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The patent attorneys and attorneys at law at Eisenführ Speiser draw on “in-depth knowledge of both technical and legal matters” to provide an inter-disciplinary, commercially focused service. One recent highlight was its representation of NPE Sisvel in patent infringement proceedings against Xiaomi – a high-profile matter to which attorneys at law Volkmar Henke and Tilman Müller and patent attorney Jochen Ehlers made vital contributions. “Amiable and well respected” among major communications players, Henke skilfully handles both infringement disputes and licensing mandates, with “a notably high success rate”. Müller’s remit encompasses patent infringement and nullity proceedings, SEP and antitrust-related issues, IP-related arbitrations and contract negotiation. Prosecution, litigation and transactions all fall within the purview of telecommunications and semiconductor expert Ehlers, who also comes equipped with FRAND and SEP know-how. Other esteemed patent attorneys on deck include electrical and telecommunications engineer Klaus G Göken – an IP strategist and litigation sage with rich industry experience from his previous career in the semiconductor field at Siemens and IBM; and life sciences whizz Manuel Söldenwagner, who recently represented fragrance and flavours company Symrise in a series of oppositions. “Manuel is efficient, organised and sensitive to client needs,” reports one happy patron of 10 years’ standing. “I have nothing but praise for his work, responsiveness and quality advice.”
Jochen Ehlers mainly works on patent infringement cases and on the prosecution and defence of intellectual property, where his litigation experience stands him in very good stead. Mr Ehlers also has special experience in writing and defending national, European and international patent applications. He also advises clients on all national and European licensing matters. His technical focus is on the fields of telecommunications engineering, semiconductor technology, computer software, image processing, as well as artificial intelligence.
Mr Ehlers represented the winning plaintiffs in the Orange Book Standard case and also in the recent Sisvel v Haier case before the Federal Court of Justice, which both attracted considerable attention as landmark decisions on the antitrust defence (‘FRAND defence’) for avoiding injunctions in SEP patent infringement proceedings.
Mr Ehlers is the publisher and co-author of the Beck’scher Kommentar on the European Patent Convention. In addition, he chairs the Special Committee Q176 of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property for drafting Implementing Regulations for the revised European Patent Convention 2000 and lectures on the strategic deployment of patents at the German Lawyers’ Academy.
Mr Ehlers is recommended every year by several well-known specialist media as one of Germany’s best lawyers in the field of IP rights.
He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Hamburg.
Eisenführ Speiser is an IP law firm with a mixed team of specialists, including both patent attorneys and attorneys at law. Founded in 1966 in Bremen by Günther Eisenführ, the firm has become a renowned IP luminary and undergone substantial and continuous growth. Across its four offices in Bremen, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, more than 50 patent attorneys and attorneys at law serve a broad national and international client base.
Recent highlights of Eisenführ Speiser’s team encompass several successful patent litigation campaigns in the area of mobile communication and audio coding (including standard-essential patents), as well as patent enforcement during trade fairs. Further, the firm is increasingly involved in litigation relating to trademark and design matters and serves a growing demand for its IP strategy counselling, especially as regards extensive freedom-to-operate and IP landscape analyses.
Eisenführ Speiser was the first IP law firm in Germany to introduce an electronic filing system using fully electronic IP office processes. Since 2011, the firm’s clients have been offered innovative electronic support for their internal procedures via remote access to their files, thereby considerably reducing their office expenditure for documenting IP activities.
Prosecutors – litigators – strategists
Eisenführ Speiser is a full-service IP law firm. Traditionally strong in IP prosecution, the firm has gained a strong reputation in IP litigation over the past two decades and is routinely visible in international patent litigation campaigns for major national and international corporations. The firm represents clients before German and European courts and coordinates parallel court actions and licensing negotiations across multiple jurisdictions.
Eisenführ Speiser’s litigation teams of legal and patent attorneys have been involved in numerous litigations with multinational scope which led to landmark decisions, including the German Federal Court of Justice decision in Orange-Book-Standard and the first post-Huawei infringement decision of the Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts. The firm’s attorneys are also regularly engaged as independent IP evaluators.
Eisenführ Speiser’s approach to IP counselling is strongly business minded and considers intellectual property as an integral part of companies’ assets, to be strategically used within the framework of attaining corporate objectives. The firm’s spectrum ranges from individual IP services – including IP-related analyses and expertise – to long-term strategic counselling and tailored strategic IP counselling.
Inter-office practice groups
Eisenführ Speiser’s attorneys organise and coordinate their work in practice groups, which are formed across multiple office locations.
There are legal practice groups comprising highly specialised and renowned attorneys in the fields of:
- patent prosecution and litigation;
- trademark prosecution and litigation;
- design prosecution and litigation;
- IP contracts and licensing;
- IP portfolio analysis and consulting;
- IP freedom-to-operate analysis;
- IP due diligence;
- IP strategy development and implementation;
- competition law;
- copyright law;
- antitrust law; and
- employee invention law.
Further, Eisenführ Speiser has industry groups comprising attorneys with unique experience in certain industries and technical fields, including:
- electrical engineering;
- renewable energy;
- physics and materials science;
- computer-implemented inventions and software;
- mechanical engineering;
- civil engineering;
- chemistry and life sciences;
- medical technology; and
- Internet of Things.
The interdisciplinary and inter-office cooperation between the firm’s patent attorneys and attorneys at law generates significant clout in handling complex IP matters. Interdisciplinary short-term and long-term project teams led by one or more experienced partners are formed according to clients’ individual requirements or the specific task at hand.