Meissner Bolte is one of Germany’s leading law firms specialising in intellectual property and provides comprehensive legal services covering all aspects of industrial property rights, in particular trademark protection and litigation. Being one of the largest specialist IP firms in Germany allows Meissner Bolte to have an in-house litigation department supporting its patent and trademark attorneys and associated specialists.
Meissner Bolte was first established in Bremen in 1908. In 1984 the firm opened a second office in Munich, close to the main sites of the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). Meissner Bolte has a further seven offices in Germany, ensuring and maintaining close links with local clients, as well as offices in the United Kingdom and Alicante. Our international offices allow us to represent clients directly in front of the UK Patent Office and - for all Community design and trademark work - the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.
Prosecution, litigation and licensing lie at the core of Meissner Bolte’s business and services, with the patent and trademark attorneys and in-house attorneys at law bringing their expertise to bear on the complete range of IP protection. Each of Meissner Bolte’s patent attorneys is university qualified in a scientific or engineering discipline, with most having an associated master’s degree and many also holding a doctorate. Furthermore, around half of the partners and attorneys hold an LLM. Meissner Bolte is fully competent to represent clients in all technical subject areas and has teams of competence specialising in:
- the physical sciences;
- mechanical engineering;
- electronics and electrical engineering;
- computer science and information technology;
- chemistry; and
These teams comprise patent attorneys and at least one attorney from Meissner Bolte’s litigation department, in order to ensure that the enforcement perspective is always considered and that the commercial exploitation of IP rights takes centre stage.
Meissner Bolte is proud to offer its fully fledged litigation department with over a dozen legally qualified litigators. Each of our litigators is a certified IP specialist and handles over 50 infringement proceedings a year before the competent German and European IP courts. As a result of their extensive experience, our litigators are conversant with the house rules of all of the major IP courts in Germany and know how to exploit these rules to our clients’ advantage.
In order to support our international clients, Meissner Bolte has a complete native English-speaking group based in Munich and within easy reach of the DPMA, in addition to our UK office. The group represents many of our international clients before the relevant offices, as well as providing English language expertise across the whole range of our legal services. With IP cases often hinging on the correct interpretation of a complex legal text or on a list of goods and services, Meissner Bolte’s native English-speaking attorneys ensure that we can provide the best advice to our clients for cases in English as well as in German.
Germany lies at the economic and geographic centre of Europe. Literally dozens of international flights leave the airports of Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg daily, ensuring that we are never more than 24 hours away from any of our clients or foreign associates.
Meissner Bolte & Partner GbR
Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller, Partner
Tobias Wuttke, Partner
Claus D Opatz, Partner
- Augsburg, Bremen, Gera, Hamburg, Nueremberg, Osnabrueck, Schorndorf, Alicante, Halifax
Sample client list
- Deutsches Museum Hitachi Koki Ltd
- Kögel Trailer GmbH & Co
- KG Revell GmbH & Co KG
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