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Innovation is Our Tradition

Patents, Trademarks, Designs worldwide – since 1920.

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Innovation is Our Tradition

Patents, Trademarks, Designs worldwide – since 1920.

We protect your intellectual property

For medium-sized companies, major corporations, and start-ups we have been protecting and defending intellectual property since 1920. In close cooperation with law firms in almost all other countries we coordinate patents, trademarks, and designs worldwide.

The scientific background of our patent attorneys enables us to offer our clients highly qualified consultation in all areas of technology and engineering. We have gained a wide experience by dealing with thousands of industrial property rights, so that we can ensure you professional and efficient support – from prosecution to litigation.

Our lawyers work hand in hand with the patent attorneys and are highly qualified lawyers specialized in the field of industrial property rights.

... IP finally understandable!

Are you interested in a brief insight into selected chapters of intellectual property law?

In this video: Re-establishing an inventive step – The Problem Solution approach (Part 2).

You can find more exciting videos from the Hoefer Academy here or on our YouTube Channel.

Technical areas

Mechanical engineering

Your contact

  • Construction machinery
  • Conveyor and handling technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Power plant technology
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Production technology
  • Control engineering
  • Deforming manufacturing processes
  • Environmental technology
  • Casting production processes
  • Welding technology
  • Materials science
  • Machine tools
  • + more

Process engineering

Your contact

  • Plant engineering
  • Biogas plants
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Electrochemical process engineering
  • Food technology
  • Mechanical process engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Thermal process engineering
  • Environmental technology
  • + more

Automotive engineering

Your contact

  • Exhaust technology
  • On-board electric/electronic systems
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Electric drives
  • Driver assistance systems
  • Chassis
  • Vehicle acoustics
  • Fiber composite technology
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Body construction
  • Power electronics
  • Mechatronics
  • Engine control
  • Object recognition
  • Production processes
  • Control technology
  • Turbochargers
  • Ultrasonic sensor technology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Combustion engines
  • + more


Your contact

  • Acoustics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Power engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Cybernetics
  • Fiber optic cables
  • Laser technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Miniaturized biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Ultrasonic sensor technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Materials science
  • + more

Electrical engineering

Your contact

  • Audio signal processing
  • Automation
  • Electrical machines
  • Electrochemical energy stores
  • Energy supply network
  • Photovoltaics
  • High frequency technology
  • High voltage engineering
  • Loudspeaker technology
  • Power electronics
  • Measurement technology
  • Microphones
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Communications engineering
  • Positioning systems
  • Sensor technology
  • Technical acoustics
  • Wind power stations
  • + more


Your contact

  • Broadband technology
  • Radio technology
  • Communication networks
  • Mobile communication
  • Communications engineering
  • Satellite communication
  • + more

Computers & software

Your contact

  • User interfaces (HMI/MMI)
  • Readout systems
  • Data processing
  • Ergonomics
  • Gesture operation
  • Semiconductor technology
  • Networks
  • Storage media
  • Control software
  • + more


Your contact

  • Battery technology
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Fiber reinforced composites
  • Glass and ceramic materials
  • Cosmetics (cosmetic preparations, processes for their production)
  • Metallic materials
  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Polymeric materials
  • Writing implements (preparations and processes for their manufacture)
  • Textiles
  • + more

Life Sciences

Your contact

  • Antibodies (development and design)
  • Purification, isolation, separation processes
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chromatography
  • Forensics
  • Genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics
  • Immunology, tumor immunology
  • Food technology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Nucleic acid technology, sequencing, detection
  • Peptide synthesis; protein chemistry
  • Pesticide, fungicide, insecticide development
  • Stem cell research and application in treatments
  • Therapeutic, diagnostic, surgical procedures
  • + more

Personal advice for your goals

Our clients’ goals are always our first priority. In the highly competitive area of industrial property rights, the companies are faced with diverse challenges, e.g. building up a valuable portfolio of industrial property, economically dealing with industrial property rights, or the strategic orientation in the sector. We see it as our most important task to understand the goals of our clients, identify problems, and develop individual solutions.

Commitment and team spirit are the most important ingredients for us to provide successful personal consultations to our clients. We see ourselves as part of our client’s team, in which we work together to analyze goals and create solutions. With openness and honesty, we have accompanied our clients for decades.

Legal Expertise

Patents and Utility Models


  • Consultation in the field of research and development as well as concepts for innovative products
  • Assessment of allowability of patents and utility models
  • Drafting and filing of applications in Germany/Europe (EPC) and worldwide (PCT)
  • Supplementary protection certificates
  • Continuous monitoring/observation of competition
  • + more

Trademarks and Design Patents


  • Development, drafting and selection of trademarks and designs
  • National and worldwide applications for trademarks and designs
  • Assessment of availability of trademarks
  • Community trademark applications as well as trademark applications under the Madrid Agreement and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement (MMA, PMMA)
  • Community design applications, international design applications, foreign design applications
  • Developing strategies for protection in Europe and worldwide
  • + more

Employee´s Inventions


  • Shop agreements and contract
  • Examination of invention report
  • Determination and calculation of remuneration
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings
  • Legal disputes before a court of law
  • + more

Ligitation Proceedings


  • Representation in opposition, appeal, nullity and revocation
  • All kinds of infringement proceedings in the field of industrial property rights in Germany, Europe and worldwide
  • Representation in copyright matters as well as matters of general competition law
  • Combating of product and trademark piracy including border confiscation procedures
  • Developing strategies in infringement proceedings
  • Injunction proceedings
  • Cross-border proceedings (EC)
  • Consultation for arrangements and settlements out of court
  • Expert opinions on reverse engineering
  • + more

International Consultation


  • Developing strategies for protection in Europe and worldwide
  • Prosecution of foreign applications for protective rights
  • International marketing and cooperation contracts
  • International business law
  • Co-ordinating international legal advice
  • + more



  • Obtaining patent and utility model documents and other technical literature
  • Trademark and company searches
  • Search for domain names and copyrights
  • Determining the status of protective rights
  • Searches to ascertain the state of the art
  • Searches for applicants/owners of protective rights
  • + more
© 2024 Hoefer & Partner Patentanwälte mbB, München und Stuttgart

* Hoefer & Partner is listed in “Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2019”, published in Financial Times Europe, July 9th, 2019, FT Special Report
* Hoefer & Partner is listed in “Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2020”, published in Financial Times Europe, June 18th, 2020, FT Special Report