Christof Höhne

Partner, Attorney-at-law
Düsseldorf, EIP Europe LLP

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 is a member of GRUR and AIPPI. He 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 comprehensive multinational electronics litigation relating to telecommunication patents.
  • Acting for Defendant in a multinational litigation relating to stents.
  • Acting for Plaintiff in damage proceedings relating to the unjust enforcement of a preliminary injunction.

Published articles

  • 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

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English