Dr. Steffen Steininger, M.Jur. (Oxford)

Dr. Steffen Steininger, M.Jur. (Oxford)


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

Renown and technically adept

IAM Patent 1000, 2019

Steffen Steininger is at his best when IP issues get really challenging. A trial lawyer with more than fifteen years of experience in patent infringement and validity litigation at all major German District and Appeals Courts, the German Federal Supreme Court, the German Patent Court and the EPO, Steffen can draw on the experience of 250 plus cases in which he acted as lead counsel for his clients. For many of these cases Steffen has masterminded international strategies including parallel litigation in the U.S., the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy. The strategies which he tailors both for international companies and start-ups strive to provide the best results while using his client's resources efficiently.

For his work Steffen, can draw on a deep understanding of the telecoms, automotive, renewable energy and life sciences industries. Steffen also guides clients through the pitfalls of unfair competition litigation, the negotiation of licensing agreements and IP transactions. He has a wealth of knowledge on the new Unitary Patent and UPC and authors in Tilmann / Plassmann, Unified Patent Protection in Europe (Oxford University Press). 

JUVE, the leading German directory, has been listing Steffen for many years as "highly recommended" for patent litigation and in its 2019 /2020 edition quotes competitors describing him as a "technically very well versed litigator". Legal 500 2021 lists him as one of only few “leading names” of patent litigators for Germany. Wirtschaftswoche listed him in 2017 as one of only 20 German lawyers for the "first league of patents in Germany".

Steffen heads our Munich patent litigation group. In addition to that he supervises Hogan Lovells Citizenship activities for Continental Europe. He studied law in Regensburg (Germany) and Paris (France). He received a Master's degree from the University of Oxford (UK) in 1999 and a Ph.D. in the area of international procedural law in Germany in 2002.

Awards and recognitions


Recommended lawyer for Patent Law: Dispute Resolution
Legal 500 Germany


Leading lawyer for patent litigation
Legal 500 Germany


Recommended lawyer for patent litigation
JUVE handbook


Included for Intellectual Property Law
Edition Best Lawyers™ in Germany, 2019


Recommended lawyer for patents
JUVE handbook


Listed as IP Star, Managing Patent
Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS


Recommended lawyer for patents
Legal 500 Germany


Recommended lawyer for infringement
IAM Patent 1000


Recommended lawyer for patent litigation
Chambers Europe & Global


Recommended lawyer for patents


Recommended lawyer for patent litigation
Chambers Europe & Global

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., University of Regensburg, 2002

Second State Exam in Law, Bavaria, 2002

M.Jur., University of Oxford, 1999

First State Exam in Law, University of Regensburg, 1998


German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Friends of the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law

Association of Experts on Intellectual Property (VPP)

Representative experience

Representing LG Electronics in patent litigation proceedings in the telecommunication and appliance industries adverse to various NPEs and competitors.

Permanent advisor to Israelian renewable energy company SolarEdge in a series of patent infringement and validity proceedings.

Representing Texas Instruments in high profile patent infringement and nullity proceedings against a patent licensing company relating to telecommunication standards.

Advising a major international automotive supplier in patent litigation (including preliminary injunction) proceedings against a competitor relating to brake systems.

Permanent advisor to a leading U.S. based pharmaceutical company regarding patent licensing and employee inventions.

Advising an international technology company re the acquisition/transfer of a patent portfolio including more than 2000 patent families.

Advising leading German mobile phone operator in patent litigation against non-practicing entity relating to UMTS standards; case went to German Federal Supreme Court.

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