Our Rankings

Financial Times 2019

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is ranked "Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms 2019" by the Finacial Times.

IAM Patent 1000 2019

“I’ve recently been extremely impressed by a firm of patent attorneys. It’s very diligent, even on a tight budget – it quickly points out what needs to be done, and then just does it. It seems to find arguments that others have overlooked and is great at phrasing technical questions so that judges understand them. It’s just easy to work with, in all honesty – some firms can be stiff, but not this one.” “It is simply the best patent attorneys’ firm in Germany; it covers all technical areas and is excellent in every one.”

Prosecution and Nullity: Top Tier

Besonders erwähnt: Andreas ThielmannGottfried SchüllDr. Arwed BurrichterPhilipe WalterDr. Christoph Walke

IP Stars 2019

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is again nominated in the field of Patent Prosecution.

Special mentions: Dr. Ralph MinderopJohannes SimonsGottfried SchüllErik SchäferHans-Joachim Meyer

Chambers Global 2019

In the Chambers Global Ranking 2019 the patent attorneys Dr. Arwed BurrichterPhilipe Walter and Dr. Christoph Walke are awarded as "Leaders in their Field".

WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2019

Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer is awarded as Trailblazer in the WIPR's Influential Women in IP 2019 ranking.

Legal 500 Deutschland and EMEA 2019

"As 'one of the best law firms' in the patent application business, Cohausz & Florack impresses with 'very modern, optimised work processes with short processing times and high deadline discipline'. Cohausz & Florack offers a wide range of consulting services in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, as well as in-depth expertise in technology and mobile communications. (...)"

Patent Law - Prosecution: Top Tier

Special mentions: Dr. Thomas Rox, Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke, Dr. Jochen Kapfenberger,Dr. Fabian Vogelbruch, Matthias Waters

Chambers Europe 2019

(...) "They have a wealth of experience, extensive and comprehensive knowledge in patent law and are conscientious, thorough and reliable in the negotiations. Our instructions are processed in record time and every area of expertise that is relevant to us is covered." Several clients specifically highlight the firm's responsiveness, with one saying that "questions are always answered promptly." Another adds that "the lawyers are all responsive to our questions and tasks."

Special mentions: Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke

Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2019

Attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer is recommended in WWL Arbitration 2019.

Who' Who Legal 2019

The attorneys-at-laaw Erik Schäfer (Arbitration) and Rebekka Schiffer (Trademarks) are recommended again in Who's Who Legal 2018.

WTR 1000 2019

(...) A “well-established player” on the market, COHAUSZ & FLORACK nonetheless operates a “modern and dynamic” trademark practice with a particular focus on luxury and consumer goods. The team has an especially good reputation for advising brands on how to keep all their trademarks legally in use even when some are temporarily being put on the back burner; creativity and uniquely tailored solutions characterise the service. (...)"

Special mentions: Rebekka Schiffer

JUVE Handbuch 2018/2019

Patent Law

"The patent attorneys of the D'dorfer IP boutique are among the market leaders for litigation and prosecution. (…)"
Especially mentioned: Gottfried Schüll,Dr. Arwed Burrichter

Patent application: Tier 2, patent processes/patent applications: Tier 1

Trademark and design law/competition law

"The mixed law firm with a focus on patent law also advises many of its clients on trademark law. In addition, many well-known companies seek advice in Soft-IP. (...)"

Wirtschaftswoche Top Kanzleien 2018

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is again recommended by the Wirtschaftshaftswoche for the area of patent law.

Special mentioned: Dr. Ralph Minderop, Dr. Arwed Burrichter, und Dr. Christoph Walke

Chambers Global 2018

In the Chambers Global Ranking 2018 the patent attorneys Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter and Dr. Christoph Walke are awarded as "Leaders in their Field".

FOCUS Attorney list 2018

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is again recommended on the FOCUS patent attorney list.

Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2018

Attorney-at-law Rebekka Schiffer is recommended again in WWL Trademarks 2018.

Best Lawyers 2018

Patent attorneys Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke, Dr. Jochen Kapfenberger, Jan Ackermann, Michel Kaminsky and attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer are recommendede for the area of Intellectual Property Rights.

Erik Schäfer is additionally recommended for the area of Arbitration and Mediation.

Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Arbitration 2018

Attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer is recommended in the WWL Thought Leaders Arbitration 2018.

IAM Patent 1000 2018

"Ambitious Dusseldorf-based IP boutique COHAUSZ & FLORACK has “vast experience in filing, not to mention pre-litigation patent validity analysis, and infringement and nullity proceedings. Its lawyers are cooperative, collegial and extremely knowledgeable, and it’s a pleasure working with them.”

Prosecution and Nullity: Top Tier

Special mentioned: Andreas Thielmann, Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke

IP Stars 2018

COHAUSZ & FLORACK again ranked for Patent Prosecution.

Special mentioned: Dr. Ralph Minderop, Johannes Simons, Gottfried Schüll, Erik Schäfer, Hans-Joachim Meyer

Leaders League 2018

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is awarded "excellent" in the category Patent Prosecution.

Special mentioned Gottfried Schüll, Philipe Walter

Chambers Europe 2018

(...) The team is often praised for its ability to keep deadlines. According to one client, the attorneys are “always reachable and deliver things on time.” The same source adds that they “really understand the client” and appreciates the fact that the firm has a “broad spectrum of patent attorneys” across various fields.

Other interviewees single out the team's “very good organisation and deadline management” as its core qualities. (...)

Special mentioned: Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018

The attolrneys-at-law Erik Schäfer (Arbitration) and Rebekka Schiffer (Trademarks)are recommended again in Who's Who Legal 2018.

Legal 500 2018

"Cohausz & Florack is one of the top patent law firms, particularly in the field of mobile communications technology, and offers an excellent level of service. The large team of outstanding patent attorneys always pays attention to economically appropriate procedures. Our clients come from the electrical and mechanical engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences, physics, IT and communications sectors".

Patent law - applications and official proceedings: Top Tier

Special mentioned Philipe Walter, Dr. Christoph Walke

WTR 1000 2018

"Because it places a real premium on keeping its employees satisfied, COHAUSZ & FLORACK's trademark team is uniquely stable and tight-knit. Its members cooperate closely on prosecution and portfolio management matters, routinely bouncing ideas off each other."

Special mentioned: Rebekka Schiffer

Expert Guides 2018

Attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer is recommended for the area of commercial arbitration.

JUVE Handbuch 2017/2018 - Patentrecht

"The D'dorfer IP boutique counts with its patent attorney. Team is among the leading law firms with increasing business in both litigation and filing practice. (...) Strengths: Processes with software, electronics and mobile radio relevance. (…)"

Patent application: Tier 2, patent processes/patent applications: Tier 1

Special mentioned: Gottfried Schüll,Dr. Arwed Burrichter

JUVE Handbuch 2017/2018 - Trademarks and Unfair competition law

The lawyers of this (...) well-known mixed law firm are particularly involved in trademark law. The main focus is on trademark law and advice on trademark strategy, in addition to which they also offer a wide range of legal services. Clients such as LG Electronics are also intensively represented in opposition proceedings. Far less well-known is the fact that C&F is also very active in proceedings before local courts, most recently for Bugatti in trademark infringement proceedings and in competition law proceedings. (...)"

Special mentioned: Ulrike Alice Ulrich und Rebekka Schiffer

IAM Patent 1000 2017

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is excellent to work with. It has one of the most impressive teams in Dusseldorf, is always up to speed and delivers top result. The first-rate boutique has specialists across the board, while the premium it puts on customer service – in particular, straightforward communication – ensures that each client has a single contact to the firm for all enquiries. (…)"

Prosecution and Nullity: Top Tier

Special mentioned: Andreas Thielmann, Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Philipe Walter

Chambers 2017

"(...) What the team is known for Recommended for patent prosecution and patent validity questions in the context of litigation proceedings. Substantial team encompasses a broad range of technical fields, with notable activity in consumer electronics, IT, mechanics, pharmaceuticals and chemistry. (...)

Strengths One particular client is impressed by the firm's capability to answer complex questions, including in opposition proceedings where the attorneys can work with the various arguments brought, present them clearly and speak very intuitively and understandably.

Another adds: The attorneys are very precise and conscious. They quickly understand the technical aspects of an idea and can even enrich them. They put themselves in the client's situation. (...)"

Special mentioned: Philipe Walter

Best Lawyers 2017

Patent Attorneys Dr. Christoph Walke, Dr. Jochen Kapfenberger, Michel Kaminsky and attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer are recommended in the are of Intellectual Property Law.

EUIPO Trademark Application 2017

Applications for EU trademarks: 8th place Germany-wide
Registration of EU designs: 10th place Germany-wide

Who’s Who Legal 2017

Attorneys-at.law Erik Schäfer (Arbitration) and Rebekka Schiffer  (Trademarks) are again recommended in Who's Who Legal 2017.

Legal 500 2017

"The first-class patent practice of the Düsseldorf IP boutique Cohausz & Florack is particularly recommended for opposition and cancellation proceedings and also scores with a strong filing practice. In addition, the firm has expertise in representing clients in infringement proceedings as well as in providing fast and well-founded advice on patent matters.

Patent Law - Applications and Office Proceedings: Top Tier

Special mentioned: Johannes Simons, Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Mathias Karlhuber

IP Stars 2017

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is again ranked for Patent Prosecution and mentioned for the first time for Trademarks.

Special mentioned: Dr. Ralph Minderop, Johannes Simons, Gottfried Schüll, Erik Schäfer, Hans-Joachim Meyer

JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017

The "first-class" patent practice of the Düsseldorf IP boutique Cohausz & Florack is particularly recommended for opposition and cancellation proceedings and also scores with a strong filing practice. In addition, the firm has expertise in representing clients in infringement proceedings as well as in "fast and very well-founded" advice on patent matters.

Patent application: Tier 2
Patent Litigation/Patent Attorneys: Tier 1

Special mentioned: Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter