Clemens Rübel


Clemens Rübel

Clemens Rübel


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Clemens Rübel is a lawyer in our Munich office, focusing on patent infringement and nullity actions. 

He has led more than 100 patent infringement proceedings, covering electrical engineering and telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive industry, sports equipment and the building sector. An important aspect of his work is making complex technical cases – such as those related to SEPs or biotech – presentable to courts. Regularly working with our worldwide network of patent professionals, he provides the global players among his 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. This is of great benefit to clients in preliminary injunction proceedings, as these proceedings primarily depend on the practices of individual courts. He also conducts oppositions at the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Among Clemens’ clients are leading international companies, as well as innovative medium-sized enterprises. His practice includes appearing in court, for example, in the high profile cases Micron v Rambus (SDRAMs), Apple v Trekstor (MP3-players), MedImmune v Novartis (Ranibizumab), Terumo v B.Braun (IV catheters), ChevronPhillips v BASF (block copolymers), ConocoPhillips v Voith (turbines for liquefying gas), Salomon and Atomic v Tecnica (ski boots).

In addition to patent law, Clemens focuses on 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 also gives presentations on topics such as unitary patent and Unified Patent Court, SEPs, preliminary injunctions, scope of protection, contributory patent infringement and utility models. He is also involved in training the future Unified Patent Court judges.

Clemens studied law at the Universities of Regensburg (Germany), Trieste (Italy) and Edinburgh (UK). Before joining us in 2014, he was for six years partner at a renowned European IP boutique. He is admitted as a German qualified lawyer. A German native speaker, he also speaks fluent English and Italian and has a good level of French.

Professional experience

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  • Rechtsanwalt
  • "Covering the bases – Acts of use in German patent law", Patent World, December 2006/January 2007, p. 18-21.
  • "Reaching out – Damages for “endangering” of patents?", Patent World July/August 2006, p. 17-19
  • "Working together – How do Europe’s national systems cope with the European regulation on the detention of infringing goods?", co-author, WORLDfocus: Fighting IP Theft, May 2005, p. 52-56
  • "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
  • "The limits of numerical patent claims", co-author, Managing Intellectual Property, Patent Yearbook 2002, p. 21-24
  • "Numerical data in patent claims clarified", Managing Intellectual Property, co-author, IP Litigation Yearbook 2002, p. 8-11
  • English
  • French
  • German


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