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Bronze - Individuals: infringement
Recommended - Individuals: prosecution and nullity
Hogan Lovells sits as one of the top patent litigation outfits Europe-wide, and Germany is no exception – its German team is regularly and rightly named by competitors as the best of the best, both for high-profile disputes on home soil and the most complex pan-continental and worldwide battles on the market. In recent years digitisation, green technology and FRAND and SEP issues in the automotive sector have become points of focus, and one highlight in the latter area has been its work representing Daimler in proceedings against IP Bridge. Acting on the case is a team that includes Henrik Lehment and Martin Fähndrich. Lehment is a master of cross-border litigation, especially in the telecommunications, electronics and automotive sectors, while Fähndrich’s dual academic background in engineering and law makes it easy for him to handle technically complex cases, and he has carved out a niche fighting against patent trolls. Also proficient in battling against non-practising entities are Steffen Steininger – who has recently been acting for Ford in a range of contentious matters – and IAM Patent 1000 debutant Andreas Schmid, who operates in the telecommunications and computer technology space. Also working in telecommunications is Benjamin Schröer, who is an expert in FRAND issues, whether in the courtroom or the boardroom. Also straddling the contentious/non-contentious divide are Andreas von Falck and Christian Stoll – von Falck is a fierce advocate and expert strategist who has acted in a vast number of validity proceedings before the Supreme Court; he handles cases in areas as varied as high-technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Stoll also plays his hand in both patent infringement and licensing briefs, and tends to employee inventor disputes too. Alexander Klicznik’s versatility, meanwhile, comes in the form of his dual qualification – as a lawyer and European patent attorney. His background in physics helps in almost every industry area. Alongside him in the Düsseldorf office are Clemens Plassmann – who has spent 25 years litigating patents and has in recent years become a UPC oracle – and Miriam Gundt, a ferocious life sciences litigator who has proved popular with clients, who single her out for her “super court presence”.