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Gold - Individuals: infringement
As far as European IP boutiques go, it is hard to beat HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER, a firm that handles some of the most complex and high-profile patent disputes continent-wide. Its German contingent is a key component of this offering, serving a diverse and illustrious clientele from its base in Düsseldorf and branch office in Mannheim. Key among said clients is Fujifilm, which it has recently been fighting hard for in infringement proceedings against a US competitor. Leading on the case is Tobias Hahn, with Christine Kanz at his side. Hahn has been working in patents for the best part of two decades, is well placed to advise on parallel US and European litigation, and ably handles FRAND- and antitrust-related cases, while Kanz’s focus is on pharmaceutical disputes. The latest highlight in a 20-year-career is her work acting for Gilead in an SPC-related battle, alongside Mirko Weinert, who works either side of the contentious/non-contentious divide and pairs his patent work with a thriving trade secrets practice. He is also part of the team advising Huawei on a range of issues including SEP licensing – working alongside him are Kay Kasper and Stefan Richter, and leading on the work are Tobias Hessel and Klaus Haft. Kasper is also an expert when it comes to SEP licensing, fighting related cases in court and advising automotive companies on portfolio strategy, while Richter has spent the last decade working with IT and telecommunications patents, as well as committing himself to a healthy amount of data protection work. Hessel, on the other hand, is known for his record acting in opposition and nullity proceedings before the EPO, while Haft takes naturally to even the most complex medical devices and high-technology patents, thanks to his background in physics. Leading the department is Martin Köhler, who since 1998 has acted for some of the biggest names in fields including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and electronics – including his recent high-profile work for Samsung. Completing the line-up in this year’s IAM Patent 1000 are elder statesmen Christian Osterrieth and Thomas Reimann, who have been in the game since 1984 and 1973, respectively. Both effortlessly craft multinational litigation strategies across all patent-rich industries.
Christine Kanz started her career as a patent litigator in 1998 and has been a partner of the firm since 2006. Her primary focus is international patent litigation, including supplementary protection certificates (SPC) litigation, in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemistry, where she has been representing multinational corporations as well as mid-size family-owned businesses. She has also handled numerous cases in the areas of medical devices, mechanics and consumer products. One of her recent highlights was representing a leading pharmaceutical company in an SPC-related matter that included a leading judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Much of her work involves cross-border litigation – with the result that she is highly experienced in planning and coordinating such cases, building appropriate teams and efficient communication channels.
Ms Kanz is also experienced in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, research and development agreements and other agreements for the pharma and biotech industry.
After attending the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich as an auditing student, she obtained her PhD in trademark law in 2002 at the University of Düsseldorf.
Ms Kanz regularly publishes on patent law matters and speaks at conferences on patent law issues. She is also involved in many diversity projects with the aim of advancing especially female roles in patent law.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a specialised European IP law boutique, which was created in 2015 when the well-established top-tier IP firms Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft (ROKH) joined forces. In 2019 the firm teamed up with French patent litigation boutique, Véron & Associés. Today, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has more than 100 passionate IP professionals and offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Lyon, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office), Munich and Paris.
In all of its locations, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER services the needs of clients in the field of IP law – including patent and trade secret, trademark, copyright and design right law – as well as in related fields, such as pharmaceutical regulatory law, unfair competition, media and advertising law and all IP-related contracts.
In patent law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER focuses on the technical areas of electronics, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, automotive and optics, in which it has decades of proven expertise. The firm also serves all other technical fields, including mechanics, electrical engineering and chemicals.
In addition, in the fields of trademark, copyright and design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER offers a complete range of services relating to the enforcement, exploitation, assessment and protection of these rights and is always at the forefront of new developments. Given the full harmonisation of European trademark and design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is ideally placed to serve clients’ needs. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER advises and represents its clients across a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial design, media, entertainment and publishing.