In the German edition of Legal 500 2018 Maiwald is ranked among the leading patent prosecution firms. According to the Guide, the firm is "highly sensitive to the needs of clients" and is characterized by "outstanding quality of work". The editors praise its "great team spirit, also in its relations with clients", the "practically-oriented methodology " and the attorneys' "profound industry knowledge". Legal 500 emphasizes the support provided to pharma companies, who receive "valuable advice". Moreover, Maiwald has "established a sound reputation in the fields of engineering, technology, computers and software. Dr Eva Ehlich receives particular mention („professionally outstanding“, and "gets the best possible results for her clients"). Maiwald again receives a good ranking in the field of patent litigation. According to the Guide, the appointment of Marco Stief as equity partner puts the dispute resolution practice on an even firmer footing. Maiwald's specialization in pharmaceutical law is also mentioned.