Volkmar Henke

Partner at Eisenfuhr Speiser
Ranked in Germany
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“The savvy team at Eisenführ Speiser balances business needs with legal advice better than most. They have a lot of experience with various courts and judges in Germany, and their predictions on outcomes are remarkably accurate as a result. They are very responsive and accommodating to viewpoints raised by others, very capable oral advocates, and they continue to outshine the competition in the region.” Key among this stellar team are Volkmar Henke and Tilman Müller – Henke benefits from a background in physics and splits his time between patent infringement disputes and licensing negotiations, while Müller lends his hand to everything from SEP disputes and patent-related antitrust issues to IP-related arbitration proceedings. These expert attorneys-at-law are joined by patent attorney counterparts Jochen EhlersKlaus Göken and Manuel Söldenwagner. Ehlers merges experience on both the prosecution and litigation sides, advises on licensing issues regularly, and is known for having been involved in landmark FRAND cases, while Göken’s experience across the full spectrum of patent work has led him to become the North German of CEIPI training in European patent law at the University of Strasbourg. For start-ups and venture capital funds, Söldenwagner is on hand, deftly managing portfolios, conducting freedom-to-operate analyses, and advising on infringement and licensing questions across not only Germany but also the rest of the world – including notably China. Joining the team in recent months was Michael Schneider, whose 20 years’ experience and PhD in patent litigation are both testament to his ability before the courts – in addition, he can neatly tie up transactions when needed.

Volkmar Henke's Profile

Volkmar Henke is a litigator with outstanding professional experience in patent infringement cases and in patent licensing negotiations, especially in the fields of telecoms, semiconductors and circuit design, electrical engineering, image processing and audio coding. In addition to holding a JD and having years of professional legal experience, Mr Henke also has a full scientific background from his studies at Hamburg University and the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay), from which he gained a master’s in physics. This double qualification enables Mr Henke to be particularly involved in both the legal and the technical aspects of cases. He is therefore used to working with clients’ technical experts and technically skilled patent attorneys.

Mr Henke provides legal advice in complex patent litigation cases to major multinational groups, innovative medium-sized companies and patent pool administrators. He not only continuously represents his clients before the German patent litigation chambers, in particular Mannheim and Düsseldorf, and nullity senates of the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice, but he also coordinates substantial cross-border campaigns in multiple jurisdictions. In recent years, he has been one of the busiest German attorneys in the field of standard-essential patent litigation.

Mr Henke regularly publishes articles and has authored a textbook on co-owned inventions.

Firm Profile

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

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.

IP innovator

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.

With its proprietary, fully digital ‘smart IP office’ solution, Eisenführ Speiser can take the pressure off clients’ IP department in case of unforeseen staff shortages or technical bottlenecks. The firm can act as representative for entire IP portfolios at the relevant patent offices, provide support in setting up entire patent departments, or provide guidance and active assistance in the field of IP administration to in-house attorneys.

Prosecutors, litigators and 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 Düsseldorf 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;
  • optics;
  • computer-implemented inventions and software;
  • mechanical engineering;
  • civil engineering;
  • chemistry and life sciences;
  • medical technology; and
  • the 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.

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