RatnerPrestia Is Now Transatlantic In Germany

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RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that its Munich, Germany office is now open. RP CEO, Jonathan H. Spadt, notes, “RP now has the ability to represent clients in the U.S., German and European Patent Offices, and seamlessly coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation, invalidation proceedings, licensing and strategic planning in those same jurisdictions, with one team of expert lawyers all cooperating under one roof.”

The Munich office will initially be comprised of four attorneys: three new Shareholders from 3 different German IP firms, all of whom are long-time German colleagues of RP, and one Korean Patent Attorney. Resident in Munich will be Mr. Alexander Son as our Managing Shareholder, Dr. Fritz Wetzel, and Mr. Friedrich Scheele, as well as several staff members. Operating between Munich and Seoul in cooperation with Mr. Son will be Mr. Jongmyun Kim, a Korean Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney trainee. Alexander Son is a German Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) of Korean descent with an expertise in counseling and litigation in all matters of intellectual property, especially trademarks, designs, patents and utility models, as well as drafting and evaluating license agreements. Dr. Fritz Wetzel has practiced Intellectual Property law since 2002 with a focus on chemistry related topics, in particular organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, plastics technology, pigments and dyes, liquid crystals, biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Friedrich Scheele graduated as a mechanical engineer from Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg in 1993 with a specialization in computer-based engineering and computational dynamics. He has been working in Intellectual Property since 1997 and became a German Patent Attorney in 2001 and a European Patent Attorney in 2003. His technical expertise focuses on automotive, machine tools, medical technology, electronics and electrical appliances.

“The move also allows us to provide expert advice to all of our global clients as their strategies change upon the implementation of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent System,” noted Spadt. The UPC and UPS have been a long time coming, but will have major impacts on patent strategies for companies operating in Europe. Implementation continues to get pushed back, but progress is being made. The next meeting of the Preparatory Committee is in late February 2016. “As things progress toward successful implementation of these major changes, RP is preparing to have the experts in place to guide our clients into the new era of patents in Europe,” Spadt concluded.

RatnerPrestia is a law firm expert in all things IP. The Firm handles procurement, enforcement, licensing, commercialization, global strategic IP planning, and all related business aspects of IP. The Firm has attorneys experienced and successful in all relevant U.S. and German agencies and tribunals, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, The German Patent Office, The European Patent Office, The U.S. International Trade Commission, and Federal Courts, both trial and appellate, in both the U.S. and Germany. With clients based around the world, RP understands that IP is global. For additional information, visit http://www.RatnerPrestia.com.

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