Arwed Burrichter

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Arwed prosecutes and litigates European patents and provides strategic advice on patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. Arwed has frequently served as lead patent counsel in various important pan-European pharmaceutical and chemistry-related cases. As such, he has a substantial track record in European Patent Office (EPO) opposition and national nullity proceedings. Besides his litigation and EPO opposition work, Arwed maintains an extensive patent prosecution docket for his clients. His extensive international experience makes Arwed a sought after advisor for important strategic decisions in European patent prosecution and litigation matters.

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Arwed studied organic chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany and obtained his PhD from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, working on hydrocarbon chemistry under the guidance of Nobel laureate George A Olah.

Arwed became partner of the firm in 2003. He developed an affinity for the United States and a keen sense of the particularities associated with the US legal system through more than five combined years of scientific and professional experience there, including a period as a foreign associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, New York (formerly Fish & Neave LLP).


As frequent author and speaker, Arwed has recently addressed topics such as the upcoming Unified Patent Court, reform of the German patent nullification trial system and pharma patent term extensions via SPCs.