Patent litigation and prosecution. Udo Altenburg has represented national and international clients in many opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office since its early days in 1978, working in close cooperation with the attorneys-at-law of the firm who represent clients in parallel infringement cases. He has decades of experience in preparing and coordinating extensive multinational proceedings with multilingual, interdisciplinary teams, particularly in the US.

Udo Altenburg’s technical focus ranges from medical devices (e.g. stents, catheters, dialyzers) and measurement technologies to spectroscopy, photogrammetry and NMR imaging, as well as many other areas of physics. He also focuses on traditional mechanical engineering (rolling mill technology, automotive technology) and consumer goods such as sports equipment.

Asia, particularly Japan, China and South Korea, is of particular interest to Udo Altenburg, whose extensive knowledge of and contacts in these countries have enabled him to successfully expand the firm’s Asian client base.

As co-founder of the firm, who was also its managing partner for many years, Udo Altenburg was instrumental in bringing together patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law in one law firm.

 

Recommended in:

Chambers Europe 2014

Chambers Global 2014

Chambers Global 2013:
“As co-founder of the firm BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Udo Altenburg was instrumental in bringing together patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law in one law firm”

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2013:
“[P]atent attorney Udo Altenburg has represented national and international clients in many opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office; coordinating extensive multinational proceedings with multilingual, interdisciplinary teams”

Chambers Europe 2012

Managing IP Handbook 2012

Chambers Europe 2011: 
“... He owns the courtroom” (client)

Chambers Global 2011

Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners (MIP) 2010

Chambers Europe 2010

Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners (MIP) 2009


Career

1968

Physicist at Volkswagenwerk AG, Wolfsburg, Germany

1969-1971

Trainee patent attorney at the patent law firm Görtz, Frankfurt, Germany

1971-1974

Trainee at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich, Germany, and at patent law firms Plasseraud, Paris, France, and Brown, Beveridge, de Grandi & Kline, Washington DC, USA

1974-1977

Established his own patent law firm

Since 1977

Co-founder and partner of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

 

Education

1961–1967

Studies of physics at the Universities of Hanover and Stuttgart, Germany (Dipl.-Phys.) (Max Planck Institute for Metal Physics, Stuttgart)

1967 and 1969–1971

Studies of law at the Universities of Würzburg and Frankfurt, Germany

1972

Admitted to the German Bar of Patent Attorneys

1978

Licensed to practice as a European Patent Attorney

Languages

German, English, French

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