Hon.-Prof. Dr. Henrik Holzapfel - McDermott Will & Emery


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, employees’ inventions and trademarks. Other areas of his practice include drafting, negotiation and enforcement of business agreements such as supply agreements, IP licensing agreements and R&D agreements.

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Henrik advised:

  • An American automotive supplier in patent infringement disputes in Europe and the U.S., licensing portfolios of standard-essential patents, and supply chain liability issues
  • A Turkish consumer electronics manufacturer in patent litigation, licensing of portfolios of standard-essential patents and supply chain liability issues
  • A large German chemical and pharmaceutical company on patent infringement issues

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Intellectual Property Law, 2025
  • IAM Patent 1000, Germany: Silver Band in Infringement and Recommended in Transactions (“Holzapfel is praised by clientele for his ‘professionalism, perseverance, rigour and ability to adapt quickly’”), 2024
  • JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien, Recommended: Patent Law (“technically adept”, “smart”, competitors; “extremely knowledgeable, good tactician and responds quickly”, “retains the bigger picture”, “very persistent”, competitors; “has excellent knowledge of the standardization scene around mobile communications”, client, 2017-2024

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  • European Patent Lawyers Association
  • German Association for Intellectual Property Law


Court of Appeal, Berlin, Second State Exam, 2004
University of Munich, Dr. jur., 2003
Universities of Bielefeld and Tübingen, First State Exam, 2000


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