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.

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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
  • A cell phone company on the defense of claims for alleged patent infringement
  • A European stock corporation on the enforcement of claims against a British car manufacturer for the premature termination of several supply contracts


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2018-2023: Leading Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023
  • 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.”
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland/EMEA 2022: Recommended for Patent Law and Dispute Resolution

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  • German Association for Intellectual Property Law
  • German Institution of Arbitration
  • 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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