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Dr. Walter Maiwald
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Walter Maiwald, born 1951, studied chemistry and English at the University of Hamburg and Imperial College, London. He took his German patent bar examination in 1985 and his European patent attorney's examination in 1987. He is a registered German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Trademark and Design Attorney. Walter Maiwald founded his own law firm in 1993, which grew to be one of Germany's biggest IP practices. Until 2010 he was managing director of Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH. He joined Da Vinci Partners in 2014.
His main practice areas include German and international intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution and infringement, litigation, licensing and related consulting services. Dr. Maiwald has organized and conducted national and international litigation for major clients, in fields ranging from pharmaceuticals to sensor and signal processing technologies. He has successfully represented clients at all court levels in Germany and up to the European Patent Office's Enlarged Board of Appeal.
Landmark cases include German Supreme Court decisions in "Wandabstreifer" (GRUR 1993, 460) and "Farbmarke gelb-schwarz" (WRP 1999, 430). All in all, Walter Maiwald handled over 250 patent opposition cases at the European Patent Office and the German Patent Office, and well over 100 litigation cases worldwide.
For many years, Walter Maiwald served as a member of the Editorial Board of "Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte", the official journal of the German Patent Attorney's Chamber, and as a member of the Editorial Board of INTA's TRADEMARK REPORTER. He is a member of GRUR, AIPPI, FICPI and INTA.
Dr. Maiwald has been a speaker at a number of national and international conventions and conferences, including:
Seventh EuroForum Conference on International Patent Litigation (London, June 1997)
ECPI Conference on Trends in Global Pharmaceutical Patent Strategy (London, November 1997)
Eighth EuroForum Conference on International Patent Litigation (London, April 1998)
Conference on Pharmaceutical Patent Strategies in the USA & Europe (London, April 1998)
Ninth EuroForum Conference on International Patent Litigation (London, February 1999)
EuroLegal's Conference on Pharmaceutical Patent Life Cycles (London, July 2004)
He was ranked by his peers among the world's leading patent law experts in the 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 issues and as a leading trademark law practitioner in the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 issues of MIP's Expert Guides.