I am partner in our IP practice group in Munich and head of the litigation team there. As a litigator I obtained extensive experience in leading and handling multi-jurisdictional patent disputes over the last years and decades. I represent clients both on the offensive and the defensive side.

I represent national and international clients before all German patent infringement courts, the Federal Patent Court in Munich and the European Patent Office (EPO). I have particular expertise in coordinating international patent disputes in multiple countries, both for plaintiffs and defendants.

Over the years I have been involved in several high-value multi-jurisdictional patent infringement cases – particularly in the life sciences, consumer electronics and technology and communications, including SEP, and automotive sectors. I have represented leading companies from the US, Japan and Europe in these industries, such as Arvin Meritor, Canon Inc., Edwards Lifesciences, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur angewandten Forschung, Laboratoires Fournier, Nokia, Rovi Inc., Suntory, Technicolor, Tivo Inc. and many others.

I also represent clients in oppositions and nullity proceedings before the EPO, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court.

As well as advising clients in all other IP matters, particularly in trade marks, unfair competition law and design rights, I also have experience in representing clients in ICC arbitration proceedings and evidence proceedings under the Hague Convention.

I publish regularly in legal magazines and have also acted as a conference speaker at international conferences such as the Fordham IP conference, IPO or other business conferences.

Before joining our firm in 2004, I worked for a large German – and later British – law firm in Düsseldorf in their IP group and focused on patent litigation.

  • Canon: Representation of the company in a series of patent infringement proceedings and enforcement activities regarding counterfeits of toner cartridges. Obtaining leading decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Federal Supreme Court on doctrine of exhaustion.
  • Edwards Lifesciences: Representation of the company for more than 10 years in multiple patent infringement proceedings against competitors regarding cardiac valve prostheses, and coordinating offensive and defensive strategy.
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft: Representation of the client (Germany's largest applied research organisation) in an international ICC arbitration against Alcatel Lucent about the ownership of patents relating to AAC technology. Obtaining win for the client resulting in the successful defence of a monetary compensation claim. Representation of the client in numerous proceedings and contractual matters involving audio and video coding technology, e.g. against Sirius XM regarding satellite radio technology, and the sale of a video coding portfolio.
  • JK Patentportfolio KG: Representation of an investor group in the enforcement of a patent relating to neck-warming system ("Airscarf") against several car manufacturers. Obtaining landmark decision on "doctrine of equivalence" from the Federal Supreme Court.
  • Meritor: Representation in patent infringement proceedings against a competitor regarding lorry brakes, including parallel opposition and nullity proceedings.
  • Mitsuba Inc.: Representation in several patent infringement proceedings regarding wiper drives, including various nullity proceedings.
  • Rovi Inc./Tivo Inc.: Representation of the companies in numerous patent infringement and validity proceedings against several companies in the consumer electronics field for the use of EPG, smart TV and media patents. Conclusion of multiple settlement agreements with defendants for the clients.
Education
  • Legal studies at the University of Hamburg
  • Post-graduate legal studies with a Master of Laws degree from the University of Houston (USA)
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar in 1998