Litigation and advice in all fields of Intellectual Property: Enforcement of mechanical, pharmaceutical, biotech, electronic and software patents; prosecution and enforcement of trademarks and copyright matters, unfair competition, European antitrust law and licensing, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Patent cases require close cooperation between BARDEHLE PAGENBERG’s patent attorneys, in particular when dealing with simultaneous infringement proceedings before the German courts and oppositions before the European or German Patent and Trademark Office or revocation proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and the German Federal Supreme Court. For more than 30 years, Jochen Pagenberg has prepared and coordinated important cases with multilingual and multidisciplinary teams.

He represents market leaders in semiconductors, telecommunications, medical devices and automotive technology. Through litigation or preparing for large-scale technology transfer between international companies, Jochen Pagenberg helps his clients to negotiate important licence agreements.

Important trademark cases concern parallel importation of consumer products, worldwide coexistence agreements between suppliers, and piracy cases. His practice comprises regular representation in opposition proceedings before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) in Alicante, the Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, as well as numerous infringement actions before the German courts.

Among Jochen Pagenberg’s trademark clients are leading producers of healthcare and cosmetic products and prestigious French manufacturers of luxury goods. He has also represented a publishing house and author of famous comic strips for more than 30 years.

In international surveys conducted by Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Jochen Pagenberg has repeatedly received the most nominations as top lawyer for patent and trademark law in Germany. In the same surveys he has been voted for the third time in a row as one of the top ten patent litigators worldwide as a result of surveys among peers.


Recommended in:

Who’s Who Legal Germany: Trademarks 2015

Who’s Who Legal German: Patents 2015

Best Lawyers 2014

Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2014:
“Market observers view of counsel Jochen Pagenberg as an experienced and highly knowledgeable practitioner”

IAM Patent 1000 - 2014:
“Elder statesman Jochen Pagenberg has made a significant contribution to the firm’s success”

JUVE German Commerical Law Firms 2013/2014

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014:
“Jochen Pagenberg wird […] im Markt […] für seine langjährige Erfahrung geschätzt”

Who’s Who Legal Patents 2014

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2013:
“Jochen Pagenberg remains a recognised practitioner within patent litigation” / “Clients describe him as ‘a vigorous fighter’”

IAM Patent 1000 - 2013:
“Tenacious litigator Jochen Pagenberg is one of the market’s senior statesman”

Best Lawyers 2013

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013:
“Jochen Pagenberg is ‘very visible’ in the market and particularly praised for his dispute resolution experience”. / “Jochen Pagenberg is ‘internationally recognised’ for his expertise in [the trademarks] […] area”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2013

JUVE German Commerical Law Firms 2012/2013

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2012: 
“‘national leader’ according to peers who recognize his trademark prosecution and enforcement work as ‘first rate’” (peer quote)

JUVE German Commerical Law Firms 2011/2012

Leaders League 2011

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Who’s Who Legal) – Patents 2011:
“one of the premier patent lawyers in Europe” (editor)

Chambers Europe 2011: 
“Brilliant litigator” (client)

The World’s Leading Patent Litigators 2011 (IAM 250): 
“one of Germany’s most highly respected lawyers” (editor)

WTR 1000 The definitive guide to trademark legal services 2011: 
“senior figure with a great reputation” (client)

Chambers Global 2011

JUVE German Commerical Law Firms 2010/2011

The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers 2010 (IAM 250)

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

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Who’s Who Legal) – Trademarks 2010

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

The Best of the Best 2009


Inducted into the IP Hall of Fame 2010



Trainee at Cabinet Mathély, Paris


Research assistant, later head of department at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich

Since 1979

Private practice; co-founder of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich



Law studies at the universities of Hamburg and Munich, Germany, and Lausanne, Switzerland


Second State Examination (Bar exam)


Harvard Law School, USA – LL.M. 1973


Admitted to the Munich Bar


Dr. iur. (PhD) degree in Law, University of Munich


Admitted to the Paris Bar


German, English, French

For more than 12 years Dr Pagenberg has directly contributed to creating a unified European patent court system: from 2000 until 2005 as expert of the European Working Group for the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA), from 2008 to 2011 as member of the Expert Group of the European Commission and, simultaneously, between 2005 and 2011 as board member, Vice President and President of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), the board of which he is still advising today. He has been chairman of the special commission of the AIPPI for an Agreement on the European Patent Court since 2000 and Member of the Working Group on dispute resolution of the German Ministry of Justice.

Since 1973, Dr Pagenberg has been managing editor and later co-editor of the English-language IP journal “International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law” (IIC) of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich. He has published a number of books as an author, editor and co-editor and more than 100 articles on a wide range of IP subjects in German, English and French.

He has lectured over many years at the Universities of Strasbourg (CEIPI) and Alicante, at the Pierce Law Center (Concord USA), and at the Munich Industrial Property Law Center (MIPLC) of the Max Planck Institute. He has also given numerous presentations covering the entire intellectual property spectrum.

Memberships and positions:

AIPPI (Association Internationale de la Protection pour la Propriété Industrielle) Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property):
Chairman special committee on European patent litigation
EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association): Member and past President
INTA (International Trademark Association): Committee Member
GRUR (German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law): Expert committee on patent law.

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