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Number of partners: 22
Number of lawyers: 27
Languages:   English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

Firm Overview:
Cohausz & Florack (C&F) is a law firm founded in 1954 comprising 27 patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law as well as about 100 employees with offices in Duesseldorf and Muenich. The multidisciplinary law firm supports its clients in all matters relating to IP and unfair competition. This includes the drafting and filing, administration and licensing of extensive IP portfolios, searches for third-party IP and the associated Freedom-to-Operate expert opinions as well as cooperation agreements. C&F also represents its clients in proceedings concerning the infringement and validity of IP rights.

Main Areas of Practice:
Intellectual Property
Patent Law
Trademark Law (Marks, Signs & Brands, Trade Names, Titles, Domains)
Litigation
Advertising Law & Unfair Competition Law (UWG)
Design Law
Border Seizure Law
Food Law & Pharmaceuticals Law
Copyright Law
Media
Contract Law
Arbitration
Mediation & Other Alternative Dispute Resolution

The patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law are specialised in all technical and scientific fields and provide consultancy services in intellectual property law, unfair competition law, copyright law and in all related fields of law. Clients: National and international world market leaders, hidden champions, corporations as well as innovative mediumsized companies

Patents:
19 partners, 4 associates based in Germany
■ COHAUSZ & FLORACK is active in all fields of technology: mechanical engineering, materials, mechanics and mining, electrical engineering, information technology, physics, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences
■ Prosecution & Litigation: In the past 15 years, COHAUSZ & FLORACK prepared about 2,500 independent expert opinions on the use of patent-protected inventions in the implementation of standardised technologies
Partners & Patent Attorneys:
Andreas Thielmann
Dr. Ralph Minderop
Johannes Simons
Gottfried Schuell
Dr Thomas Rox
Arwed Burrichter, PhD
Hans-Joachim Meyer
Mathias Karlhuber
Philipe Walter, LL.M.
Arnd Ziebell
Dr Christoph Walke
Dr Jochen Kapfenberger
Dr Fabian Vogelbruch
Dr Henning Sternemann
Hendrick Buecker
Jan Ackermann
Matthias Waters
Dr Natalie Kirchhofer
Michel Kaminsky
Patent Attorneys:
Björn Brouwers
Dr Romina Kuehnle
Dr Tobias Hoheisel
Dr Nils Hollmann

Patent Prosecution:
■ Special expertise in the preparation of patent applications based on inventions reports as well as the prosecution of patent applications in all technical areas including the field of inventions that are relevant to technical standards
■ Decades of experience in the prosecution of patent portfolios comprising large international patent families
■ Drafting, world-wide prosecution and enforcement of patents for one of the leading global mobile phone manufacturers for almost 20 years
■ Supporting a DAX-30 company in the launch of an innovative product range in a new business field: drafting and filing of IP rights, analysing the potential infringement and legal validity of existing IP Rights of competitors as well as counselling the client on how to deal with and communicate with competitors
■ Identifying the patent-free corridor prior to introducing a new product standardised for the world market for a globally active company
■ Supporting a leading US pharmaceutical company in the market launch of a blockbuster drug for the treatment of hepatitis C in Europe
■ Coordinating patent prosecution in more than 20 countries for one of the leading biodegradable plastic producers and managing its extensive patent portfolio

Patent Litigation:
Operating comprehensively as party’s counsel in intellectual property law and adjacent fields of law.
Primary fields of activity are:
■ Patent infringements actions, Patent revocation actions and opposition proceedings
■ Patent infringement DE/EU key account for innovations leaders in consumer electronics including plural Fortune 500 companies in the field of standardised technologies (H.264, MPEG-2, ADSL, NFC)
■ Conducting numerous patent revocation proceedings against competitors of one of the leading global mobile phone manufacturers: a patent infringement action in the US, Great Britain and Germany resulted in a settlement that was extraordinarily profitable for the client

Trademarks:
3 partners, 1 associate based in Germany
■ Supporting and managing trademark portfolios of leading German companies in over 100 countries worldwide, most of them for decades
■ Overseeing the merger of a well-known client from the steel industry supporting the creation of the newly developed company brand, the subsequent name change and parallel to this the ensuing worldwide market launch and trademark protection of the newly created umbrella brand
■ Taking care of trademark rights for a world-renowned motorcycle manufacturer, enforcing them in Germany and tending to all matters related to unfair competition law
■ Representing the manufacturer of one of the world’s best selling toys in trademark infringement proceedings
Partners & Attorneys-at-Law:
Erik Schaefer
Ulrike Alice
Ulrich Rebekka Schiffer, LLM
Attorneys-at-law:

Dr Reinhard Fischer

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