Bernhard Arnold

Ranked in Germany
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Silver - Individuals: infringement

Competitors single out Arnold Ruess as one of the premier IP boutiques on the German stage. Many landmark cases bear its fingerprints: recent examples include representation in a cross-border infringement suit for Sanofi; a ground-breaking FRAND action for Sisvel – one of the first cases of its kind since the landmark Huawei/ZTE judgment was handed down; and a boundary-crossing connected cars dispute for Nokia, which involved the first instance of an anti-anti-suit injunction in Germany. Leading on the latter two precedent-setting matters is Cordula Schumacher, a “top-rate litigator” whose advice is “clear, pragmatic and realistic”: “She never promises anything that cannot be delivered, but goes above and beyond to get the best possible outcome for her clients. She also understands the client’s commercial goals and adjusts her approach based on feedback.” Spearheading the Sanofi campaign and giving the firm its name is “IP litigation star” Bernhard Arnold: “He is a great counsel to have on your side and manages an efficient team. He is not afraid to come up with creative solutions and is internationally well connected.” A third gladiator in the mix is Arno Riße, whose metier is high-technology litigation; he recently defended US software and hardware player Adtran against a patent infringement claim. “Arno is one of the most outstanding attorneys in his field,” reports one source. “He knows all the tricks of the trade of modern patent litigation. There is hardly a notable patent matter in the German courts which does not name Arnold Ruess on one side of the docket sheet, and most often Arno is one of the attorneys in the trenches.”

Bernhard Arnold's Profile

Bernhard Arnold is a partner of ARNOLD RUESS, a boutique IP firm in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is a lecturer on the LLM in IP law course at Heinrich Heine University. Before founding ARNOLD RUESS, Dr Arnold worked with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for several years.

Dr Arnold has experience in patent litigation in various technology sectors (electronics, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, chemistry, telecommunications and others), and coordinates international teams to develop and implement the optimal strategy for his clients. He regularly acts as counsel for a global consumer electronics group on all IP matters in Germany. Dr Arnold further advises on licensing and IP-driven transactions in his areas of expertise, which also extend to copyright law.

Dr Arnold holds a law degree from Passau University and a German SJD (Dr jur) from Cologne University. He has published widely in his field of expertise, including a book on the circumvention of technical copyright measures that was highly regarded by copyright owners. The Dusseldorf Bar Association has awarded him the title of Fachanwalt (bar-certified specialist) for IP law, and he is regularly recommended in his area of expertise by The Legal 500 and Chambers Europe.

Dr Arnold is an active member of several professional organisations, including the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the European Patent Lawyers Association and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He is a much sought-after speaker and has given presentations on IP law issues in several countries.

Dr Arnold speaks German, English and French.

Firm Profile

ARNOLD RUESS is a boutique law firm that specialises in the entire field of intellectual property and has extensive experience in patent litigation. For our clients, we combine the legal excellence developed through many years of experience as IP attorneys working at one of the world’s leading international firms with the personal touch, availability and commitment that a smaller firm can offer. In our view, producing the highest quality legal work and having fun are not mutually exclusive – they are interdependent.

We advise clients, ranging from international corporations and mid-sized companies to innovative start-ups, from all around the world in all IP matters. Our area of expertise covers complex and multi-jurisdictional IP litigation, development of comprehensive IP and advertising strategies, licensing negotiations, M&A support, trademark portfolio management and the like. We have a strong client base in the high-tech, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer goods and chemical industry sectors.

Our team of dedicated specialists has worked on a multitude of cases, including several groundbreaking decisions which have been widely reported. Our patent litigation experience includes the following:

  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical corporation in patent litigation in Germany and coordinating proceedings with 15 other countries. Our global network enables us to provide a one-stop-shop solution with IP specialists individually hand-picked for our every client’s unique needs;   
  • Shaping FRAND case law by, among other things, obtaining the first two FRAND judgments from the German Federal Court of Justice following the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Huawei v ZTE (Sisvel/Haier); we contributed to shaping the courts’ awareness of hold-out tactics by only purportedly willing licensees; 
  • Being the tip of the spear in the ‘connected car wars’ by representing a global telecommunications client in multiple trial and appeals court cases including a CJEU referral against a global car manufacturer; we gained in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry, its self-image and common negotiation tactics of car original equipment manufacturers and suppliers;
  • Levelling the international playing field by obtaining the first-ever German anti-anti suit injunction (AASI) against an attempted foreign anti-suit injunction; this AASI, which was copied in several other jurisdictions within a couple of months, helps to prevent forum-shopping by  implementers;
  • Establishing pioneering German case law on biosimilars; by representing clients in the first biosimilar patent cases in Germany, we helped ensure that complex biosimilar development is not mistakenly perceived as a ‘common’ generic drug by the German courts;  
  • Representing the first alternative capsule coffee producer in successful proceedings against Nespresso (trial court and appeals court). We were able to convince the appeal court to change is previous case law, which paved the way for opening the capsule market to competition; and
  • Being the exclusive IP counsel for Sony Interactive Entertainment, coordinating patent, trademark, design and copyright issues in Germany.

Notable clients include Sanofi, Nokia, Alcon, Novartis (Hexal), Gruenenthal and Varta.

We are grateful for our clients’ trust and proud of our achievements to serve our clients throughout the past decade. ARNOLD RUESS features in all leading rankings and has won numerous awards for its work in the IP field.

What others say about us

  • “Strongly recommended for decisive litigious actions”
  • “In particular for difficult patent proceedings where the team meets highest standards in timing and quality”
  • “They are creative and go the extra mile”
  • “High-quality, successful firm with a very good track record”
  • “Team with strength and depth”
  • “Extremely able people – there is some excellent young talent at this firm”

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