Becoming a patent attorney

Innovations are the driving force of all countries and all companies. In order to gain the most economic benefit from them, they have to be protected against imitation. As a patent attorney, you work at the interface between technology and law. You help your clients to protect their technical inventions and thus to consolidate their market position. And even from an overall economic point of view you also make an important contribution. Because, the protection of innovations is particularly important for countries like Germany, which have only few natural resources, in order to secure their competitiveness.

Tasks of a patent attorney

As a patent attorney, you're in the midst of the action when it comes to the innovations that might shape our everyday lives tomorrow. Your responsibilities at COHAUSZ & FLORACK include:

Creation of intellectual property rights

Whether patents, trademarks, designs or utility models—you discuss the possible property rights with inventors and companies, carry out search, create documentation and take care of the registration. In addition, you represent your clients during the actual granting of the respective property right—on a national as well as international level.

Consultation & support of intellectual property rights

Is an invention eligible for protection at all? Which filing strategy makes the most sense? Is it worth maintaining a particular patent? You advise companies when it comes to these and other questions.

Defense of property rights

As a patent attorney, you defend your client's property rights before courts and authorities. For example, in the case of nullity proceedings and appeals (for patents) as well as opposition or cancellation proceedings (for trademarks).

Enforcement of intellectual property rights

If the intellectual property rights of your clients are violated, you are responsible for the enforcement of the rights against third parties. For example, in the form of lawsuits or out-of-court means, such as formal warnings or border seizures.

Representation of clients

You actively stand up for the rights of your clients: at German and European courts and authorities as well as international authorities of intellectual property rights.

Consulting in the area of employee inventions

You advise innovative companies in all issues relating to the employee invention act. For example, you support them when it comes to the use of inventions by their employees, and develop a system with them on how to deal with ideas within the company.

Exploitation of intellectual property rights

Depending on the type of intellectual property right, you advise your clients comprehensively in all strategic issues: whether it concerns license contracts, the sale of intellectual property rights or the associated risk assessments (“due diligence”).

Support with the creation of intellectual property rights portfolios

With an intellectual property rights portfolio companies can create the conditions to systematically protect their intellectual property. As a patent attorney, you provide valuable support: for example by working out strategies for registration and for the expansion of intellectual property rights.

Compilation of reports

Whether for corporate acquisitions or initial public offerings or ahead of court proceedings or for a patent application: as a patent attorney, you take care of the respective reports and expert opinions in order to document the value and validity of intellectual property rights.

Training as a patent attorney at COHAUSZ & FLORACK

The training at COHAUSZ & FLORACK lasts 36 months and qualifies you to take the German as well as the European patent attorney examination. During your training, you will learn everyday work in one of the largest patent law firms in North Rhine-Westphalia, and will deal with a variety of inventor issues. You will also be given enough time to prepare for examinations and to participate in external training events (such as CEIPI courses). In workshops and small learning groups you will also be given the opportunity to simulate negotiations as preparation for practical situations. This is where you will also come into contact with other candidates—as learning together is often easier. What is particularly practical in this context is the fact that the candidate working group for the Düsseldorf region takes place at COHAUSZ & FLORACK and is overseen by our own lawyers. Anyone who prepares for work in the field of intellectual property rights in such a comprehensive and committed way can of course expect an attractive salary. And if it fits for both sides—i.e. you and us—we would be happy to take you up in our team on a long-term basis!


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General and official contact

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Patent- und Rechtsanwälte
Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB
Bleichstraße 14
D-40211 Düsseldorf

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

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Munich Office

Maximilianstraße 13
D-80539 München
Phone: +49 89 20300-6320
Fax: +49 89 20300-6322

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Christiane Hering
Marketing Manager

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D-40211 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 211 90490-266

Applicant contact

Do you have any questions regarding your application or a job vacancy? Please contact our Personnel Officer Andrea Funk.

Andrea Funk
Personnel Officer

Bleichstraße 14
D-40211 Düsseldorf

Telefon: +49 211 90490-0
Telefax: +49 211 90490-49