Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB
Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB was founded by Friedrich R von Samson-Himmelstjerna in 1983 and has since grown into a patent law firm of 10 partners supported by 12 associate attorneys and five patent engineers and trainees.
The firm’s head office is situated in Munich, close to the EPO and the German Patent and Trademark Office. The firm also has its own representation in Alicante, Spain.
Each of the firm’s patent attorney has a wealth of expertise gained through technical university studies, special training in patent law and professional work experience. In addition, the firm provides ongoing training to its professionals – a reflection that what drives the firm is its future achievements rather than its past ones. The firm’s professionals have numerous teaching roles, as assistant professors at the Hagen Law School, in technical seminars and in the training of new talent – all of which shows that the firm is always happy to go that extra mile, which naturally also benefits clients.
Successful patent attorneys must have more than just a good grasp of the law. They must be able to understand, evaluate and define what is to be protected, down to the smallest detail. This is an accurate description of the patent attorneys at Samson & Partner, where physicists, computer scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers and chemists work together under one roof.
The firm’s recipe for success has always been anticipating outcomes. The firm’s extensive experience in implementing and litigating patents benefits clients right from the outset (ie, the procurement of IP rights) until enforcement.
Samson & Partner has represented and continues to represent clients on both the offensive and defensive sides of major global patent battles between big international players in a range of technological fields. In such disputes, a number of patents are typically litigated in several jurisdictions, often in parallel in Europe and the United States. Thanks to its structure and professionals’ expertise, the firm has proven to be well positioned to establish strong teams of patent attorneys to support clients in these multinational litigations.
Work areas and services
The firm works in all areas of IP law – both nationally and internationally. Its services range from the assessment of protectability and the drafting of patent and utility model applications to the procurement of protection rights through the relevant authorities. The firm also defends clients’ patents against attacks by third parties (eg, oppositions, nullity and cancellation actions).
Samson & Partner has a strong focus on patent litigation, in which the firm supports clients in the enforcement of their patents against infringers through infringement analysis, warning and infringement actions. The firm also supports companies concerned with the patent rights of competitors – for example, through clearance and violation analyses, the removal of questionable patent rights through prior art searches, representation in opposition proceedings or nullity and cancellation actions, and defence in infringement proceedings. The firm also advises on licensing, transmission, cooperation and non-disclosure agreements; carries out due diligence; advises on patent strategies; and evaluates the patent portfolios of clients and their competitors.
The world of inventions and patents is as varied as the technical areas that Samson & Partner covers, which include:
- applied physics (eg, semiconductors, supraconductors, laser technology, optics, opto-electronics, sensors and biophysics);
- information and communication technology (eg, software, multimedia, networks, telecoms, business processes and hardware);
- electro-technology (eg, electronics, integrated circuits, control engineering, feedback technology, electric drives and electro-communication technology);
- mechanics and process engineering (eg, vehicles, aircraft, machines, medical technology, weapons, construction and printing); and
- chemistry and biochemistry (eg, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceutics, immunology, protein chemistry, molecular biology and genetic engineering).
Samson & Partner is frequently recommended for both patent prosecution and litigation – for instance, in the Juve handbook 2011. In 2012 the firm received the Managing Intellectual Property award for Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year in Germany, while Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars handbook has ranked the firm for Germany since 2013. The IAM Patent 1000 has recommended the firm for prosecution and nullity since its 2014 edition.
Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB