Hon.-Prof. Dr. Henrik Holzapfel advises on all aspects of intellectual property law. He focuses on litigating patents, including the enforcement of patents essential to industry standards (SEPs) and FRAND defenses. Henrik also has extensive experience in litigating trade secret matters and employees’ inventions. Other areas of his practice include drafting, negotiation and enforcement of business agreements such as supply agreements, IP licensing agreements and R&D agreements.
Henrik’s clients represent a wide variety of industries such as automotive, IT, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, chemicals and engineering.
He has authored multiple publications on intellectual property law and is a honorary professor at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Henrik is also a regular contributor to McDermott’s IP Update blog. He has been recognized by major industry guides for his strategic thinking and excellence in patent litigation.
IAM Patent 1000, 2022: Highlighted by a client as “a highly experienced litigator with exceptional responsiveness who always provides thorough work that is up to the highest standards”. “He provides refined legal and strategic advice to clients, is an excellent team player, is quick in providing in-depth analysis of the changing circumstances of a case and is able to produce well-developed response strategies.”
IAM Global Leaders Guide – Listed for Germany 2021 and 2022
WirtschaftsWoche, Top Lawyer for Patent Law, 2020 and 2021
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Strategy 300, The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2021
JUVE Handbook 2020/2021 recommends Dr. Henrik Holzapfel for patent litigation (“has excellent knowledge of the standardisation scene around mobile radio“, client) and also has a reputation for litigation around chemical and pharmaceutical patents.
IAM Patent 1000, 2021: Hon.-Prof. Dr. Henrik Holzapfel operates with dexterity across the industry spectrum.
IAM Patent 1000, 2020: Highlighted by a client as having “a holistic approach, combining the view on the legal and economic aspects of the cases. He can look at complicated issues as a whole, seeing the important issues and resolving them. His negotiation skills are very good and in the courtroom, Henrik is also very skilled – he is always very clear in his presentation, and very good both on infringement cases and invalidity actions.”
The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2020 and 2021
The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
IAM Patent 1000, 2019: “Henrik is an excellent litigator with an outstanding ability to handle cases holistically, managing their strategic and legal elements thoroughly.”
“He has a ‘take-charge’ personality, in the most positive way. He has a very balanced approach, does not waste time and innately understands where he can add strategic value.”
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