In many cases, going to court is – objectively speaking – the only sensible solution. We have been representing our clients in infringement proceedings for decades. We enforce their IP rights in court or defend them against unjustified claims by third parties. Infringement proceedings almost always involve the law governing immunity from liability suits. In Germany, this takes place in parallel proceedings, particularly in the case of technical IP rights such as patents. This means that we frequently represent our clients before the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Court of Justice, and the Patent and Trademark Offices, and will add the Unified Patent Court (UPC) to this list in the future. Düsseldorf, where our law firm is based, has been Germany’s leading court location for patent infringement proceedings since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded. Proceedings led by COHAUSZ & FLORACK, for example in the field of entertainment and communication technology, have also played a part in this. Of course, we also represent our clients at all other German courts – be it concerning infringement of patents and utility models, infringement of trademarks or designs, contractual matters, or infringement of competition law.
We have particularly strong expertise in the enforcement of standard essential patents (SEPs) in what are known as “FRAND” proceedings. We have been instrumental in FRAND patent infringement proceedings based on SEPs from the very beginning. The holders of SEPs, for example for video compression and communication technology, have relied on our advice in complex proceedings against the users of their technologies for more than two decades.
We have successfully represented our clients as claimants against Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, HTC, ZTE, Daimler, Dell, and TCL, among others.