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German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Representative before the UPC
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, automotive, medical devices, materials engineering, and process technology.
Sophie is head of the Maiwald UPC taskforce and responsible for all UPC related topics at Maiwald. Further, she is Member of the Board of Directors of the German Patent Attorney Association.
Sophie regularly gives presentations on patent law topics in Germany and abroad, in particular in view of the UPC. She has special contacts and interests for clients and colleagues from Korea and Brazil.
"Armed with reams of portfolio management expertise and technical support at infringement matters, Sophie Ertl is a safe bet for companies seeking protection of inventions across the automotive, medical device, process technology and general engineering fields."
– IAM Patent 1000, 2023
“A highly qualified patent attorney, Sophie Ertl has a canny forward-thinking approach to developing her client’s patent strategy. She is detail-oriented, technically-savvy and communicates complex concepts in a manner that is easy to understand – she is an asset to any team.”
– IAM 300, 2022
“Sophie Therese Ertl is a key partner for building patent portfolios and is truly committed to her craft. She has an inspiring ability to adapt to ever-evolving markets, and her work is always completed on time and to the highest standard.”
– IAM Strategy 300, 2023
Moderation of the panel “Trade secrets – the big questions answered” at the IAM Live Auto IP Europe 2023
Conference presentation at the 13. International Intellectual Property Protection Conference in Seoul, Korea titled „Status and Strategy for the Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court“, 2023
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 presentation at the 11. Joint Korean- German conference in Changwon, Korea titled „Intellectual Property Protection in Mobility“ and panel discussion, 2019
Moderation of the Maiwald Seminar in Munich “Employee Invention Law and Compliance”, 2019
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