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Yet another Wessing partner has quit the firm - but has not followed his 15 former colleagues to Andersen Luther.
Intellectual property (IP) partner Johann Pitz has instead joined Vossius & Partner, a Munich-based patent firm. Pitz said that the loss of Wessing's chairman Wolfgang von Meibom and several other partners had prompted thoughts of change. He said: "I like the firm very much. I was a Wessing man. I helped establish the patent group with Wolfgang in Düsseldorf." Pitz stressed that this is not an acrimonious move. "This is not a decision against Wessing or Andersen, but a decision in favour of Vossius," he said. Vossius is a niche IP practice that unites patent attorneys with patent lawyers. Pitz believes that this set-up will become standard in the future. Wessing IP partner Wolfgang Rehmann said of Pitz's departure: "He's a Bavarian and he's going home to Munich."