Number of partners: 22
Number of lawyers: 28
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish
Cohausz & Florack is a law firm founded in 1954 comprising 28 patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law as well as around 115 employees. The multidisciplinary law firm has offices in Dusseldorf and Munich. The firm supports its clients - international companies as well as medium-sized companies in Germany - in all matters relating to intellectual property rights and unfair competition, in many cases having done so for decades. This includes, among other services, the drafting and filing, administration and licensing of extensive property rights portfolios, searches for third-party intellectual property rights and the associated Freedom-to-Operate expert opinions as well as cooperation agreements.
C&F also represents its clients in proceedings concerning infringement and validity of intellectual property rights. The firm sees itself as a strong partner and advises its clients proactively, individually and holistically on all IP-relevant issues. To this end, the 24 patent attorneys and 4 attorneys-at-law possess particular expertise in their respective fields and work together in an interdisciplinary, efficient and trusting team.
C&F combines the know-how of all technical fields under one roof: from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and ICT. In addition, C&F has extensive experience with IP proceedings in other countries, including not only EU member states, but also the USA, China, and Korea, and is able to rely on its strong network of partner law firms across the world. Internally, C&F focuses on the long-term development and high-quality training and further education of its employees, all of whom approach the protection of innovations with unparalleled interest and openness.
Main Areas of Practice:
C&F advises innovative companies comprehensively in the area of prosecution. From the demanding initial registration of property rights up to their grant – C&F accompanies you along the way to reliably protect your ideas. In total, the law firm currently manages around 24,000 patents and 18,000 trademarks. Litigation: C&F enforces your intellectual property rights before the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Court of Justice,the German Patent and Trade Mark office, and all other courts in Germany – whether in the case of infringements of patents and utility models, the infringement of trademarks or designs, in contractual matters, or when dealing with potential infringement under competition law. In 2019, C&F was involved in more than 260 patent infringement cases.
C&F represents you before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court. In 2019, the law firm filed nearly 100 opposition proceedings and roughly 100 patent nullity proceedings as well as more than 100 trademark opposition proceedings.
C&F supports you in securing your intellectual property rights. In order to identify and minimise risks in conjunction with intellectual property rights for you in good time, the law firm uses modern tools and databases that go far beyond standard research.
Patent & Trademark Monitoring:
CFProfile is the personal database that C&F offers for targeted patent monitoring (www.cfprofile.de). Information on newly published patent applications, patents, and utility models is compiled here and monitored on a regular basis.
C&F supports you in developing a system for managing employee inventions.
Whether competition, copyright, or IT law, the law firm’s counselling covers all areas of intellectual property rights protection that are relevant for your company.
C&F analytically derives the potential and possible scope of protection of your innovations already in the initial phases of development. Key Clients: National and international world market leaders, hidden champions, corporations as well as innovative medium-sized companies.
Leading industrial companies have always played a large role in the law firm’s diverse clientele. These include world market and industry leaders in, for example, process and manufacturing technology, materials processing, automotive engineering, plastics technology, construction, metallurgy, mechatronics, and medical technology.
C&F attends to technical and sometimes highly complex intellectual property rights in other fields of electrical engineering – for example in the fields of electrical energy technology and renewable energies, semiconductor technology and components, circuit technology, control and regulation technology, microsystems technology, and sensor technology.
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences:
C&F has been serving companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences sectors for many years. For the sometimes large and often transnational procedures in these areas, the law firm puts together competent patent attorney teams: all highly qualified experts in their respective fields, who also have a great deal of experience in litigation.