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Dr-Ing. Sophie Ertl

Partner
German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Mechanical Engineer

Sophie Ertl has wide-ranging experience in handling legal disputes occurring in the intellectual property field. She has successfully represented clients in numerous patent and utility model infringement cases as well as in patent nullity and utility model cancellation proceedings. Sophie drafts patent applications and represents 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. Her technical expertise covers the fields of mechanical engineering, medical devices, materials engineering and automotive and aeronautical technologies.

A particular highlight of Sophie's professional career was her successful defense of a well-known US corporation operating in the field of medical devices against a number of attacks by patent trolls.

Career

Since 2017

Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald

2017-2018Member of the German Examination Commission for Patent Attorneys
Since 2013Mentor 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

Education

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

Services
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Patent litigation
Memberships
  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi
  • AIPPI
  • LES
  • VPP
Languages

German, English, French