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“One of the best-established and most prominent IP outfits in Germany”, according to competitors, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is home to some 70 dedicated professionals – including both patent attorneys and attorneys at law – who can meet and exceed every patent need of its discerning clientele. Key patrons on the prosecution side include blockchain innovator Black Gold Coin, biotechnology company Gennova Biopharmaceuticals and research institution King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre. Assisting Black Gold Coin is physicist and portfolio manager Dennis Kretschmann, whose glittering academic career saw him study in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. The latter two clients are safe under the wing of PhD biochemist Markus Engelhard, a farsighted strategist and EPO advocate who comes highly recommended by the market. Their fellow patent attorneys are physicists Heinz Goddar and Christian Appelt. Elder statesman and IP strategist Goddar shares his wisdom by teaching patent and licensing law at the University of Bremen and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre; while Appelt has a contentious focus, regularly acting in opposition and nullity proceedings and supporting on infringement suits. He is a trusted adviser to Chinese, US and especially Japanese clients, having spent time in the IP department of Sony Corporation in Tokyo, as well as in private practice in Osaka. Attorneys at law Michael Rüberg and Carl-Richard Haarmann have it all covered on the contentious front. Rüberg is a law PhD whose recent credits include an ongoing set of disputes on behalf of Aeritas relating to mobile boarding and location-based services within the aviation industry; while Haarmann is a savvy portfolio manager who also appears in infringement battles for the likes of JVC.
Markus Engelhard is active in all fields of life sciences, pharmacology and biotechnology, having a particular focus on therapeutic biomolecules and pharmaceutically active agents. His clients include start-up companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, multinational corporations, universities and academic research institutions. He supports them in acquiring and enforcing IP rights, building up patent portfolios and representing them in opposition, invalidation and infringement proceedings. Moreover, he provides professional advice to international organisations, government agencies and technology transfer agencies. For a number of pharmaceuticals clients, he continues to be active in obtaining patent term extensions and supplementary protection certificates.
After obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, Mr Engelhard joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 1998 and has been with the firm since then. As part of his professional activities, he has lectured on behalf of WIPO at its Regional Capacity Building Workshops on Patent Drafting for developing countries and has trained patent agents from nearly 30 countries. He also lectures regularly on patent law issues both in Germany and abroad, with much of his work focusing on Asia.
Mr Engelhard is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Association of Intellectual Property Experts.
BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is one of the largest legal practices in Germany specialising in intellectual property.
Patent attorneys and attorneys at law work together in the fields of industrial property law, copyright and related fields. Patent attorneys at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT deal with obtaining, defending and enforcing patents, utility models and design patents, as well as advising on the composition and conclusion of licensing and cooperation agreements. They have expertise in all natural and engineering sciences, including mechanical and electrical engineering, material science, pharmaceutical and polymer chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, semiconductors and software technology.
BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT’s client portfolio includes worldwide corporations and leading companies in Germany and abroad. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is internationally oriented and has at its disposal a network of tried and tested patent attorneys and IP lawyers across the whole world.
Main areas of practice
Patent law has been one of the key areas of activity for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT for more than 85 years – ever since the firm’s establishment. Patent attorneys with a broad range of experience assist clients in the preparation of patent applications and design patent applications, and offer advice and consultation services in infringement cases and the creation of licensing agreements.
Our benchmark for success in our patent law work is the provision of solutions that meet our clients’ specific requirements while embracing their economic interests. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT’s patent lawyers are active in all classic scientific and engineering disciplines. We also have specialists in many more modern disciplines, such as information technology, bio-information technology, biotechnology, environmental technology and news technology.
We focus on the acquisition, defence and assertion of patents, utility models and industrial designs, as well as on consulting services in relation to the drafting and conclusion of licence and cooperation agreements. We support companies in building up their patent administration processes and departments, as well as in questions of employee invention rights.
We represent our clients before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the EPO, the German Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice. Our client portfolio includes large national and international companies, but also small and medium-sized enterprises that do not have their own patent department and therefore have specific requirements which need to be addressed.
Our patent law services cover all matters of patent and utility model law:
- We advise our clients in advance of any patent or utility model applications, devise patent strategies and conduct and evaluate prior art research.
- We assume responsibility for the preparation and submission of patent applications and steer these through the relevant official examination procedures nationally and abroad.
- We represent our clients in opposition proceedings, cancellation proceedings and patent infringement proceedings.
- We draw up expert reports on validity and infringement.
- We advise on any contractual matters, in particular licensing contracts, and generate, for example, non-disclosure agreements, cooperation agreements and licensing agreements – in each case taking into account antitrust regulations.
- We offer consultation to start-ups.
- We monitor and administer patents and patent applications.
- We offer all the services of an outsourced patent department, including comprehensive advice on matters relating to employee inventions.
- We assess patents.
Trademark law is also part of the firm’s core business. Our attorneys at law are involved in national and international organisations and are proven experts in the field. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT continuously ranks among the German law firms with the most German and EU trademark applications. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT’s advisory services cover the whole spectrum of trademark-related matters, with a specific emphasis on anti-counterfeiting measures and enforcement activities for a very broad client base.
BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT has a long tradition of practising copyright law. Our attorneys possess extensive experience and a high level of expertise in all advisory matters across diverse creative areas. The firm advises clients on all aspects of copyright, publishing and media law.
Further areas of specialisation include:
- patent litigation;
- IP licensing;
- design patents, utility models and employee inventions;
- press and personal rights law;
- competition and antitrust law; and
- IT, domain name and data protection law.
The firm has more than 85 patent attorneys and attorneys at law in total.