Dr. Felipe Zilly

Dr. Felipe Zilly

Senior Associate/Patent Attorney

Email felipe.zilly@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 211 13 68 346

Fax +49 211 13 68 100

LanguagesEnglish, German, Spanish

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Felipe Zilly successfully advises clients on German and European patent law. He focusses on national and European patent litigation and invalidation proceedings, especially in the area of (bio-)chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and production processes.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Felipe worked as an in-house patent attorney for a big multinational consumer goods company based in Dusseldorf. He was responsible for patent matters in connection with solid laundry detergents, laundry detergent production processes, and laundry/home care-related IoT devices. His work included patent drafting, patent prosecution, Freedom-to-Operate analyses, and conducting first and second instance opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office, including the corresponding oral proceedings.

After graduating in biochemistry with an emphasis on biochemistry and physical chemistry, Felipe focussed his doctoral studies on molecular neuroscience and his post-doctoral studies at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, on directed enzyme evolution for organic synthesis.

Felipe then joined an international patent law firm and trained to become German and European Patent Attorney. The training included studying “Law for Patent Attorneys” and placements at the civil court in Düsseldorf, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, and the Federal Patent Court in Munich.

Education and admissions


Business Chemist (MSc equiv.), University of Hagen, 2015

Doctor of natural sciences, University of Göttingen/Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, 2006

Biochemist (MSc equiv.), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2002


Chamber of Patent Attorneys

European Institute of Representatives before the European Patent Office

Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle



Representative experience

Handling of more than 60 first and second instance opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.*

IP Due Diligence in M&A projects.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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