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Clemens Rübel is a lawyer in our Munich office, focusing on patent infringement and nullity actions.
He has advised on more than 100 patent infringement proceedings in the following sectors: electrical engineering and telecommunications; medical devices; pharmaceuticals; mechanical and plant engineering; automotive; sports equipment; and the building sector.
His work involves taking complex technical cases, such as those related to SEPs or biotech, and making them presentable to courts. Clemens regularly works with our worldwide network of patent professionals and provides clients with customised enforcement strategies.
Clemens is very familiar with the particular requirements and preferences of the patent courts in Düsseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. He also conducts oppositions at the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office.
Clemens' clients include leading international companies, as well as innovative medium-sized enterprises.
He has appeared in court in the following high profile cases: MIT v Generis (3D Printing); Micron v Rambus (SDRAMs); Apple v Trekstor (MP3-players); MedImmune v Novartis (Ranibizumab); Harvard and Oxford Nanopore Technologies v Pacific Biosciences (characterisation of gene sequences); Terumo v B.Braun (IV catheters); ChevronPhillips v BASF (block copolymers); ConocoPhillips v Voith (turbines for liquefying gas); and Salomon and Atomic v Tecnica (ski boots).
In addition to patent law, Clemens focuses on the new German Trade Secrets Act 2019, employee invention law, design law, competition law and license rights. His forensic experience proves beneficial in out-of-court activities such as freedom-to-operate opinions or when supporting our M&A teams in transactions.
Clemens regularly presents on topics such as SEPs, preliminary injunctions, scope of protection, contributory patent infringement and utility models.
He studied law at the Universities of Regensburg (Germany), Trieste (Italy) and Edinburgh (UK). Before joining us in 2014, he was partner at a renowned European IP boutique for six years. He is listed in the 2020 edition of Germany's Best Lawyers in the field of intellectual property law.
Clemens is a German-qualified lawyer, a native German speaker and is fluent in English and Italian. He has a good understanding of French.
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- Reaching out: Damages for endangering of patents?, Patent World, July/August 2006, p. 17-19
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- Why torpedoes have backfired, co-author, Managing Intellectual Property, July/August 2003
- Biotech risks of compulsory licensing, co-author, Managing Intellectual Property, March 2003, p. 47-49
- Designs can usher in trade marks, co-author, Managing Intellectual Property, October 2002, p. 23-24
- Patentschutz bei Reparatur- und Ersatzteilfällen, GRUR 2002, p. 561-566
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