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Dr. Christian Pioch


German Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

UPC Representative


Christian advises and supports companies in prosecuting patent and utility model applications as well as in opposition, nullity and appeal proceedings. His specialist areas include software, sensor systems, data processing as well as semiconductor, medical and laboratory technologies. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, data security and autonomous driving. In addition, he advises clients in multinational patent infringement litigation cases, in particular in the areas of software and laboratory systems.

His expertise in business-specific IP strategies was acquired during his time as an in-house patent counsel with internationally operating aerospace corporations and in the semiconductor industries. He is also extremely well versed in US patent law.

since 2020
Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald
since 2016
Patent attorney at Maiwald
2013 - 2016
Patent attorney trainee at Maiwald and another IP law firm

Admitted to practice before the UPC
Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
2013 - 2015
Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen
Research associate at Helmholtz Zentrum München in the field of detector development, software development, nuclear physics and radiation research
2009 - 2012
Doctoral degree in the field of detector development, software development, nuclear physics and radiation research from the Technical University of Munich as well as at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency
2002 - 2008
Studied physics at the Technical University of Munich

  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Appeal proceedings
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Patent litigation

  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Deutschland 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • MIP IP Stars - MIP Rising Star 2022, 2023

  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi

  • German
  • English
  • French