Dr. Boris Uphoff - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Boris Uphoff has 24 years of experience representing companies in both court and arbitration proceedings. His practice focuses on intellectual property disputes (patents, trademarks, unfair competition), product liability law, insurance law and D&O disputes.

Many of the disputes he handles are cross-jurisdictional and involve other European countries, the US or Japan. He represents national and international companies, particularly within the automotive, electronics, food and insurance sectors.

To read Boris’ full biography in Japanese please click here.

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Boris advised:

  • A Japanese manufacturer on the defense of claims for damages for allegedly defective electronic components in the High Court in London and the Court of Appeal
  • A market-leading food manufacturer on the enforcement of trademark and competition law claims against a product imitation from a retailer
  • A former member of the management board of a German stock corporation on the defense of claims for alleged misrepresentation during due diligence in connection with a company sale

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Intellectual Property Law and Litigation, 2018-2025
  • IAM Patent 1000, Germany: Bronze Band in Infringement (“Uphoff masterfully handles disputes that turn global and has an impressive ability to align strategy across borders. He makes challenging problems look simple through delivering clever, business-friendly solutions”), 2024
  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation, 2022-2024

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  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • German Association for Intellectual Property Law (GRUR)
  • AlabamaGermany Partnership
  • Law Society of England and Wales


Frankfurt Court of Appeal, Second State Exam 1997
University of Constance, Dr. jur., 1996
University of Mainz, First State Exam, 1995
Scholar of Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, 1991-1995

Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law
England and Wales (Solicitor)

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