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 and FRAND defenses. Henrik also has extensive experience in litigating trade secret matters. Other areas of his practice include advising on IP licensing agreements, including advice on European competition law, drafting R&D agreements and advising on employees’ inventions. Henrik’s clients represent a wide variety of industries such as IT, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, chemicals, automotive and engineering.

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  • 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.
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2020 recommends Dr. Henrik Holzapfel as “Top Lawyer 2020” for Patent Law.
  • 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.

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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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Dr. Henrik Holzapfel

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / December 3, 2020

Business Law Magazine / September 2020

Special Report / February 11, 2020

Munich, Germany / Speaking Engagements / November 20, 2019

IP Update / August 2019

IP Update / July 2019

Getting the Deal Through – Patents 2019 / April 2019

Bonn, Germany / Speaking Engagements / January 7, 2019

Munich, Germany / Speaking Engagements / May 17, 2018

Patents 2018 / April 2018

Düsseldorf, Germany / McDermott Event / November 30, 2017

Munich, Germany / McDermott Event / November 21, 2017

Getting the Deal Through: Patents 2017, Thirteenth Edition / May 2017

Munich, Germany / Speaking Engagements / March 20, 2017

Tschöpe, 10th Revised Edition (Germany) / March, 2017

Solingen, Germany / Speaking Engagements / February 16, 2017