Christof Höhne

Partner, Attorney-at-law

Christof is an attorney-at-law and head of the Düsseldorf office. The main focus of his work is patent litigation with particular expertise in the fields of electronics, pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering. He also represents clients, alongside patent-attorneys, in parallel opposition and nullity proceedings before the European Patent Office, Federal Patent Court and Federal Supreme Court.

Before joining EIP, Christof worked in the patent litigation team of Bird & Bird LLP and Taylor Wessing, where he was appointed partner in 2015.

Christof holds a Law degree from the University of Constance and is a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz). He speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • Acting for Plaintiff in multinational electronics litigation.
  • Acting for Plaintiff in comprehensive standard-essential patent litigation relating to connected cars. (link)
  • Acting for Defendant in home electronics litigation.
  • Acting for Plaintiff in comprehensive multinational electronics litigation relating to telecommunication patents. (link)

Published articles

  • 10 September 2019
    Lawyer Monthly, Striking A Balance: SPC Manufacturing Waiver (link)
  • 28 May 2019
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Block by block (link)
  • March 2019
    European Pharmaceutical Review, Compulsory licenses in Germany: a tool for licensing negotiations? (link)
  • 7 August 2018
    Lawyer Monthly, Why is FRAND important for the automotive industry? (link)
  • 2018
    IP Rechtsberater, Erfolgreicher Erschöpfungseinwand ohne Berücksichtigung der Verkehrsauffassung
  • 9 April 2018
    Lawyer Monthly, The Driverless Race Is On: Patenting Autonomous Driving (link)
  • 2 January 2018
    European Pharmaceutical Review, Pharma patent challenges for 2018 (link)

Education and qualifications


  • 2015
    Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz)
  • 2009
    PhD in Law (Dr.iur), University of Düsseldorf
  • 2005 — 2007
    Law clerkship, Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf
  • 2003
    LL.M. (Intellectual Property Law), Nottingham-Trent-University
  • 1997 — 2002
    Law Studies, University of Constance

Career history

  • October 2017 — present
    Attorney-at-law, EIP
  • March 2012 — September 2017
    Attorney-at-law, Taylor Wessing
  • June 2007 — February 2012
    Attorney-at-law, Bird & Bird
  • December 2003 — March 2005
    Research assistant, Bird & Bird

Awards and recognition

  • Recommended IAM Patent 1000, 2021. (link)
  • JUVE 2020 Top patent litigation firms (Germany) - Recommended individuals (link)
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2020. Christof is "well versed in the intricacies of cross-border disputes" and "celebrated for his “collaborative approach and ability to always provide creative, on-point advice”." (link)
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2019. "Christof Höhne possesses special expertise in electronics, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering patent litigation. With experience of working in other top European outfits under his belt, his is the name to dial for well-measured multi-jurisdictional counsel." (link)

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English

Speaking engagements

  • 24 September 2019
    MIP European Patent Forum, Paris 2019, Strategic considerations when planning and enforcing your international patents (link)

Additional information

Member of European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), GRUR and AIPPI.