European Patent Attorneys

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European Design Attorneys


Patent Attorneys and Attorneys-At-Law



Our Law Firm



We are lawyers and patent attorneys of an intellectual property law firm who are admitted to practice before the German and European Patent Offices and are specialized in the acquisition and enforcement of industrial property rights. We have comprehensive experience in all legal matters relating to patents, utility models, designs and trademarks.

Our intellectual property law firm represents both German and foreign clients in all technological fields. advotec. has offices in Munich, where the German and European Patent Offices have their headquarters, in Wuerzburg, a city located approximately 100 km south-east of Frankfurt am Main, famous for its local viniculture and sporting a growing local industry, in Giessen, a city located approximately 60 km north of Frankfurt near the center of the optical industry in Wetzlar and the renowned University of Marburg, in Siegen, a city located approximately 100 km east of Cologne, in Straubing, a city located approximately 140 km north-east of Munich and approximately 150 km south-east of Nuremberg, and in Passau, a city referred to as “The Town of Three Rivers” located approximately 200 km east of Munich.

Our partners and staff members, counting approximately 60 members, are organized strictly according to the principles of lean management, enabling us to provide professional services that meet even the highest expectations and to securely manage intellectual property rights.



Fields of
Legal Expertise



Intellectual property, such as a technical invention, a new product design or an appealing trademark, is only a valuable asset if it receives the utmost protection against replications and counterfeits.

In order to ensure this, the range of services provided by our attorneys here at advotec. pertains to the entire field of intellectual property rights. The close collaboration between our patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law moreover yields a high advisory proficiency regarding the fields of license rights and contract law as well as infringements of rights.



Technical Fields



All our patent attorneys have an engineering or scientific degree and practical experience in their field of specialty. These multifarious qualifications allow us to quickly and comprehensively address challenges from any technical field.

Our team


Our patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law are assisted by a technical and legal team as well as by qualified patent law clerks and paralegals.



Patent Attorneys





Technical and

Legal Experts





and Co-Workers



Qualified patent law clerks, paralegals and secretaries round off our team at all our offices.

Our team members attained their skills and expertise through thorough and meticulous training and many years’ experience as well as legal practice in the field of patent law. Thus, our employees and co-workers guarantee a smooth work flow in our offices.






The still budding advotec. Collection has been continually expanded since 2007 in collaboration with Neuer Kunstverein Gießen and is curated by Markus Lepper. For building the collection a dialogic approach was taken in which the scope for the dialog between the works of two artists was defined through the annually staged exhibition format “Kunst-Stücke” with two respective artistic positions.

From this a complex system of relations with changing partners—between the works of an artist and between the works of a yearly grouping—and consequently a relation of all pieces of the collection has been created. Since then, the initially defined scope has been exceeded so that the works of art encourage dialog with the employees.

The leitmotif of the collection is curiosity—though not in the sense of voyeurism—for we allow ourselves to be drawn into a dialog. We want to discover what the proximity of Ekrem Yalçindağ’s ornamental plastic structures to Lucie Beppler’s seemingly fragile graphic textures provokes, how their relation is influenced by Philipp Hennevogl’s detailed abstract realism and how this affects us.

Hence, new situations constantly arise, not just for lovers of art but for our patent attorneys as well who keep works of art in view of their desk and benefit from this in a very special way.

Art liberates, evolves and invites us again and again to discover something that transcends mundane materiality.


How to Find us:


Data Protection





1. Name and Contact Data for the Controller for the Data Processing as well as of the Data Protection Officer


The information on data protection is valid for data being processed by:

Controller: advotec. Patent- und Rechtsanwälte GbR [Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts; Eng.: private corporation] (Partners: Axel von den Steinen, Hartmut Tappe, Dr. Thomas Grünberg, Dr. Oliver Schneider, Peter Schubert und Benjamin Merkel; in the following referred to as advotec.), Beethovenstrasse 5, D-97080 Wuerzburg, Germany


Tel.: +49 (0) 9 31 – 7 96 98 – 0

Fax: +49 (0) 9 31 – 7 96 98 – 11


advotec.’s operational data protection officer can be reached under the abovementioned address, for the attention of Mr. Bernhard Böck or at


2. Collection of Personal Data and Retention thereof as well as the Nature and Purpose of their Use


a) Visiting our Website

When visiting our website, information is automatically sent to the server of our website via the browser you are using on your device. This information is temporally stored in a logfile. The following information is recorded without any action on your part and stored until its automatic deletion:

•   IP address of the requesting computer,
•   data und time of your accessing the website
•   name and URL of the requested file,
•   website from which the request originated (HTTP referer)
•   used browser and possibly operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

The abovementioned data is used for the following purposes:

•   ensuring a smooth connection with the website
•   ensuring a convenient use of our website
•   evaluation of the system security and stability and for further administrative purposes.

The legislative basis for processing data is cited in Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point f of the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation of the EU]. Our legitimate interest yields from the abovementioned purposes for collecting data. Under no circumstances do we use the retained data for the purpose of drawing conclusions to your person.

Moreover, we use cookies when our site is visited. Further information can be found under numeral 4 of our Data Protection Declaration.

b) Use of our Contact Form

Should you have any questions, you can use the contact form provided on our website to contact us. To identify the origin of the query and to be able to respond, we require a valid e-mail address from you. Further information can be given if so required and wished.

Data for the purpose of contacting us is processed according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point a of the GDPR on the basis of your voluntarily issued consent.

The personal data collected for the use of the contact form are automatically deleted after we have replied to your query.


3. Data Distribution


A transfer of your personal data to third parties for uses other than the ones specified below does not take place.

We only distribute your personal data to third parties if at least one of the following applies:

•   you have given your explicit consent according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point a of the GDPR;

•   the disclosure according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point f of the GDPR is required for the enforcement, exertion or defense of legal claims and there is no reason to assume overriding legitimate interest on your part in the non-disclosure of your data;

•   there exists a legal obligation for disclosure according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point c GDPR; and

•   this is legally admissible and required according Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point b of the GDPR for transacting a contractual relationship with you.


4. Cookies


We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files which your browser automatically generates and stores to your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not harm your device, do not contain viruses, Trojan horses or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie which is derived specifically from the used device. However, this does not mean that we obtain immediate knowledge of your identity.

The use of cookies serves, on the one hand, to make the use of our range of services more convenient to users. We therefore use session cookies to identify that you have already visited individual pages of our website; these session cookies are automatically deleted after closing our website.

Furthermore, we also use temporary cookies which are stored on your device for a predetermined period of time so as to optimize user friendliness. When you visit our site again to take advantage of our services, your browser will automatically recognize that you have already visited our website as well as which entries and settings you have employed, making a renewal of these entries and settings redundant.

The data processed using cookies are necessary for the purposes outlined above for maintaining our legitimate interests as well as the interests of third parties according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point f of the GDPR.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies; however, you can configure your browser such that no cookies may be stored to your computer or that you always receive a notification before new cookies are created although completely deactivating cookies may lead to not all functions of our website being available for your use.


5. Rights of the Data Subject


You have the right

•   according to Article 15 of the GDPR to demand intelligence on the personal data we have processed concerning your person. In particular, you can demand intelligence on the processing purpose, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients who have received or will receive your data, the planned storage period, the existence of a right of access, deletion, restrictions on processing or opposition, the existence of a right to appeal, the origin of your data (provided they have not been collected by us) as well as the existence of automatic decision making including profiling and, if required, conclusive information to their details;

•   according to Article 16 of the GDPR to demand the rectification of false or the completion of your saved personal data;

•   according to Article 17 of the GDPR to demand the deletion of your retained personal data provided the processing is not required for exerting the right to free speech and information, for fulfilling a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the validation, exertion or defense of legal claims;

•   according to Article 18 of the GDPR to demand the restriction of processing any of your personal data, provided that you contest the veracity of the data, that the processing of the data is unlawful, however, you oppose the erasure, and that we no longer require the data albeit you require these data for establishing, exercising or defending legal claims, or that you have objected to the processing according to Article 21 of the GDPR;

•   according to Article 20 of the GDPR to receive the personal data which you have provided us in a structured, conventional and machine-readable format or to demand the transfer to a different controller;

•   according to Article 7, Paragraph 3 of the GDPR to revoke your issued consent at any time. This results in our no longer being allowed to process any data which was based on your consent in the future; and

•   according to Article 77 of the GDPR to file a complaint with a supervisory authority. Generally, you can appeal to the supervisory authority of your usual residence or work place or of our legal office.


6. Right to Object


Provided that your personal data has been processed based on legitimate interest according to Article 6, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1, Point f of the GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data according to Article 21 of the GDPR as long as reasons apply which derive from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter instance, you have a general right to object which we implement without any indication to a particular situation.

Should you want to exercise your right of revocation or objection, an e-mail to will suffice.


7. Data Security


For the duration of your visit to our website, we use the commonly used SSL protocol (Secure Socket Layer protocol) in conjunction with the highest encryption code supported by your browser. In general, this is a 256 bit encryption. Should your browser not support 256 bit encryption, we instead resort to 128 bit technology. You can tell by the locked key or lock symbol depicted in the lower status bar of your browser whether or not an individual page of our website is transmitted in an encrypted manner.

In addition, we make use of appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data from accidental or deliberate manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved according to technological development.


8. Currency and Change of this Data Protection Statement


This data protection statement is currently valid as of May 2018.

By further developing our website and by offering our services via our website or owing to changes in legislative or official requirements, it can become necessary to change this Data Protection Statement. You can retrieve and print the current Data Protection Statement at any time from the website at







Statements according to § 5 of the German Telemedia Act [Telemediengesetz, TMG]:




Patent- und Rechtsanwälte
European Patent, Trademark and Design Attorneys


Beethovenstrasse 5
D-97080 Wuerzburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 931 – 7 96 98 – 0
Fax: +49 (0) 931 – 7 96 98 – 11

Further addresses can be found under How to Find Us.


Legal form: Private corporation (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts, GbR)
Partners: Axel von den Steinen, Hartmut Tappe, Dr. Thomas Grünberg,
Dr. Oliver Schneider, Peter Schubert and Benjamin Merkel


VAT Identification Number:

USt-ID (according to § 27a UStG [Umsatzsteuergesetz; Eng.: VAT Act]: DE 812 288 671


Professional Liability Insurance:

R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

Raiffeisenplatz 1

D-65189 Wiesbaden
The jurisdiction of the insurance is (where legally permissible) international.



1. The patent attorneys of the advotec. law firm are members of the Chamber of German Patent Attorneys (Tal 29, D-80331 Munich, Tel.: +49 (0) 89 2422780). The professional title “Patentanwalt” [Eng.: patent attorney] has been conferred in the Federal Republic of Germany. The members admitted to practice before the European Patent Office (European Patent Attorneys) are members of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi).

Patent attorneys are bound, inter alia, by the following professional regulations: German Patent Attorney Regulations [Patentantwaltsordnung], Code of Professional Conduct for German Patent Attorneys [Berufsordnung der Patentanwälte], Professional Standards of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. The sites of the aforementioned regulations can be found on the website of the Chamber of German Patent Attorneys ( under the category “Patent Attorneys” and “Links”. In addition, the representatives admitted to practice before the European Patent Office are also bound by the Code of Conduct of the epi.


2. The attorneys-at-law of the advotec. law firms in Wuerzburg, Munich, Giessen, Siegen and Straubing are admitted to practice in the Federal Republic of Germany and are members either of the Attorney Chamber in Bamberg (Friedrichstrasse 7, 96047 Bamberg, Tel.: +49 (0) 951 – 986200), the Attorney Chamber for the Higher Regional Court in Munich (Tal 33, 80331 Munich, Tel.: +49 (0) 89 – 5329440), the Chamber of Attorneys in Frankfurt am Main (Bockenheimer Anlage 36, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Tel.: +49 (0) 69 – 17009801) or the Chamber of Attorneys in Nuremburg (Fuerther Strasse 115, 90429 Nuremburg, Tel.: +49 (0) 911 – 926330). The professional title “Rechtsanwalt” [Eng.: attorney-at-law] has been conferred in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Attorneys-at-law are bound by professional regulations which can be retrieved from the homepage of the Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer [Federal Chamber of Attorneys-at-Law] under These are, inter alia, the Federal Lawyers’ Act [Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (BRAO)], the Law on the Remuneration of Attorneys [Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz (RGV)], the Rules for Professional Practice [Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte (BORA)], the Regulations on Specialist Lawyers [Fachanwaltsordnung (FAO)], and the Code of Conduct for Attorneys-at-Law of the European Union [Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Union (CCBE)].


3. General Obligation to Provide Information according to § 36 of the Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters [Verbraucherstreitbeilegungsgesetz (VSBG)]: the Arbitration Board of the Legal Profession [Schlichtungsstelle der Rechtsanwaltschaft], Rauchstrasse 26, 10787 Berlin, is responsible for all proprietary disputes arising from the client-lawyer relationship. advotec. is neither legally obligated nor prepared to partake in dispute settlement procedures before a consumer arbitration board according to the Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters (VSBG).


4. The information provided on this website is of a general nature and in no way constitutes legal advice. Despite our constant efforts to keep the provided information up-to-date, advotec. cannot be made liable for the accuracy and completeness of the information distributed on this website.


5. Albeit the quality of the hyperlinks contained on this website is regularly controlled, the contents of the provided hyperlinks contain information which are beyond the control of advotec. Therefore, advotec. does not take responsibility for the linked contents nor does advotec adopt these websites and/or their contents as their own.





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Patent Attorneys and Attorneys-At-Law  Munich · Wuerzburg · Giessen · Siegen · Straubing · Passau