Dr. Pagenberg’s practice involves conducting litigation and providing advice in all fields of intellectual property, including enforcing patents in the fields of mechanics, pharmaceuticals, biotech, electronics and software, prosecuting and enforcing trademarks and handling cases relating to copyright, unfair competition, European antitrust law and licensing, as well as conducting arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Patent cases require close cooperation between BARDEHLE PAGENBERG’s patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law, particularly when dealing with parallel infringement proceedings before the German courts and oppositions before the European Patent Office or the German Patent and Trademark Office and the German Federal Patent Court or the German Federal Court of Justice. For more than 30 years, Dr. Pagenberg has been preparing and coordinating important cases with multilingual and multidisciplinary teams.

Dr. Pagenberg represents clients in the fields of semiconductors, telecommunications, medical devices and automotive technology and negotiates license agreements resulting from litigation or in preparation for large-scale technology transfers between international companies.

Important trademark cases handled by Dr. Pagenberg include parallel importation of consumer products, global coexistence agreements between suppliers, and piracy cases. His practice frequently involves representing clients in opposition proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, in proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, and in numerous infringement actions before the German courts.

Dr. Pagenberg’s trademark clients include leading producers of healthcare and cosmetic products and prestigious French manufacturers of luxury goods. He has also been representing a publishing house, which is the author of famous comic strips, for more than 30 years.

Dr. Pagenberg received the most nominations as the top lawyer for patent and trademark law in Germany in seven successive international surveys conducted since 2007 by Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. In the same surveys, he was also voted by peers as one of the top ten patent litigators worldwide for the seventh time in a row.


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 Commercial 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 the law firm Mathély, Paris, France


Head of division at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich, Germany

Since 1979

Private practice; co-founder of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany



Legal studies at the University of Hamburg, the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Second State Law Examination (Bar exam)


Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Harvard Law School, USA


Admitted to the Munich Bar


Ph.D. in Law (Dr. iur.), Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany


Admitted to the Paris Bar


German, English, French

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

Since 1973, Dr. Pagenberg has been the managing editor and, subsequently, the co-editor of the English-language IP journal “International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law” (IIC) of the Max Planck Institute for Patent Law. He has published five books and more than 90 articles on a wide range of IP subjects in German, English and French.

He has lectured for 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 worldwide, covering all fields of intellectual property protection.

Memberships and positions:

Chairman (for 15 years) and member of the committee for a European Patent Court — AIPPI (Association Internationale de la Protection pour la Propriété Industrielle — Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)

President (2010-2012) and Board Member of EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association)

Member of the committee for highly renowned trademarks — INTA (International Trademark Association)

Member of the expert committee on patent law — GRUR (German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law)

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