Dr. Alexander Reetz, LL.M. IP, Partner

Dr. Alexander Reetz, LL.M. IP, joined Wildanger's partnership in January 2019. He is active in many fields of IP protection, but is particularly committed to technical property rights (patent rights, utility model rights). He specializes in all litiguous matters, namely infringement proceedings and validity proceedings (nullity, opposition and cancellation proceedings). 
 
Since he was admitted to the bar in 2008, Dr. Reetz has successfully represented leading companies from the telecommunications sector in a large number of patent disputes. He has extensive background knowledge and many years of experience in disputes of this kind, which usually take place simultaneously in different jurisdictions and often - in the case of the assertion of so-called standard essential patents - also have antitrust implications (i.e. FRAND licence negotiations). Dr. Reetz also supports a number of companies from various other technology-minded industries in the preparatory preservation of evidence (seizures) and the judicial enforcement of their intellectual property rights. He, conversely, also defends is clients against the enforcement of such claims by competitors. 
 
Among the companies most recently represented by Dr. Reetz are both "world market leaders" and many "hidden champions" from medium-sized businesses, including smartphone manufacturers and network operators, technology conglomerates, chip manufacturers, software companies, manufacturers of navigation equipment, portable activity monitors ("wearables") and sporting goods. 

What others say

WirtschaftsWoche (2018): highly recommended attorney for patent litigation; recommended by IAM Patent 1000 Top Professionals (2017-18): „pragmatic and forward-thinking“ (…) „has significant expertise in the burgeoning field of robotics“; Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, recommended for Intellectual Property (2015-2018).

Background
 
Dr. Alexander Reetz, LL.M., born 1977 in Cologne, studied law in Cologne, Aberdeen (UK) and Stellenbosch (RSA). After his first state exam, he worked as a research assistant (Prof. Dr. Michael Sachs, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kempen) at the University of Cologne, where he received his doctorate degree for a fundamental rights-dogmatic study of the law governing university inventors. Subsequently, Dr. Reetz earned a Master's degree in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP) from the University of Aberdeen (UK). 
 
After legal internship and assessor examination at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court with clerkships at the Dusseldorf District Court (specialized Chamber for Patent Litigation) and the Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin (Department for Inventors Rights) and in an international law firm in New Yoork (again in the area of patent litigation), Dr. Reetz has been admitted to the bar in Dusseldorf. 
 
Dr. Reetz then spent 10 years as a lawyer (Counsel since 2016) in Dr. Martin Chakraborty's team at Hogan Lovells in Düsseldorf until he joined the partnership at Wildanger.   
 
Memberships and Publications 

Dr. Reetz is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the German National Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He publishes and gives lectures on various topics of intellectual property law. 

Representative matters

  • Advising and representing a mobile network operator in court against the owner of a mixed portfolio of standard and non-standard essential patents in a cross-border patent litigation  
  • Advice and legal representation of smartphone manufacturers in patent disputes. Preparation of the phase-in of so-called workaround solutions
  • Patents seizures in favour of the defendant mobile network operator to secure cost reimbursement claims against unsuccessful plaintiffs (patent holders)
  • Simultaneously obtaining and enforcing complementary evidence preservation orders and seizures in Germany, the Netherlands, China and the USA against an internationally operating network of product pirates on the spare parts market due to their intentional infringement of patent rights and technical copyrights of a leading OEM manufacturer of marine engines in these jurisdictions
  • Preparation and filing of an action for vindication for the (co-)owner of the right to an invention due to the unauthorized application for an intellectual property right by its cooperation partner, followed by a court settlement

Languages
German, English
 

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