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RICHLY & RITSCHEL Patent Attorneys are your trusted partner in all areas of intellectual property law. As scientists and engineers, we see our role as helping to bridge the gap between science, research and technology, and their respective legal frameworks. Our expertise is informed by years of experience in providing comprehensive and professional legal advice. Property rights, such as patents, trademarks and designs, are important strategic tools designed to protect competitive and innovative advantages. They therefore play an important role in business valuations. We can protect, enhance and defend these essential assets and help you strengthen your market position. We act for a broad range of clients, from small and medium sized companies to large multinational corporations in a wide variety of technology sectors, with whom we have forged longstanding relationships. In keeping with our consulting philosophy, we offer a bespoke service tailored to your specific business needs, handling your affairs with the utmost diligence, professionalism and care.

Expertise
Patents & Utility Models

Patents and utility models protect technical innovations as well as products and processes. Ownership of a patent or utility model grants the exclusive right to prevent others, for a limited period of time, from commercially using the protected invention without the authorization of the rights holder, thereby securing a viable return on the owner’s investment. Moreover, patents and utility models are excellent marketing tools that can be used for commercialization and/or licensing.

A strong patent portfolio built to your needs frustrates the ability of competitors to attack your invention or to produce imitations, and provides leverage in contract and license negotiations with competitors.

Our patent attorneys can advise you on all aspects of patent and utility model law. As specialists, we also assist clients every step of the way in any future disputes.

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Trademarks

Trademarks are a key asset of your business, distinguishing you from your competitors and denoting a particular standard of quality associated with your products. Successful trademarks can be extremely valuable and play an essential role in your marketing activities. Our patent and trademark attorneys can counsel you on all aspects of trademark law and will gladly assist you in registering your trademarks, both nationally and around the world. Needless to say, we also have a proven track record of enforcing the trademark rights of our clients.

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Contracts and Licenses

The importance of comprehensive counsel that combines experience with foresight cannot be overstated when it comes to licensing or transferring your intellectual property rights. We are your trusted partner in these matters, helping you draft and negotiate licensing agreements and advising you on related contract matters.

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Research

We conduct professional searches to track and perhaps invalidate your competitors’ intellectual property rights. These searches also serve as the basis for drafting and preparing your intellectual property applications. Due diligence and freedom to operate (FTO) investigations help you prepare for company acquisitions and determine whether your products and processes can be sold without infringing third party intellectual property.

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Designs

The design of a product, along with its technical function, is a crucial factor in achieving successful commercialization. Designs (previously: design patents) protect the ornamental features and appearance of your products from unauthorized imitation. Our patent and design attorneys can advise you on all aspects of design protection, prepare your design applications, and file them with the relevant national and international authorities. Needless to say, we are also qualified to assist you in enforcing your design rights.

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Employee Inventions Act

In Germany, inventions made by employees in the performance of their employment contract are governed by special legislation which regulates the rights in these inventions. We can to offer advice and guidance in this field, backed by many years of experience in dealing with employee inventions for industrial enterprises. If required, we will take care of all the necessary steps, from claiming rights in the invention and drafting employee compensation agreements to the calculation of appropriate compensation as required by law.

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Appeals and Oppositions

As a strategic partner, we pave the way for you by attacking the validity of patents that pose an obstacle to your innovative efforts and defending your rights from third party attacks. Our goal is to help you strengthen your position in the marketplace.

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Disputes

We offer a full range of services to enforce and defend your intellectual property rights when infringed by competitors. Action against infringement is frequently brought simultaneously with nullity suits. We bring the full scope of our expertise to guide and support you through these parallel lawsuits. Our attorneys regularly represent clients in local, state and federal courts, including the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court.

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Technology
Mechanical Engineering

We can advise you on all aspects of mechanical and process engineering, including plastics engineering, filtration technology, automotive engineering, transmission technology, mechatronics, production processes, machining, energy systems, particularly renewable energies, plant engineering, production technology, and medical technology.

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Chemicals

Our attorneys provide specific advice in all areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, such as polymer chemistry, alloys, dyes, cosmetics, and semiconductors.

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Physics

Our attorneys provide advice on a wide variety of physical technology areas, including optics, laser technology, optical fiber technology, battery technology, sensor technology, and energy technology.

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Electrical Engineering

We are your experienced partner for all aspects of electrical engineering, including energy technology, particularly high voltage technology, photovoltaics, measurement technology, and electrical machines.

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Life Sciences & Pharmaceutics

We also regularly use our expertise to assist our clients in all aspects of biotechnology and pharmaceutics, including the development of active ingredients such as small molecules and biological agents, galenics, therapeutic, diagnostic and surgical procedures and applications, and medical technology. We can also obtain supplementary protection certificates (SPC) for you.

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Software

We will counsel you and protect your software developments, including prevention of malware, network security, encryption technologies, and control software.

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Team

Your partners in patent and utility model law, trademark law, design law, employee invention law, and contract and licensing law.


Robert Ritschel

Dipl.-Phys. (degree in Physics)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Ritschel
Patent Attorney Ritschel

Robert Ritschel

Dipl.-Phys. (degree in Physics)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Richly

Dr. Erik Richly, LL.M.

Dipl.-Biol. (degree in Biology)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Richly

Dr. Erik Richly, LL.M.

Dipl.-Biol. (degree in Biology)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Christiane Janke

Dipl.-Ing. (degree in Engineering)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Janke
Patent Attorney Janke

Christiane Janke

Dipl.-Ing. (degree in Engineering)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Scholl

Achim Scholl

Dipl.-Ing. (degree in Engineering)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Patent Attorney Janke

Achim Scholl

Dipl.-Ing. (degree in Engineering)


Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Dr. Carina Marx, M.Sc.


Trainee Patent Attorney

Trainee Patent Attorney Marx
Trainee Patent Attorney Marx

Dr. Carina Marx, M.Sc.


Trainee Patent Attorney

Careers

Start your career with us!


We are expanding and looking for exceptional talent with a solid background in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, medical technology and/or physics to join our team, en route to partnership. Ideally, you are a young German and/or European patent attorney or are currently completing your obligatory internship as a trainee patent attorney.

We offer you a friendly, modern and collegial working environment and the opportunity to practice in all areas of intellectual property rights. In particular, this includes the drafting of patent applications and handling German, European and international grant procedures, the conduct of opposition/appeal proceedings, the preparation of infringement reports, and involvement in infringement proceedings.

We also offer a competitive salary and excellent development prospects. This role is for a candidate with the right professional and personal skills seeking a defined medium-term path to partnership on fair terms.

If you have any queries, please contact our young and friendly team for further information. We look forward to receiving your application in electronic or paper form.

Train with us!

We are looking to recruit a trainee patent attorney with a solid background in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, medical technology and/or physics to join our team.

Do you have a degree in Science or Technology and a passion for technical developments? Are you diligent and conscientious, with excellent attention to detail and a keen interest in legal issues? If you can put a tick against the above requirements, we can offer the opportunity to apply and develop your skills at our firm.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment, a strong training experience, working closely with a qualified attorney, and excellent development prospects with long-term potential to thrive and develop your career.

We look forward to receiving your application in electronic or paper form.

Please send your complete and comprehensive application package by email to: bewerbungen(at)iprr.de.