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IP has been our Passion since 1971

Our main goal is to represent our clients and their interests to achieve optimum results.

For more than 45 years, we have placed high demands on ourselves regarding the quality of our work. We aim at cultivating longstanding relationships based on intimate knowledge of our clients’ products and on personal trust. Our relationships with highly prestigious national and international clients have lasted many years, thus proving their satisfaction.

We believe: There is no better way to do business than with friends.

How we work for you

DR. WEITZEL & PARTNER was founded in 1971 as a law firm dealing with intellectual property law in Europe and Germany with top quality and at reasonable rates.

Our team includes professionals with a wide range of technical and legal expertise. We stand out for individually adapting our services to our clients’ demands. We can therefore cover the needs of domestic and foreign clients in a direct and personal business relationship. We also cooperate with other law firms to achieve the optimum results for our clients.

We are located in Heidenheim, conveniently close to Munich, the seat of the European Patent Office, the German Federal Patent Court and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, and Berlin, the German Capital. Heidenheim is far enough from Munich so that the low cost of living allows us to offer our services at reasonable rates. You can communicate with us in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

The Firm’s Structure

In addition to our partners, there are several associates working with DR. WEITZEL & PARTNER, all of them qualified as German and European Patent, Trade Mark and Design Attorneys. They are specialized in various technical and natural scientific fields and have been working with the firm for many years.

Fee Structure

All the work performed by the firm’s partners and associates is generally charged to clients at an hourly rate. However, we also offer individual made-to-measure arrangements, e.g. in the form of flat fees.

We normally answer queries and provide information on German and European IP law free of charge, unless the question requires a great deal of research. This practice sets us apart from many of our colleagues.

A wide Range of Technical Fields

Mechanical engineering

Automotive engineering

Special machinery

Apparatus and plant engineering

Energy and power plant technology

Electrochemical-Systems (Fuell Cells / Batteries)

Electronics

Electrics

Construction equipment

Liquid crystal display (LCD)

Semiconductor technology

Turbomachinery

Physics

Chemistry, Pharmacy

Optics

Measurement and automatic control engineering

Hydraulic systems

Electrical and optical networks

Software

Medical technology

Cellulose chemistry

Cellulose and paper technology

Materials

Consumer products

Partners

Dr. Wolfgang Weitzel

Partner, Patentanwalt, European Patent Attorney, European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, PhD in Engineering

Founder of the firm. A degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University Darmstadt, diploma in engineering, doctorate in the field of paper technology, practical experience in product design in Germany and the USA, head of the patent and licensing department at VOITH, a German company with operations worldwide.

Involved in patent and trade mark prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings, opinions, license agreements, litigation and employees’ inventions.

Fields of technical specialization: automotive engineering, hydraulics, power plant technology, hydro­­dynamics, electrical and optical networks, medical instrumentation, pulp and paper technology, cellulose chemistry, general chemistry, design engineering, material science, liquid crystal displays.

Admitted to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Patent Office, the EUIPO, the Federal Patent Court and for patent related cases to the German Supreme Court.

Member of the Official Arbitration Board for employees’ inventions.

Sven Hendrik Schmidt

Partner, Patentanwalt, European Patent Attorney, European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, Diploma in Engineering

Studied mechanical engineering at Siegen University and Ruhr University Bochum, he obtained a master’s degree in 1997. Professional experience in engineering of power plants at Siemens. Professional experience in the field of local area networks.

Practicing intellectual property law at DR. WEITZEL & PARTNER since 2000.

Involved in examination, opposition, and appeal proceedings and provides legal opinions in various technical fields.

Additional expertise: litigation, law relating to inventions of employees.
Fields of technical specialization: automotive engineering, hydraulics, power plant technology, hydrodynamics, electrical and optical networks, medical instrumentation, construction engineering and construction equipment, material science, semiconductors

Admitted to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Patent Office, the EUIPO, the Federal Patent Court and for patent related cases to the German Supreme Court.

Stefan M. Senft

Partner, Patentanwalt, European Patent Attorney, European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, Diploma in Engineering (FH)

Studied physics and production engineering with a main focus on energy technology at Ulm University and Ulm University of Applied Science. Diploma thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy in Freiburg in 1997.

Practicing in the field of intellectual property since 1998, starting in a law firm, then in the IP department of Daimler, leading a team of patent attorneys working in the field of alternative powertrains. He then joined DR. WEITZEL & PARTNER.

He is involved in drafting and prosecution of patents, in opposition and appeal proceedings and in litigation.

Additional expertise in IP related agreements, infringement opinions and law relating to inventions of employees.

Fields of technical specialization: automotive engineering, energy conversion and storage, optics, hydraulics, hydrodynamics, material science, electric, electronic and electrochemical systems, mechanical engineering and general chemistry.

Admitted to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Patent Office, EUIPO, the Federal Patent Court and for patent related cases to the German Supreme Court.

Hans-Christian Weitzel

Partner, Rechtsanwalt, IP Lawyer, Specialist Solicitor for IP Matters

Studied law at Tübingen University.

Working for prestigious IP law firms in the United States and in Munich. He then joined DR. WEITZEL & PARTNER.

Expertise in trade mark law, license agreements and unfair competition law. Experience in issuing opinions, litigation, assessment of potential trade mark disputes, client counseling including development of world-wide trade mark portfolios, due diligences.

Admitted to all German Regional and Higher Regional Courts, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Patent Office, the EUIPO and for patent related cases to the German Supreme Court.

Qualified as an expert attorney on IP issues.

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Our locations

Dr. Weitzel & Partner
Patent- und Rechtsanwaelte mbB
Friedenstrasse 10
89522 Heidenheim

Dr. Weitzel & Partner
Patent- und Rechtsanwaelte mbB
Schlesische Strasse 26
10997 Berlin