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Gottfried Schüll

Patent Attorney | European Patent Attorney
UPC Representative

Partner since 1999

Bleichstrasse 14
D-40211 Duesseldorf

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


Detailed profile

Gottfried Schüll has been one of the world's leading patent attorneys for more than two decades. He develops enforcement strategies that have enabled patent owners to successfully monetize their patent portfolios. He has litigated major cases in the fields of information and communication technology, electronics and semiconductors on behalf of international clients of all sizes. He is admitted to practice before the EU Unified Patent Court, the German Federal Supreme Court, the German Federal Patent Court, and the German and European Patent Offices.

He has been significantly involved in patent infringement proceedings based on standard essential patents (SEPs) from the very beginning. The owners of SEPs concerning video compression (MPEG-2, AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265) and communication technology (TCP/IP, NFC, 4G, DSL) have relied on his advice in complex litigation against the users of their technologies for more than two decades.

Based on this experience in successfully enforcing SEPs, infringement actions based on HEVC/H.265 SEPs were settled in 2023 by the global market leader in smartphones and TVs taking a patent portfolio license. This, as well as the successful enforcement actions against the largest Chinese smartphone and TV manufacturers based on AVC/H.264 SEPs since 2015, have contributed to Via Licensing Alliance's corresponding licensing programs being considered the gold standard in SEP licensing.

Gottfried Schüll has played a leading role in well over 750 patent disputes and nullity proceedings.

Gottfried Schüll is a speaker at professional events and author of numerous articles on the German and European SEP sector. He has been a partner in the COHAUSZ & FLORACK team for more than 20 years.


  • Legal 500 EMEA 2024
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2024
  • JUVE Patent 2023
    “his advice, expertise and representation is rock solid, practical, thoughtful and second to none” (client)
  • Best Lawyers 2024
  • IAM Patent 1000 2023
    ”Gottfried Schüll maintains long-term relationships with his following. He is among the smartest, most reliable and most effective attorneys in the patent profession. His ingenuity, honesty, technical knowledge, work ethic and groundbreaking experience are impressive. He is a first-rate practitioner and his service is outstanding throughout.”
  • Patent Star 2023 (IP Stars)
  • Leaders League 2023
    (...) highly recommended for patent prosecution (…)
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2023
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2023
  • JUVE Patent 2022
    “outstanding specialist, very friendly" (competitor)
  • IAM Patent 1000 2022
    "Gottfried Schüll is an oracle when it comes to communications technology and everything with SEP- and FRAND-related. He is a leading expert on licensings and has played an integral role in many significant SEP patent infringement cases."
  • Best Lawyers 2022
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2022
  • JUVE Patent Ranking 2021/2022
  • 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 (...)"