Olswang opens Munich IP office

Olswang has extended its European network with the launch of an IP-focused office in Munich.

Olswang senior associate Monika Stöhr, formerly of Linklaters, and media and patent attorney Michael Fischer will head up the firm’s new German outpost.

The UK firm plans to use the new office as the seat of the European Patent Office as a service centre to technology clients across its offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid and Paris.

The office will focus on patent filing, prosecution and enforcement.

In May, Olswang posted a slight rise in revenue for the 2010-11 financial year, with turnover up 2 per cent to £92.6m (19 May 2011).

The firm said its existing international offices in Berlin and Brussels were well ahead of budget at the half-year point and continued to perform strongly during the second half of the financial year.

Olswang also added Paris and Madrid to its roster of offices during the course of the last year. Madrid opened in June with the hire of Bird & Bird’s local corporate head (15 June 2010), while Dechert partner Stephan Alamowitch joined the firm in Paris in February (2 February 2011).