Howrey launches in Düsseldorf with hire from local firm Bardehle

US firm Howrey is to launch a Düsseldorf office after hiring a partner from one of Germany’s top IP boutiques.

Christoph Lenz, who heads the Düsseldorf office of Bardehle Pagenberg Dost Altenburg Geissler, will lead Howrey’s newest outpost, which is scheduled to open in September 2010.

The new office will focus on IP, particularly patent litigation, trademark and competition law, and will work closely with Howrey’s Munich managing partner and IP practice co-chair Joachim Feldges.

Lenz will join the new office with one associate.

“Having myself worked in Düsseldorf from 1987 to 1996, I’m thrilled to bring Howrey to the most important venue for patent litigation in Germany,” said Feldges. “With Christoph Lenz we’ve gained one of the most highly respected and experienced patent litigators in the Düsseldorf market. Our combined patent litigation strength in the offices in Munich and in Düsseldorf, as well as in all key jurisdictions in Europe and the US, will enable Howrey to continue to serve our clients, expand our practice and attract further top talent.”

Howrey also aims to add an antitrust team to one of its German offices in the near future, to complement its practices in Brussels, Paris, Madrid and London.

Howrey has been in Germany since 2007, when it launched its Munich office.