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The Legal 500 Germany 2021

16 Maiwald lawyers are included in this year’s edition of The Legal 500 Germany. The firm continues to be ranked among the leading firms for patent prosecution, “boasts a busy patent prosecution and opposition practice and has a particular focus on proceedings before the EPO.” Maiwald offers “advice on strategic patent and portfolio issues, support for international mandates such as the worldwide coordination of patent grant proceedings, a well-positioned team for nullity and infringement actions and advice on supplementary protection certificates, on which there is a particular focus. The firm’s traditional strength is in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, but it also has deep expertise in biotechnology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer-related inventions and medical technology.” We are delighted that the engineering sector of our firm in particular is gaining increasing visibility and, together with the expansion of our client base in the US and Asia, is showing rapid and productive growth.

We are also named among the leading firms in Germany for our firm’s expanding litigation business and receive recognition for our expertise in a wide range of specialist areas. “Pharma mandates form the core of the practice, but the team is also well established in life sciences and is gaining profile in various other sectors such as mechanical engineering and electronics, not least because of the corresponding strengthening of the mixed patent and litigation practice. Marco Stief heads the practice and is experienced in domestic and international patent infringement cases, border seizure proceedings and technology contract disputes.”

Recommended lawyers of the firm are:

Dr Dirk BühlerDr Eva Ehlich, Dr Martin Huenges, Dr Derk Vos, Dr Christian SchäfleinAlexander Ortlieb, Dr Eva Dörner, Angela Zumstein, Dr Berthold Lux, Dr Alexander Schmitz, Dr Christian Pioch, Dr.-Ing. Sophie Ertl, Dr Ian Weaver, Dr Naho FujimotoStefan Bianchin, Dr Marco StiefHeike Röder-Hitschke.


‘Extremely detailed and insightful comments and recommendations on decisions of patent offices in key jurisdictions. Maiwald will never be the cheapest firm, but they provide an absolute quality service.’

‘Pragmatic approach to advice with a good understanding of the economics underlying IP rights. This approach allows the firm to obtain IP rights that actually make economic sense.’

‘Creative and able to look at each constellation as an individual case and adapt solutions accordingly. They are exceptionally well trained, smart and prudent and leave no stone unturned.’

‘Professional, service-oriented, able to handle any patent case.’

‘Angela Zumstein: Highest quality of work, very service-oriented and easy to deal with. The best representation in opposition proceedings I have seen in years. Makes complex issues seem simple.’

‘As a mixed firm, Maiwald has experts on all IP-relevant issues, from employee invention law to compliance or contract law. The close cooperation between patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law reduces costs and ensures better performance overall in contentious proceedings. A lot of experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning. With over 80 patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law, also well equipped for large multinational projects.’

‘Christian Schäflein: There will probably be few patent attorneys in Europe with a comparable wealth of experience in software and AI.’

‘Christian Pioch: Young and up-and-coming. With his analytical mind, he will certainly take the firm forward.’

‘Stefan Bianchin: With his dual qualification as a lawyer and patent attorney, he is very efficient in patent infringement proceedings.’

Link to the official The Legal 500 Germany site