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Recommended - Firms: prosecution and nullity

Gold - Firms: infringement

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bardehle Pagenberg set the precedent for the hybrid model in Germany, having played host to both patent attorneys and attorneys at law since as early as the 1980s, and it continues to enjoy first-mover advantage today: “Bardehle Pagenberg is one of the top patent litigation firms in Europe. Its lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and capable, and their grasp of both the legal and technical issues is extraordinary. The good business sense they bring to the table is invaluable; their communications are consistently timely; and they are open to discussing new ideas and impress with their strategic thinking.” On the prosecution side, Joachim Mader is the resident mechanical engineering and automotive maven. He is a worthy advocate in oppositions; regularly collaborates with attorneys at law to resolve infringement and nullity proceedings; and manages hefty portfolios – such as that of global auto parts company Aptiv – with a deft touch. For electronics, the names to note are Tobias Kaufmann and Johannes Lang. A stint in-house at a leading electronics company means that Kaufmann speaks the language of innovators such as Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm, which he recently represented in EPO opposition proceedings. Co-managing partner Lang is a prolific filer across the electronics, IT and telecommunications fields whose recent credits include representing adidas and Apple at the EPO. Assisting him on the former mandate was Christian Haupt; whereas his partner on the latter was Christof Karl. Haupt is highly sought after for his infringement and validity opinions – in particular, in the mechanical engineering, computer-implemented inventions and electronics spaces. Telecommunications expert Karl – who has also been representing Japan Tobacco and Nintendo in administrative proceedings – is truly multi-talented: dual qualified as a patent attorney and attorney at law, he is also licensed to practise law in both Germany and New York and speaks four languages fluently. Similarly dual-qualified is co-managing partner Johannes Heselberger, who has recently gone out to bat for Amgen in a high-profile cross-border patent battle alongside colleague Tilman Müller-Stoy. Heselberger brings keen technical insight gained through his academic training as a physicist to his diverse patent litigation practice; while Müller-Stoy’s broad wheelhouse encompasses everything from cross-border patent disputes to patent-related antitrust law and the creation and enforcement of licensing programmes – especially where SEPs and FRAND issues are concerned. Working across the high-technology, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors is elder statesman Peter Chrocziel, who excels in cross-border proceedings and provides unparalleled guidance on US matters, thanks to his qualification to practise in New York. He juggles his contentious work with a thriving IP transactional practice and is currently putting his entire skillset to good use in counselling semiconductor solutions company SK Hynix through a cross-border infringement dispute, while also advising it on related licensing and antitrust concerns. Equally capable in cross-border contexts is Alexander Haertel, who recently made the switch from Kather Augenstein and has an enviable track record in high-profile litigation across all key European venues. Finally, firm namesake Jochen Pagenberg is an illustrious figure who has litigated in the electronics, telecommunications and automotive fields for more than three decades and is an adroit coordinator of multi-disciplinary international teams.

Bronze - Firms: prosecution

IP powerhouse Bardehle Pagenberg has complex technologies on lock in any patenting scenario. It is a favourite among multinationals, thanks to its geographical reach and impressive bench strength: it plays host to more than 220 “reliable and responsive” professionals across four European countries, and adopts a holistic approach to patent protection. Taking the lead in Barcelona is Mathieu de Rooij, a former EPO examiner who knows exactly how to get applications through to grant, especially in the automotive sector. Those who have worked with him have only positive things to say: “Every collaboration with Mathieu is seamless – he is clever, pleasant and just a joy to work with.”

Silver - Firms: litigation

Although best known for its dominance of the German patent space, Bardehle Pagenberg is also an imposing presence in Paris, where it operates with precision and care on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide; matters involving NPEs are a specialty. First among equals is Julien Fréneaux, who impresses for his SEP-related work in the telecommunications field. He regularly handles cases with a cross-border element, coordinating parallel infringement proceedings in multiple countries, and has a flair for the fine print of technology transfer agreements and other IP-related contracts. Also intimately familiar with the dynamics of the telecommunications space is Dominique Dupuis-Latour, whose talents stretch from filing and prosecution to infringement and nullity proceedings and licensing mandates. Dual-qualified as a patent attorney and attorney at law, he leaves no stone unturned in French discovery proceedings.

Firm Profile

As one of Europe’s leading IP law firms, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has pooled the strengths and competences of patent attorneys and attorneys at law for more than 40 years, clearly setting itself apart from the competition.

The firm’s diverse client base appreciates the intense cooperation between, on the one hand, attorneys at law handling infringement cases before German civil courts through all instances and, on the other hand, patent attorneys representing the client in proceedings before the patent offices and the Federal Patent Court. We are also in a position to offer the invaluable input of our senior consultants who in their previous careers were leading German IP judges or members of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG provides its clients with excellent services in all fields of intellectual property – from the first idea through to the launch, exploitation, enforcement and strategic management, particularly in the areas of patent law, trademark and design law, unfair competition law, antitrust law, as well as licensing and technology transfer. To ensure processes of the highest standard, BAREDEHLE PAGENBERG operates according to a quality management system compliant with ISO 9001 and regularly submits itself to audits for recertification purposes.

The full-service IP firm is regularly chosen by global companies which value BARDEHLE PAGENBERG’s international availability and diverse team. Additionally, various German blue-chip companies, small and medium sized businesses and market leaders in niche technologies entrust the firm with their IP business.

Industry sector strengths

Thanks to its vast experience in various industries, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG covers a very broad spectrum of services. For example, it is well known for its expertise in the automotive industry, telecommunications, software and electronics. Moreover, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG focuses on technical sectors such as mechanical engineering or medical devices, as well as on sports equipment and the pharmaceutical sector.

International presence and alliances

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG stands out as a law firm with strong cross-national ties between its offices in Munich, Dusseldorf, Paris and Barcelona. Furthermore, its reliable global network, includes longstanding relationships with numerous high-end IP law firms in the United States and the fast-growing Asian markets. Thus, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has a global reach with excellent capabilities in cross-border IP disputes.

In 2015 BARDEHLE PAGENBERG demonstrated its role as a pioneer once more, forming a partnership with the Singaporean law firm YUSARN AUDREY in the fields of IP law and technology transfer. Between them, the two boutiques provide clients with skilful support in the fields of technology licensing, business-to-business cooperation, and joint venture and merger and acquisition projects.

Corporate social and environmental responsibility

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG allocates part of its manpower to support social organisations having legal disputes in order to help them safeguard their rights despite tight financial constraints.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG attaches great value to sustainability, which is why the distinct high-level role of a sustainability officer was created in April 2020. Under his stewardship, the firm has been optimising its every-day green measures, which had already been top-notch. From tangible measures for avoiding waste and paper through to information technology and electronics and policies on making our mobility even more sustainable – the entire team of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is committed to protecting our planet.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG contributes to making professional life greener – for example, by providing its employees with free tickets for public transport, by offsetting its business flights funding sustainability projects throughout the world via the German non-profit organisation atmosfair. Furthermore, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG continuously strives to become a paperless and carbon-neutral office.

Team experience and size

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG employs people from more than 15 different countries on three continents.

With more than 40 years of experience in the IP world, a considerable international clientele and over 240 specialists, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is able to simultaneously conduct numerous major infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG boasts an impressive pool of highly skilled attorneys, many of whom play an active role in international professional associations and committees or serve in government expert groups, advisory boards and boards of bar associations, regularly publish books and expert articles on a broad range of topical IP issues.

Highly regarded worldwide

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG and its lawyers regularly rank at the top of the most renowned IP publications.

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