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IAM Patent 1000 Rankings 2024

We are honored to be listed again this year in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The IAM Patent 1000 recognizes companies and individuals who are considered outstanding in the important field of patent law. his year we are again represented in the categories “European Patent Office” as well as “Firms: prosecution and nullity (Germany)”.

IAM about Maiwald:

“German IP powerhouse Maiwald represents a growing client base of major domestic and global companies. The high-quality mixed boutique is home to a team of experts who are solid on the technology and deliver sound legal counsel to expertly navigate the prosecution and infringement patent landscape.”

Our partners’ were ranked as leading individuals for the following fields:

Prosecution und Nullity (Jurisdiction Germany):

Infringement & Transaction (Jurisdiction Germany):

European Patent Office:

IAM says about them:

Eva Dörner advises her patrons thoughtfully on what to file and when to maximise their chances of success, and provides assured representation when matters turn contentious.

Eva Ehlich is meticulous in her approach to patent protection and portfolio management. She is highly organised, coordinating protection strategies across the world, and can swiftly solve any problem that crosses her desk. 

Naho Fujimoto is a commercially minded adviser who has built strong relationships with Japanese companies seeking to secure patent protection in Europe. She makes all the right plays to help her clients establish and entrench strong positions in new markets.

Norbert Hansen is a well-rounded practitioner who makes light work of complex prosecution instructions. He connects with patrons on a technical level and speaks their language in order to develop approaches that achieve their desired results. 

Martin Huenges combines deep subject matter expertise, a solid understanding of procedure and a pragmatic approach, to implement powerful strategies to secure, defend and enforce patent rights across the globe. His genuine interest in the success of his patrons means he is quick to recognise their business goals and the best way to achieve them.

Derk Vos comes praised for his “experience supporting in pharmaceutical litigation and exceptional expertise in SPC disputes. He grasps the key points of matters quickly and is very easy to work with.”

Dirk Bühler is appreciated for his “personable approach, excellent technical understanding and ability to handle matters before the EPO”. His strong arguments and compelling oral advocacy have seen him bring in significant results for those operating on the very cutting edge of their respective fields.

A discerning choice for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, Angela Zumstein is an astute and business-oriented strategist who knows exactly what steps to take to protect inventions from every angle. Recently she has been working as part of the team supporting Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions, in the management of its worldwide portfolio.

Andreas Ledl strengthens the set’s expertise through his “in-depth understanding of his clients’ patents, which means he is able to successfully defend and enforce those rights at the EPO”. His global outlook and nuanced understanding of key markets across the world adds value and means he adroitly manages worldwide portfolios as well. 

Mechanical engineer Sophie Ertl earns effusive praise for “bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of mechanical-related inventions, and providing invaluable advice on how to navigate the European patent system. Sophie is also well spoken and represents clients aggressively in opposition proceedings at the EPO; she makes thoughtful arguments and is never knocked off balance.” She takes the lead on drafting and prosecuting patent applications as well as portfolio management for the likes of Volvo Cars.

Lutz Kietzmann is also a highly skilled mechanical engineer as well as a renewable energies maven. He leverages more than two decades of experience in the patent field to supply his following with a personalised service and bespoke IP solutions.

Alexander Ortlieb is a solutions- and goal-oriented practitioner who represents his patrons’ interests with precision, evidenced by his ever-increasing tally of victories at the EPO. He handles a significant amount of IP work for medical technology company Brainlab. 

Christian Schäflein builds and bolsters robust portfolios through close collaboration with inventors and in-house counsel from the early stages of product development; he immerses himself in the clients’ technology and business to devise strategies that meet their needs.

A top choice for mid-size companies, Alexander Schmitz excels when working with inventions in the fields of electrical and information technologies as well as mechanics. He thinks long term to make tactical manoeuvres that will give portfolios commercial impetus.

Captaining the team of attorneys-at-law and taking them from strength to strength, Marco Stief is “highly knowledgeable in the life sciences field and is an outstanding expert to have onside for pharmaceutical and SPC litigation”.

For our profile on IAM click here.

For more information about IAM Patent 1000 click here.