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Established in 1958, Uexküll & Stolberg fields a deep bench of 18 patent attorneys across twin offices in Munich and Hamburg. Its diverse clientele includes Danish biotechnology company Chr Hansen, $255 billion petroleum titan ExxonMobil and pharmaceutical originators Amgen and Bristol Myers-Squibb, which have variously engaged the firm for patent filings, international portfolio management and representation in EPO opposition proceedings. Leading on a significant chunk of this work is biotechnology head and immunology PhD Albrecht von Menges, who has stacked up 20 years of EPO advocacy experience. His team includes the likes of “flexible, amiable and technically capable” André Guder, a molecular biology PhD who previously worked at a patent law firm in Chicago. Chemistry know-how is supplied by Bernd Christian Janssen – who also served time at a Chicago law firm – and Heinz-Peter Muth, who holds a doctorate in nucleic acid chemistry and undertook post-doctoral research at the Salk Institue for Biological Studies in San Diego.
Uexküll & Stolberg has been a full-service IP law firm representing global companies as well as individual entrepreneurs for over 50 years. Initially founded in Hamburg, the firm has become one of the largest IP boutiques in Northern Germany. Today, Uexküll & Stolberg is home to 16 patent attorneys who are admitted to practise before the European Patent Office (EPO), the German Patent and Trademark Office, Germany’s Federal Patent Court and/or the EU Intellectual Property Office. Uexküll & Stolberg’s legal team further includes two attorneys at law who are specialised in trademark and design matters, as well as unfair competition law. The firm employs over 30 full-time staff at its offices in Hamburg and Munich, including highly trained legal personnel, as well as specialists for different languages and patent systems.
The attorneys of Uexküll & Stolberg possess relevant backgrounds in a variety of technical fields and their experience of proceedings and general court practice enables them to handle even the most complicated legal issues with mastery. Furthermore, the firm conscientiously keeps up to date with German and European law developments and takes these into consideration when it helps clients devise their filing and prosecution strategy.
The firm offers the full range of legal services in the field of intellectual property, including patent, utility model, trademark and industrial design prosecution before the German and European authorities. In connection with patents, Uexküll & Stolberg offers services relating to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications. The firm also represents clients in opposition proceedings before the EPO and the German Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in nullity actions before the German Federal Patent Court. Patent infringement proceedings are handled by the patent attorneys of the firm in close cooperation with attorneys at law who are specialised in patent litigation. Uexküll & Stolberg also frequently conducts freedom-to-operate analyses for the German and the European marketplace.
Trademark infringement cases are handled by the firm’s experienced attorneys at law. Uexküll & Stolberg’s services also include trademark availability and validity searches, and opinions and consultancy in licensing matters. The trademark team is not only active in the area of trademark prosecution, but has also a passion for litigation, including out-of-court litigation. The firm opposes infringing trademark applications where necessary, initiates cancellation actions and pursues trademark infringements occurring in Germany before the German civil courts. Another strong focus lies in combating product piracy by acting against unlawful imports of infringing items.
The firm represents a variety of clients, including multinational companies, aspirational start-ups, research institutions and universities, and offers tailor-made and commercially effective IP solutions. Clients of Uexküll & Stolberg include ExxonMobil, Amgen, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceutica, WR Grace, Sealed Air, KRKA, Ivoclar and Monsanto.
Because of the large number of clients with worldwide operations, the firm has established an extensive network with foreign associates that closely cooperate with the firm. All of the partners are fluent in German and English. Individual partners of the firm also speak additional languages such as French, Spanish and Portuguese.