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Germany is a bastion of strength for Osborne Clarke, a formidable foe in IP litigation across the whole of Europe. From four bases in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, its practitioners provide total support in litigation and licensing scenarios. Its courtroom sharpshooters include the likes of Johannes Ballestrem and Tim Reinhard. Ballestrem regularly features in international patent and unfair competition disputes and has just published a book on the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence and machine learning. Reinhard is an astute patent litigator and commercial mediator whose broad horizons – he previously spent time in an international law firm in New York – chime with global players in the medical devices, biotechnology and consumer electronics industries. IP commercialisation maven Andrea Schmoll has a flair for the fine print of licensing deals, technology transfer arrangements and R&D projects in the life sciences and consumer goods sectors.
With a legal education gained in Germany and Hong Kong and almost 20 years of experience as a dedicated IP lawyer at international law firms, Andrea Schmoll combines outstanding expertise in intellectual property with a truly international mindset.
She is recognised as one of Germany’s top licensing and IP transactions experts, specialising in the commercialisation of IP rights, along with technology transfer, employee invention law and research and development projects. In the life sciences and healthcare sector, Dr Schmoll works as a trusted adviser and central point of contact for clients that include new biotech entrants, universities and big pharma companies, guiding them through the full spectrum of legal issues, from IP rights and regulatory matters through to clinical trials and R&D agreements.
Dr Schmoll was admitted to the Bar in Germany in 2002 and gained a PhD from the University of Jena in 2000. Prior to joing Osborne Clarke in 2014, she was a partner at Baker & McKenzie.
Dr Schmoll is regularly recommended in her area of expertise by JUVE and The Legal 500. She is an active member of several professional organisations, including the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society and the Pharma Licensing Club Germany.
An influential lobbyist, Dr Schmoll regularly speaks at IP and life sciences conferences and has authored and co-authored several books on IP licensing and technology transfer.
Osborne Clarke is a future-focused international legal practice: across our well-connected network, we have over 900 talented lawyers and more than 270 expert partners based in 26 international locations* around the world. Our expertise in eight core sectors is focused on helping our clients to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Through our collaborative culture and sector-led approach, we have a robust understanding of the local business environment and in-depth legal expertise in each jurisdiction. We’re listeners, innovators and problem solvers, finding new ways to join the dots between our clients’ challenges today and the opportunities being created in an ever-evolving, ever-developing global society.
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Our IP practice
We pride ourselves in acting for clients for whom intellectual property is an important and valuable part of their business. Our all-round experience means we can help clients protect, manage, enforce and exploit their intellectual property.
Many of the world’s leading companies come to us for IP advice, whether that’s litigation to enforce their intellectual property or defend them against third parties, freedom to operate or protecting their portfolio of brands. We always advise in the context of our clients’ business and our sector experience underpins that.
We regularly work with global companies to devise the most effective pan-European IP strategies, and with offices in the six key European jurisdictions we can act locally to help you implement, exploit and enforce IP rights wherever appropriate.
Our patent specialists cover the full range of technologies with particular expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, mobile telephony, electrical engineering, semiconductors and computer-implemented inventions.
We have helped leading technology companies manage and enforce their patent rights in the European Union. With specialists in the strategically important jurisdictions of the United Kingdom and Germany, we are on the spot in the cities where patent disputes are most likely to be fought. In all cases, we draw upon the technical and legal knowledge our lawyers have built up in this specialist area.
We also advise on the registrability of inventions in Europe, including appropriate and cost-effective strategies in the European Patent Office (EPO). We can also assist if you wish to license, acquire or dispose of patent rights, and assess a market opportunity. We have particular experience of FRAND licensing issues relating to standard-essential patents.
The practice is comprehensive in scope but is particularly known for acting in high-profile, high-value patent litigation, routinely involving an international element, as well as handling portfolio management matters for internationally recognised brands. We have acted in patent disputes in the English High Court, Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court, EPO and UK Intellectual Property Office and the patent chambers of the courts in Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Manheim and Braunschweig, as well as the EPO and Federal Patent Court in cooperation with specialist external patent attorneys from the firm’s network.
We have extensive experience in a number of sectors including life sciences (eg, Amgen, Morphosys and the German Cancer Research Institute), telecoms/FRAND (eg, Unwired Planet and PanOptis), mechanical (eg, PopSockets, ARMOR, Deutsche Windtechnik) and electronics/media and communications (eg, Infobip), in part reflecting our sector strengths as a whole and underpinning how we can bring to bear a range of ancillary services to support our clients.
With high-profile cases such as advising on Unwired Planet v Huawei and acting in the Olanzapine and PCSK9 litigation, Osborne Clarke has demonstrated clearly its ability to operate at the highest level of the German, UK and international patent field. We do so through a team which has outgrown the scale of some of the firms already ranked by IAM Patent 1000.
Osborne Clarke is also advising on patent licensing and IP-related matters in high-profile transactions such as the acquisition of Flender from Siemens AG.