It’s not easy for a UK firm to get a successful patent prosecution business off the ground in Germany. Arguably the only real firm to have done it is Bird & Bird.
But now Eversheds is having a stab, at the expense of Hammonds.
As we report, Eversheds has just hired two partners in Munich from its rival UK national, including Hammonds’ local office head Herbert Kunz (see story).
The move leaves Hammonds with just two patent prosecution associates in the office, and one of them is part-time.
So, what next for Hammonds? Magicking up extra patent attorneys isn’t the easiest thing in the world and the firm has lost a star in Kunz, but Hammonds is keen to keep the service going.
Enter Gulde Hengelhaupt Ziebig & Schneider (a name that will soon be tripping off the tongues of Hammonds partners). Rather than get stuck into the recruitment market, Hammonds is in discussions with the German firm, though about what exactly is still not clear.
Apparently nothing’s off the table - formal alliance or best friends are both under discussion.
Patently, though, it’s not yet game over in Germany.