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IAM Patent 1000 2020

Building on our success in recent years, we are proud to have seven featured partners in this year’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020. This edition is a unique guide that brings together the best patent professionals in the world’s major jurisdictions. The extensive research process for this guide was conducted over several months by a team of analysts and included more than 1,700 interviews with patent professionals around the world.

We are pleased that our all-round approach to service is particularly appreciated and praised by clients. “When clients engage Maiwald, they gain instant access to the services of its talented troop of patent attorneys and attorneys at law. This streamlined approach is rare in the jurisdiction, but it proves immensely popular with clients: ‘Maiwald is our preferred firm regarding all IP-related questions. We particularly value their understanding of our technology and products, and the creativity and responsiveness with which they approach all our questions. Beyond being brilliant lawyers, they apply a hands-on mentality and a very practical approach, which leads to efficient and valuable solutions. We think that the diversity of Maiwald’s team brings particular benefits – not only do they have engineers and scientists with a broad range of specialties in their team of patent attorneys; they also have a large team of very experienced IP lawyers bringing in additional legal expertise, especially in the area of litigation and IP contracts.’ The lawyers here include Marco Stief, who ‘brings great technical understanding and a very outcome-oriented and practical approach to any project, is always very responsive and has a brilliant strategic mind’. ‘He is very convincing in court and always thinks one step ahead.’ Patent attorney Christian Schäflein is ‘invaluable when it comes to portfolio and prosecution strategy’; in-depth knowledge of US and European litigation rules and procedures makes him a useful asset for clients seeking a global perspective. Eva Ehlich is another wise choice for international briefs – her focus is on advising innovative US and Japanese pharmaceutical companies on filing strategies and worldwide portfolio management. Further pharmaceutical nous can be found in the form of Andreas Ledl, who gives ‘exceptional strategic advice’; and SPC maestro Dirk Bühler, who has co-edited European handbook Supplementary Protection Certificates. He loves diving into the nitty-gritty of complex oppositions before the EPO; as do chemistry specialists Derk Vos and Norbert Hansen. Vos’s technical hotspot is organic and inorganic chemistry, encompassing everything from pharmaceuticals to pesticides, lubricants, oil recovery and coatings; while Hansen excels in the fields of chemical engineering, materials science andsemiconductors.“

Read the full IAM Patent 1000 entry here (Germany) and here (EPO).