Patent Attorneys

Hans Wegner’s main areas of practice relate to patents, utility models and designs in the fields of mechanics (e.g. sports equipment), physics (e.g. superconductors, measuring technology), telecommunications (e.g. mobile phone technology, multimedia) and hardware/software (e.g. PC production, databases).


He regularly represents clients in patent application proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office, including opposition proceedings. In recent years, he has successfully represented clients in many proceedings, particularly before the opposition departments and technical boards of appeal of the EPO.


Another area of Hans Wegner’s practice as a patent attorney involves enforcing IP rights before the patent chambers of the German civil courts as well as parallel nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court. With his extensive experience, he is able to provide expert advice to clients seeking to establish a portfolio of valid patent assets.


In addition, Hans Wegner has frequently served as an expert in patent law for members of the German Parliament.

 

Recommended in:

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2015:
“Hans Wegner [hat] ein ‘unglaublich feines Gefühl für Details und Strategie’”

Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2014:
“Hans Wegner is a frequent adviser on patent application proceedings before the German and European patent offices”

IAM Patent 1000 - 2014:
“Hans Wegner deftly handles a myriad of patent concerns”

Managing IP 2014

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2014:
“Patentanwalt Hans Wegner hat nicht nur ‘Gefühl für Details und Strategie’, sondern bietet auch eine ‘großartige Leistung in Patentverletzungs- und Widerspruchsverfahren’”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2014:
“Hans Wegner has ‘a good grasp of details and strategy’, and provides ‘outstanding performance in patent infringement and objection proceedings’”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2013/2014

Chambers Europe 2013:
“He has particular expertise in physics patent law”

IAM Patent 1000 - 2013:
“[He] has a strong track record representing clients before the European Patent Office (EPO)”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

IAM Patent 1000 - 2012:
“an amazing ability to pick up on the technology in question, find solutions and deal with opposition proceedings under great time pressure”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2012: 
“new applications are ‘always well thought through’.”

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011/2012

Chambers Europe 2012: 
“presents great arguments in opposition and nullity proceedings, and he offers valuable, succinct advice to the client.”

Chambers Europe 2011

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010/2011

Managing IP Handbook 2012:
“He´s a great mind on the technical and strategy side”

Managing IP Handbook 2010

Best Lawyers 2014

Best Lawyers 2013

Best Lawyers 2012

Best Lawyers 2011

Best Lawyers 2010

The Legal 500 EMEA 2010

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2009/2010: 
“uncomplicated cooperation, excellent knowledge” (client)


Career

1994

Visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology of the University of Maine, USA

1998–2000

Trainee Patent Attorney at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany

2001–2004

Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

Since 2005

Partner of the firm

Education

1988–1993

Degree in Physics (Dipl.-Phys.) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany

1997

Ph.D. (“Dr. rer. nat.”) in Physical Chemistry (Surface Physics), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

2000–2001

Trainee at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the German Federal Patent Court

2001

Licensed to practice as a German Patent Attorney

2002

Licensed to practice as a European Patent Attorney

Languages

German, English, French

Dr. Hans Wegner regularly speaks on current issues of patent law, particularly on adversary patent proceedings and the wording of patent claims at seminars of the Heidelberg Academy.


He is the author of the chapter on Germany in "Software Patents Worldwide" and of other publications relating to his practice.

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Recommended in

  • Best Lawyers 2013: Wegner
  • WIPR Leaders • Germany
  • Intellectual Asset Management • Patent 1000 • Recommended Individual 2014
  • Chambers Europe
  • German Commercial Law Firms
  • Intellectual Asset Management • Patent 1000
  • IP Handbook
  • The Legal 500