Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben is a small but high-quality contentious IP boutique. Situated in Düsseldorf, the firm has an excellent reputation for patent litigation where it represents Samsung, IPCom, 3M and Alstom. Of the firm's 10 lawyers Michael Bergermann is singled out for praise by competitors, but Axel Verhauwen receives the most adulation. "He does a great job; he's a stellar litigator. He continues to get instructions from Samsung after three complaints brought by Samsung against Apple were dismissed. That gives you a flavour of how he is perceived," remarks one patent litigator. "For important, difficult cases people go to him."
As highlighted by Verhauwen's peer he has been particularly busy for Samsung and is leading on several major cases, including its dispute with Apple over the iPhone5.