SAMSON & PARTNER

Comment: This recommended, pure patent attorney firm operates a renowned prosecution practice, but stands out in the market for its impressive list of litigation instructions involving mobile communications patents, where clients include Deutsche Telekom, Apple and Nokia. Thanks to its in-depth sector expertise, highly praised (incl. by clients) litigation experience, and law firm connections, S&P is well set for the long term. But this exceptional position no longer appears untouchable, as S&P did not work for regular client Nokia in the year’s pivotal battle against Apple. On top of this, Nokia advisor Bird & Bird is positioning its own patent attorneys with the Finnish company ever more effectively. Hoyng ROKH Monegier, perhaps S&P’s most important partner firm, also has its own patent attorneys in Amsterdam now. The firm could secure its excellent starting position for the UPC with more direct company contacts, like those to Nokia’s litigation department.
Strengths: Prosecution and litigation related to electronics, software, IT and mechanics.
Recommended: Michael Turi, Dr. Wolfgang Lippich (“patent attorney of the very highest caliber”, client), Friedrich von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Dr. Tobias Stammberger (all patent attorneys).
Practice: Active exclusively in IP. Strong focus on technical protection rights. 50 percent patent filing with a broad technical spectrum, 50 percent disputes: opposition and nullity suits and infringement proceedings, the latter exclusively with external lawyers. (Core team: 14 patent attorneys)
Clients: ?? Deutsche Telekom against Intellectual Ventures; Microsoft against IPCom; Apple against OpenTV; frequent litigation for Nokia and US chip manufacturer (all regarding mobile communications). Public knowledge: filing for Amadeus, Heckler & Koch, Intel, Max & Co., Vestas.
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