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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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As an optimist, for me there are no problems but tasks to be solved. And puzzling over the best solution is for me like being a researcher uncovering a secret.

Jürgen Feldmeier

Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) Mechanical Engineering, Master of Laws
Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney,
European Trademark & Design Attorney

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Jürgen Feldmeier has been a patent attorney since 1992 and has been the managing partner of Prüfer & Partner since 2001.
Prior to his training as a patent attorney, he gained practical experience at BMW Technik GmbH, Hurth and Convotherm.
He studied mechanical engineering with a focus on design and development at the TU Munich. He also acquired the Master of Laws (LL.M. European Intellectual Property).

LANGUAGES:
German (mother tongue), English (business fluent), French (basic knowledge)

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • application procedures for patents, trademarks, designs
  • litigation in patent, trademark and design issues
  • prosecution procedures at GPTO, EPO, FPC, EUIPO
  • participation in more than 100 litigation proceedings (infringement proceedings, nullity and opposition proceedings) before the patent offices and the courts of Munich, Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Hamburg, as well as the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and the Federal Court of Justice

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Technical knowledge and experience in the fields of:

  • automotive technology
  • machine tools and components
  • precision engineering
  • mechanical components of all kinds
  • medical technology
  • sports equipment
  • mechatronic components, control and regulation technology
  • process engineering, especially in the food industry

Publications and memberships

Publications

“Protection and allowance for (industrial) intellectual property in European Community Law]

Memberships

epi – European Patent Institute
Chamber of Patent Attorneys
AIPPI – International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
INTA – International Trademark Association
EPLIT – European Patent Litigators Association

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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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With passion and purposefulness towards common success.

Agnieszka Furmanczuk

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

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Agnieszka Furmanczuk has been working at Prüfer & Partner since her admittance to the bar in June 2017. She studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and intellectual property law at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. Agnieszka Furmanczuk completed her legal traineeship at the Regional Court (Landgericht) Munich I.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, Polish

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Filing and enforcement of trademarks
  • Strategic advice on the development and structuring of Trademark Portfolios on a national and international level
  • Coordination of international anti-counterfeiting measures
  • Advice in the field of competition law (UWG)
  • IP contracts, such as license agreements, assignments and coexistence agreements

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Trademark law
  • Employee Invention law

Publications and memberships

Publications and memberships

No publications

Memberships

Munich Bar Association

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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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Never stop asking.
Albert Einstein

Alexander Lehmann

Dipl.-Phys. (Univ.), Master of Laws
Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney,
European Trademark & Design Attorney

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Alexander Lehmann has been working in intellectual property law since 1991, as a patent attorney since 1995 and as a partner at Prüfer & Partner since 2008. Before training to be a patent attorney, he gained practical experience in the automobile industry. He studied physics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and gained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in European intellectual property law at the University of Hagen.

LANGUAGES:
German (mother tongue), English (business fluent), French (basic knowledge)

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Filing and examination processes for patents, trademarks, designs (registered designs)
  • litigation procedures in patent, trademark and design matters (appeal, opposition, cancellation, nullity, invalidity and infringement proceedings)
  • representation of clients before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Supreme Court (in nullity proceedings), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Cooperation in IP litigation proceedings before the German civil courts
  • expert opinions
  • (licence) contracts and agreement

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • mechanical engineering and mechanics of all kinds
  • automotive technology
  • electrical engineering, electro-mechanics
  • physics (including optics and semiconductor technology)
  • power engineering and energy technology

Publications and memberships

Publications and memberships

No publications

Memberships

Chamber of German Patent Attorneys
Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys
VPP – Association of Intellectual Property Experts
epi – European Patent Institute
FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
INTA – International Trademark Association

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The only boundary for what you can achieve is the scope of your dreams and your readiness to work hard to make them come true.
Michelle Obama

Stephanie Pfaller

Attorney-at-Law (Germany), Business Mediator

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Stephanie Pfaller has been working at Prüfer & Partner since her admittance to the bar in September 2021. She studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Stephanie Pfaller completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Munich.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, French (basic knowledge)

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Filing and enforcement of trademarks
  • Implementation of application strategies in trademark matters
  • Litigation support (Trademarks / Patents / competition law (UWG))

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Trademark law
  • Competition law (UWG)

Publications and memberships

Publications

No publications

Memberships

Chamber of Attorneys-at-Law Munich JurAlumni – Association of Alumni and Friends of the Legal Faculty of the LMU Munich

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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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