2Birds raids Mayer Frankfurt for IP veteran

Bird & Bird has boosted its IP team in Germany with a partner hire from Mayer Brown’s Frankfurt office.

Ulf Grundmann brings with him a practice focused on the pharmaceutical and food industries. His experience as a litigation head has seen him handle both patent and trademark disputes in courts across Germany.

Wolfgang von Meibom, chairman of Bird & Bird’s German offices and co-head of the firm’s IP group, said: “Ulf’s appointment is strategically important for the firm as we look to further boost our German IP group. We also hope his experience in the life sciences sector will prove especially valuable to our regulatory work in ­Germany.”

Before joining Mayer Brown, Grundmann was a partner at Gaedertz Rechtsanwalte, where he was responsible for building the firm’s pharma desk.