European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney
All fields of IP law for domestic and international, in particular Asian, clients, in particular inventions from the fields of computer-implemented inventions, data processing methods, digital networks, medical technology, optics, geotechnics, signal processing, mechanical engineering, physical chemistry and semiconductor technology, as well as trademark law.
Richard Bennett studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and geophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, specializing in numerical simulations in seismology. He graduated with a German Diplom in geophysics in 2007. In the course of his studies and during a period of research at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, he acquired a wide range of practical experience in the fields of information technology, electrical engineering, experimental physics, statistical analysis, signal processing and software development in industry and research.
Mr. Bennett joined our firm as a trainee patent attorney in 2008 and was admitted as a German patent attorney and as a European trademark and design attorney in 2011, and as a European patent attorney in 2012. In 2014, he qualified as a Master of Laws in the field of European Intellectual Property Law. For his master’s thesis, Mr. Bennett compared the status quo in European patent law with the changes under the future unitary patent and the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. Mr. Bennett has also written an article on this topic which was published in Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, the German Patent Attorneys’ Bulletin (Bennett, Das Übereinkommen über ein einheitliches Patentgericht – das Ende des Torpedos?, Mitt. (2015), 301–308).
In 2011, Mr. Bennett was also elected to the German Patent Bar Association’s committee for computer-implemented inventions and was elected chairman of the committee in 2018.
Mr. Bennett has been invited by the European Patent Office to lecture on patent law concerning computer-implemented inventions at a training seminar organized for European and German patent examiners by the European Patent Academy. Furthermore, he has appeared as a panelist at two conferences organized by the European Patent Office on the patenting of blockchain-related inventions.
The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection appointed Mr. Bennett in 2019 as a member of the examination committee for German patent attorneys which is responsible for conducting the German patent bar exam.
Richard Bennett became a partner of the firm in 2016. He advises and represents domestic and foreign companies on all issues associated with patents, utility models, trademarks or designs. In this regard, Mr. Bennett always endeavours to achieve protection for his clients which takes into account their strategic needs. In doing so, he has gained specific experience in continually refining approaches to drafting software patents and developing detailed expert opinions on matters of legal validity or patent infringement.