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Partner

Dr-Ing. Sophie Ertl

Partner

German Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

Mechanical Engineer

Sophie provides counselling on patent portfolio strategies and portfolio management across a wide range of IP-related matters. In addition, she drafts patent applications and represents her clients in patent prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings. In addition, she regularly prepares legal opinions on technical and legal issues, including freedom-to-operate and validity analyses.

Furthermore, she has particular experience with legal disputes in the field of intellectual property and has successfully conducted numerous patent and utility model infringement proceedings, patent nullity proceedings and utility model cancellation proceedings. She uses this expertise profitably for the client in patent portfolio strategies and portfolio management.

Her technical expertise covers the fields of mechanical engineering, medical devices, materials engineering, automotive and process technology.

Sophie regularly gives lectures and training courses on patent law topics in Germany and abroad. She has special contacts and interests for clients and colleagues from Korea and Brazil.

since 2020
Member of the Board of Directors of the German Patent Attorney Association
since 2017
Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald
2017 - 2018
Member of the German Examination Commission for Patent Attorneys
2014 - 2016
Mentor for the training for the qualification as European Patent Attorney
since 2013
Mentor of the Technical University of Munich
since 2013
Patent attorney at Maiwald
2010 - 2013
Patent attorney at Bardehle Pagenberg
2006 - 2009
Patent attorney trainee at Bardehle Pagenberg
2003 - 2006
Development engineer at BMW AG

2013
Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
2010
Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
2006 - 2009
Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen
2003 - 2006
Doctoral degree in the field of mechanical engineering and materials science from the RWTH Aachen University
1998 - 2003
Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich

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

  • Recommended in Handelsblatt | Best Lawyers "Germany's Best Lawyers" 2021, 2022
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Deutschland 2021
  • Recommended in MIP IP Stars 2021, 2022

  • Wir helfen dem Erfinder, seine Idee zu schützen, 2021
  • Moderation of the Maiwald Seminar in Düsseldorf “Protection and Enforcement of Software Inventions in DE, KR & US”, 2019

  • Conference contribution at the Joint Seminar of Unified Patents and Maiwald “Achieving European collaborative deterrence strategy against Non-practicing entities” entitled “NPE patent litigation in the UPC” and participation in the panel discussion in Munich, 2019

  • Moderation of the panel “Standard Essential Patents” of the Wiesn IP Forum in Munich, 2019

  • Conference contribution at the 11th Joint Korean- German conference in Changwon, Korea entitled “Intellectual Property Protection in Mobility” and participation in the panel discussion, 2019

  • Moderation of the Maiwald Seminar in Munich “Employee Invention Law and Compliance”, 2019

  • TUM Mentoring was a major door opener, 2018
  • Conference presentation at the 10th Joint Korean- German Conference in Aachen, Germany, titled “Intellectual Property Protection of 3D Printing Inventions”, 2018

  • Conference presentation at the conference “International IP Trends” with the title “New developments UPC/ Brexit” in Munich, 2018

  • Lecture at Konstanz and Aalen University of Applied Sciences entitled “From Invention to Enforcement of Patent”, 2018

  • Presentation at a start-up hub in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil entitled “Software Patent Protection in Europe and Germany”, 2018

  • Inhouse training at Bosch, Stuttgart “Current Patent Case Law of the German Federal Supreme Court”, 2017

  • Inhouse training at Alps, Japan “European Patent Proceedings”, 2017

  • Inhouse training at Heraeus, Hanau “Attack is also a defense”, 2016

  • Inhouse training at BMW, Munich “Current case law of the BGH on patent law”, 2016

  • Inhouse training at Daimler, Stuttgart “Current case law on German patent law and ArbEG”, 2016

  • Inhouse training at Stryker, USA “Patent infringement litigation in Germany”, 2016

  • Conference presentation at the Intellectual Property One-on-One Summit, Hangzhou, China with the title “Patent Litigation in Europe & (specifically) Germany”, 2016

  • Inhouse training at Unitalen, Beijing, China “Patent Infringement Litigation in Germany”, 2016

  • Main agent for a worldwide known automobile company with particular expertise in the field of new mobility
  • Patentportfoliostrategies and Portfoliomanagement for wet processing solutions for the manufacturing of semiconductors
  • Defending patent portfolio in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO for a large US-client for container technology in the medical industry
  • Drafting patent applications in the area of mRNA technology
  • Portfoliomanagement in the field of 3D printing

  • FICPI
  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi
  • AIPPI
  • LES
  • VPP

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