Florian is a highly experienced German attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) having acted in more than a hundred patent infringement cases. His focus is electronics patent litigation, having participated in landmark litigation for Nokia and Broadcom related to both implementation patents and standard essential patents.
Florian spent 14 years at Bird & Bird where he was also active in patent litigation in other sectors, including representing a child seat manufacturer in several patent infringement actions. Many of the disputes in which Florian has been involved have been international, with related cases in other jurisdictions.
Since 2007 Florian has lectured in IP law at Nordakademie Graduate School, Hamburg. Florian has a Master of Laws degree in Patent and Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University, and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He speaks German and English.
- Participating in NPE IPCom series of proceedings against Nokia (SEP and implementation patents), on behalf of Nokia.
- Representing a Japanese electronics company and defending against claims by NPEs as well as competitors.
- Representing a U.S. company as plaintiff in cases relating to chips and network equipment, and in defensive proceeding including enforcement activities.
- Acting for an NPE in litigation involving AMR-WB technology.
- Representing a producer of child security products in various cases against competitors (PI and regular actions)
- Acting for a U.S. company in trademark and unfair competition disputes relating to advertising in Germany.
- Representing an Asian company in proceedings relating to LEDs.
- Negotiating license agreements in connection with transactions for a tech company.
- Autumn 2018
International In-house Counsel Journal, Requirements in SEP License Negotiations – Substantiating a FRAND Offer
- August 2006
Bundesligamagazin, Kennzeichenrechtlicher Schutz von Sportveranstaltungen
CR 2005, Kompatibilitätshinweise bei Computersoftware und ihre kennzeichenrechtlichen Grenzen
GRUR, Review of “Thomas Ubber, Markenrecht im Internet, 2002"
GRUR, Die Verwendung von Gattungsbegriffen als Internetdomains: Zur ‘Mitwohnzentrale.de-Entscheidung des BGH
- March 2002
Publication of Institute of lntellectual Property, Parallel Imports, the Exhaustion of Patents, and TRIPS
GRUR, Zeichenrechtliche Fragen im Internet
Athen, Die Bedeutung des TRIPS-Abkommens für den Schutz des freien Wettbewerbs
- Complex multi-jurisdictional patent litigation
- Strategic IP litigation management
- Advising on SEPs and implementation patents
Education and qualifications
Admitted to the State Bar of New York, 2000
1999 — 2003
Second State Examination, Hamburg Court of Appeal
1998 — 1999
LL.M in Patent and IP Law, The George Washington University
1991 — 1997
First State Examination, University of Göttingen
- 2019 — present
- 2005 — 2019
Counsel, Bird & Bird
- 2003 — 2005
Associate, Pohl & Partner
Awards and recognition
- JUVE 2020 Top patent litigation firms (Germany) - Recommended individuals: Florian is “hard working, aggressive and creative, very good at finding the best strategy.” (link)
- Best Lawyer, 2020 - Ranked in Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 (link)
- IAM Patent 1000, 2020. Florian is “responsive, thorough and dedicated” and "is driven to get the right result and has a great grasp of all details.” (link)
- IP Stars, 2018 - Rising Star for Patent Law
Memberships: GRUR; German-American Lawyers' Association; German-Japanese Lawyers' Association; American Bar Association.