Comment: The respected Düsseldorf litigation team of this full-service firm is visible in a series of proceedings involving highly specialized technologies for its Mittelstand clients – e.g. regarding biomass drying technology for EnerDry or modern surfaces for sporting facilities for Sisgrass. Major pharmaceuticals or mobile communications proceedings, on the other hand, are not a specialty of Horn’s small, yet hard-hitting team. To make itself more attractive for such proceedings, the team will need to grow significantly, which would raise its market visibility markedly.
Strengths: Litigation for Mittelstand clients, frequently as defendants.
European strategy: As a member of the international WSL network, the patents team has a good basis for looking after Mittelstand clients in multinational proceedings once the UPC launches – provided that the partner firms remain loyal to the network.
Recommended: Dr. Anton Horn.
Practice: IP work focuses slightly more on ?trademarks and unfair competition than technical protection rights. Infringement and nullity suits, licensing contracts, know-how protection and transaction advice. (1 equity partner, 1 salary partner, 2 associates)
Clients: ?? Echosens regarding diagnostic equipment; EnerDry concerning biomass drying system; Sisgrass regarding surfaces for sports facilities; Egger concerning floor panels.
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