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Gottfried Schüll

Patent Attorney

Partner since 1999

Bleichstraße 14
D-40211 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 211 90490-0
Fax +49 211 90490-49

mail@cohausz-florack.de

Detailed profile

Gottfried Schüll has managed the successful enforcement and monetization of SEP patent portfolios with worldwide coverage. Actually, he is representing owners of patents essential for the AVC/H.264 video compression technology against TV manufacturers. Prior successful enforcement campaigns against the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on AVC/H.264 SEPs have contributed to the status of the MPEG LAs corresponding licensing program as the gold standard in SEP licensing. In these proceedings the first instance and the appeals courts confirmed infringement of the standardized technology as well the FRAND character of the pool license.

These cases are in continuance of his work for the patent owners of 3G, NFC, Internet Protocol (IP), ADSL and MPEG-2 essential patents in complex proceedings against world market leaders in the fields of video compression, digital payment and communication technology in the last two decades.

As a patent attorney and long-standing partner of COHAUSZ & FLORACK, Gottfried Schüll has already acted as lead counsel in well over 750 patent disputes and nullity proceedings. He is active before the Federal Court of Justice, the Federal Patent Court and before German regional and higher regional courts. The FCJ's fundamental "MPEG-2 video signal coding" decision, with which it introduced the independent protection of digital data generated by a patented process, is due to his efforts.

Gottfried Schüll was chairman of the IT working group of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Germany for ten years and, due to his reputation in litigation matters, is also appointed as an independent court expert (by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court) and arbitrator. He is a speaker at specialist events and the author of numerous articles on the German and European SEP sector.

After studying physics at RWTH Aachen University and training in intellectual property law, Gottfried Schüll was admitted as a German patent attorney and representative before the European Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO) in 1996. He is a member of the COHAUSZ & FLORACK team since 1997. He advises his clients in German and English.

Recommendations

  • Patent star 2021 (IP Stars)
  • IAM Patent 1000 2021
    “He is currently representing owners of patents essential for the AVC/H.264 video compression technology against TV manufacturers. Prior successful enforcement campaigns against the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on AVC/H.264 SEPs have contributed to the status of the MPEG LAs corresponding licensing programme as the gold standard in SEP licensing."
  • Leaders League 2021
    Excellent in patent prosecution
  • Best Lawyers 2022
  • The LEGAL 500 EMEA 2021
  • The LEGAL 500 Germany 2021
  • JUVE Handbuch 2020/2021
    Leading advisor among patent attorneys
  • IP Stars 2020
  • IAM Patent 1000 2020
    "Gottfried Schüll brings comfort when trouble brews because of his vast litigation and nullity experience. He sees the whole playing field when it comes to German and European patent litigation, and is an authority in the areas in video compression and international patent licensing."
  • Best Lawyers 2020
  • JUVE Handbuch 2019/2020
    Führender Name unter Patentanwälten
  • Wirtschaftswoche Ranking Patenanwälte 2019
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2019
    "(...) the indomitable Gottfried Schüll, a video compression veteran, continues to prove a major draw for discerning clients looking for the very finest technological skill. (...)
  • IP Stars 2019
  • Best Lawyers 2020
  • JUVE Handbuch 2018/2019
    Führender Name unter Patentanwälten
  • The LEGAL 500 Germany 2018
  • IP Stars 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2018
    "(...) Lately they have been flexing their muscles representing Columbia University, Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1, Tagivan, Mitsubishi Electric and Panasonic on enforcement actions against Huawei and ZTE concerning patents for the digital video encoding standard AVC/H.264, which is used in smartphones. Leading the charge on this was Gottfried Schüll, utilising his profound wisdom of the telecoms sector. (...)"
  • Leaders League 2018
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2017
    "(...) Gottfried Schüll is both a precision prosecutor and a potent litigator (...)"
  • Wirtschaftswoche Ranking Patenanwälte 2017
  • The LEGAL 500 2017
  • IP Stars 2017
  • JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017
    Führender Name unter Patentanwälten
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2016
    "(...) Enforcement king (...)"
  • The LEGAL 500 2016
  • JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016
    Führender Name unter Patentanwälten
  • IAM Patent 1000 2015
    "(...) an adept performer before the EPO (...)"

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