At 2K Patent- und Rechtsanwälte in Munich, we cover all areas of all areas of intellectual property. In the patent field we are particularly experienced in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and related fields.
Dr. Alexander STRAUS
Dr.-Phil. Dipl.-Chem. [BS in Physics], German and European Patent Attorney, European Trademark Attorney
Dr. Alexander Straus studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, specialising in biochemistry and molecular biology. During his PhD thesis, he worked in the laboratories of Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel (CH) under the scientific supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Werner Arber, Nobel Prize winner.
Since 1992, Dr. Straus has been working in the field of intellectual property. He has advised renowned international applicants in a large number of patent and trade mark proceedings, including application, nullity, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European and German Patent Offices. He has also assisted patent owners and defendants in a number of patent infringement proceedings before German Courts. As a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys, the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI), the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), he also lectures on selected IP topics at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan (China).
Lawyer, European Trademark Attorney
Rainer Michael Saffer studied law at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, specialising in contract law during his studies. In the course of his legal activities, he focused on international contract law. Among others he worked in the legal department of the City of San Francisco, CA, USA, in the International Business Affairs Department of the Bertelsmann Music Group, and as legal counsel for a corporate group specialising in the management of real estate in an international environment. Subsequently, in his position as managing director of companies specialising in the trade of merchandising products, Mr. Saffer focused in the areas of licensing and trademark law, in which he is active at the law firm 2K Patent- und Rechtsanwälte.
Dr. Benjamin Schreiner completed his studies in biology at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he focused in particular on cell and neurobiology. His doctoral studies focused on the physiology of the sensory system of irritating natural substances. Having successfully completed his studies, he did a post-doctoral research in the field of chemosensory stimulation and worked subsequently in the field of safety assessment of medical devices in the industry. In the course of his activities in the field of intellectual property, Dr. Schreiner was mainly involved in the preparation and prosecution of European and German patent applications before the respective offices.
Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. mult. Joseph STRAUS
Prof. Straus is Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, full Titular Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University in Ljubljana and Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. He taught European and German patent and utility model law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Munich for over 20 years and the course “Chemical and Biotech Patents” for 18 years, as Marshall B. Coyne Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law, at the George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.. In 2003, he was one of the founders of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) (as a joint foundation of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, the Technical University of Munich, the George Washington University School of Law, Washington D.C. and the University of Augsburg) and as Chair of the Managing Board its Chairman for five years. After his retirement as Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Prof. Straus held the “NIPMO-UNISA Chair in Intellectual Property Management” at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. As a Visiting Professor, Prof. Straus has taught at Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, N.Y., the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto and Tsinghua University Faculty of Law in Beijing.
He also holds several honorary professorships from various Chinese universities, where he frequently lectures. In intellectual property matters, in particular patent law, Prof. Straus has advised national and international governmental organizations such as the OECD, WIPO, EU Commission, the Swiss and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and has participated in legislative projects. Through his involvement in numerous important patent disputes in Europe, the U.S., Japan and other countries, Prof. Straus also has fundamental practical experience.
Ever since receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Lausanne, Dr. Roman Vuille has been specializing in the development, protection and valorisation of innovations, in particular in the field of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutrition (nutraceuticals) and food products.
He served as Vice-President (IP & Legal) of Debiopharm SA, Lausanne and as Head of the Nestlé Patent Department taking care of the respective IP-portfolio. Since 2002, he has been an independent advisor specialized in Intellectual Property advising clients in prosecution and litigation cases. He regularly teaches patent drafting in various countries as part of the WIPO international training network.
CONTACT & LOCATION
2K Patent- und Rechtsanwälte
From the airport, take the public transport (S-Bahn) to Munich main station; from there, continue with line S3 in the direction of Holzkirchen to exit at stop Furth (B Deisenhofen). Then it is a 500m walk to our office, Keltenring 9 (see map below).