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Dr. Martin Fähndrich


Dr. Martin Fähndrich
English, French, German
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Clients praise his determination, saying: 'He doesn't give up, and is very persistent. He comes up with some very creative arguments.', Chambers Global, 2015. Martin Fähndrich is recommended for patent litigation by Chambers, Who's Who Legal, Legal 500, and JUVE, the leading German legal directory. Being one of only a few German patent litigators having obtained university degrees in both engineering and law, Martin focuses on cases with difficult technical subject matter. He has litigated dozens of cases in each of the fields of automotive, medical devices, telecoms, mechanical engineering, cryptography, electrical engineering and software.

Martin Fähndrich has been a partner since 2004. He focuses on patent litigation and has successfully run more than a hundred cases before the German infringement courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich. Martin particularly focuses on representing his clients in opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office and in nullity actions at the German patent court (Bundespatentgericht). Martin has significant experience in the FRAND defense. He represented ZTE in the leading case Huawei vs. ZTE at the European Court of Justice. Martin has run with numerous multi-jurisdictional matters and is familiar with setting up cross-border litigation strategies.

He has a significant track record in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements and settlements. Martin studied engineering at Munich Technical University between 1986 and 1992. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Munich Technical University (1996). Martin studied law at Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University between 1993 and 1997. In 1995 he worked as visiting engineer at a well-known patent firm in Paris. Between 1995 and 2000, Martin worked in patent prosecution and litigation at an international law firm in Munich and Singapore. He passed the German patent bar exam in 1998 and was admitted to the regular bar in 2000. He joined Hogan Lovells in 2000.

Technically excellent, moves matters ahead

Legal 500 EMEA, 2014

Representative Experience

Represented ZTE at European Court of Justice in Huawei vs. ZTE, a landmark case for whole telecoms industry and patent law community.

Acting for leading OEMs/suppliers Johnson Controls, Thyssen Krupp, and ITW, involving technology including crankshaft bearings, gear shift sets, turbochargers, body-reinforcing elements, and ventilation systems.

Represented engineering clients on patent infringement, nullity and opposition cases.

Represented Stryker, Karl Storz, Fresenius Kabi and the French state in various cases.

Martin litigated numerous LTE, UMTS and speech coding patents.

Litigated patents on aspects of smartphone technology as well as with multiple mode direct conversion receivers, optical transmission systems, optical amplifiers and wavelength division multiplexing.

In the telecoms sector, Martin assisted BlackBerry, ZTE and other leading handset and telecoms infrastructure manufacturers in patent infringement, invalidity and opposition proceedings. Martin litigated numerous LTE, UMTS and speech coding patents. In addition, he litigated patents on other aspects of smartphone technology (antenna, battery, and NFC technology, e-mail communication, communication control, posting, and retrieval of software updates) as well as with multiple mode direct conversion receivers, optical transmission systems, optical amplifiers and wavelength division multiplexing.

Education and admissions


  • Law Degree, LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 1997
  • Dr. iur., Technical University of Munich, 1996
  • Engineering Science, Technical University of Munich, 1992


  • LES
  • IPO
  • GRUR
  • VPP


Patent Litigation

Chambers Global


Patent Litigation



Patent Litigation

Chambers Europe


Patents Infringement

IAM 1000


Patent Law Dispute Resolution

Legal 500 Germany



Who's Who Legal Germany



Who's Who Legal

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