Dr. Jan Wohlfahrt

Dr. sc. nat., Dipl.-Biol.
Partner

German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Phone: +49 711 99 3 11-211
Fax: +49 711 99 3 11-200
E-mail: wohlfahrt@gleiss-grosse.com

Emphasis

Preparation, enforcement and defense of technical property rights

Opposition proceedings, nullity proceedings and infringement proceedings concerning technical property rights

Freedom-to-operate opinions, opinions concerning the validity of patents

Especially in the fields of::

  • Molecular diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, analytical biology
  • cell physiology, immunology, pharmacy, biotechnology
human, animal and plant physiology
  • orthopaedic technology, medical engineering, dentistry, oral surgery
  • food industry, process engineering, filtration technology
  • analytical chemistry, catalysts

References

Dr. Jan Wohlfahrt has a long standing experience concerning a great number of complex projects relating to the examination proceedings of patent applications and opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings. Examples are:

  • Elaborating, filing and obtaining a great number of German, European and International patents of a known manufacturer of orthopaedic products.
  • Elaborating, filing and obtaining a great number of German, European and International patents of an innovative starter company in the field of dentistry.
  • Elaborating, filing and obtaining a great number of German, European and International patents of several corporations in the field of food industry.
  • Elaborating, filing and obtaining patents for different national and international clients in the fields of chemistry, pharmacy, biology, biotechnology and medical engineering.
  • Representing the patentee in a high number of opposition proceedings, especially in the field of sugar technology, functional food and biotechnology.
  • Representing the Opponent in opposition proceedings, especially in the field of orthopaedic products, sugar technology, functional food and biotechnology.
  • Representing a company in the judicial patent infringement and nullity proceedings in the field of orthopaedic supports.
  • Representing a company in the judicial nullity proceedings in the field of exhaust gas filters.
  • Representing a company in the judicial patent infringement and nullity proceedings in the first and second instance in the field of pipe couplings.
  • Representing a biotechnology company during the IP due diligence survey being part of the acquisition by a marked listed international pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier.
  • Preparing a number of large Freedom-to-Operate opinions in the areas of biotechnology, dentistry and orthopaedic devices.

Education

Jan Wohlfahrt studied biology at the University of Hohenheim and at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen. He wrote his Diploma thesis at the Institute for General Genetics at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen on the topic of plant genetics. He then worked on the topic of molecular allergology at the Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos and achieved his Doctorate at the University of Zurich in the year 2004.

From 2004 to 2008 he trained in the field of Intellectual Property Law at Gleiss & Große, spending time at the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court and the District Court of Mannheim.

Jan Wohlfahrt was admitted as a German Patent Attorney in 2008 and as European Patent Attorney in 2010. He is admitted at the German Patent- and Trademark Office (DPMA, the European Patent Office (EPO), the German Federal Patent Court (BPatG) and the EUIPO. He is also admitted at the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) in connection with nullity actions, proceedings concerning supplementary protection certificates and compulsory licenses. He is also admitted at the Bundessortenamt (Federal Bureau for Protection and National Listing of New Plant Varieties) concerning the protection of new plant varieties.

Memberships

He is member of the German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright law (GRUR), the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys, the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).