Hold onto your innovative strength

Companies with strong expertise, an extensive IP portfolio, and well-established IP structures are usually well positioned in the market. What’s more, they are often among the pioneers in their competitive environment. Does this sound like your company? Congratulations!

But what does this look like in detail? How can you hold onto your innovative strength in the long term? How do you ensure that your highly productive company keeps its edge in the market and makes good strategic use of its competitive advantages?

Idea managers: your opportunities

Shaping the market

Stay on course! We’ll advise you on how you can improve your company’s IP positioning to achieve the best performance and to shape the market. We work with you to keep an eye on all the important issues concerning your IP strategy and to represent your interests – even in challenging proceedings.

We know the law

Intellectual property rights are a complex area — but also provide a host of opportunities for innovative companies. All patent attorneys and attorneys at COHAUSZ & FLORACK possess considerable expertise in this area and will show you the measures that make best sense for your business.

Prosecution

Companies that are able to protect their inventions can secure important competitive advantages. Find out more about the property rights that might suit you!

Litigation

We’ll support you in infringement proceedings in court, in opposition or revocation proceedings or at arbitration tribunals. Furthermore, we’ll show you exactly what to do when counterfeits of your products come into circulation.

Validity proceedings

We stand up for you if your intellectual property rights are attacked or if you want to challenge the validity of someone else‘s property right.

Research

Prior to the registration of intellectual property rights and also while maintaining your existing portfolio, you should keep a good eye on the market. In that way, you can stay on the safe side and effectively prevent risks.

Employee inventions

Do you have innovative employees? We’ll develop processes with which you can use and secure the valuable ideas of your employees.

Patent and trademark monitoring

The competition never sleeps and whoever launches new products on the market will be under constant observation by the competition. In order to prevent allegations of infringement, innovative companies can systematically monitor existing patents, trademarks and designs.

Fee monitoring

Your intellectual property rights are a valuable asset. A loss of rights can therefore have serious economic consequences. We prevent this by carefully monitoring the annual fees due.

Legal counselling

You’re competent in your own line of business. And when it comes to legally protecting the activities of your company, you’ve got us! We’ll represent your interests and advise you in all manner of complex issues in connection with your intellectual property rights.

IP strategies

We always take a holistic approach and will support you in successfully positioning yourself and your intellectual property rights in the market as an innovative company.

China Desk

Are you and your company active in China and do you plan to also protect your ideas outside the People's Republic – for example in Europe – and to enforce your rights there? Or the other way around: Are you a European company and wish to pursue your property rights strategy in an emerging country like China? Then we should get to know each other!

UPC advice

How can patent protection be extended and enforced throughout the EU in the future in a way that makes sense? We’ll tell you all about the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the possibilities offered by the unitary patent.

It’s the technology that counts

As certified engineers, physicists or chemists, all patent attorneys at COHAUSZ & FLORACK have a thorough understanding of their respective specialist fields. But not only that. They combine their technical scientific expertise with exceptional patent know-how – the ideal combination in order to support our clients effectively.

Electrical engineering

Our patent attorneys deal with technical property rights in all areas of electrical engineering—for example in the areas of renewable energy, semiconductors and devices, microsystems technology and sensor technology.

The founder of the firm, Werner Cohausz, was in fact an electrical engineer. In the 20s, he carried out patent infringement proceedings in this field throughout Europe and included that wealth of experience when founding COHAUSZ & FLORACK in 1954. Today, our patent attorneys attend to technical and sometimes highly complex property rights in all areas of electrical engineering—for example in the fields of electrical energy technology and renewable energy, semiconductors and devices, circuitry, control and regulation technology, microsystem technology and sensor technology.

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is our home turf. Our clients in this line of business are companies that are heavily export-oriented and rooted mainly in Germany and Europe, for example in the fields of process and production technology, civil engineering, mechatronics, and medical technology.

Mechanical engineering is our home turf. Leading companies from the steel industry and the steel-processing industry have from the beginning been important clients of COHAUSZ & FLORACK - and still are to this very day. We were able to further expand the firm through their special need for patent and trademark protection. Our clients in the area of mechanical engineering are companies that are heavily export-oriented and rooted mainly in Germany and Europe, including global market leaders - for example in the fields of process and production technology, automotive engineering, plastics technology, civil engineering, metallurgy, mechatronics, and medical technology.

Chemistry, pharmaceuticals, life sciences

Our clients include companies from the chemical industry as well as the areas of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. We support them in all patent issues, thus defining preferably comprehensive protection for their inventions—protection that cannot be bypassed.

With us, the chemistry is just right. Since the 90s, we have been supporting companies from the chemical as well as pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. Often issues regarding medical technology, technical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and biochemistry play a role. Patents in these areas frequently have to do with chemical processes, such as the isolation and modification of organic base materials for synthesis. But we are also increasingly involved in issues dealing with biotechnological inventions and their patenting. For several years, biotechnology has been one of the areas with the highest amount of patent applications at the European Patent Office. So what is the challenge for a good law firm? To define and provide comprehensive protection for inventions - protection that cannot be bypassed. And that is one of our strengths, which is very much appreciated by our clients.

Physics

Physical inventions are an important pillar for our firm. They often involve innovations regarding new materials, or developments involving physical procedures.

For a long time, physical inventions have been changing our everyday lives and inspiring people. For COHAUSZ & FLORACK they are an important pillar. They often involve innovations regarding new materials, or developments involving physical procedures. Our patent attorneys are experts in all technical and legal issues in these areas, and will be sure to find the right solutions for even the most complex problems.

IT and communication technology

Many software-related inventions can be protected by intellectual property rights. We support our clients in doing so. In addition, as patent attorneys for the IT industry, we are also active in the area of communication technology.

Today, software can be found in almost all areas of everyday life: whether in a smartphone or car, or at the doctor's or in the office. The good news for manufacturers is that many software-related inventions can be protected by intellectual property rights. We support our clients in doing so. In addition, as patent attorneys for the IT industry, we are also active in the area of communication technology.

Our experts

May we introduce? Our IP team, there to assist you in all matters relating to intellectual property.