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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.
As a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt) and physicist (master’s degree), Klaus Haft is a trial lawyer in the field of IP law with particular expertise in patent litigation. In addition, he advises on licence agreements, research and development agreements, the law on employee inventions and issues relating to the protection of trade secrets. Thanks to his background in physics and subsequent in-depth understanding of complex technology, he boasts a particularly impressive track record in litigating high-tech patents and patents on medical devices. He acts for his clients before the national German courts, collaborates on opposition proceedings, and plans and coordinates multinational litigation cases.
Mr Haft studied in Würzburg and Munich. He wrote his diploma thesis at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, in Geneva. In parallel to his studies, he worked as a freelancer at a Munich-based patent attorney firm for more than 10 years.
Mr Haft has been a member of the board of the European Patent Lawyers Association for seven years, the past two years as its president, and currently serves as a member of the advisory board. In addition, he is president elect of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Germany and member of the executive board of the Munich IP Dispute Resolution Forum. He regularly publishes on questions of IP law and gives presentations at lecture events on patent law topics.
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.