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Hans-Werner Schmitz

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1954 in Duisburg. Studied mechanical engineering as well as completing a postgraduate study program in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1981, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 1985 and as European patent attorney in 1986.
  • Mr. Schmitz is a founding partner of the law firm.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Food service technology
  • Turbochargers

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of biomedical technology.

  • Lecturer at the Technical Academy Wuppertal e.V.
  • Guest Lecturer at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Italian, French

hw.schmitz@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1954 in Duisburg. Studied mechanical engineering as well as completing a postgraduate study program in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1981, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 1985 and as European patent attorney in 1986.
  • Mr. Schmitz is a founding partner of the law firm.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Food service technology
  • Turbochargers

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of biomedical technology.

  • Lecturer at the Technical Academy Wuppertal e.V.
  • Guest Lecturer at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Italian, French

E-Mail: hw.schmitz@hoefer-pat.de

Thomas J. Hager

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1964 in Munich. Studied physical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1990, and was admitted as European patent attorney in 1996 and as German patent attorney in 1998.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Machine tools

Scientific experience in the area of biofluid dynamics at the H.B. Wallis Research Institute.

  • Guest lecturer at the Munich Technical College

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

t.hager@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Physical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Physical Engineering

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1964 in Munich. Studied physical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1990, and was admitted as European patent attorney in 1996 and as German patent attorney in 1998.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Machine tools

Scientific experience in the area of biofluid dynamics at the H.B. Wallis Research Institute.

  • Guest lecturer at the Munich Technical College

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: t.hager@hoefer-pat.de

Steffen Schaeberle

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1967 in Esslingen a. N. Studied industrial engineering as well as mechanical engineering at the Technical University Berlin.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 1999.

Areas of expertise:

  • Turbomachines
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Automotive engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Plant engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of equipment technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

s.schaeberle@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Industrial Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Industrial Engineering

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1967 in Esslingen a. N. Studied industrial engineering as well as mechanical engineering at the Technical University Berlin.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 1999.

Areas of expertise:

  • Turbomachines
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Automotive engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Plant engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of equipment technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Spanish, French

E-Mail: s.schaeberle@hoefer-pat.de

Ingo Görz

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1968 in Nienburg/Weser. Studied electrical engineering and IT at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, and was admitted as European patent attorney in 1998 and as German patent attorney in 1999.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Automation
  • Communications engineering
  • Communication networks
  • Control software

Scientific and practical experience in radar technology to measure distances for application in the automotive area.

Scientific and practical expertise at Siemens in the area of network technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

i.goerz@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering and IT
Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering and IT

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1968 in Nienburg/Weser. Studied electrical engineering and IT at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, and was admitted as European patent attorney in 1998 and as German patent attorney in 1999.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Automation
  • Communications engineering
  • Communication networks
  • Control software

Scientific and practical experience in radar technology to measure distances for application in the automotive area.

Scientific and practical expertise at Siemens in the area of network technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: i.goerz@hoefer-pat.de

Andreas Benedikt

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1982 in Gräfelfing. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2007, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2011.

Areas of expertise:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Hydraulics
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Agricultural engineering

Scientific and practical expertise in the areas of simulation and real vehicle testing.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

a.benedikt@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1982 in Gräfelfing. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2007, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2011.

Areas of expertise:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Hydraulics
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Agricultural engineering

Scientific and practical expertise in the areas of simulation and real vehicle testing.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: a.benedikt@hoefer-pat.de

Björn M. Otto

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1978 in Bremen. Studied electrical engineering with a major in IT at the Technical University Dresden.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2008, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2011 and as European patent attorney in 2013.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Technical acoustics, ultrasound
  • Automotive engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Display/user interface concepts, gesture control

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of technical acoustics (transfer pathway design).

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

b.otto@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering

Partner, German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1978 in Bremen. Studied electrical engineering with a major in IT at the Technical University Dresden.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2008, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2011 and as European patent attorney in 2013.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Technical acoustics, ultrasound
  • Automotive engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Display/user interface concepts, gesture control

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of technical acoustics (transfer pathway design).

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: b.otto@hoefer-pat.de

Gabriele Leißler-Gerstl

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1953 in Aschaffenburg. Studied food chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • She began her training in patent law in 1981, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 1985 and as European patent attorney in 1986.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry and immunology
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology
  • Analytics
  • Polymer chemistry and silicone chemistry

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of analytics.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

g.leisslerg@hoefer-pat.de
Certified Food Chemist, LL.M.
Certified Food Chemist, LL.M.

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1953 in Aschaffenburg. Studied food chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • She began her training in patent law in 1981, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 1985 and as European patent attorney in 1986.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry and immunology
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology
  • Analytics
  • Polymer chemistry and silicone chemistry

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of analytics.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: g.leisslerg@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Michael Westendorp

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1967 in Munich, he studied at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Cambridge as a scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation, focussing on chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. Following his Master degree at Cambridge University (M.Phil. Biochem.) he finshed his PhD thesis at the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, was admitted as German patent attorney in 1998, and as European patent attorney in 1999.
  • Partner at the law firm ANDRAE WESTENDORP (-2018)

Areas of expertise:

  • Anorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry
  • Biotechnology and molecular biology
  • Pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, medical technology, oncology and immunology
  • Food technology, Environmental and waste water technology
  • Polymer chemistry

Scientific and practical experience in medical research, biochemistry, oncology/immunology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French and some Italian

m.westendorp@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat. M.Phil. (Biochem)
Dr. rer. nat. M.Phil. (Biochem)

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1967 in Munich, he studied at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Cambridge as a scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation, focussing on chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. Following his Master degree at Cambridge University (M.Phil. Biochem.) he finshed his PhD thesis at the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center.
  • He began his training in patent law in 1995, was admitted as German patent attorney in 1998, and as European patent attorney in 1999.
  • Partner at the law firm ANDRAE WESTENDORP (-2018)

Areas of expertise:

  • Anorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry
  • Biotechnology and molecular biology
  • Pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, medical technology, oncology and immunology
  • Food technology, Environmental and waste water technology
  • Polymer chemistry

Scientific and practical experience in medical research, biochemistry, oncology/immunology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French and some Italian

E-Mail: m.westendorp@hoefer-pat.de

Barbara Bauer

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1975 in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Studied chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • She began her training in patent law in 2006, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2009 and as European patent attorney in 2010.

Areas of expertise:

  • General inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Materials science (ceramics, polymers, alloys, fiber composites)
  • Fuel cell technology and battery technology
  • Cosmetics
  • Biochemistry

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of materials sciences, fuel cell technology, battery technology, and cosmetics.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

b.bauer@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Chemist
Dipl. Chemist

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1975 in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Studied chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • She began her training in patent law in 2006, and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2009 and as European patent attorney in 2010.

Areas of expertise:

  • General inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Materials science (ceramics, polymers, alloys, fiber composites)
  • Fuel cell technology and battery technology
  • Cosmetics
  • Biochemistry

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of materials sciences, fuel cell technology, battery technology, and cosmetics.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: b.bauer@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Stefan Pirson

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1975 in Rheinfelden. Studied biotechnology at the Technical University Berlin.
  • After completing his PhD in the area of tumor immunology at the Technical University of Munich, he began his training in patent law in 2009. He was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2014.

Areas of expertise:

  • Medical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Nucleic acid technology
  • Therapeutic procedures

Scientific and practical experience in scientific cancer research with a focus on nucleic acid technology, bioinformatics, functional genomics, and tumor immunology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

s.pirson@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Ing. Biotechnology
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Ing. Biotechnology

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1975 in Rheinfelden. Studied biotechnology at the Technical University Berlin.
  • After completing his PhD in the area of tumor immunology at the Technical University of Munich, he began his training in patent law in 2009. He was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2014.

Areas of expertise:

  • Medical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Nucleic acid technology
  • Therapeutic procedures

Scientific and practical experience in scientific cancer research with a focus on nucleic acid technology, bioinformatics, functional genomics, and tumor immunology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: s.pirson@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Petra Traub

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1970 in Göppingen. Studied technical biology at the University of Stuttgart.
  • After completing her PhD in biotechnology and time as a post doc in biochemistry, she began working in the patent department of an international pharmaceutical group. She was admitted as European patent attorney in 2006 and as German patent attorney in 2014.

Areas of expertise:

  • Life science
  • Medical engineering
  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of biotechnology, genetic engineering, diagnostics, and medical engineering.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

p.traub@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biologist
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biologist

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1970 in Göppingen. Studied technical biology at the University of Stuttgart.
  • After completing her PhD in biotechnology and time as a post doc in biochemistry, she began working in the patent department of an international pharmaceutical group. She was admitted as European patent attorney in 2006 and as German patent attorney in 2014.

Areas of expertise:

  • Life science
  • Medical engineering
  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering

Scientific and practical expertise in the area of biotechnology, genetic engineering, diagnostics, and medical engineering.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: p.traub@hoefer-pat.de

Sebastian Schiller

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1986 in Kaufbeuren. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2011, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2015.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Machine tools
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Chemical process engineering

Scientific experience at the University of Melbourne in the area of control of fluid mechanical systems.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

s.schiller@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering

German patent attorney, European patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born 1986 in Kaufbeuren. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2011, and was admitted as German patent attorney and as European patent attorney in 2015.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Machine tools
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Chemical process engineering

Scientific experience at the University of Melbourne in the area of control of fluid mechanical systems.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: s.schiller@hoefer-pat.de

Benedikt Köstle

German patent attorney

  • Born 1978 in Munich. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • After working as an engineer in industry for several years, he began his training in patent law in 2012 and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2016.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Communications engineering

Scientific experience in the area of communications engineering and practical expertise in the area of medical technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

b.koestle@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing Electrical Engineering
Dipl. Ing Electrical Engineering

German patent attorney

  • Born 1978 in Munich. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • After working as an engineer in industry for several years, he began his training in patent law in 2012 and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2016.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Communications engineering

Scientific experience in the area of communications engineering and practical expertise in the area of medical technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Patents, trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: b.koestle@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Ulrich Hocke

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights

  • Born 1959 in Essen. Studied business administration and law at the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster.
  • After completing his PhD in the area of employment law (comparative law), he was admitted as attorney in 1988.

Areas of expertise:

  • Combating trademark and product piracy
  • Customs/border seizure measures
  • Licensing, development and know-how contracts, distribution agreements
  • Competition and distribution law
  • Infringement proceedings pertaining to patents, utility models, trademarks, and designs

Scientific experience in the area of comparative law and practical work experience in US-American law firm; trust management.

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Filing, infringement and border seizure procedures

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

u.hocke@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. Jur. Attorney-at-Law, Dipl. Kfm. (Graduate in Business Administration)
Dr. Jur. Attorney-at-Law, Dipl. Kfm. (Graduate in Business Administration)

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights

  • Born 1959 in Essen. Studied business administration and law at the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster.
  • After completing his PhD in the area of employment law (comparative law), he was admitted as attorney in 1988.

Areas of expertise:

  • Combating trademark and product piracy
  • Customs/border seizure measures
  • Licensing, development and know-how contracts, distribution agreements
  • Competition and distribution law
  • Infringement proceedings pertaining to patents, utility models, trademarks, and designs

Scientific experience in the area of comparative law and practical work experience in US-American law firm; trust management.

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Filing, infringement and border seizure procedures

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

E-Mail: u.hocke@hoefer-pat.de

Bettina Görz

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for industrial property rights

  • Born 1971 in Münster/Westphalia. Studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • Admitted as attorney in 1998, has been working in the area of industrial property rights since.

Areas of expertise:

  • Trademark law, trademark application strategies (worldwide)
  • Design law
  • Unfair competition law
  • Border seizure proceedings
  • Enforcement of IP rights before administrative bodies and courts

Practical experience through collaboration in the patent litigation department of the Regional Court Munich I and in the legal department of the European Patent Office.

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Filing, infringement and border seizure procedures

Languages: German, English, French

b.goerz@hoefer-pat.de
Attorney-at-law
Attorney-at-law

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for industrial property rights

  • Born 1971 in Münster/Westphalia. Studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • Admitted as attorney in 1998, has been working in the area of industrial property rights since.

Areas of expertise:

  • Trademark law, trademark application strategies (worldwide)
  • Design law
  • Unfair competition law
  • Border seizure proceedings
  • Enforcement of IP rights before administrative bodies and courts

Practical experience through collaboration in the patent litigation department of the Regional Court Munich I and in the legal department of the European Patent Office.

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Filing, infringement and border seizure procedures

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: b.goerz@hoefer-pat.de

Oliver Spies

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for industrial property rights

  • Born 1971 in Munich. Studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • After his preparatory service period in Munich, he worked in Florida, USA, for State Senator Tom Rossin in Ft. Myers and in a law firm in Naples. He was admitted as attorney-at-law in 2001.

Areas of expertise:

  • Trademark law, trademark application strategies (worldwide)
  • Design law
  • Unfair competition law
  • Enforcement of IP rights before administrative bodies and courts
  • Defense against warnings and complaints
  • Formerly lecturer for trademark law at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences for design and design

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Registration, infringement and border seizure proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

o.spies@hoefer-pat.de
Attorney-at-law
Attorney-at-law

Attorney-at-law, specialist lawyer for industrial property rights

  • Born 1971 in Munich. Studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
  • After his preparatory service period in Munich, he worked in Florida, USA, for State Senator Tom Rossin in Ft. Myers and in a law firm in Naples. He was admitted as attorney-at-law in 2001.

Areas of expertise:

  • Trademark law, trademark application strategies (worldwide)
  • Design law
  • Unfair competition law
  • Enforcement of IP rights before administrative bodies and courts
  • Defense against warnings and complaints
  • Formerly lecturer for trademark law at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences for design and design

Fields of expertise:

  • International Business Law
  • Protection of industrial property rights (emphasis on the enforcement and exploitation of protective rights)
  • Registration, infringement and border seizure proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: o.spies@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Martin Trautmann

German patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born in 1985 in Stuttgart. Studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart.
  • After completing the PhD in the area of technical chemistry he began his patent law training in 2015 and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2018.

Areas of expertise:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Chemical engineering
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Anorganic chemistry

Scientific and practical experience in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and chemical synthesis and analysis.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Spanish

m.trautmann@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Chemist
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Chemist

German patent attorney, European trademark and design attorney

  • Born in 1985 in Stuttgart. Studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart.
  • After completing the PhD in the area of technical chemistry he began his patent law training in 2015 and was admitted as German patent attorney in 2018.

Areas of expertise:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Chemical engineering
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Anorganic chemistry

Scientific and practical experience in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and chemical synthesis and analysis.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Spanish

E-Mail: m.trautmann@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Heidemarie Müller

European patent attorney

  • Born in 1959 in Heltau. Studied food chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.
  • After completing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried she has been working in intellectual property management for lifescience startups, business consulting and university technology transfer. In 2011 she was admitted as European Patent Attorney.

Areas of expertise:

  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry
  • FTO researches
  • Consulting for start-ups
  • Technology transfer

Practical experience in the areas of biotechnology, protein chemistry, drug testing and approval. Expert activities at the European Research Council for Proof of Concept requests.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

h.mueller@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat. Biochemistry, Certified Food Chemist
Dr. rer. nat. Biochemistry, Certified Food Chemist

European patent attorney

  • Born in 1959 in Heltau. Studied food chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.
  • After completing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried she has been working in intellectual property management for lifescience startups, business consulting and university technology transfer. In 2011 she was admitted as European Patent Attorney.

Areas of expertise:

  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry
  • FTO researches
  • Consulting for start-ups
  • Technology transfer

Practical experience in the areas of biotechnology, protein chemistry, drug testing and approval. Expert activities at the European Research Council for Proof of Concept requests.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: h.mueller@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Karsten Seifert-Röscheisen

Patent engineer

  • Born 1964 in Berlin. Studied mathematics and physics at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
  • After completing his PhD in biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt am Main, he has been working in the area of industrial property rights since 1995.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Chemical and physical process technology
  • Electrophysiological measurement engineering, biosensors
  • Semiconductor technology
  • Medical engineering

Scientific and practical experience in elementary particle physics and biophysics.

Languages: German, English

k.seifert@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. phil. nat., Dipl. Physicist
Dr. phil. nat., Dipl. Physicist

Patent engineer

  • Born 1964 in Berlin. Studied mathematics and physics at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
  • After completing his PhD in biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt am Main, he has been working in the area of industrial property rights since 1995.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Chemical and physical process technology
  • Electrophysiological measurement engineering, biosensors
  • Semiconductor technology
  • Medical engineering

Scientific and practical experience in elementary particle physics and biophysics.

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: k.seifert@hoefer-pat.de

Jürgen Schildhorn

Patent engineer

  • Born 1953 in Heidelberg. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Chemical process engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of biomedical technology and automotive engineering.

Languages: German, English, French

j.schildhorn@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born 1953 in Heidelberg. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Chemical process engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of biomedical technology and automotive engineering.

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: j.schildhorn@hoefer-pat.de

Wieland Matthes

Patent engineer

  • Born 1950 in Lehrte. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Hannover.
  • Postgraduate studies in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Biomedicine
  • Computer science

Practical experience in the application of production planning and control, programming development, and consulting in an engineering context.

Languages: German, English

w.matthes@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born 1950 in Lehrte. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Hannover.
  • Postgraduate studies in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Biomedicine
  • Computer science

Practical experience in the application of production planning and control, programming development, and consulting in an engineering context.

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: w.matthes@hoefer-pat.de

Egmont Lange

Patent engineer

  • Born 1950 in Bremen. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Hannover.
  • Postgraduate studies in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Tool engineering
  • Optics
  • Refrigeration engineering

Practical experience in automotive and tool engineering.

Languages: German, English, French, Italian

e.lange@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, Dipl. lng. Industrial Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born 1950 in Bremen. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University Hannover.
  • Postgraduate studies in business and economics at the Technical University of Munich.

Areas of expertise:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Tool engineering
  • Optics
  • Refrigeration engineering

Practical experience in automotive and tool engineering.

Languages: German, English, French, Italian

E-Mail: e.lange@hoefer-pat.de

Jürgen Dirks

Patent engineer

  • Born 1966 in Delmenhorst. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University in Braunschweig.
  • After completing his graduate (Diploma) thesis in the area of communications engineering, he worked as an ASIC development engineer for several companies in Germany and the USA.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Chip development
  • Semiconductors

Practical experience in the area of application-specific chip development and semiconductor technology.

Languages: German, English, French

j.dirks@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing Electrical Engineering
Dipl. Ing Electrical Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born 1966 in Delmenhorst. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University in Braunschweig.
  • After completing his graduate (Diploma) thesis in the area of communications engineering, he worked as an ASIC development engineer for several companies in Germany and the USA.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Chip development
  • Semiconductors

Practical experience in the area of application-specific chip development and semiconductor technology.

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail: j.dirks@hoefer-pat.de

Omiros Exarchos

Patent engineer

  • Born 1984 in Athens. Studied mechanical engineering at the National Technical University Athens (finishing in the top 5% of his year).
  • After serving in the military, he obtained his Masters in biomedical engineering at ETH Zurich with a scholarship of the Bodossaki Foundation.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Food service technology
  • Turbochargers

Scientific experience in the area of biomechanics at the Balgrist University Hospital and practical experience in the area of production technology.

Languages: German, English, Greek

o.exarchos@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born 1984 in Athens. Studied mechanical engineering at the National Technical University Athens (finishing in the top 5% of his year).
  • After serving in the military, he obtained his Masters in biomedical engineering at ETH Zurich with a scholarship of the Bodossaki Foundation.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Automotive engineering
  • Food service technology
  • Turbochargers

Scientific experience in the area of biomechanics at the Balgrist University Hospital and practical experience in the area of production technology.

Languages: German, English, Greek

E-Mail: o.exarchos@hoefer-pat.de

Dr. Mona Blumenstengel

Patent engineer

  • Born in Sibiu in 1972. Studied physics at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical University in Aachen.
  • Dr. Blumenstengel has been working in the area of industrial property rights since 2003.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Solar technology
  • Automotive engineering

Scientific experience in the area of high-energy physics.

Languages: German, English, Romanian

m.blumenstengel@hoefer-pat.de
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Physicist
Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Physicist

Patent engineer

  • Born in Sibiu in 1972. Studied physics at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical University in Aachen.
  • Dr. Blumenstengel has been working in the area of industrial property rights since 2003.

Areas of expertise:

  • General physical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Solar technology
  • Automotive engineering

Scientific experience in the area of high-energy physics.

Languages: German, English, Romanian

E-Mail: m.blumenstengel@hoefer-pat.de

Yipeng Zhang

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1982 in Henan. Completed his bachelor study in Industrial Engineering as his major at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and in Business Administration as his minor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, as well as his master study in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
  • After the scientific research work at the University of Munich for several years, he began his training in patent law in 2016.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Machine-tool engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Logistics engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of mechanical and logistics engineering.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Chinese

y.zhang@hoefer-pat.de
M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering
M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1982 in Henan. Completed his bachelor study in Industrial Engineering as his major at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and in Business Administration as his minor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, as well as his master study in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
  • After the scientific research work at the University of Munich for several years, he began his training in patent law in 2016.

Areas of expertise:

  • General mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Machine-tool engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Logistics engineering

Scientific and practical experience in the area of mechanical and logistics engineering.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, Chinese

E-Mail: y.zhang@hoefer-pat.de

Hannes Bock

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1981 in Erfurt. Studied computer science at the Ilmenau University of Technology.
  • After working multiple years as an IT-Consultant, he began his training in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Computer Science
  • Embedded systems
  • Communication networks
  • Control systems
  • Automation

Scientific experience in the area of embedded systems. Practical experience in the area of communication networks.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

h.bock@hoefer-pat.de
Dipl. Inf. Computer Science
Dipl. Inf. Computer Science

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1981 in Erfurt. Studied computer science at the Ilmenau University of Technology.
  • After working multiple years as an IT-Consultant, he began his training in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Computer Science
  • Embedded systems
  • Communication networks
  • Control systems
  • Automation

Scientific experience in the area of embedded systems. Practical experience in the area of communication networks.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: h.bock@hoefer-pat.de

Peter Bürger

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1992 in Landshut. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Turbo-engines
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Energy engineering
  • Aeronautical and space engineering
  • Hydraulics

Scientific and practical experience in the areas of combustion turbines and hydraulic.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

p.buerger@hoefer-pat.de
M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering
M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1992 in Landshut. Studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Turbo-engines
  • Engines and processing machines
  • Energy engineering
  • Aeronautical and space engineering
  • Hydraulics

Scientific and practical experience in the areas of combustion turbines and hydraulic.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English

E-Mail: p.buerger@hoefer-pat.de

Tim Ruoff

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1975 in Dortmund. Studied media technology at the Ilmenau University of Technology.
  • He began working in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer science
  • Automotive engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Audio-/Video coding processes

Scientific experience in the area of speech recognition. Practical experience in the area of automotive and software technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

Dipl. Ing. Media Technology
Dipl. Ing. Media Technology

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1975 in Dortmund. Studied media technology at the Ilmenau University of Technology.
  • He began working in patent law in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer science
  • Automotive engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Audio-/Video coding processes

Scientific experience in the area of speech recognition. Practical experience in the area of automotive and software technology.

Fields of expertise:

  • Trademarks and design rights
  • Appeals, opposition and invalidity proceedings
  • Revocation and patent infringement proceedings

Languages: German, English, French

E-Mail:

Robin Wein

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1991 in Braunschweig. Studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2018.

Areas of expertise:

  • Semiconductor physics
  • Renewable energy technology
  • Nano physics
  • Bio physics
  • Medical physics

Scientific and practical experience in the areas of semiconductor physics and medical physics.

Languages: German, English

M. Sc. Physik
M. Sc. Physik

Patent engineer

  • Born in 1991 in Braunschweig. Studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
  • He began his training in patent law in 2018.

Areas of expertise:

  • Semiconductor physics
  • Renewable energy technology
  • Nano physics
  • Bio physics
  • Medical physics

Scientific and practical experience in the areas of semiconductor physics and medical physics.

Languages: German, English

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