Hetti Hilge (née Czopka), LL.M. (Norwich, UK) | Partner

Hetti Hilge is an extraordinary lawyer with profound legal expertise and a sharp mind. She has the capability to understand the most complex technology and it is a pleasure to work with her.

IAM Patent 1000 - 2023

Hetti Hilge: An experienced litigator who, with her knowledge, intelligence, passion and empathy masters the most difficult litigation situations with flying colors.

Legal 500 - 2024

Hetti is a highly gifted and hardworking practitioner who brings an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations that govern patent litigation in Germany and abroad.

IAM Patent 1000 2024

A fierce fighter with a fast mind, she is friendly in tone but tough in substance, and looks at the details while never losing sight of the big picture.

IAM Patent 1000 - 2021

Hetti Hilge is … a very good lawyer who persistently fights for the benefit of her clients and does a job of the highest quality.

Legal 500 - 2022

Hetti produces clear, concise and compelling legal documents, and has the ability to articulate complex legal and technical concepts clearly in the courtroom.

IAM Patent 1000 2024

Hetti Hilge (“distinguished legal expertise, handles cases quickly and pragmatically”, competitor)

JUVE Patent 2021


Hetti advises and represents clients from Europe, the US and Asia in patent and utility model litigation in all technical fields as well as in trademark, copyright, domain and competition law.

The focus of her work is on patent infringement proceedings. She appears before all German patent litigation courts and before the UPC. In addition, she is involved in proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Patent Court and the European Patent Office in cooperation with patent attorneys and company patent departments. Hetti has gained particular technical experience through her work for companies in the fields of telecommunications, electronics, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and mechanical engineering.

Hetti regularly works in teams with patent law specialists from different countries. She is particularly familiar with competition law restrictions (FRAND) in the enforcement of standard essential patents.

Out of court, her work includes developing trademark strategies and drafting license agreements and trademark delimitation agreements.

Hetti was called to the bar as lawyer (Germany) in 2006 and became a Partner in 2015.

Key cases

  • Ericsson v Samsung Electronics (mobile communications and semiconductor technology / chip design)
  • Amgen v various generics (Cinacalcet)
  • Biogen v various generics (MS drug)
  • Dyson v Samsung Electronics (vacuum cleaners)
  • Johnson & Johnson v various parties (hygienic products)
  • Ferrari (toy cars; design and trademark; trademark Testarossa’)
  • Thonet v various parties (copyright in furniture)
  • Sharp v Samsung Electronics (Liquid Crystal Display panels)
  • European Electrical Laminations v Kienle + Spiess (wind power)
  • Heinz Schnorpfeil v Strabag (construction)
  • Unwired Planet v LGE (mobile communications)
  • IlluminaMGI Tech (trademark for gene sequencers)
  • FIPA (IPCom) v Samsung Electronics (mobile communications, SEP)
  • MySpace v Samsung Electronics (safety appliances in data processing)
  • Samsung Electronics v various owners of Standard Essential Patent portfolios (FRAND, mobile communications [3G – 5G], voice coding etc.)
  • Apple v Samsung Electronics (mobile communications and user interfaces)
  • Wonderland Nurserygoods v Kids II (kid’s products/​furniture)


19972000 University of Muenster

20002001 University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Master of Laws, LL.M., International Commercial and Business Law)

20012003 University of Cologne

2004 – 2006 Legal practice training at the Higher Regional Court Duesseldorf

Connections & Networks 


Awards & Recognitions

Key Lawyer Legal 500 2024 (Patent Litigation and Trademarks)

Recommended Individual Juve Patent 2023

Key Lawyer Legal 500 2023

Recommended Individual Juve Patent 2022

Leaders League 2023: Recommended for Trademark Litigation

Places I have lived …
… Norwich (UK); Singapore
Favourite book …
… Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Favourite Place …
… At the beach

The Rospatt Team

Our reputation and success have been built on a team of lawyers committed to excellence and perfection in their work. All of us specialized in IP law from the beginning of our careers. For this reason, every year of our combined IP law experience is directly relevant to your needs.