Dr. Utz Kador LL.M.
is a German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and founded Kador and Partner in 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 Patents Commission of the UNION of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property. 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 Trademarks Committee of LES International. Furthermore, he was a member of the International Trademark Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for a number of years. At present he is a member of the ”Community Trademark Committee“ of INTA.
Utz is fluent in German and 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 plays basketball regularly in a team.
studied law at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. During her legal internship she worked at a law firm in San Francisco to gain experience in US 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 enforcing adequate rights as well as strategic planning as to 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 Trademark 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 skiing in wintertime.
Dr. Bernhard Pillep
joined Kador & Partner in 1999. He has been 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 graduate degree (“Diplom“). While working on his dissertation at 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 opposition and appeal matters involving European patents, where he considers a good and thorough preparation to be the key to success. He also deals with FTO studies, validity and infringement opinions and matters involving the German Employees' Inventions Act. Bernhard also handles trademarks and designs.
Bernhard is fluent in German, English and French and speaks some Italian and Thai. When away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his friends having a good brew, often in a Munich microbrewery “Giesinger Bräu”, of which he is a co-owner.
Dr. Claus Schindele
joined Kador & Partner in December 2005 after training to be a German and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney at a well-known Munich IP law firm.
Claus studied chemistry at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. In his dissertation, he dealt with the applicability of allyl cations in organic synthesis. He spent several months at UCLA (Los Angeles, U.S.A) 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 is patent cases and he very much enjoys competitive situations such as oral proceedings or negotiations. In such situations he has been quite successful by always expecting the unexpected. Claus is also fascinated by any sort of smart technical solution and considers the key aspect of his work as a patent attorney to be turning a smart technical solution into successful business. As the key to success, he believes in well thought-out applications and persistence in acquiring and defending IP rights.
Claus is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of Italian. He is married and has two kids. In his spare time he much enjoys endurance sports such as mountain biking and running, including long distance events.
joined Kador & Partner in September 2006 after having practiced at another Munich IP law firm as a 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 pharmaceutical chemistry before graduating as a ”Diplom-Chemiker”. He continued as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, where he acquired special expertise in medical technology, food chemistry, biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbiology.
Stefan gained practical experience in industrial property rights at a U.S. Patent Attorneys' office in Alameda, California.
At our firm, Stefan handles any kind of patent case 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 is fluent in German, English and French. He also speaks some Spanish and is acquiring knowledge of Japanese.
Dr. Kerstin Reitwießner
joined Kador & Partner in October 2006 and has worked 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), completing 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, then being awarded a doctorate degree (Dr.-Ing.).
At our firm Kerstin handles any kind of patent case 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 also speaks French and Spanish.
In her free time she enjoys working on a small cropping farm and in the woods. She likes hiking and traveling.
Dr. Laura Fé
joined Kador & Partner in September 2009 as a European Patent Attorney, after having worked at various large international pharmaceutical companies for several years.
Laura attained her Master's degree from the University of Parma (IT) and her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Leuven (B) with an internship at the largest European microelectronics research center (IMEC).
Prior to joining Kador & Partner, she was IP department head at Chiesi S.p.A. 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 currently centers 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 is also 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 traveling and socializing. Lately she has also become interested in healthy nutrition and functional medicine.
joined Kador & Partner in January 2011 as an attorney at law in our trade mark department. She works at 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 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 handles all kinds of German, European and international trade mark matters, including obtaining and enforcing trademarks. She deals 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 and has basic knowledge of French and Italian.
Dr. Alexander Racz
joined Kador & Partner in June 2008 and has practiced 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 graduated with distinction in 2004. His diploma thesis, ”Electrochemical Oxidation of Substituted Pyridinium Compounds“ was in 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.
At 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 German and English and also speaks French.
In his spare time, Alexander enjoys all kinds of sports, travel, 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.
studied law at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She has been on our trade mark team since 2001. Besides speaking fluent English, she also speaks some Italian.
Barbara's work revolves around performing and asserting trade mark and design applications with an international focus. It is of great concern to her to actively support our clients during the "trade mark finding phase" by doing trade mark searches and market analysis and advising on the availability and strength of the new trade mark.
Barbara also advises our clients on how to develop individual trade mark strategies and how to manage the trade mark portfolio. Trade mark monitoring and analyzing the prospects of success for opposition and cancellation proceedings also belong to her range of tasks. Other tasks are of course defending and asserting trade mark rights before the relevant offices, including out-of-court agreements, and advising on copyright infringements.
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 has practiced as a European and German Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 2013.
She studied biology with a focus on biochemistry, genetics and developmental biology at the Technical University of Darmstadt, obtaining her diploma in 2004. 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 prosecuting German and European patents, mainly in the area of pharmacy and biotechnology but also in 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 has practiced as a German Patent Agent since November 2015.
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 Lilli came back to Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, this time to the Institute of 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 in polymer and general chemistry.
Lilli speaks German and is fluent in English.
Dr. Sebastian Siebenhaar
joined Kador & Partner in May 2011 and has practiced as a German Patent and European Trade Mark Attorney since 2015.
Sebastian studied biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth with a focus on protein biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, genetics and microbiology. He graduated with honors in 2006 with a 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, receiving “summa cum laude” and the Otto-Warburg Doctorate Award in chemistry.
At Kador & Partner Sebastian predominantly deals with granting, opposition and appeal proceedings in the field of chemistry and biotechnology as well as in the fields of pharmacy and medical engineering. Sebastian is fluent in German and English and also speaks French.
In his leisure time, he enjoys football and boxing as well as playing the guitar.
Dr. Wilhelm Alexander Eger
Wilhelm joined Kador & Partner in October 2012 and he has practiced as a German Patent Agent since March 2016.
He studied chemistry at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, focusing on 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, completing it in 2004. During his PhD studies at the chair of organic and macromolecular chemistry at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena his research focused on further investigation of reaction pathways of the enzymatic core of carbonic anhydrase with heterocumulenes.
In 2009, Wilhelm had a postdoc position at the University of Queensland in Brisbane/Australia. During this time he studied metal complexes (zinc, silver) and their reaction mechanisms. From 2010 to 2012 he had another postdoc position at the Technical University of Munich, where 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, particularly polymer chemistry, as well as in the area of computer implemented inventions. Wilhelm is fluent in German and English.
Whenever his time allows, he is out mountaineering or skiing but he also enjoys spending time on new computer systems and car mechanics.