We are delighted to announce our new Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) partners and counsel. The promoted members of the IPMT practice span patents, trademarks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, designs, trade secrets, privacy and cybersecurity, and IPMT transactions, and include representatives from the Americas, Asia and Europe. Their promotions are very much deserved and we wish them success in their new roles.
Firm wide, they form part of the 30 new partners and 47 new appointments to the role of counsel in offices across a network spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Commenting on the promotions, global CEO of Hogan Lovells Steve Immelt said:
“These promotions reflect the quality, breadth, and depth of our diverse practice around the world and our commitment to nurturing and growing our talent pipeline. I congratulate all those who were promoted and wish them every success as they continue their career with us.”
Meet our new IPMT partners
Katie McConnell – Katie is a patent litigator based in London with extensive experience representing clients in major multi-jurisdictional patent disputes in the telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. Katie coordinates cross-border patent disputes, patent arbitration, and issues relating to standards essential and non-essential patents. Katie has significant expertise in the area of SPCs and pediatric extensions. Katie is also recognized for her practical and solution oriented approach when drafting and negotiating licensing, settlement, and IP aspects of other commercial agreements.
Stephan Neuhaus – Stephan is based in Dusseldorf and focuses on all aspects of patent law. He has extensive experience in litigating patents for international and national clients, especially within the life sciences and chemical industries. Stephan coordinates parallel patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the major European countries. He conducts main action infringement proceedings, preliminary injunction proceedings and inspection proceedings at the German district and appellate courts as well as nullity actions at the German Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court.
Martin Pflueger – Martin is based in Munich and focuses his practice on the areas of IT, internet, e-commerce and privacy, with a particular focus on the technology, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Martin brings extensive experience in drafting and negotiating IT agreements, evaluating new technologies and business models as well as advising clients on all aspects of European and German data protection law. Martin also regularly advises on IT/IP related aspects of various commercial and corporate transactions.
Christian Tinnefeld – Christian is based in Hamburg and advises his clients on a range of IT, privacy, cybersecurity, copyright and internet related matters and steers domestic and international companies of different industries through the troubled waters of compliance issues, IP/IT litigation, contract drafting and negotiation. Christian also lectures at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg on software license agreements, IP on the Internet and IT contracts.
Meet our new IPMT counsel
Anna-Katharina Friese – Anna is based in Hamburg and specializes in all areas of patent law and the protection of trade secrets and confidential know-how. Anna’s disputes experience includes representing some of the world’s most innovative companies in the fields of telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and mechanical engineering. Anna also has a wealth of experience advising on complex technology transactions and other IP agreements.
Emma Fulton – Emma is a patent litigator based in our London office and has worked on many high-profile disputes across the pharmaceutical, medical device and electronics industries. Emma’s experience includes proceedings in the UK Patents High Court, UK Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court, the European Patent Office and the CJEU. Emma also has non-litigious patent experience and has worked on a number of projects evaluating and advising on the strength of pharmaceutical patent portfolios as well as advising on the IP aspects of transactions.
Marlen A. Mittelstein – Marlen is based in Hamburg and focuses on trademark, design and unfair competition law. She acts for clients from various sectors, especially in the areas of wind energy, insurance, consumer products, food and beverages. Marlen has extensive experience in the enforcement of trademarks, designs and business names before offices and courts. Marlen’s consultancy also includes the development of new trademarks. Furthermore, she gives legal advice on new advertising strategies and represents clients in unfair competition law matters.
Aaron Oakley – Aaron is based in Denver and advises across all areas of IP, with a focus on patent and trade secret disputes. Aaron has a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and uses his technical knowledge to provide strategic advice across a range of industries. Aaron represents clients before federal district courts around the nation, the ITC, and the USPTO. His experience includes trademark, and trade-secret disputes, patent portfolio analyses in several technology spaces, AIA post-grant proceedings, technology transactions, general IP counseling, and patent prosecution for both hardware and software inventions.
Tomoe Takahashi – Tomoe is based in Tokyo and her practice covers multi-jurisdictional trademark enforcement and portfolio management work for global brands. Tomoe also advises clients on aspects of IP contracts as well as trademark due diligence in M&A transactions. In order to protect a company’s brand and reputation, she also covers various product safety and compliance issues (such as compliance with product safety regulations, labelling, and product recalls) that may arise in the product life cycle.
Rik Zagers – Rik is based in Amsterdam and advises clients across various industries and technological fields on their most important patent disputes. He also advises clients in relation to a variety of privacy and cybersecurity matters. Rik holds a master’s degree in Applied Physics (MSc) as well as in Dutch law (MA). Before joining Hogan Lovells, Rik held positions in software consultancy and data processing. As a result, Rik acquired in-depth knowledge of the technical background necessary for his current practice.