Wildanger Kehrwald Graf von Schwerin & Partner mbB
In the field of intellectual property, enforcing patent and trademark rights and defending against unjustified attacks are often essential to a company’s financial performance. For more than 50 years Wildanger Kehrwald Graf von Schwerin & Partners mbB has given clients outstanding advice and conducted successful litigation on their behalf.
Wildanger has an outstanding position in the field of IP litigation. Its close-knit team of highly qualified attorneys is the key to its success. They have international experience and work closely together, sharing their knowledge and expertise – with effective results.
The firm was already focused on IP law when it was taken over in 1967 by Günther Wildanger, one of Germany’s best-known patent litigation attorneys. It played a decisive role in establishing Dusseldorf as a leading jurisdiction for patent and utility model litigation.
Wildanger is one of Germany’s most prominent IP firms and is well known for its drive and extraordinarily high standards.
All partners have set themselves apart in their own personal ways through their outstanding work, expertise and experience. They hold themselves to extremely high standards. They chose to become attorneys because of their passion for law and devote this same level of dedication to each and every client. This means that Wildanger’s international and national clients always receive individual attention.
Wildanger specialises in all areas of IP law, including trademark and copyright law. The firm focuses on handling cases in the field of technical property rights in all industries and segments. Its clients include large corporations and prominent companies from Germany and abroad, especially the United States and Asia, as well as medium-sized businesses.
The list of clients that place their trust in Wildanger and rely on its expertise, experience and standing is long and reads like a who’s who of renowned industrial companies.
Wildanger’s national and international clients come from a wide range of industries. Wildanger serves companies in new technologies such as biochemistry, information technology, semiconductor technology and telecommunications, as well as firms in classic areas such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, engineering, automotive, medical technologies, electronics and electrical engineering.
Wildanger successfully represents both plaintiffs and defendants in national and cross-border patent infringement proceedings. The firm has a wealth of expertise in the assertion of standard-essential patents and the defence against such assertions. It obtained a number of judgments by the Dusseldorf and Mannheim district courts and the Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe courts of appeals following the Huawei v ZTE decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), in which German courts for the first time applied the ECJ’s ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ principles. Further, Wildanger has a broad experience with the assertion of patents by non-practising entities – whether on the side of the defendant or the plaintiff.
- Recommended for patent litigation in the Legal 500 2018 – “Wildanger Kehrwald Graf v Schwerin & Partner’s practice has an emphasis on telecommunication, life sciences and mechanics.”
- JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2014 – “Their direct competitors are likely a little jealous of the balanced level of their frequently recommended partners Kehrwald, von Schwerin, Weisse and Geschke.”
- JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 – “one of the leading litigation firms.”
Working languages include English, French and German.