Christine Kanz


Christine Kanz started her career as a patent litigator in 1998 and has been a partner of the firm since 2006. Her primary focus is international patent litigation, including supplementary protection certificates (SPC) litigation, in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemistry, where she has been representing multinational corporations as well as mid-size family-owned businesses. She has also handled numerous cases in the areas of medical devices, mechanics and consumer products. One of her recent highlights was representing a leading pharmaceutical company in an SPC-related matter that included a leading judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Much of her work involves cross-border litigation – with the result that she is highly experienced in planning and coordinating such cases, building appropriate teams and efficient communication channels.

Ms Kanz is also experienced in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, research and development agreements and other agreements for the pharma and biotech industry.

After attending the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich as an auditing student, she obtained her PhD in trademark law in 2002 at the University of Dusseldorf.

Ms Kanz regularly publishes on patent law matters and speaks at conferences on patent law issues. She is also involved in many diversity projects with the aim of advancing especially female roles in patent law.

Professional associations

  • IPO
  • GRUR

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Steinstrasse 20
Dusseldorf 40212

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