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COHAUSZ & FLORACK

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

Firm Overview:
Cohausz & Florack (C&F) is a law firm founded in 1954 comprising 27 patent attorneys and attorneysat- law as well as about 100 employees with offices in Duesseldorf and Munich. 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
-Patents Trademarks (Marks, Signs & Brands, Trade Names, Titles, Domains)
-Litigation
-Advertising & Unfair Competition (UWG)
-Design
-Border Seizure
-Food & Pharmaceuticals
-Copyright
-Media
-Contracts
-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
Key Clients: National and international world market leaders, hidden champions, corporations as well as innovative medium-sized 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 and litigation
■In the past 20 years, COHAUSZ & FLORACK prepared about 3,500 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 Schüll
■Dr Thomas Rox
■Arwed Burrichter, PhD
■Hans-Joachim Meyer
■Mathias Karlhuber
■Philipe Walter, LLM
■Arnd Ziebell
■Dr Christoph Walke
■Dr Jochen Kapfenberger
■Dr Fabian Vogelbruch
■Dr Henning Sternemann
■Hendrik Bücker
■Jan Ackermann

Patent Attorneys:
■Matthias Waters
■Dr Natalie Kirchhofer
■Michel Kaminsky
■Björn Brouwers
■Dr. Romina Kühnle
■Dr. Tobias Hoheisel
■Dr. Nils Hollmann

Patent Prosecution:
■Special expertise in the preparation and prosecution of high-tech patent applications and in 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 counseling 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/AVC, 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 worldrenowned 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

Trademark Partners & Attorneys-at-Law:
■Erik Schäfer
■Ulrike Alice Ulrich
■Rebekka Schiffer, LLM

Trademark Attorneys-at-Law:
■Dr Reinhard Fischer Org