Elisabeth Opie

Principal Solicitor at Opie International Technology Lawyers
Ranked in Legal, Licensing, Technology transfer
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“Elisabeth Opie is one of the most practical, strategic and responsive partners you could ask for.” She has exceptionally deep knowledge of her clients’ businesses and she provides wise counsel that is very carefully considered.

Elisabeth Opie's Profile

Elisabeth Opie opened a boutique IP law firm in Munich in 2014. With over 20 years’ international experience in innovation ecosystems, she advises on international technology across various sectors. Practice areas are international trade law, technology transfer and commercialisation, competition law and dispute resolution. Ms Opie has appeared in the IAM Patent 1000 since 2019 and the IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders since 2020.

Working in partnership with clients to further their long-term success, Ms Opie provides targeted advice across a broad range of issues facing technology-centric companies, informed by her in-depth knowledge and experience of various innovation systems. She is solutions driven, focusing on negotiation and licensing strategies for standardised technologies; providing advice on IP policy and core activities within stanards development organisations; and representing clients in various IP committees such as in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, the International Telecommunication Union, Digital Video Broadcasting and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Ms Opie is a qualified practising solicitor in Australia and England and Wales. She is also a foreign registered lawyer with the Munich Bar Association and practises German law (qualified solicitor, Ireland).

Ms Opie has received a number of awards in the field of international science cooperation and technology transfer, including a business award for outstanding commercial performance as part of a global team, relating to groundbreaking extended wear contact lens technology; and a strategy excellence award in her role as lead counsel for the restructure of a major international joint venture – resulting in reduced complexities of joint governance while retaining strong scientific cooperation, and the re-integration of capability (staff, assets and intellectual property). In 2013 Ms Opie became the inaugural Global Research Alliance Fellow.

She holds a BA and an LLB (Hons), and is a master of both law and commercial law. Ms Opie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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