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Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont

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Disputes, litigation and arbitration, Intellectual property, data and commercial

Precise until the final detail

Competitor quotation, JUVE 2015/2016

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About Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont

Wolrad is patent litigator specialising in the intersection of competition and patent law.

He has extensive experience of complex patent proceedings. He regularly advises on multijurisdictional litigation strategies, particularly in relation to the assertion of standard-essential patents. Wolrad’s clients include multinationals in the telecoms, consumer electronics, pharma and biotechnology industries.

Before joining Freshfields, Wolrad worked at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, where he researched patent law, with a focus on biotech and genetic inventions.

From 2004 to 2008, he was programme director at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, where he was responsible for, among other things, its LLM IP programme.

During his LLM studies in Washington DC, he worked as judicial intern to the Hon Randall R Rader at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Wolrad speaks German, English, French and Russian.

Recent work

  • Representing Ajinomoto in complex biotech patent litigation.
  • Advising and representing Sony Mobile Communication during its defence of standard-essential patent assertions relating to telecommunication standards. 
  • Representing Elekta AB in patent vindication proceedings regarding patient positioning technology;
  • Advising and representing Novartis during patent-enforcement proceedings relating to different active ingredients.
  • Advising and representing BMS during enforcement proceedings against MSD relating to its patent-protected anti-PD-1 antibody for cancer treatment. 
  • Advising and representing a global technology company in a number of patent litigations, including defending it against standard-essential patent assertions and against the largest ever damages claim brought in patent infringement proceedings in Germany.

Qualifications

Education

  • Universities of Heidelberg and Munich, Germany
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, US (LLM IP)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany

Professional memberships

  • Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) – faculty member and member of board of trustees
  • AIPPI - Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • GRUR - Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)

Publications

  • "International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes – A Practicioner's Guide", Peter Chrocziel, Boris Kasolowski, Robert Whitener and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (eds), C.H. Beck Hart Nomos (2017)

  • "Intellectual Property and Competition Law", Peter Chrocziel, Moritz Lorentz and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (eds), Kluwer Law International, 2016

  • "Security Interests over Intellectual Property – AIPPI Study Question (General) 2016", Clemens-August Heusch, Björn Joachim, Christof Karl, Robin Keulertz, Anja Lunze, Mary-Rose McGuire and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2016, pp.776-782

  • "Wars on wheels – are patents the new revenue stream for car-makers?" , Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Justin Watts, reprinted in The Licensing Journal, November/December 2015, pp.8-13

  • "Trade Secrets: Overlap with restraint of trade, aspects of enforcement (Q247)", Clemens Heusch, Karsten Königer, Jens Künzel, Mary-Rose McGuire, Florian Winzer and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2015, pp.932-941

  • "Patents Meet Antitrust Law – the State of Play of the FRAND Defense in Germany" in Competition and Communications Law: Key Issues in the Telecoms, Media and Technology Sectors, Kluwer Law, 2014, pp.215-229

  • "Second medical use or indication claims (Q238) - Bericht der deutschen Landesgruppe der AIPPI", Andrea Schüssler, Anja Lunze, Hans-Michael Kompter, Holger Ludwig, Karsten Königer, Peter Wiegeleben and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2014, pp.906-913

  • "Der U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit und seine Bedeutung im U.S.-Gerichtssystem unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des U.S. Supreme Court", Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Peter Ruess in GRUR Int. 2011, pp.1-10

  • "Special Legislation for Genetic Inventions – A Violation of Art. 27 (1) TRIPS?" in Patents and Technological Progress in a Globalized World – Liber Amicorum Joseph Straus, Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, Martin Adelman, Robert Brauneis, Josef Drexl and Ralph Nack (eds), Springer Verlag 2009, pp.289-304