Grünecker Patent Attorneys and Attorneys-at-Law

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Hybrid firm Grünecker “continues to dominate” in prosecution, while steadily growing its reputation in the contentious space through its involvement in a range of automotive and electronics disputes. “It shows sound judgement and a deep understanding of the technology, and delivers exceptional results while billing very efficiently,” report clients; while competitors attest that it is “very professional, rigorous and well prepared, and has great experience in oral proceedings at the EPO”. Its SEP know-how is another USP; as is its sensitivity to the specific needs of companies from the United States and China. The group’s electronics and software experts – who act for the likes of Microsoft and Samsung – include patent attorneys Anton Pfau, Moritz Höffe, Reinhard Knauer, Thomas Eickelkamp and Peter Miltényi. The “efficient and capable” Pfau has impeccable academic credentials: he holds a doctorate in physics and studied semiconductor technology at the University of Berkeley, California. Höffe is fluent in disciplines ranging from physics and software to medical devices and mechanical engineering; oppositions and infringement and licensing opinions are his bread and butter. Computer scientist Knauer devises futureproofed IP strategies for some of the world’s leading high-technology companies; electrical engineer Eickelkamp has an intuitive grasp of the essence of inventions in spaces as diverse as nanotechnology and renewable energy; and physicist Miltényi has a unique perspective as a dual-qualified German patent attorney and Spanish patent agent. For life sciences instructions, look no further than microbiology PhD Heike Vogelsang-Wenke, a trusted ally of major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for the last 25 years. The litigation division is jointly led by attorneys at law Ulrich Blumenröder and Bernd Allekotte, both of whom shine in the heat of cross-border litigation. Blumenröder is a law PhD and a UPC expertwho has spent almost 30 years at the patent coalface; and SEP and automotive sector specialist Allekotte has a flair for matters at the intersection of patent and antitrust law.

Firm Profile

Grünecker is a leading IP firm covering the full range of IP services in all technical and legal fields. Founded in 1924, Grünecker quickly became one of the largest IP firms in Europe and today is home to 85 patent attorneys, more than 50 patent engineers and 33 attorneys at law. The firm is headquartered in Munich and maintains branch offices in Berlin, Cologne and Paris.

Focusing solely on IP law, Grünecker is highly specialised and is consistently one of the most active firms in patent and trademark prosecution, with thousands of new IP rights filed every year. The firm represents clients before the German and European courts, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the patent and trademark offices in Germany and France.

Given the variety of technical backgrounds of its patent attorneys and engineers, Grünecker covers all technical areas, including mechanical engineering, information technology, telecommunications, software, electronics, physics and life sciences. In each area, Grünecker files hundreds of new patent applications every year, making it one of the top filing firms in Europe. Many of those applications are drafted by Grünecker attorneys. Opposition proceedings make up a significant part of the firm’s prosecution work. The firm handles numerous EPO oppositions and appeals and regularly attends hearings in Munich and The Hague. Grünecker also handles nullity actions before the German Federal Patent Court in Munich.

Another focus area is patent litigation. The firm’s teams, litigators and patent attorneys alike handle disputes in all technical areas, including telecommunications, software, mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, medical devices and life sciences. Over the years, Grünecker has participated in many litigation suits involving antitrust issues, in particular when dealing with standard-essential patents and the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ defence.

The team also handles litigation cases involving cross-border issues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Through many years of working for international clients, the team understands complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings and is able to fulfil the needs of the clients – no matter where they are located. The team is aware not only of the importance of having full knowledge of the case and its strategic aspects, but also of understanding its background. The firm’s expertise in the area of patent litigation is complemented by its experience in less contentious proceedings such as mediation.

Grünecker is also a leader in the field of soft intellectual property, representing renowned trademark and design owners. The firm asserts clients’ rights throughout the German and European courts and trademark offices. It draws on vast experience gained in countless trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright proceedings. Grünecker’s attorneys at law also assist in negotiating licence agreements, handling border seizures and advising on IT and data protection-related issues.

The firm not only provides first-class legal advice, but is also a strategic partner for its clients ranging from global corporations to renowned mid-sized companies and innovative start-ups. In order to serve its clients wherever needed, the firm has established a global network of IP specialists. Grünecker’s attorneys include professionals admitted in the UK, France and Spain. The firm is therefore in a position to advise on IP issues in those countries as well. From its Paris office, the firm serves the French market. It also employs Chinese and Japanese patent attorneys who not only know the European IP system, but also the legal systems, cultures and languages of their home jurisdictions.

Grünecker consistently ranks as a top-tier firm in legal directories and is highly recommended by clients and peers alike.

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