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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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Curiosity and attentiveness are the foundation of all knowledge and progress

Markus Adamczyk

Dipl.-Inf.,
European and German Patent Attorney,
European Trademark and Design Attorney
Patent Attorney/Attorney-at-law

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Markus Adamczyk has been a partner at Prüfer & Partner since 2009 and has been working there as a legal and patent attorney.
Prior to that, he worked for Mannesmann Pilotentwicklung/Vodafone Group R&D.
After studying law at the LMU Munich, he passed his legal internship at the Bavarian Higher Regional Court. In addition, he completed a computer science course with a minor in mechanical engineering.

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

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Patent infringement proceedings before regional court of Mannheim, Higher Regional Court Karlsruhe, Regional Court/Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, Regional Court Munich I, Higher Regional Court Munich
  • Nullity proceedings and cancellation proceedings before the German Patent Office (DPMA), the German Federal Patent Court (BPatG), and the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH)
  • Filing, opposition and appeal proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office.
  • Infringement reports

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • computer-implemented inventions (software development, data bases, data network technology, cryptography and security systems, audio and video coding, search engines, user interfaces)
  • automotive technology (air-conditioning/compressors, exhaust systems, engine and system control, brake systems, airbags, chassis, sensors)
  • measurement and process technology (weighing systems, bulk transport, packaging)
  • mechatronics, precision engineering (print systems)
  • mechanical engineering (machine tool control, manipulator management, cable/tube layout)

Publications and memberships

Publications

No publications

Memberships

epi – European Patent Institute
Chamber of Patent Attorneys

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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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My factors for success? Technology and law in a humane manner!

Dr. Christian Gärtner

Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Ing. (Process Engineering)
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (Univ. of Wisconsin)
Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney,
European Trademark & Design Attorney

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Christian Gärtner has been working as a patent professional at Prüfer & Partner since December 2013, and he has been German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney since 2017.
Previously, he was a research associate at Chair 2 for Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich and was responsible for a co-operation project for the dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons with Solvay SA in Brussels.
Prior to that, Dr. Christian Gärtner worked with Prof. James A. Dumesic as a research associate at the Heterogeneous Catalysis Group at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA, and worked on the conversion of biomass to fuels. He graduated his studies in Chemical Engineering as Master of Science.
Dr. Christian Gärtner has gained practical experience in the industry through internships at BASF SE (technical development, acid gas scrubbing) and at Robert Bosch GmbH, department of polymer technology technology in Waiblingen.
Dr. Christian Gärtner graduated with distinction in process engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, Spanish

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Patent drafting and patent prosecution before the German Patent Office (DPMA) and the EPO
  • Opposition and appeal proceedings
  • Expert opinions
  • Participation in patent litigation

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • process engineering
  • chemical processes
  • materials
  • reaction technology
  • thermodynamics
  • food technology
  • medical technology
  • formulations
  • sports equipment

Publications and memberships

Publications

C.A. Gärtner, A.C. van Veen, J.A. Lercher: “Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane on dynamically rearranging supported chloride catalysts”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 136 (36), 12691-12701

C.A. Gärtner, A.C. van Veen, J.A. Lercher: “Highly Selective Supported Alkali Chloride Catalysts for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane”, Topics in Catalysis 57 (14-16), 1236-1247

C.A. Gärtner, A.C. van Veen, J.A. Lercher: “Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: Common Principles and Mechanistic Aspects”, ChemCatChem 5 (11), 3177–3403

C.A. Gärtner, J.C. Serrano-Ruiz, D.J. Braden, J.A. Dumesic: “Ketonization Reactions of Carboxylic Acids and Esters over Ceria – Zirconia as Biomass-Upgrading Processes”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 49 (13), 6027-6033

C.A. Gärtner, J.C. Serrano-Ruiz, D.J. Braden, J.A. Dumesic: “Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-Oils by Ketonization”, ChemSusChem 2 (12), 1121-1124

C.A. Gärtner, J.C. Serrano-Ruiz, D.J. Braden, J.A. Dumesic: “Catalytic coupling of carboxylic acids by ketonization as a processing step in biomass conversion”, Journal of Catalysis 266 (1), 71-78

E.L. Kunkes, D.A. Simonetti, R.M. West, J.C. Serrano-Ruiz, C.A. Gärtner, J.A. Dumesic: “Catalytic conversion of biomass to monofunctional hydrocarbons and targeted liquid-fuel classes”, Science 322 (5900), 417-421

R.M. West, Z.Y. Liu, M. Peter, C.A. Gärtner, J.A. Dumesic: “Carbon–carbon bond formation for biomass-derived furfurals and ketones by aldol condensation in a biphasic system”, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 296 (1), 18-27

Memberships

epi – European Patent Institute
Chamber of Patent Attorneys
FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
VDI – Association of German Engineers
DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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I simply enjoy creatively putting new ideas into words.

Willibald Hiemer

Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) Mechanical Engineering
Patent Professional

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
Willibald Hiemer has been working for Prüfer & Partner since 2008. Prior to that, he was employed in the medical technology industry as a representative for Regulatory Affairs and Patents at KREUZER GmbH + Co. oHG and TRUMPF Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG. Willibald Hiemer also worked as a development engineer in the automotive supply industry at Webasto AG Fahrzeugtechnik and Webasto Karosseriesysteme GmbH.
He studied general mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

LANGUAGES:
German, English

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • patent applications (including opposition and appeal proceedings) before the DPMA and the EPO
  • opposition proceedings against third party patents
  • FTO investigations

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • patent applications and issue procedures in the fields of:
    • medical technology
    • machine tools
    • automotive engineering
    • electrical equipment
    • general mechanical engineering

Publications and memberships

Publications

No publications

Memberships

No memberships

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Man, life’s going to keep pushing you around, but you have to keep playing.
in "A simple life" from Min Jin Lee

Dr. Ok Joo Lee

B.S., M.S. und Dr. rer.nat.
(Pohang University of Science and Technology, POSTECH, Korea)
Korean Patent Attorney

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY:
2006-2017 Patent Examiner at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
2018-2019 Litigation performer at KIPO
2015 Admission as a Korean Patent Attorney
Dr. Ok Joo Lee has been working as a patent professional at Prüfer & Partner since February 2022. She mainly handles patent prosecution before the European Patent Office.
She worked as a patent examiner and as a litigation performer at KIPO. Prior to her work at KIPO, she held the following scientific and technical positions: she was employed at LG Chem (now LG Energy Solution, Korea) in the lithium secondary battery department; as a researcher in the field of block copolymers at the Max-Planck-Institute for polymer research (Germany); researcher in the field of organic thin film transistors at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (Korea).
She studied chemical engineering at POSTECH (Korea) and completed her Ph.D. degree there in an electronic material processing program.

LANGUAGES:
Korean (mother tongue), English, Japanese, German (basic knowledge)

Specialst areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Dr. Ok Joo Lee mainly handles patent prosecution before the European Patent Office.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Secondary batteries
  • Polymer film
  • Photoresist
  • Inorganic materials/particles and their processing
  • Nanomaterials
  • Electroplating
  • Metal alloy
  • Organic thin film transistor
  • Bioprocessing technology

Publications and memberships

Publications

OJ Lee et al., Macromo. Res., 24(10), 2016, pp. 851-855

DH Kim, OJ Lee et al., J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 6(12) 2006, pp. 3871-3876(6)

PS Lee, OJ Lee, Chem. Mat., 2005 17, pp. 6181-6185

OJ Lee et al., Syn. Met., 2005 148(3) pp.263-266

OJ Lee et al., Appl. P. Letters, 82, 2003, pp. 3770-3772

OJ Lee et al., MRS, 2003 pp. 41-46

OJ Lee et al., Appl. Physics A, 2003 75, pp. 599-602

OJ Lee et al., J. Noncrystalline Solids, 2002 298(2-3) pp. 287-292 SH Jeong,

OJ Lee et al., Chem. Mat., 2002 14(4) pp. 1859-1862

Memberships

No memberships

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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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Only through individual protection of intellectual property it is possible to secure the fruit of the innovativeness of future-oriented companies.

Thomas Peppmeier

M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney,
European Trademark & Design Attorney

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

Professional career

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Peppmeier worked for Prüfer & Partner from November 2017 until February 2021, where he underwent the training to become a German and European Patent Attorney. Since March 2021, he has been registered as a patent attorney and supports Prüfer & Partner as a cooperation partner.
Before joining Prüfer & Partner he participated in the global graduate program for design and engineering of paper machines of the engineering company Voith GmbH. Additionally he gained practical experience at Robert Bosch GmbH and MTU Aero Engines AG in the field of production technology and CAD/CAM-Engineering.
During his studies of mechanical process engineering at TU Darmstadt, he was able to deepen his knowledge in the field of automotive technology, control engineering and process engineering. In both his bachelor and master thesis, Mr. Peppmeier discussed different aspects of kinetic energy storage systems.

LANGUAGES:
German, English, Spanish

Specialist areas of activity

ACTIVITIES:

  • Elaboration of patent applications, conducting prior art searches, FTO-searches
  • Patent prosecution and opposition proceedings at the German Patent and Trademark Office and at the European Patent Office

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • mechatronic systems
  • automotive technology
  • combustion engines
  • process engineering
  • paper machines
  • paper technology
  • CAD/CAM-engineering

Publications and memberships

Publications and memberships

No publications

Memberships

No memberships

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