talent, the firm has built up over the years a regional and global network of associate lawyers and law firms which provide it with any assistance that it may require to competently coordinate multinational prosecution and litigation projects for its clients.

The firm’s client base is also international and includes many well-known large corporations, as well as small and medium-sized firms from Japan, Korea, China, the United States and Europe.

Contact details

Arabellastrasse 30
Munich 81925

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Amsterdam
  • Dusseldorf
  • Hamburg
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Milan

Sample client list

  • Ablynx
  • Allergan
  • BYD
  • Daikin
  • Ericsson
  • Ferring
  • Fujifilm
  • Halliburton
  • Toshiba