Team

Mitscherlich’s team of experts consists of German patent attorneys, European patent attorneys, European trademark and design attorneys and IP-specialized attorneys-at-law.
Our patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law possess the highest degrees of legal and technical qualification, many drawing from previous careers in industry. Individual teams are composed on a case-by-case basis, according to our strictly client-oriented principles of service. We are looking forward to putting our expertise at your disposal!

For many years, Mitscherlich has continuously been expanding its activities in the fields of electronics, communication technologies and software. With now more than 500 European patent applications filed each year, the electronics, communications and software department at Mitscherlich is the most active department handling cases before the European Patent Office. Our clients include major international corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises from all over the world, particularly from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Our electronics, communications and software team is comprised of several attorneys and engineers with university degrees in different fields.

The technical background of the department’s team members covers in particular electrical engineering, physics, material science, computer science and all aspects of information technology.

Mitscherlich has particularly thorough expertise in drafting and prosecuting patents, in providing strategic advice as well as in litigation and opposition in these fields. Over the last 10 years, more than 150 opposition and appeal cases were handled by Mitscherlich, which were related to patents directed to electronic or communication technologies that have become industrial standards. If required, Mitscherlich’s litiga-tion team supports our patent attorneys in asserting patents against competitors.

Since Mitscherlich was established in 1896, mechanics has always been a mainstay in the technical fields of intellectual property handled by our firm. For many years, the mechanics department at Mitscherlich has established and continuously reinforced a professional team of specialized attorneys to individually and efficiently fulfil our client’s demands best. With now more than 400 European patent applications filed per year, the mechanics team is one of the most active departments at Mitscherlich. Our clients include major international corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises from all over the world, particularly from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Our mechanics team comprises a large number of patent attorneys with university degrees in different technical fields, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material science and physics.

Mitscherlich has particular expertise in drafting and prosecuting patents as well as in opposition and litigation proceedings. Over the last 10 years, more than 120 opposition and appeal cases were handled by Mitscherlich which were related to patents directed to key technologies in mechanics. This has enabled the firm to gain outstanding experience by representing its clients in hearings at the EPO and GPTO in oppo-sition and appeal cases, which in turn has helped Mitscherlich to improve the advice it gives to clients on patent strategies.

If required, our attorneys-at-law support our patent attorneys to form individual litigation teams tailored to the particular needs of the client and to individual cases where patents are being asserted or defended against competitors.

During the last 10 years, Mitscherlich has been successfully expanding its life science and chemistry department. The technical background of the team members covers chemistry, biology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Mitscherlich has thorough expertise in these fields, particularly in drafting and prosecuting patents, counselling, freedom-to-operate analyses [FTOs] and other opinion work, arbitration, litigation and opposition proceedings.

Mitscherlich’s life science and chemistry department is one of the firm‘s most active departments litigating oppositions at
the European Patent Office, having handled more than 150 opposition cases over the last 10 years and adding some 20 new cases every year. Their patent team has extensive experience in representation before the EPO in opposition and appeal cases. Furthermore, this insight enables Mitscherlich to give good predictions about the likely outcome of opposition proceedings, which in turn is very advantageous with regard to strategic advice, FTOs and other opinion work.

For many years Mitscherlich has successfully assisted its international and national clients in the enforcement of valuable IP rights along with defending against unjustified accusations of infringement. The litigation team’s profound experience in infringement and validity proceedings allows its members to adopt a holistic strategy aligned with the clients’ priorities for each individual case. For multi-jurisdictional disputes, Mitscherlich can rely on the assistance of its established international network of highly specialized IP litigation law firms.
In patent litigation matters, Mitscherlich’s clients benefit from the close collaboration of accomplished attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys specialized in all technical fields. This one-stop shop approach facilitates quick and comprehensive counselling in all kinds of proceedings, including infringement actions, preliminary injunction proceedings, site inspection proceedings and nullity actions. For complex cases, a team of attorneys may be composed to ensure all pertinent legal and technical issues are covered and guarantee fast and efficient acting.

The Mitscherlich team is also fully prepared for representing clients before the new Unified Patent Court assuming responsibility for litigation on new Unitary Patents and for classical European Patents in the near future. In order to keep up to date with the latest developments the litigation team set up a working group dedicated to this exciting new area of European patent law as early as 2013.

In trademark and design litigation cases, a profound familiarity with the different courts’ peculiarities as well as ample experience with substantially or procedurally challenging cases enable Mitscherlich’s attorneys to develop strategies specifically tailored to the clients’ objectives. By actively participating in related administrative proceedings, the litigation team members also continuously deepen their expert knowledge of prosecution, opposition and invalidation proceedings, which often play an important role in a comprehensive enforcement or defence plan. Counselling and representation in straight forward main action and preliminary injunction proceedings are as much part of the team’s core expertise as, for example, combating infringing activities at trade fairs and parrying attacks based on trademarks or designs acquired in bad faith.

For many years, Mitscherlich has continuously expanded its activities in the fields of trademark prosecution and trademark litigation. With now more than 270 Community trademark applications (CTMs) filed each year, the trademark prosecution team is among the top ten firms filing CTMs in Germany. During the last ten years, Mitscherlich has handled more than 500 opposition cases at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Trademark Office, and also has taken several cases to the European Court of Justice on behalf of our clients.

Our clients include major international corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises from all over the world, particularly from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Especially in the last years, also the litigation practice of the trademark department has grown rapidly,. We are currently representing a considerable number of clients with lawsuits before the high courts in Germany. We are admitted to the bar of all higher regional courts within Germany. We also represent a high number of custom seizure requests, which we have filed on behalf of our clients in order to assist them with anti-piracy actions.

The trademark team at Mitscherlich is headed by Dr. Markus Graf who has been active in the field of trademarks for more than two decades. The other attorneys working in the trademark department are Mr. Jens Beder, Mr. Clemens Thun, Dr. Felix Wesel and Dr. Markus Bölling; they are supported by numerous paralegals and secretaries.

For many years, Mitscherlich has continuously expanded its activities in the fields of design patent applications and design patent litigation. With now more than 950 Community design applications (CDRs) filed in 2013, the design prosecution team at Mitscherlich is among the top firms filing CDRs in Germany. Our clients include major international corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises from all over the world, particularly from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The litigation practice of the design patent department has also grown rapidly in recent years.

We are currently representing a considerable number of clients with lawsuits before the high courts in Germany and we are admitted to the bar of all higher regional courts within Germany. We also represent a high number of custom seizure requests for design patents, which we have filed on behalf of our clients in order to assist them with anti-piracy actions. The design patent team at Mitscherlich is headed by Clemens Thun and Dr. Markus Graf, who have been active in the field of design patents for many years. The other attorneys working in the design patent department are Mr. Thomas Körfer, Dr. Felix Wesel and Dr. Markus Bölling; they are supported by numerous paralegals and secretaries.

German and international clients alike appreciate the professionalism of the design regime in Europe, which ensures a high standard of legal safety. This results in deci-sions being more predictable. This predictability is further sustained by the experience of our attorneys-at-law in all matters of design law.