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Dr Marco Stief, LL.M.


Marco Stief is a highly experienced lawyer, skilled in handling national and international patent infringement cases, border seizure proceedings and conflicts arising from technology-related contracts. He advises companies in the areas of technical IP rights, technology transfers and also on a wide variety of contractual matters.  He acts in an advisory capacity on questions relating to design rights, competition law, employee inventions and trade secrets.

Marco has headed Maiwald’s legal department since 2017. He lectures in intellectual property rights at the University of Dresden and is associate lecturer in patent and international contract law at the University of Marburg.


Since 2017

Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald

Since 2013

Attorney-at-law at Maiwald


Director Legal at Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA


Attorney-at-law in the „Magic Circle“ law firms Freshfields, Clifford Chance and Baker & McKenzie


Doctoral degree (Dr iur.) from the University of Basel


Admitted to the bar


Master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago


Trainee lawyer in Mannheim, Singapore and Chicago


Studied law at the University of Bayreuth and the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

  • Written warnings
  • Preliminary injunction proceedings and writs of protection
  • Lawsuits
  • Drafting of contracts
  • Review of advertising campaigns
  • Advice on German employee invention law
  • Named in JUVE Top 8 German patent litigators under 50 2019/2020
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 as one of the six most highly regarded patent litigators
  • Listed in the WirtschaftsWoche "Die besten Anwälte für Patentrecht und Urheberrecht" 2019
  • Recommended in Expert Guides - Life Sciences for IP and Regulatory 2019
  • Recommended in Best Lawyers "Germany's Best Lawyers 2019"
  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Named in JUVE Top 12 German patent litigators under 50 2018/2019
  • Named in Chambers Europe 2018
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Deutschland 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Recommended in MIP IP Stars 2017
  • Winner of the “Client Choice Award 2015/2016 for Patent Law”
  • Recommended in WirtschaftsWoche 2015
  • For many years listed in IAM Patent 1000 „World’s Leading IP Litigators“
  • For many years listed in IAM Strategy 300 „World’s Leading IP Strategists“
  • For many years “frequently recommended lawyer” in the JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms
  • Scholar of the German Bundestag
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Scholar
  • Scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Pregabalin and Fulvestrant - a comparison of German and English liability regimes for Swiss-type claims in light of current case law, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 06/2019 (together with Ulrike Zorr)
  • New liabilty for second medical use, Managing Intellectual Property, 03/2019 (together with Ulrike Zorr)
  • Zwischen Pregabalin und Fulvestrant. Ein Vergleich des deutschen und englischen Hanftungsregimes bei Swiss-type-claims anlässlich aktueller Rechtsprechung, GRUR, 03/2019 (together with Ulrike Zorr)
  • Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Patents, C.H.BECK, 2019 (jointly published with Maximilian Haedicke and Dirk Bühler)
  • Vertragshandbuch Pharma und Life Sciences, C.H.BECK, 2nd edition, 2019 (jointly published with Boris Bromm)
  • Process patents and the partial outsourcing of individual procedural steps into patent-free foreign countries – opportunity or risk?, Expert Guides, 03/2017 (together with Katja Bolender)
  • Designrechtler, Karriereführer, 03/2017
  • Recent developments in German jurisprudence following ECJ “Huawei Technologies / ZTE“, Managing Intellectual Property, 02/2017
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC), C.H.BECK, 2016 (jointly published with Dirk Bühler)
  • CJEU requirements in FRAND cases, Managing Intellectual Property, 10/2016
  • BGH “Filmscanner” judgment reviewed, Managing Intellectual Property, 09/2016
  • Safe harbors in Europe: an update on the research and Bolar exemptions to patent infringement, Nature Biotechnology, 07/2015 (together with András Kupecz et al.)
  • Revised TTBER and Guidelines, Managing Intellectual Property, 01/2015
  • Patent Law – A Handbook on European and German Patent Law, Haedicke/Timmann (eds.), C.H.BECK, 2014 (together with Dirk Bühler et al.)
  • Questions submitted on scope of Bolar provision, Managing Intellectual Property, 02/2014
  • Handbuch des Patentrechts, Haedicke/Timmann (eds.), C.H.BECK, 2012 (together with Johannes W. Bukow et al.)
  • Neurim and SPCs: Justice for indication inventions, Managing Intellectual Property, 12/2012
  • Praktische Erfahrung mit der Grenzbeschlagnahme nach VO (EG) Nr. 1383/2003, in: Festschrift für Ulf Doepner, Reese/Hufnagel/Lensing-Kramer (eds.), C.H.BECK, 2008 (together with Peter Chrocziel)
  • Bar Association
  • GRUR
  • DAV
  • DAJV
  • VPP
  • LES
  • Founding Member IPDR

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