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What you think is the summit is only a step up.
Lucius Aenneus Seneca, called Seneca the Younger

Dr. Dorothea Hofer

Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Phys. (Univ.),
Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney,
European Trademark & Design Attorney

+49 89 69 39 21-0hofer@pruefer.eu

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Dorothea Hofer has been with Prüfer & Partner since 1993 and has been a managing partner since 1998. She gained her Ph.D. in physics at the LMU Munich.
After studying physics at LMU Munich, she also worked for Siemens in the area of semiconductor physics.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, French

Specialist areas of activity:

ACTIVITIES:

  • conducting litigation proceedings:
    • patent and utility model infringement proceedings (before the District Courts of Munich, Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Hamburg and before the competent Higher District Courts)
    • opposition proceedings before the EPO and the GPTO, nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice
  • cooperating with foreign associates in patent infringement proceedings in foreign countries such as Italy, France, Japan and the US
  • elaboration of patent applications, also with regard to the requirements of the USPTO
  • prosecution of patent application
  • advice on employee invention issues
  • elaboration of licence agreements
  • consultancy with regard to research and cooperation agreements
  • advice on trademarks and designs

SPECIAL FIELDS:

  • physics
  • medical technology
  • 2D and 3D print
  • semiconductors

Publications and memberships

Publications

D. Hofer et al., “Direct and multiple excitations in 96Zr from inelastic scattering experiments”, Nucl. Phys. A 551 (1993), 173-209

Hofer, D., Stocker, W., “A Dirac particle in a scalar potential depending on one spatial coordinate”, (1989), Phys. Lett. A, 138, 463-464

Memberships

epi – European Patent Institute
AIPPI – International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Chamber of Patent Attorneys
VPP – Association of Intellectual Property Experts
GRUR – German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright

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Delivering success means listening, understanding, creating opportunities and taking action.

Andreas Jacob

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Attorney specialized in Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law
Master of Laws (Intellectual Property Law)

+49 89 69 39 21-0jacob@pruefer.eu

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Andreas Jacob has been a managing partner at Prüfer & Partner since 2015 (JUVE: Munich: IP-Kanzlei Prüfer & Partner extends litigation department) and has been working there since his admittance to the bar. He is a specialist in intellectual property law and is qualified as Master of Laws (LL.M.).
Andreas Jacob studied intellectual property rights protection at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and the law faculty at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. He completed his legal traineeship at the Heidelberg court.

LANGUAGES:
German, English

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Patent disputes, opposition proceedings, nullity actions
  • Employee invention law
  • Registration and enforcement of trademarks and designs
  • Support of M&A processes in the areas of IP due diligence,
  • Purchase agreement negotiation, post-merger integration with respect to IP
  • IP contracts and their antitrust aspects
  • Border seizure procedures

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • strategic consulting in the IP area
  • litigation in the field of intellectual property rights, in particular
    • patent litigation, nullity actions
    • trademark infringement disputes
    • coordination of disputes in several states

Publications and memberships

Publications

“Produktneuheiten im Visier”, Andreas Jacob, MECHATRONIK, Volume 3-4 2014, p. 36-37

“National characteristics of the German system”, Andreas Jacob, The Trademark Lawyer Magazine, October/November 2013, p. 33 35

“Der steinige Weg des Europäischen Patents zum harmonisierten Einheitstitel”, Jürgen Feldmeier/Andreas Jacob, JUVE Handbook 2011/2012, p. 244-245

Memberships

INTA – International Trademark Association
GRUR – German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright
DAV – German Bar Association, MAV – Munich Bar Association
AGEM – Workgroup Intellectual Property & Media in the German Bar Association
Chamber of Attorneys-at-Law Munich

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Even the longest way begins with the first step.
Konfuzius

Christoph Jaeckel

Attorney-at-Law
(Cooperation Partner)

+49 89 69 39 21-0jaeckel@pruefer.eu

Professional career path

BIOGRAPHY:
Christoph Jaeckel has been working as a freelance lawyer since March 2021 and supports Prüfer & Partner as a cooperation partner, in particular for intellectual property rights related to China . Before that, he first worked for a law firm specialized in trademark law in Berlin and later worked for six years in the area of trademark law and patent law in Shanghai, China. He studied law at the Free University of Berlin and completed his legal traineeship at Kammergericht Berlin.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, Chinese

Specialst areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Filing and enforcement of trademarks
  • Advising on IP strategy (filing and enforcement) in China
  • Managing the enforcement of IP cases for German clients in China
  • Advising Chinese companies on all IP matters when entering the German market and when it comes to enforcing their IP in Germany.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Trademark law
  • Patent law

Publications and memberships

Publications and memberships

“Modeschutz – Gewerbliche Schutzrechte für Modeneuheiten und Modeunternehmen” Christoph Jaeckel, presentation, 13 October 2010, Hamburg,

“Strategie-Frage, Schutz des Designs vor Nachahmungen”, Christoph Jaeckel, China Contact 2009, p. 43-44,

“Rechtsschutz gegen unberechtigte Schutzrechtsverwarnungen”, Christoph Jaeckel (co-author), MarkenR 2008, p. 365-378,

“Die bösgläubige Markenanmeldung”, Christoph Jaeckel (co-author), MarkenR 2008, p. 296-309.

“Schutz geistigen Eigentums, geheim halten oder aktiv patentieren?” Christoph Jaeckel, ChinaContact 09/10 2019 S. 22-23

“Schneller Schutz mit Gebrauchsmustern” Christoph Jaeckel ChinaContact 11/12 2019 S. 44-46

Memberships

DAV – German Bar Association
DCJV – German Chinese Lawyers Association
ECTA – European Communities Trade Mark Association
GRUR – German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Chamber of Attorneys-at-Law Munich

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All success comes from trust

Dr. Susanne Sonnenhauser

Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Biol., German Patent Attorney,
European Patent Attorney, European Trademark & Design Attorney

+49 89 69 39 21-0sonnenhauser@pruefer.eu

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Susanne Sonnenhauser has been a partner at Prüfer & Partner since 2008.
She completed her training as a patent attorney in a large law firm in Munich.
She also trained at the DPMA, the Federal Patent Court and the Patent Litigation Chamber of the regional court Munich, after graduating as Dr. rer. nat. at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Technical University of Munich).
Before that, she studied biology at the Technical University of Munich specialising in microbiology, immunology and genetics.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, French (basic knowledge)

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Patent drafting
  • Patent prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings
  • Preparation of expert opinions (freedom-to-operate, validity)
  • Innovation management

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • pharmacy (esp. pharmaceutical formulations)
  • biotechnology
  • biochemistry
  • immunology
  • virology
  • molecular biology
  • genetic engineering
  • medical technology

Publications and memberships

Publications

No publications

Memberships

epi – European Patent Institute
Chamber of Patent Attorneys

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Complex tasks are like a slalom. The aim here is the ideal line.

Marion Ziliox

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Marion Ziliox has been an attorney at Prüfer & Partner since 2011. Before that, she practised the profession at Bardehle Pagenberg in Munich and in a medium-sized patent law firm.
She studied law at the university of Freiburg i. Brsg.

LANGUAGES:
German, French (second mother tongue), English, Spanish, good understanding of Italian (oral and written)

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Advice and representation in patent litigation in a wide variety of technical areas
  • Advice in regard to and drafting of agreements concerning IP-relevant matters and copyright law, in particular research and development agreements, licensing agreements, purchase agreements
  • Industry-specific experience: mechanical engineering, automotive, medical engineering, construction, rail vehicles, waste water technology, measurement technology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, entertainment electronics, software, sporting goods, fashion, furniture, luxury articles, wine

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • patent and trademark law
  • IP contracts
  • regularly IP-relevant antitrust and competition law
  • copyright, design and employee invention law

Publications and memberships

Publications

No publications

Memberships

No memberships

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