As one of Germany’s largest and best-known firms in the field of intellectual property, Maiwald aims to achieve the best possible solution for each client in each particular case. Maiwald employs about 200 people working in Munich and Dusseldorf, Germany. The interdisciplinary teams work closely with one another and with foreign associates, always with an eye to the client’s particular needs, whether as a start-up, medium-sized firm or large corporation, across all industrial sectors. Maiwald’s team does its utmost to ensure that all IP matters are handled with competence and care, irrespective of the client’s location, whether in Germany, Europe or beyond.
Client-oriented solutions and personal consultation are at the heart of Maiwald’s professional approach. About 70 highly qualified patent attorneys, attorneys at law and technical experts, an in-house patent search department and numerous client-specific teams of paralegals put their extensive range of skills and experience at clients’ disposal in order to arrive at the best possible customised IP solutions. Client satisfaction is evidenced by Maiwald’s longstanding business relationships with many prestigious corporations.
Founded in 1993 by three patent attorneys under the name of Maiwald & Partner, Maiwald has grown to become one of the largest IP firms in Germany today. Maiwald’s team comprises people of many nationalities. The corporate culture is international in outlook, technologically forward-looking and highly flexible – a dynamic that clearly works to the advantage of clients.
Maiwald advises and represents domestic and international clients from all technical fields across the entire spectrum of IP law. When appropriate, an interdisciplinary exchange of information and expertise can take place between various teams, ensuring that the optimal solution is achieved in each particular case.
Maiwald’s team of patent attorneys combine their expertise across various technical fields and advise and represent clients across a wide range of industries, including:
- pharmaceuticals and biotech;
- chemistry and materials;
- food and agriculture;
- electrical and mechanical engineering;
- mobility and infrastructure;
- communication and information technology; and
- medical technology and imaging.
Maiwald’s patent attorneys have extensive experience in the management of international patent portfolios. Services include drafting and filing patent applications and coordinating worldwide prosecution, as well as defending, enforcing and contesting IP rights. Patent attorneys also prepare freedom-to-operate opinions based on thorough research and analysis to establish whether third-party IP rights could stand in the way of a client’s product or manufacturing process. Clients also benefit from the exceptional expertise in opposition and appeal proceedings before the German and European patent offices, as well as in infringement and nullity proceedings before the national courts.
Attorneys at law
Maiwald’s team of attorneys at law boast many years of experience regarding trademarks and designs, contracts, copyright law, competition and antitrust law, as well as patent infringement litigation, particularly in the conduct and coordination of international litigation proceedings.
Close cooperation between patent attorneys and attorneys at law is especially important in patent infringement litigation, since this type of proceeding generally calls for a comprehensive overview of national regulations, as well as a thorough grasp of the relevant technology. The interdisciplinary teams provide a comprehensive package of services to guarantee the successful conduct of legal proceedings in an international arena, as well as in cases where speed is of the essence (eg, preliminary injunction proceedings and border-seizure procedures).
However, Maiwald’s attorneys at law would be the first to acknowledge that litigation is not always the best solution. They are skilled advocates in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and are trusted experts when it comes to negotiating licensing contracts.