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
Registered Representative before the Unified Patent Court

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

Professional career

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.

German, English, Spanish

Specialist areas of activity


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


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

Publications and memberships


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


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