If you're looking to protect or enforce your intellectual property (IP) rights in Germany or you're a global business seeking international legal advisers, Wragge & Co's IP practice can help.
With a dedicated IP office in Munich and an international reach, Wragge & Co offers clients cutting-edge legal services and multi-jurisdictional solutions.
Led by partner Dr. Michael Schneider and supported by German and US-qualified partner Dr. Alexander Bayer and Dr. Caroline Cichon, the Munich-based team helps clients achieve fast and cost-effective results in Germany - Europe's biggest and busiest IP jurisdiction and further afield.
Areas of expertise
As well as advising IP owners and managers on infringement and invalidity litigation, and representing these matters before the German IP courts, expertise includes patent, utility model, and employee's invention matters, trademark, design, copyright, unfair competition and antitrust law. For non-contentious issues, the team boasts expertise in licensing and freedom to operate opinions.
Whether it's advice on patent entitlement and obviousness that you need, or sector expertise in high-tech, life sciences, advertising and marketing or brands, the team has access to Wragge & Co's experts in all these areas.
With a degree in biochemistry, director Dr. Ina Gerstberger has vast experience in the life sciences and food & drink sectors, guiding clients through the complete lifecycle of product development - from the initial assessment of a new product idea to licensing and distribution agreements.
In the field of information technology law, clients receive advice on wide-ranging issues. From contracts for the assignment of software, software licensing agreements over e- and m-commerce to the possibility of patenting computer-implemented technology and domain name disputes, the team combines in-depth knowledge with a commercial approach.
For businesses that need to transfer data or have data protection compliance issues, Dr. Alexander Bayer boasts extensive cross-border data protection expertise. Sometimes clients want a quick answer on a particular issue. Sometimes they want wider guidance on compliance. Whatever the type of assistance required, the team provides practical and straightforward advice.
Speaking your language
Home to some of the most experienced and renowned IP litigation courts worldwide, as well as to the European Patent Office (EPO) and its Boards of Appeal, international businesses often choose Germany to assert their intellectual property rights.
Previous experience working at German IP boutiques and international qualifications mean this team understands clients and courts from the inside out.
Fluent in languages including German, French and English, the team gets to the core of the issues quickly, whatever the jurisdiction, and can interpret decisions arising from the European courts as they happen.
A regular supply of comment on decisions from the EPO and other IP matters ensure Wragge & Co's clients stay up to date with developments.