Dr. Utz Kador LL.M.
is a German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and founded Kador and Partner in the year 1974. As a trained chemist with particular experience in the polymer field, and as a chemical engineer, he is mainly engaged in patent matters in these fields, especially in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. In addition, he deals with applications and patents in the fields of physics, steel manufacturing, optics and mechanics, as well as with trade mark cases and license agreements.
Utz is a member of the Working Committee “Patents” of the Union of the European Patent Attorneys. For many years, he was secretary and member of the board of the German Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and international delegate of LES. He has also been chairman of the trade mark Committee of LES International. Furthermore, he has been a member of the International trade mark Committee of the International trade mark Association (INTA) for a number of years. At present he is a member of the "Community trade mark Committee" of INTA.
Apart from his mother tongue German, Utz is fluent in English and also speaks French, Italian and Spanish. In his spare time he enjoys all kind of mountaineering activities such as hiking in summer and ski trekking in winter. He also regularly plays basketball in a team.
studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. During her legal internship she worked at a law firm in San Francisco to gain experience in U.S. law. Returning to Germany, she specialized in intellectual property law and joined Kador & Partner in 1998.
Corinna advises clients in German, European and International trade mark and design matters, including obtaining and enforcement of adequate rights as well as strategic planning where and what to file. Her core area covers availability searches, preparation and prosecution of filings, and handling oppositions, cancellation actions and infringement matters.
She also handles cases relating to anti counterfeiting and product piracy including litigation and is a long standing member of the International trade mark Association (INTA).
Corinna is fluent in German and English, and has basic knowledge of French and Italian. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her two girls and her husband, for example by skiing in wintertime.
Dr. Bernhard Pillep
joined Kador & Partner 1999. He is practicing as a German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 2003 and became a partner to the firm in 2004.
Bernhard studied general chemistry and chemical engineering at the Universities of Regensburg and Karlsruhe where he obtained a Diploma degree. During the work for his dissertation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich he spent several months at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California (U.S.A). In 1999 he obtained his doctorate degree with "summa cum laude".
At Kador & Partner, Bernhard is involved in all kinds of patent cases, including drafting, filing and prosecution of patents, and he has particular expertise in relation to opposition and appeal matters against European patents where he considers a good and thorough preparation to be the key issue for success. He also deals with FTO studies, validity and infringement opinions and matters involving the German Employees Inventors Act. Bernhard is also handling trade marks and designs.
Bernhard is fluent in German, English and French and speaks some Italian and Thai. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his friends having a good brew, often in a Munich microbrewery “Giesinger Bräu” where he is a co-owner.
Dr. Claus Schindele
joined Kador & Partner in December 2005 after his education as a German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney at a well-known Munich IP law firm.
Claus studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. In his dissertation, he dealt with the applicability of allyl cations in organic synthesis. He spent several months at UCLA (Los Angeles, USA) as a visiting scientist and assistant lecturer.
He has expert knowledge of organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer chemistry and physical chemistry. At Kador & Partner, his core area are patent cases and he very much enjoys competitive situations such as oral proceedings or negotiations. In such situations he has been quite successful by expecting always the unexpected. Claus is further fascinated by any sort of smart technical solutions and considers the key aspect of his work as a patent attorney to be turning such smart technical solutions into successful business cases. As the key to success he believes in well-thought applications and further persistence in acquiring and defending IP rights.
Claus fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of Italian. He is married and has two kids. In his spare time he very much enjoys endurance sports such as mountain biking as well as running including participation in long distance events.
joined Kador & Partner in September 2006 after having practiced at another Munich IP law firm as German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 1995.
During his studies at the Technical University of Munich Stefan dealt with subjects in organometallic and polymer chemistry as well as in pharmaceutical chemistry before graduating as a Diplom-Chemiker. He continued as scientific assistant at the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry where he acquired special expertise in medical technology, food chemistry, biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbiology.
Stefan obtained practical experience in industrial property rights in a US Patent Attorneys' office in Alameda, California.
In our firm Stefan handles each kind of patent cases and has special expertise in prosecution, opposition, and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office and the German Federal Patent Court. He also represents our clients in litigation proceedings and is involved in expert opinions, patent clearances and litigation.
Stefan speaks German as his mother tongue and is fluent in English and French. He, furthermore, speaks some Spanish and is acquiring knowledge in Japanese.
Dr. Kerstin Reitwießner
joined Kador & Partner in October 2006 and is working as a European and German Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 2010.
Kerstin studied chemistry with a focus on biochemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) and completed her studies in 2000 as a graduate engineer with a diploma thesis in the field of cellular and molecular biology. In her subsequent dissertation at the Clemens-Schöpf Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the TU Darmstadt, she researched the molecular mechanism of apoptosis in human endothelial cells and was awarded a doctorate degree (Dr.-Ing.).
In our firm Kerstin handles each kind of patent cases mostly in the chemical field, especially polymer chemistry but also in mechanical engineering and steelmaking. She especially enjoys the discussions with the inventors when drafting patent applications.
Kerstin is fluent in German and English and speaks French and Spanish.
In her free time she enjoys working on a small cropping farm and in the woods. She likes hiking and travelling.
Dr. Laura Fé
joined Kador & Partner in September 2009 as a European Patent Attorney, after having worked in various large international pharmaceutical companies for several years.
Laura attained her Master degree from the University of Parma (IT) and her doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Leuven (B) with internship in the largest European microelectronics research centre (IMEC).
Prior to joining Kador&Partner, she was intellectual property department head in Chiesi Spa and in-house patent counsel with Novartis and later General Electric. Having worked for global companies in a wide range of technologies, Laura is well practiced in understanding the dynamics and needs of a variety of corporate clients. She is versatile and provides tailored service to help businesses achieve specific goals. Her strength is to offer effective and creative solutions.
Her daily practice presently centres on prosecution and opposition before the EPO. Laura also has first-hand experience with due diligence work and infringement and invalidity studies to support European product launches. She has also contributed to the definition and implementation of strategic patent policies in a corporate setting.
Laura is Italian and, in addition to her mother tongue Italian, she is fluent in English, speaks Dutch and has a basic knowledge of French and German. She is married and the mother of two girls. In her free time she enjoys travelling, socialising and meeting people. Lately she is very interested in healthy nutrition and functional medicine.
joined Kador & Partner in January 2011 as an attorney at law in our trade mark department. She is working in our branch office in Innsbruck.
Astrid studied law at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. After passing the exam for the recognition of her degree in Spain at the University of Granada, she worked from 2000 to 2010 for an international law firm in Málaga, Spain. During these years she was regularly engaged with trade mark matters.
At Kador & Partner, Astrid is handling all kinds of German, European and International trade mark matters, including obtaining and enforcement of trade marks. She is dealing with availability searches, preparation and prosecution of filings, and oppositions, cancellation actions and infringement matters.
Apart from German, Astrid is fluent in Spanish and English, has basic knowledge of French and Italian.
Dr. Alexander Racz
joined Kador & Partner in June 2008 and is practicing as a European and German Patent and Trade Mark attorney since 2012.
Alexander studied chemistry with a focus on physical chemistry at the University of Vienna. He passed his study with distinction in 2004. His diploma thesis „Electrochemical Oxidation of Substituted Pyridinium Compounds“ was related to the field of electrochemistry and received an award from the Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCH). In his dissertation at the Department of Physics of the Technical University of Munich he worked on the synthesis and characterization of platinum and ruthenium selenide catalysts for the cathodic reduction of oxygen in fuel cells.
In our firm, Alexander deals with all kinds of patent cases, from prosecution to opposition and appeal cases. He also handles infringement cases and FTO studies.
Alexander is fluent in English and speaks French.
In his spare time, Alexander is enjoying all kinds of sportive activities, likes travelling, arts and building models.
Dr. Otto Berngruber
is a chemist and has been admitted as a German and European patent attorney since 1976. For our office, Otto deals principally with patent matters in the field of chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutics and mechanics. In addition, he has a long experience in dealing with trade mark matters.
Otto speaks German, is fluent in English and speaks some Spanish.
Dolores López Onrubia
is a qualified Lawyer and admitted to the Professional Association of Lawyers of Alicante (Ilustre Colegio Provincial de Abogados de Alicante). At university she specialized in civil law. Mrs. López looks after our Alicante office.
Apart from her native language Spanish, she possesses working knowledge of English.
born in 1970, completed her law studies at the University of Innsbruck/Austria in 1994 and worked as an assistant lecturer. After her studies, she decided to combine her specialised legal knowledge with some experience in a free enterprise. Therefore, Ms. Regensburger worked in the distribution department of a big US pharmaceutical group in Salzburg and as a project-manager for an architecture firm at Lake Constance. Additionally, she participated in several training courses at the German Chamber of Commerce on project management and human resource management.
Ms. Regensburger joined the group in October 2001 and specialised in German, European and International trade mark matters.
She is fluent in English and speaks some Dutch and Italian.
Silke studied Spanish and English languages at Leipzig University. After completing her studies in 1986, she was employed as a translator at an internationally operating company, which specialized in refrigeration technology.
Silke joined Kador & Partner in October 1991 and took over the position of office manager at the beginning of 1993. She is responsible for all kinds of organizational work, including, in particular, the time monitoring of due dates.
Dr. Karoline Bopp
joined Kador & Partner in August 2008 and is practicing as a European and German Patent and Trade Mark attorney since 2014.
She studied biology with focus on biochemistry, genetics and developmental biology at Technical University of Darmstadt and finished in 2004 with her diploma. She prepared her diploma thesis at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, working in the field of molecular cell biology. Her dissertation at the Department of Molecular Structural Biology of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry dealt with the in vitro expression and functional analysis of protein complexes for their subsequent structure determination in a close to native state by means of cryo-electron tomography.
Karoline is involved in all kinds of patent matters, including drafting, filing and prosecution of German and European patents, mainly in the area of pharmacy and biotechnology but also polymer and general chemistry.
She is fluent in German and English and speaks some French.
Karoline enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two kids, often skiing, hiking or sailing.
Lydia Lilli Neumann
joined Kador & Partner in January 2011 and is practicing as a German Patent Agent since 2016.
She studied biology at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Her main focus was on genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and physical chemistry. Lilli graduated in 2002 with a Diploma in Biology. For her diploma thesis, she spent one year in Great Britain at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich where she worked on immunity and disease resistance in plants.
For the practical part of her doctorate Lydia Neumann came back to Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, this time to the Institute for Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine. She worked on tumor biology, specifically examining gene regulation of proteins associated with human melanoma.
At Kador & Partner Lilly is involved in all kinds of patent matters, including drafting, filing and prosecution of German and European patents, mainly in the area of pharmacy and biotechnology but also polymer and general chemistry.
Lilli speaks German and is fluent in English.
Dr. Sebastian Siebenhaar
joined Kador & Partner in May 2011 and is practicing as a German Patent and European Trade Mark attorney since 2015.
Sebastian studied biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth with focus on protein biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, genetics and microbiology. He finished his studies with honors in 2006 with his diploma thesis on the recombinant preparation of protein thioesters.
His subsequent dissertation at the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry of the University of Bayreuth dealt with the heterologous expression and chemical modification of protein fragments and with the semisynthesis of uniform glycoproteins by native chemical ligation. In 2011 he received his doctorate degree which was awarded with “summa cum laude” and the Otto-Warburg Doctorate Award in chemistry.
At Kador & Partner Sebastian is predominantly dealing with granting, opposition and appeal proceedings in the field of chemistry and biotechnology as well as in the field of pharmacy and medical engineering.
Besides German as his mother tongue, Dr. Siebenhaar is fluent in English and speaks French.
In his leisure time, he enjoys football and boxing as well as playing the guitar.
Dr. Johannes Wehner
joined Kador & Partner in October 2012 and, since January 2016, he practices as German Patent Attorney as well as European Trademark and Design Attorney.
Besides being Economic Lawyer by training, Johannes holds an LLM and a PhD in Chemistry. He studied law with a minor in economics at the University of Bayreuth. He finished his economic education with the degree ‘Economic Lawyer’ (Wirtschaftsjurist Universität Bayreuth) in 2003. In 2004 he received a law degree from Christiana Albertina University of Kiel (1. State Exam; Diplom-Jurist, Universität Kiel).
From 2004 till 2009 Johannes studied chemistry at Kiel University. During his studies he specialized in organic and medicinal chemistry and gathered practical experience in the polyurethane department of the BASF. For his subsequent PhD studies at the Otto Diels Institute of Organic Chemistry in Kiel he was awarded a fund of the Evonik Foundation. His PhD studies were focused on organic and biological chemistry, comprising synthesis, surface functionalization and biological testing. Johannes received his PhD in Chemistry in 2012.
Besides his training at Kador & Partner Johannes completed an LLM program in Technology and Intellectual Property Law at The University of Liverpool.
At Kador & Partner Johannes is involved in all kinds of patent matters, including drafting, filing and prosecution of German and European patents, mainly in the area of polymer chemistry and chemical engineering, but also general chemistry.
Johannes speaks German and is fluent in English.
Dr. Wilhelm Alexander Eger
Wilhelm joined Kador & Partner in 2012 and he is practicing as a German patent agent since 2016.
He studied chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena with main topics bioorganic and inorganic chemistry as well as quantum mechanical calculations. In his diploma thesis he investigated the reaction mechanism of the enzymatic core of carbonic anhydrase with methyl isothiocyanate und finished it in 2004. During his PhD at the chair of organic and macromolecular chemistry of the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena his research focused on further investigation of reaction pathways of the enzymatic core of carbonic anhydrase with hetero cumulenes”.
In the year 2009, Wilhelm was engaged as a Postdoc at the University of Queensland in Brisbane/Australia. During this time he studied metal complexes (zinc, silver) and their reaction mechanisms. 2010 to 2012 he occupied another postdoc position at the Technical University of Munich, in which his research focused on silane chemistry, CO2 fixation as well as ionic liquids.
At Kador & Partner Wilhelm focuses on granting, opposition and appeal procedures in the area of chemistry, in particular polymer chemistry, as well as in the area of computer implemented inventions.
Besides his mother tongue German, Wilhelm is fluent in English.
Whenever his time allows he is out mountaineering or skiing but he also enjoys spending time on new computer systems and car mechanics.