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Dr. Ralf Kotitschke


German Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

UPC Representative


Ralfs’ main areas of interest cover all aspects of intellectual property protection, in particular patent prosecution and opposition proceedings, the preparation of clearance and validity opinions, design law and the law relating to employee inventions. The technical focus of his work is on medical, automotive, laboratory and semiconductor technologies, and also includes optics.

since 2017
Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald
since 2017
Patent attorney at Maiwald
2008 - 2017
Patent attorney in own office
2004 - 2007
Freelance patent attorney
2000 - 2004
Patent attorney trainee at an IP law firm

Admitted to practice before the UPC
Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
2000 - 2002
Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen
1996 - 1999
Doctoral degree in the field of high pressure physics and optoelectronics from the University of Surrey
1989 - 1995
Studied physics at Ulm University and the Colorado State University

  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Patent litigation

  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi
  • VPP

  • German
  • English
  • French