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Dr Marco Stief



LL.M. University of Chicago

Marco 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
2009 - 2013
Director Legal at Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA
2001 - 2009
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
2000 - 2001
Master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago
1998 - 2000
Trainee lawyer in Mannheim, Singapore and Chicago
1993 - 1998
Studied law at the University of Bayreuth and the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

  • Patent Litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating IP and technology transfer agreements
  • Advice on German employee invention law
  • Pharmaceutical law

  • Listed as Leading Lawyer in Patent Litigation in the JUVE Patent Rankings Germany 2022
  • Recommended in the Leaders League Rankings Germany 2022 in the category Patent Litigation
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 and 2020 as one of the six most highly regarded German patent litigators, recognized by Who’s Who Legal as Thought Leader (Germany) in Patent Law (2021), Global Leader IP-Patents (2021), Life Sciences Patent Litigation (2022), National Leader Germany-Patents (2022), Thought Leader Germany-Patents (2022), Global Leader IP-Patents (2022)
  • Recommended in Handelsblatt | Best Lawyers "Germany's Best Lawyers" 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Awarded in MIP IP Stars 2017, 2021, 2022
  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Deutschland 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Listed in JUVE Patent as "Advisor in patent litigation" 2020/2021
  • Listed in IAM Strategy 300 as one of the world's leading IP strategists 2021, 2022
  • Listed in Handelsblatt 2021 as lawyer of the year in the category healthcare law
  • Listed in Handelsblatt 2021 as best lawyer for Healthcare in Bavaria
  • Listed as best lawyer in Handelsblatt 2021 in the categories Biotechnology Law, Healthcare Law and Pharmaceutical Law
  • Listed in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021, 2022
  • Listed in the WirtschaftsWoche "Die renommiertesten Patentrechtsanwälte" 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Named in JUVE Top 8 German patent litigators under 50 2019/2020/2021
  • Listed in WirtschaftsWoche "Die besten Anwälte für Patentrecht und Urheberrecht" 2019
  • Recommended in Expert Guides - Life Sciences for IP and Regulatory 2019, 2021
  • Named in JUVE Top 12 German patent litigators under 50 2018/2019/2020
  • Named in Chambers Europe 2018
  • Winner of the “Client Choice Award 2015/2016 for Patent Law”
  • Listed in „WiWo Top-Kanzleien“ als Top Attorney for Patentlaw in 2018 & 2021
  • 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

  • Bar Association
  • GRUR
  • DAV
  • DAJV
  • VPP
  • LES
  • Founding Member IPDR

  • German
  • English