Attorneys at Law, Patent Attorneys

Johannes Heselberger’s main areas of practice involve patent infringement and validity litigation, including opposition and appeal proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office as well as nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and the German Federal Court of Justice. His technical fields of expertise include medical devices, telecommunications and the automotive industry.

Johannes Heselberger has successfully conducted important patent infringement proceedings, often across national borders, representing both SMEs and major companies, with clients being world leaders in their field of technology.


Recommended in:

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2015:
“Mandanten schätzen, dass ‘nicht nur die rechtliche Seite des Rechtsstreits ausgewertet wird, sondern auch die ökonomische Seite und die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen’.”

Who’s Who Legal Germany: Patents 2015

Best Lawyers 2014

Chambers Europe 2014

Chambers Global 2014

IAM Patent 1000 - 2014:
“Litigation group head Johannes Heselberger ‘is the best of the best – he has a wealth of experience and his marriage of technical and legal skills is seamless’”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014

Managing IP 2014

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014:
“In das […] Team unter dem doppeltqualifizierten Praxisleiter Johannes Heselberger hat man ‘hohes Vertrauen’”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2014

Who’s Who Legal Patents 2014

IAM Patent 1000 - 2013:
“[T]op-flight performer Johannes Heselberger helms the litigation squad, winning praise for his ‘sophisticated technical and legal skills’”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013:
“He is a ‘good choice’ for any client”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

Chambers Global 2013:
“noted by peers as ‘one of our greatest competitors’”

IAM Patent 1000 - 2012:
“covers all the angles, has incredible depth of erudition and follows through with great enthusiasm”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2012:
“high quality” disputes work (peer quote)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011/2012

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Who’s Who Legal) – Patents 2011

Chambers Europe 2012:
a “knowledgeable and always well-prepared lawyer and patent attorney”

Chambers Europe 2011

Chambers Global 2011

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010/2011

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



Trainee at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany


Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany, and Paris, France

Since 1999

Partner of the firm

Since 2015

Vice-Managing Partner of the Firm



Degree in Physics (Dipl.-Phys.) at the University of Regensburg


Legal studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany


First State Law Examination (degree-level qualification)


Training; Legal studies in Munich and Speyer, Germany, and Houston, Texas


Second State Law Examination (bar admission exam)


Licensed to practice as an attorney-at-law


Licensed to practice as a European Patent Attorney


German, English

Johannes Heselberger regularly speaks on topics in the fields of patent infringement and patent valuation.

He teaches patent law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC).

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