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Anna-Katharina Friese, Europajuristin (University of Würzburg)

Senior Associate

Anna-Katharina Friese, Europajuristin (University of Würzburg)

Anna-Katharina Friese focuses on all aspects of patent law and on the protection of trade secrets and know-how. She has extensive experience in all kinds of patent litigation matters for international and national clients.

Anna's legal advice focuses on patent infringement proceedings (main action, preliminary injunctions and inspection proceedings) and other technical protective rights at German infringement courts. She also conducts patent nullity proceedings at the German Federal patent Court and Federal Supreme Court. Her work includes the coordination of parallel international patent disputes and the strategic advice regarding the new Unified Patent Court and the European Patent with unitary effect.

In addition to litigation and general patent law advice, including freedom-to-operate analysis, Anna drafts license agreements and technology purchase agreements and advises on IP transactions. Another significant aspect of Anna's work is the protection of trade secrets and know-how. This includes consulting clients regarding an effective protection of their know-how as well as representing them in court proceedings in cases of know-how theft or drafting of joint venture and research and development agreements.

Anna studied law at the Julius-Maximilians University in Wuerzburg. During her law studies, she graduated in a parallel study about European Law. As part of her studies, Anna spent one year at the law school of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In the course of her legal clerkship in Hamburg, she worked, inter alia, for the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China.

Representative Experience

Representation in patent infringement proceedings and nullity proceedings relating to multiple patents in the field of mounting machines for a Swedish engineering company.

Representation in various patent infringement proceedings, inter alia regarding radio controlled watches, and continuous advice on their IP license agreements for one of Germany's largest retailers.

Representation in patent infringement proceeding regarding shavers for one of the world's leading technology companies.

Representation in patent infringement proceeding and draft of freedom-to-operate analysis for an international medical company.

Representation in a preliminary injunction and patent vindication action for an airplane manufacturer.

Advice in connection with cooperation agreements and research and development agreements and license agreements for German and international engineering companies.

Advice regarding several patent infringement cases and research and development and cooperation agreements for a wind energy unit manufacturer.

Advice regarding technology purchase agreements for a Danish engineering company.

Education and admissions


  • Second State Exam in Law, Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, 2011
  • Accompanying Studies European Law, JMU Würzburg (Julius-Maximilians-Universität), 2008
  • First State Exam in Law, JMU Würzburg (Julius-Maximilians-Universität), 2008


  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP)

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