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Bronze - Individuals: infringement
Recommended - Individuals: prosecution and nullity
Hogan Lovells’ German patent group ranks firmly among Europe’s crème de la crème, as reflected in the glowing client feedback it attracts: “They fully grasp new ideas and have great attention to detail. The lawyers are technically sharp and highly skilled, and their arguments persuasive and clear.” Must-win multi-jurisdictional litigation is a forte: as an example, Stephan Neuhaus and Andreas von Falck are currently fighting the corner of F Hoffmann-La Roche in cross-border patent infringement and revocation proceedings. Both have an affinity for pharmaceutical disputes, but are also known for their involvement in telecommunications and high-technology battles respectively. Von Falck’s other recent credits include a semiconductor-related dispute on behalf of Ford alongside colleague Steffen Steininger, who has litigated upwards of 250 cases throughout his career; he is “careful to present a full and accurate picture of every case and always listens to the needs of clients”. He recently collaborated with Martin Fähndrich in a series of proceedings for Koch Group subsidiary Molex; with dual academic qualifications in engineering and law, Fähndrich makes light work of technically dense cases and is singled out by the competition as a standout practitioner. Miriam Gundt is likewise acclaimed by clients as “friendly, legally astute, technically adept and one of Germany’s top IP litigators”; she has a wide remit, but focuses on pharmaceutical – and especially SPC-related – disputes. Clemens Plassmann showcases similar dexterity in his practice: his recent credits range from acting for healthcare company Medinol in a major nullity action to representing HTC in both a FRAND-related dispute and a patent validity suit. Alongside him on the latter mandate is Henrik Lehment, an authority in the telecommunications, consumer electronics and automotive fields who is “experienced, hardworking, responsive and skilled at developing winning strategies”. Also handling telecommunications cases – including those with FRAND components – as well as automotive and life sciences disputes is the “client-oriented and reliable” Benjamin Schröer: “His deep knowledge of SEPs, patent litigation and patent licensing enables him to give high-quality, up-to-date advice in ever-changing areas of law.” Dual qualified as a European patent attorney and attorney at law, fellow all-rounder Alexander Klicznik knows all the right moves both in court litigation and in EPO opposition proceedings. For licensing and technology transfer issues, meanwhile, no IP-related agreement or transaction is beyond the capabilities of Hamburg managing partner Christian Stoll.