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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

  • Patent Litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating IP and technology transfer agreements
  • Advice on German employee invention law
  • Pharmaceutical law
  • Awarded in MIP "IP Stars 2021
  • 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
  • Listed in JUVE Patent as "Advisor in patent litigation" 2020/2021
  • Listed in the WirtschaftsWoche "Die renomiertesten Patentrechtsanwälte" 2020
  • Named in JUVE Top 8 German patent litigators under 50 2019/2020
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 and 2020 as one of the six most highly regarded German 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 Handelsblatt | Best Lawyers "Germany's Best Lawyers" 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 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, 2021
  • Recommended in MIP IP Stars 2017, 2021
  • 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)
  • Bar Association
  • GRUR
  • DAV
  • DAJV
  • VPP
  • LES
  • Founding Member IPDR

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