The Legal 500 IP Forum, organised in association with BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, is a networking event and will bring together in-house legal counsel from different industries to discuss profitable IP strategies, share ideas and experience, and look at future best-practice.

The event aims at helping you develop a better understanding and derive best practices of the way in which IP is being protected and managed in the German "Mittelstand", in particular in hidden champion companies (i. e. medium to large companies which are comparatively unknown outside of their sector but nevertheless technology leaders in their industry). We shall also be presenting the latest research we have just completed which will show the business, organisational and IP issues faced by in-house counsel in Germany both now and in the future. So whether you are an IP specialist or not, this forum will help you from both a legal and a business perspective.

With other in-house counsel and business managers with a responsibility for IP attending, you should expect to leave the The Legal 500 IP Forum with new ideas to help you improve IP throughout your organisation!

Timing: 12:00 – 17:00 plus networking drinks

Participation in this event is free.

IP Veranstaltung
Lizenzrecht & Technologietransfer, Patentanmeldungen, Markenrecht, Designrecht, Urheberrecht, Patentverletzung, Patentbewertung
Diese Veranstaltung liegt in der Vergangenheit.
Prinzregentenplatz 7
81675 Munich
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Anna Bauböck

The Legal 500 Deutschland, Chief-Editor

Dr. Dana Ferchland

The Legal 500 Deutschland, IP Editorial Specialist

Johannes Heselberger, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG

Dipl.-Phys. Johannes Heselberger

Rechtsanwalt & European Patent Attorney, Managing Partner

Dipl.-Inf. Bastian Best

Patentanwalt, European Patent Attorney, Partner

Chaired by Anna Baubock, Chief-Editor of The Legal 500 Deutschland,  IP Editorial Specialist Dana Ferchland, our IP experts Johannes Heselberger and Bastian Best, this is primarily an opportunity to network and share information with other in-house counsel, the Editors and expert partners.

You decide what needs to be discussed - from the cultural aspects of IP such as training and innovation, to the business issues such as the role of IP in strategic partnerships and licensing agreements, to using IP to build company value and create effective marketing campaigns, and using external experts effectively, though to the operational issues such as patent litigation, patent prosecution, trademarks resolution and unfair competition.

The discussion will be split into two sessions which will focus on the following:


Registration | Lunch | Networking


SESSION 1: Obtaining patents

  1. Extracting Inventions from R & D Departments
  • Role of IP department: Receiving invention disclosure statement or active prosecution of inventions? Teaching engineers about patent law? Teaching patent people about the latest developments in the technology?
  • Fostering an innovative culture and environment: How do you create an atmosphere of innovation? Financial incentives (magnitude, milestones); Non-financial incentives (honour, career boost)
    1. Patent Prosecution
    • Inhouse vs. Outside: What is the right “interface” - what can attorneys in law firms do better, what are the strength of inhouse patent attorneys / managers?
    • Cost control: Prioritization (e. g. gold, silver, bronze), territorial coverage, conscious reduction of portfolio over time.


    • Dr. Deborah Schmauß, Efficient Energy GmbH (Patent Engineer)
    • Dr. Jörg Dreyhsig, ‎Fresenius Medical Care (Global Head of Litigation and Opposition, Global Intellectual Property)
    • Thomas Bereuter, European Patent Office (Program Area Manager, European Patent Academy)



    SESSION 2: What to do with patents?

    1. Own patents
    • Own use: Is patent coverage reviewed along the way?
    • Portfolio Management: Macro management - Considerations and strategies (Should 80 % of the patent portfolio cover 20 % of the profit?);
      Micro management - Comparison, evaluation (Should five patents on a technology be maintained, if three of them are weak?)

    1. Competitors’ patents
    • Infringement watch: Organisation (sales force knows the market, patent people know the patents), documentation, strategies (aggressive vs. non-aggressive, licensing considerations)
    • Handling of IP conflicts: Licensing-in, attacking third party patents or avoid “waking up sleeping dogs”?
    • Inspiration: Feed-back to own R & D - How is this organized? Is this a “by chance” result or the result of a planned process?


    • Dr. Christian Reinders, Dräxlmaier Group (Chief IP Counsel)
    • Dr. André Körtgen, ‎THALES Deutschland (Vice President Legal & Contracts)
    • Thomas Bereuter, European Patent Office (Program Area Manager, European Patent Academy)

    Networking drinks on the rooftop terrace and at the lounge area