Protect knowledge advantage
We are a team of 130 IP specialists. We advise in all technical and legal areas of intellectual property. The qualified and highly diversified training of our team allows us to familiarize ourselves comprehensively and quickly with all intellectual property issues. We can always provide our clients with a competent team of attorneys. With more than 30 patent attorneys and attorneys at law, we are able to handle even large portfolios. For optimal results, our practice groups work together on an interdisciplinary basis. Our successes in rankings of independent assessment bodies prove the success our work system.
We feel responsible for the interests of our clients. This means that we do not lose sight of business considerations, either. Detailed advice regarding the prospects of success and the costs of any action to be taken is a matter of course for us. We also take into account how costs can be sensibly reduced and staggered.
We know that our staff are our firm’s greatest asset. That is why we attach great importance to providing our employees with the best possible training. This enables them to think independently and to show initiative and to improve the organization of the firm through their own suggestions. We are proud that a substantial number of our staff has been working with us for decades.
We also show commitment beyond our firm: On the board of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys or as tutors at lectures preparing candidates for the qualifying examination for European Patent Attorneys. Further, our partners are active as honorary judges for patent attorney matters at the German Federal Supreme Court or as jurors in business plan competitions.
No matter where you need us to look after applications or enforce property rights, we know someone there. Over decades, we have built up a close-knit cooperation network that has proven highly successful. Therefore, we can react quickly when time is critical.
You can rely on us: We have in-depth experience in all areas of intellectual property law.
We have divided our firm into three main practice groups – Patents and Utility Models – Engineering – Patents and Utility Models – Chemistry and Life Sciences – Trademarks and Design In each of these practice groups, we have scientifically trained specialists, most of whom have obtained a doctoral degree in their fields. Our attorneys are used to “thinking outside the box” and working together interdisciplinarily beyond their areas of expertise. This is practiced daily at Weickmann, which enables us to achieve the best results.
Engineering Practice group
Technical inventions and the associated intellectual property rights have been a main focus of our work for our clients ever since our firm was founded.
Our areas of expertise include:
- mechanical engineering,
- electrical engineering and electronics, including IT and mobile communications,
- process and plant engineering,
- power engineering,
- measurement and control technology, and
- medical technology.
Our specialists in the engineering practice group are all trained physicists and engineers. With this basis, we are able to provide highly qualified technical and legal advice in all areas of engineering. Thus, we are able solve our clients’ questions optimally.
Chemistry & Life Science
We have been representing our clients’ interests in the field of chemistry ever since our firm was founded and we have continuously expanded our expertise in the various fields.
Our professionals are exclusively chemists, biochemists, biologists and pharmacists who have obtained a doctoral degree. We quickly familiarize ourselves with complex factual and legal issues. Therefore, we can provide qualified advice in all areas of chemistry and life sciences.
Our areas of expertise include:
- polymer chemistry
- construction chemistry
- paper chemistry
- agricultural chemistry
- food chemistry
- pharmacy (small molecules, biologics, drug formulations)
Trademarks & Designs
We advise our clients over the entire breadth of trademark and design law.
In doing so, we specifically target our advice to your needs depending on whether it is a large international group, a small or medium-sized company or a private individual. We also take into account aspects of specific markets and globalization.
Establishing economically efficient brand portfolios, then monitoring and attending to them is one of our strengths, as is enforcing our clients’ rights both in and out-of-court.
Admission to Practice
We represent our clients before the following offices and courts:
- German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO)
- European Patent Office (EPO)
- European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
- Federal Office of Plant Varieties
- International Bureau (WIPO)
- German Federal Patent Court
- German Federal Supreme Court (in nullity appeal proceedings)
In infringement proceedings, we represent our clients before the following courts in Germany:
- District Courts
- Higher Regional Courts
- Federal Supreme Court