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 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.

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  • 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.

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


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


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