Based in Düsseldorf, at the seat of one of the most important patent infringement courts in Europe, I am partner in our Intellectual Property Practice Group and a patent practitioner with a focus on specialist technical areas.

My practice specialises in patent law, particularly in litigation and counselling in highly technical fields including medical devices, mobile communications and automotive. I represent clients in patent cases before the German Courts and the European Patent Office and also advise on and coordinate multijurisdictional patent litigations. I also represent clients in IP-related arbitration proceedings.

Another specialism of mine is transactional IP matters including the IP aspects of business acquisitions, as well as the drafting and negotiation of complex licensing and R&D agreements.

Over the years I have been involved in major patent disputes for leading companies and institutions such as B.Braun Melsungen, Nespresso, Nokia and NSN (formerly Nokia Inc.), the European Central Bank, Sanofi, Groupe SEB and Teva to name a few.

As head of our China Desk Germany, I keep in regular contact with Chinese clients whom the members of the China Desk Germany advise comprehensively on issues related to M&A, employment law, IT and data protection law as well as IP law. I advise our Chinese clients with regard to their market entry in Germany and Europe in view of third-party IP rights and with respect to the enforcement of their own IP rights against their competitors.

Outside my practice, I speak regularly on patent law in Germany and abroad. I also lecture on R&D agreements in the LL.M. Intellectual Studies in Intellectual Property Law course at the Technical University Dresden.

In addition, I am the author of several legal publications on patent litigation as well as best practices in IP licensing (including the exhaustion of patent rights).

  • Representing B. Braun Melsungen AG, a leading German medical and pharmaceutical company which ranks among the top 100 German companies, in several patent infringement suits against Becton Dickinson regarding the safety mechanism for peripheral intravenous catheters, one of B.Braun's market-leading products, as well as coordinating the parallel litigations pending in Belgium, The Netherlands and Austria.
  • Representing B. Braun Melsungen AG in a patent entitlement action in the field of drug emitting balloon catheters.
  • Defending Nespresso in patent infringement proceedings started by a manufacturer of coffee capsules regarding the Nespresso machines.
  • Defending Alstom in a patent infringement proceeding against Bombardier before the Regional Court Düsseldorf regarding Jacobs Bogies.
  • Representing Columbia Sportswear Company and OutDry Technologies Corporation in patent infringement proceedings against Geox regarding elastic membrane technology used in Geox Amphibiox shoes before the Düsseldorf infringement courts and the Federal Supreme Court.
  • Defending Guangzhou OED Technologies against E-Ink in patent proceedings before the Regional Court Mannheim, the Higher Regional Court Karlsruhe, the Federal Patent Court as well as Federal Supreme Court.
  • Representing Groupe SEB in various patent infringement proceedings as well as nullity proceedings regarding consumer goods.
Education
  • Legal studies at the Münster University
  • Legal clerkship at the Regional Court of Düsseldorf
  • Doctoral thesis in Intellectual Property Law from the Potsdam University (2002)
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar in 2002