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Law firm will in future operate as Maiwald GmbH

Munich, 11 October 2022 – Maiwald, one of Germany’s largest and most renowned law firms in the field of intellectual property, will in future operate under a new name: Effective October 11, 2022, Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH changed its name to Maiwald GmbH. The corresponding entry in the commercial register has already been made.

The change of name was prompted by new regulations passed by the legislature as part of the reform of the law governing the professions of patent attorney and attorney-at-law. Under the new regulations, patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law no longer have to state their professions as part of the company name.

“We are pleased that the new rules permit us to use the more concise name in future. The length of our previous company name was somewhat cumbersome in dealings with the outside world, especially in correspondence with our foreign business partners. Our new name Maiwald GmbH reflects very well our striving for succinctness”, said Ralf Höcherl, commercial manager at Maiwald.

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About Maiwald

Maiwald is a leading law firm in the field of intellectual property rights. With approximately 240 employees in Munich and Düsseldorf, Maiwald comprehensively supports companies in securing, defending and enforcing their intellectual property rights. Clients include start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and industrial groups in a wide range of industries. Approximately 80 patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law work internationally for clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals & biotechnology, organic chemistry & polymers, inorganic chemistry & building materials, food & agriculture, electrical engineering & mechanical engineering, communication & information technology, mobility & energy, displays & light, measuring & process engineering as well as medical technology & imaging. Maiwald advises and represents clients with regard to patents & utility models, supplementary protection certificates, trademarks & designs, copyright law, competition & antitrust law, compliance, contract law, employee invention law, pharmaceutical law, data protection and plant variety protection. The magazine Managing Intellectual Property named Maiwald “European SPC/Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year 2021”, “European Cross-Border Patent Litigation Team of the Year 2021” and “German Impact Case of the Year 2021”.