Dr. Clemens Plassmann

Dr. Clemens Plassmann


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 211 13 68 360

Fax +49 211 13 68 100

LanguagesGerman, English, French

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

"Clemens Plassmann focuses on patent infringement lawsuits and transactional IP matters."

Who's who Legal, 2016

Clemens Plassmann is a leader in intellectual property matters with a focus on technical IP rights (patents and utility models).

Clemens conducted numerous patent infringement lawsuits before the German civil courts and worked on parallel validity proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the German Federal Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. He has a great deal of experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent disputes (including arbitrations) in Europe. Clemens is also active in client counselling as regards licensing, transactional IP and the law of employees' inventions. He increasingly advises on strategic issues related to the upcoming system of the Unified Patent Court in Europe. 

Awards and recognitions


One of the world's leading practitioners for patent litigation
Who's Who Legal - Life Sciences


Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
Legal 500 EMEA


Recommended lawyer for patent law
JUVE handbook


Listed as Patent star - Germany
Managing Intellectual PropertyIP STARS


Recommended lawyer for infringement – Bronze Band
IAM Patent 1000


Recommend lawyer for Patents: Dispute Settlement
Legal 500 Germany


Included as an IP Star for Germany
IP Stars


One of the world's leading practitioners for patent litigation
Who's Who Legal - Life Sciences


One of the leading practitioners for patent litigation in Germany
Who's Who Legal


Winner in the category Trade Secrets and Confidential Know how, Germany
Legal Awards


Listed in Best Lawyers
Global Business Edition


Included as an IP Star for Germany
IP Stars


Listed in Best Lawyers
Germany Business Edition


One of the world's leading patent professionals
IAM Patent 1000

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., Freie Universität Berlin, 1996

Second State Exam in Law, Berlin, 1995

First State Exam in Law, LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 1990


German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP)

European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)

Representative experience

Advising in major transactions on various IP issues (examination of IP portfolios; assessment of related risks, etc.).

Coordinating complex Europe-wide patent litigation for an innovative medical devices company over the last 10 years.

Conducting comprehensive arbitration proceedings according to the rules of arbitration of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

FRAND-Defense against infringement actions based on Standard Essential Patents.

Acting for QIAGEN in complex biotech patent disputes.

Conducting a major licensing dispute before the German courts from first to last instance (life sciences).

Advising and representing a manufacturer of special chemicals in the field of trade secrets and know-how protection.

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