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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  • Defended a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer against product liability claims in Germany.
  • Enforcement of injunctive relief against imitation products on behalf of a market-leading food manufacturer.
  • Defended a Japanese manufacturer of electronic components against damage claims in the High Court in London and in the Court of Appeal.

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  • IAM Patent 1000, 2022: “Heading up the Munich branch is Boris Uphoff, a master of patent infringement and unfair competition disputes who is used to dealing with issues across Europe, the United States, China and Japan, and has also dealt with his fair share of SEP licensing deals.
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2018 – 2023 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2021: Taking charge in Munich is Dr. Boris Uphoff, a veteran of myriad cross-border patent battles across Europe, the United States, China and Japan who also regularly tackles unfair competition matters.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021: “Boris Uphoff’s legal assessment and processing as well as the joint handling of the mandate are both exemplary. He and his team are excellently qualified in the aforementioned field and, in my view, can be recommended for any kind of cooperation.”, interviewee.
  • Acritas Stars 2020, listed among independently rated lawyers

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  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • German Association for Intellectual Property Law
  • German Institution of Arbitration


Frankfurt Court of Appeal, Second State Exam 1997
University of Constance, Dr. jur. (PhD), 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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