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
  • A German family-owned company extensively on IP strategy and trademark enforcement, including coordination with global enforcement, particularly in Europe, China and the U.S.
  • A Spanish family-owned mechanical engineering company in a series of disputes over infringement of multiple patents in Germany and Spain


  • The Legal 500 EMEA/Germany, Recommended for patent law (“Incredibly responsive to our requests. He’s an experienced IP expert with great knowledge of high-tech.”, “Henrik Holzapfel convinces with outstanding expertise, creative solutions and a high level of customer and service orientation.”), 2023
  • The Legal 500 EMEA/Germany, Recommended for patent law and dispute resolution, 2020-2021
  • JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien, Recommended for Patent Law (“extremely knowledgeable, good tactician and responds quickly”, “retains the bigger picture”, “very persistent”, competitors, 2022-2023; “tactically skilled and prompt in response”, competitor, 2021-2022; “has excellent knowledge of the standardization scene around mobile communications”, client, 2020-2021), 2017-2023
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023

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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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