Allen & Overy boosts IP practice in Germany with hire of Anna Wolters-Höhne
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Allen & Overy today announced that renowned life sciences specialist Dr Anna Wolters-Höhne has joined the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice with effect from 1 December 2023. Anna joins the firm having previously been a partner at Bird & Bird.
Anna’s career has spanned almost 20 years, and her expertise covers patent infringement and preliminary injunction proceedings as well as patent damages proceedings before the German courts. She also covers compulsory licence cases and nullity actions before the German Federal Patent Court as well as opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. She regularly coordinates international patent disputes and advises clients from the innovative pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Based in Hamburg, Anna will also guide clients on proceedings at the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
Dr Jan Ebersohl, Head of the German Patent Litigation practice, commented: “For our global clients with intellectual property matters, it is crucial to hire a law firm that is able to provide comprehensive, cross-border advice. Our global IP practice is rapidly expanding with the new addition of Anna Wolters-Höhne following the appointment of Denise Benz as a partner earlier in the year. We are expertly placed to advise clients on cross-border patent disputes at a time when there is more innovation and change in the life sciences sector than ever before. I am thrilled that Anna will be joining our leading practice in Germany.”
David Stone, Global Head of Allen & Overy’s IP practice, commented: “The importance of IP assets continues to grow for our global clients and the life sciences sector is an area of strategic focus for us as a firm with our work spanning the US, China and all of the major markets of Europe. Germany is one of the key markets for patent litigation proceedings. With the launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) this year, we will be able to offer our clients increased support on the ground in Germany in relation to both national proceedings and the UPC. I very much welcome Anna to our global practice group.”
Laëtitia Bénard, Global Co-Head of Life Sciences at Allen & Overy said: “We are thrilled to be growing the intellectual property offering for our life sciences clients operating in Germany. There is a lot of innovation and change in the sector and it’s more important than ever that our clients are provided with the protection they need for their patents. Anna brings a depth of expertise in areas that are really important for our innovative clients, and I am pleased to welcome her to the firm.”