Maximilian Engelhard

Maximilian Engelhard

Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat., LL.M.

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Main Activities

All fields of IP law for domestic and foreign, specifically Asian, clients, in particular in connection with inventions from the fields of computer-implemented inventions and digital data processing, electrical engineering, mechatronics, optics, semiconductor technology and medical engineering.


Maximilian Engelhard studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, specializing in semiconductor and plasma physics, and graduated with a German Diplom in 1990. During his studies, he acquired valuable industrial experience at Siemens AG in the field of microchip production. He then undertook research in the field of laser optics and technical plasma physics (coatings) at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich and was awarded his doctoral degree on this subject in 1993.

Dr. Engelhard joined our firm in 1993. He was admitted to practice as a German patent attorney in 1996 and as a European patent attorney in 1997. He also practices as a European trademark and design attorney before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Dr. Engelhard became a partner of the firm in 2001.

In 2006, Dr. Engelhard qualified as a Master of Laws (LL.M., Univ.) in the field of European Intellectual Property Law.

Dr. Engelhard represents global players and has achieved landmark decisions in the field of software-related inventions (German Federal Court Justice, X-ZB-15/98 “language analysis”; EPO Boards of Appeal T0172/03 “order management”). These decisions abandoned the previous mingling of matters of eligibility for patent protection and inventive step and gave rise to the now well-established case law which clearly differentiates between matters of eligibility and inventive step.

Dr. Engelhard has given numerous presentations at IP departments of global players on the most challenging fields in patent matters, that is patentability of artificial intelligence and IoT, enforceability of cross-border claims including features implemented in different countries (cloud inventions), and also represented clients in appeal cases concerning eligibility of medical methods (EPO Boards of Appeal decisions T836/08 and T923/08).

Dr. Engelhard regularly travels to Asia and the US to gather deep insight in current worldwide development of IP matters. This allows him to beneficially assist his clients in developing IP portfolios which achieve worldwide profits