Dr. Friedrich Emmerling

Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Phys.
German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, European Trademark & Design Attorney


Patent litigation and strategic advice on patent portfolios in the areas of:

  • telecommunications, in particular mobile communications
  • semiconductor technology, in particular storage technologies
  • video and audio encoding
  • LED technology
  • software
  • laser physics

Patent litigation
Dr. Emmerling has extensive experience in patent litigation. He represented clients in a large number of opposition and nullity proceedings before the European Patent Office, the German Patent Office, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice.
He cooperates with renowned law firms in parallel international patent infringement proceedings before the regional courts of Mannheim, Düsseldorf, Munich and Hamburg, as well as the Higher Regional Court Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf. Many of these patent disputes are based on standard-essential patents and concern complex technical questions in the field of mobile communications and video technology.
Frequently recommended attorney in the area patent processes/patent attorneys, JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016

Before joining Prüfer & Partner in 2015, Dr. Friedrich Emmerling spent eight years working for Bird & Bird LLP in the field of Intellectual Property as a patent attorney and partner in patent litigation. He completed his education as a patent attorney at Grünecker Kinkeldey Stockmair & Schwanhäusser.
Prior to his work as a patent attorney, Dr. Emmerling served as a senior executive in software development (area manager/vice president at NSE Software AG) and worked in application engineering (department manager at Matsushita Electric Works Europe AG).
He studied physics and made his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Munich.

Recht der Computer- und Videospiele, published by Dr. Alexander Duisberg lawyer and Dr. Henriette Picot, 2013, Patentability of Computer Games, Dr. Tobias Reker, Dr. Friedrich Emmerling
Patentschutz im Finanzdienstleistungsbereich, Dr. Friedrich Emmerling, Der iP Rechtsberater, Volume 8, August 20112
Freie Fahrt für Investitionen, Windows-VFAT-Dateisystem: BGH bejaht erstmals Patentschutz, Dr. Friedrich Emmerling, Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Volume 10, Mai 2010 

German Chamber of Patent Attorneys
epi - European Patent Institute
FICPI - International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
GRUR - German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

German, English 


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