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 became a German patent attorney in 1996 and an accredited representative before the European Patent Office in 1997. He is also an accredited representative in trademark and design matters before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, now 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. Maximilian Engelhard advises both national and international clients, with a particular focus on Asia and the US, regions which he regularly visits. His work encompasses a multitude of patent law proceedings in the field of software engineering and also proceedings relating to all other types of industrial property rights, and he has had great success in developing creative approaches in order to achieve the objectives of the clients in his charge, such as for instance his experience in successfully appealing to the Federal Patent Court, generally the highest court in German patent proceedings. He places a premium on taking a legally and technically comprehensive yet practically oriented approach to advising clients, in particular taking into account their specific needs.