MANITZ FINSTERWALD & PARTNER

Comment: This recommended Munich IP firm remains one of the market’s strongest prosecution outfits when it comes to patent filing and grew by five patent attorneys from its own ranks. The patent attorneys work within a broad technical spectrum. Pharmaceuticals patents do not play a role comparable to that at pharma-heavy competitors Hoffmann Eitle and Vossius. Instead, MFP is very strong in mechanics patents and the automotive sector, as extensive filing work for General Motors shows. Most litigation work is in opposition suits before the EPO and in nullity suits, where Schmidt has a good reputation. The patent attorneys are less visible in infringement proceedings.
Strengths: Patent prosecution with technical expertise in the auto sector.
Recommended: Christian Schmidt.
Practice: IP activity with a strong focus on patent prosecution and technical expertise in mechanics and physics. Also chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics and telecoms. Opposition and nullity suits. Less frequently, infringement proceedings with external litigators. (Core team: 26 patent attorneys)
Clients: ?? Public knowledge: much filing (incl. opposition and nullity suits) for Abus, Delphi, General Motors, Pfeiffer Vakuum, Sick, Sulzer Group, Sumitomo Rubber.
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