We offer an interdisciplinary team consisting of patent experts specializing in mechanical and electronic engineering,information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology and in the medical and health care sectors. They work together with our general legal experts to cover all aspects of the case. One of our main strengths is the ability to provide clients with an expert team, individually tailored to target the project.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Bernhard Frohwitter is a German Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt) and holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.). He began his intellectual property career in 1974 in the patent department of the German aerospace company Messerschmidt GmbH, where he was responsible for electronics-related inventions. In 1980, Bernhard Frohwitter became a senior and founding partner of the German firm of Bardehle, Pagenberg, Dost, Altenburg, Frohwitter, Geissler. In March 1998, he formed FROHWITTER Intellectual Property Counselors with several of his former colleagues from the Bardehle firm. His practice in over fourty years has focused on obtainment, enforcement and commercialization of patents and patent portfolios of high-technology inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, telecommunication and computer sectors, particularly in Europe and in the United States. He was lead counsel in eminent Pan-European litigations relating to Pharma/Biotech and mobile telecommunications
Dr. Tatjana Kowal-Wolk graduated in law from the University of Heidelberg in 1975. In 1977/78 she did her internship at the United Nations/Office of Legal Affairs in New York working on State Responsibility. She obtained a doctorate (Dr. jur.) in 1982 for research into international and European law at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Dr. Kowal-Wolk was 1984/85 trainee at the New York Patent Law Firm Morgan, Finnegan, Pine, Foley and Lee. She has been associated with Bardehle et al. since 1986 and was a member of the staff of the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competitio Law in Munich from 1986 until 2002. Dr. Kowal-Wolk joined the Frohwitter Intellectual Property Counselors in 1998. Dr. Kowal-Wolk has broad experience in prosecuting and licensing trademarks and unfair competition matters, in patent litigation and arbitration in Germany and Europe.
LUDWIG VOHLAND †(2022)
Bernhard Frohwitter is a German Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt) and holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.). He graduated in law in 1975 and received a doctorate (Dr. jur.) in 1980, both from the University of Munich. He has published a book on the requisites of the patentable invention in Italy in comparison with the European Patent Convention and a comment on the new German Trademark Act. He was a member of the staff of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich from 1973-83. He was an associate with Neumann from 1983-93 and with Rau & Partner from 1994-97. Ludwig Vohland became an associate at Bardehle et al in 1998 and joined the FROHWITTER Intellectual Property Counselors shortly afterwards. He specializes in patent litigation and arbitration; he also prosecutes and litigates trademarks and unfair competition matters in Germany and Italy.
Mathias Himmelsbach obtained a diploma degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) in 2006, specializing in vehicle engineering. During his studies he gained first-hand experience at an internship with a German automobile manufacturer in Mexico. His diploma thesis at a first tier automobile supplier dealt with a system for measuring the hydraulic pressure in hydraulic valves. Upon graduation he worked as a development engineer at a German first tier supplier in the field of automotive drive trains, especially dual-clutch transmissions. Mathias Himmelsbach commenced his career in intellectual property, joining the FROHWITTER Intellectual Property Counselors in 2008. He specializes in the prosecution, litigation and licensing of inventions, trademarks and designs.
Thomas Leske graduated in marine engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Rostock in 1972, obtaining a doctorate in 1988. He was a visiting professor at the University of Cochin, India, in the Ship Technology Department from 1983-86, and a professor at the University of Rostock, department of Marine Engineering from 1988-92. He had worked in shipyards and in the marine engine industry from 1976-81. His career in intellectual property began in 1992, when he joined the patent division of Kraftanlagen Heidelberg. The following year, he joined the firm Bardehle et al. where he became a partner in 1998. He became a European Patent Attorney in 1997 and a German Patent Attorney in 2000. He joined the FROHWITTER Intellectual Property Counselors as a partner in 2002. Over the last 18 years, he has specialized in prosecution, litigation and licensing of inventions in mechanical engineering in Germany, Europe and the US.