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Wolfgang Leip

Wolfgang Leip

Intellectual Property Department

T: +49 69 25494 335
F: +49 69 25494 444

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LLM, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1985

Second State Law Examination, Higher Regional court of Berlin, 1982


  • All German Courts (except for the Federal Court of Justice)
  • Federal Patent Court
  • Federal Supreme Court in Patent Invalidation Suits
  • European Court of First Instance
  • European Court of Justice


  • TerraLex - Chair, Patent Practice Group

  • Co-Chair, IP Practice Group

  • Editor of the bi-annual TerraLex IP newsletter (- 2008)

  • German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) - Secretary

  • Committee on Antitrust Law German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) - Secretary

  • Board of the Frankfurt Section VPP German Association of Patent Practitioners LES Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)

  • American Bar Association – Business Law Section

  • German Lawyers' Association (DAV)

  • German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV)

  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI)

  • Association for the Study of Antitrust Law German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Rio de Janeiro German-Brazilian Lawyers' Association (DBJV)


  • German
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French

Wolfgang Leip is a litigator and corporate counselor who represents clients across a wide variety of key business issues. His litigation experience includes: patent litigation at district, appellate, Federal Patent Court and Federal Supreme Court levels; intellectual property and trade secrets, ex-parte and cross-border injunctions; competition and international trade; complex commercial and banking litigation, multi-district and appellate; arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He represents litigation clients in several industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, automotive manufacturing, construction machinery, and the food industry.

Wolfgang also has broad corporate experience representing and counseling clients in critical matters such as: mergers and acquisitions; restructuring and outsourcing; antitrust and competition; franchise agreements; exclusive distribution and licensing. He represents corporate clients in several industries including pharmaceutical, chemicals, food industry, medical devices, automotive and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Kaye Scholer's Frankfurt office in 2008, Wolfgang was associated with, and partner in, several other prominent international and German law firms in Frankfurt: Mayer Brown (2001-2007), its German predecessor GAEDERTZ Rechtsanwälte (1990- 2001), Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Schneider & Schiedermair (later Linklaters), and Pünder, Volhard & Weber (later Clifford Chance). During his tenure with these firms between 1982 and 2007, Wolfgang held progressively more responsible positions, including partner (as of 1986) and managing partner (1988-1990, 1997). In addition to his native German, he is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish and also speaks French.

Representative Matters

  • Fresenius AG in patent invalidation proceedings before the German Federal Supreme Court against a Japanese competitor. Successful invalidation of opponent’ patent.
  • Compuware, USA, in the coordination and performance of discovery procedures in US patent and copyright infringement proceedings v. IBM; depositions taken at various companies in Germany, England, Belgium, France and Italy.
  • Abbott Laboratories, USA, in the coordination of cross-border patent infringement proceedings and obtaining border seizures in drug- and trade mark related product piracy.
  • Terex Corporation, USA, in various patent infringement proceedings regarding road construction machines before the District Courts of Düsseldorf and Mannheim, the Appellate Courts of Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe and in invalidation proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court.
  • Fanuc Robotics, a Japanese market-leader in the production of paint robots for the automotive industry, in patent infringement proceedings before the District Court of Mannheim.
  • Royal DSM´s US branch DSM Desotech in a patent litigation regarding a process for the production of photo curable resins. Infringement proceedings before the District Court and Appellate Court of Frankfurt am Main and revocation proceedings before the Federal Patent Court and the German Federal Supreme Court.
  • Spectrum Brands-Tetra in defending against the application of an interlocutory injunction by a French competitor based on alleged patent infringement relating to a water filter in injunction proceedings before the District Court of Düsseldorf and coordination of the parallel patent infringement proceedings in France before the Tribunal de Grande Instance, Paris.
  • TriStrata Technologies, Inc. against a French cosmetics group for patent infringement regarding the composition of a cosmetic substance before the District Court of Frankfurt am Main, including revocation proceedings before the Federal Patent Court.
  • Peguform, a German automotive supplier, in a patent infringement litigation regarding the technical design of bumpers at the District Court Frankfurt am Main.
  • Large French manufacturer of office supplies in the defense against a statute-barred antitrust fine of the EU Commission by way of preliminary injunction proceedings before the District Court of Frankfurt am Main and the European Court of First Instance.
  • Leading European manufacturer of automated commissioning shelves for pharmacies in patent infringement arbitration proceedings.
  • Eden Europe, Czech Republic and Eden Industries, UK , subsidiaries of The Marmon Group, USA, manufacturer of shop fitting shelves in numerous litigations relating to trade dress and competition issues at the Cologne District Court, Cologne Court of Appeals, Federal Supreme Court.
  • Spectrum Brands-Tetra in various proceedings regarding the application of the EU Biocide Directive.
  • Leading manufacturer of fruit juice in all questions of Trademarks, Design, Competition and in food law and labeling issues versus competitors and public authorities, securing its unique selling position and distribution system and obtaining interlocutory injunctions at court against trade dress and trademark infringers.
  • True Fruits, a leading German manufacturer of smoothies in a trademark litigation against an infringer of client’s rights in urgent injunction proceeding obtaining immediate injunction and final permanent cease and desist undertaking from competitor.
  • Leading manufacturer of health food in trademark litigations at district courts in Mannheim and Berlin in a complex trademark infringement dispute involving identical trademarks in connection with the German re-unification.


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