Hogan Lovells' IP practice enjoys a stellar reputation in Germany. "It's very big and very active. It has some excellent lawyers," notes one competitor. Aside from patent prosecution, where the firm collaborates with specialist firms depending on the technical field involved, it offers advice on protecting all varieties of intellectual property. Although as equally well regarded in patent contentious as it is for trade mark filing – where it counts itself among the country's top filers – its patent litigators are what makes it stand out for peers. Practice group leader Andreas von Falck is "one of the leading pharmaceutical experts in Germany" according to several while others say Martin Chakraborty is "really doing a great job".
The firm has one of the biggest IP practices, employing 19 partners, eight counsel, 16 senior associates and 42 associates, who are divided between offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Alicante.
Recent patent clients for the firm include RIM, Siemens and Dell. In trade marks the firm has been mandated by Lego, Pepsi and Deutsche Telekom among others.
The firm has taken a role in several of the high-profile smartphone cases. One of the public matters sees von Falck and Clemens Plassmann representing Apple in its disputes with Nokia.
The trade mark team was kept active by Allianz which needed representation in numerous trade mark opposition proceedings before OHIM relating to its figurative mark.
In the IT sector, Chakraborty has been advising Qualcomm in a patent infringement action against Ericsson regarding Wi-Fi technology.