- patent litigation and nullity proceedings
- opposition proceedings before the EPO
- patent- and trademark-strategy
- IP-due diligence, license agreements
- employee invention law
In addition to managing patent portfolios, Robert Schnekenbühl is primarily involved in two-party proceedings. Three years after founding the law firm, at the age of 33, he was already representing Fortune 500 companies in patent infringement proceedings. Since then he has conducted many proceedings that have also been discussed in the media. In addition, he successfully conducts opposition proceedings for his clients before the European Patent Office (EPO) and the GPTO, as well as nullity actions before the FPC.
In addition to the procedures before the offices and courts, another focus is the conduct of out-of-court negotiations. In US patent infringement proceedings, he was appointed to conduct special master’s proceedings in Germany.
Due to his expertise in the management of patent portfolios and his knowledge of employee invention law, he and his team are regularly called in to prepare and carry out due diligence procedures in the IP area.
Robert has been working exclusively in the area of intellectual property since 1994. His technical background is physics and he earned a Master of Science in physics at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). He is registered as German patent attorney as well as authorized representative before the EPO and as Swiss patent attorney. Additionally, he is registered as a German attorney-at-law, as European Patent Litigator (UPC) and as Certified IP lawyer.
He is a CEIPI-Tutor at the Universitée Robert Schumann, Strasbourg, where he gives lectures on “opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office” in Munich. Further, he is tutor and member of the examination board at the University of Hagen for an LL.M. program for patent attorneys and for the education of the candidates for the German patent bar and the European Qualifying Examination at the EPO. He is a co-author of a commentary on patent law in Germany and at the EPO and he is co-author of a handbook on patent law, especially for the chapter on patent strategy and monetization of patents.
He is a regular speaker in international and national seminars on topics of patent infringement proceedings, the opposition proceeding before the EPO and the German legal system, especially the patent infringment and nullity proceedings.
Motto: Si vis pacem para bellum