Max von Ros­patt Partner

Max is a polished courtroom operator with a knack for crafting the best arguments.

IAM 1000 2024

a passionate yet strategic litigator whom competitors hail as unquestionably esteemed

IAM 1000 2021

Max von Rospatt offers a wealth of experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including infringement, nullity and enforcement proceedings

Chambers & Partners 2023

He is a fierce litigator with a consequently strategic approach

Chambers & Partners 2021

very self-assured in all matters before the courts”, competitor

JUVE Patent 2022


Max started to work at rospatt in 1995 and became partner in 2000. He works mainly as a trial lawyer in the field of patent and utility model law. Based on a large number of cases of international importance, he has an excellent knowledge of national and international patent law. He works regularly in integrated teams with patent law experts from various countries.

He has vast experience in practically all technical fields including those which have traditionally been important in patent law, namely mechanics, electronics and mechanical engineering. However, he is also particularly strong in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biologics, genetic engineering, chemistry and fine chemicals, digital entertainment electronics and medical engineering.

Max has represented clients in all major German patent courts including the first instance and second instance infringement courts, as well as the Federal Patent Court and the Supreme Court in nullity cases. He also is experienced in Oppositions and Appeals at the European Patent office and the German Patent Office.

Among his clients are internationally renowned pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, diversified industrial corporations, consumer products companies, automotive industry suppliers and manufacturers of electronic components.

Although his work is focused on patent law, he is also heavily involved in cases concerning trade mark law, registered design law and the law of unfair competition. Advising on the law of license agreements also takes up a considerable part of his time.

He speaks regularly at national and international events on German patent law. 

Max was lead/​supervising counsel in many key cases, such as

  • Chiron v Roche (HCV and HIV ELISA and Nucleic Acid Assays)
  • Chiron v Roche (Herceptin)
  • General Hospital v Bracco (Contrast Agent for MRI)
  • Philips v Canon (Video Codec)
  • Möllers v Beumer (Packaging Machines)
  • Unilin/​Flooring Industries v Alloc, Akzenta, Berry, Boxler, Classen, Egger, Faus, Hamberger, Innovations 4 Flooring, Kaindl, Kronoflooring, Kronospan, Kronotex, MJO, Norske Skog Flooring, Parador, Välinge, Windmöller, Witex, Yekalon (Flooring Patent Litigation and Licensing)
  • PolyMask v SP Labo (PEG Liposomes)
  • Nycomed v Nattermann (Sachet for Liquid Drugs)
  • Inverness v Acon (Pregnancy Test)
  • Applera v Barloworld Scientific (PCR Automat)
  • Multilyte v Affymetrix (Microarrays)
  • Formax v Weber (Slicers)
  • Schneider Electric v Siemens (Contactors Litigation and Licensing)
  • Schneider ElectricGE Power Controls (Circuit Breakers Litigation and Licensing)
  • Schneider Electric v Chint and CET (Circuit Breakers)
  • CIFVodafone (ADSL)
  • Apple v Samsung Electronics (mobile phone and tablet designs)
  • JTEKTTRW (Power Steering)
  • MALIDelphi (Common Rail)
  • MagnaSHW (Vane Pump)
  • Hirschmann v Delphi (Car TV Tuner)
  • NGKDelphi (Oxygen Sensor)
  • Bombardier v Siemens (Light Rail)
  • Datalogic v Sick (Optical Code Scanners)
  • Pilz v Sick (Safety Controller Programm)
  • Procter & Gamble v Hexal (Osteoporosis Treatment Kit)
  • Almirall v Aristo Pharma (Micronized Ebatsine)
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica v Ratiopharm (Itraconazol)
  • Euro-Diagnostica v Inova Diagnostics (Rheumatoid Arthritis Assay)
  • Biomerrieux v Heipha (Lockable Contact Plate)
  • Novartis v Roche (antiretroviral Therapy)
  • Novartis v Merck Serono (HAS free IFNß Formulation)
  • NovartisGSK (Vaccine Adjuvant)
  • Microbix Biosystems v Novartis (Virus Production)
  • Roche v Promega (Polymerase)
  • Phyton v Samyang (Paclitaxel Production Using Plant Cell Culture)
  • Mauser v Schütz (Intermediate Bulk Containers)
  • Mauser v Mamor (Bung Drum)
  • TTS Ships Equipment v Meyer Werft (Ramp/​Door for Ship)
  • Brother v Pelikan/​Geha (Ink Cartridges)
  • Rovi v LG Electronics (TV EPG)
  • Saint Lawrence v LG Electronics (HD Audio Decoder)
  • Unwired Planet v LG Electronics (UMTS)
  • Siemens v Alps and Western Digital (Sensor for HDD Readhead)
  • Siemens v High Wind (Boom Crane for Off-shore Wind Turbines))
  • Mars v Nestlé (Customized Pet Food)
  • Mekra v Stoneridge (Camera/​Monitor Mirror Replacement for Trucks)
  • Illumina v Roche (NIPT)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb v Merck (Keytruda)
  • Illumina v Qiagen and BGI/MGI (Nucleic Acid Sequencing)
  • Bayer v Nektar (Vindication of PEG- Factor VIII Patent)
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories v Stilla Technologies (Microfluidic Assay Device)
  • Amgen v Generics (Cinacalcet)
  • ViiV Healthcare v Gilead (HIV-Integrase-Inhibitor)
  • Biogen v Generics (Fampridine)


1985 — 1989 Law Study Universität Hamburg
1990 — 1993 Internship at the Court of Appeals Berlin (Kammergericht) and the European Commission — Directorate General Competition (Brussels)
1994 Internship Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman (New York)

Connections & Networks 

AIPPI, GRUR (Member of the Expert Group Patent Law), IPO

Awards & Recognitions

IAM Patent 1000: Gold for Patent Infringement
MIP: Patent Star 2022
Europe Cross-border Patent Litigation Team of the Year MIP-Award
JUVE Patent Germany: Leading Individual
Legal 500: Leading Individual Patent Litigation
Chambers & Partners: Band 1 Top Ranked Lawyer for Patent Litigation
WWL: Thought Leader — Germany — Life Sciences 2022; Global Leader Life Sciences — Patent Litigation 2022; National Leader — Germany — Life Sciences 2023; National Leader — Germany — Patents 2023

Favourite book …
… Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Favourite music …
… Jazz
Interests …
… Travel, Literature

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.