Dr. Friedrich Klinkert

Dr. Friedrich Klinkert


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-30
Fax: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-99
Languages: German, English, French

Dr. Friedrich Klinkert, Partner, specializes in litigation matters relating to patents, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition. Strategic planning and implementation of complex and often multi jurisdictional litigation is his core area of work. In addition to his litigation practice he has gained more than 25 years of experience in advising clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, media and entertainment industry. Dr. Friedrich Klinkert leads the patent practice of Klinkert and is the firm's central contact for matters relating to unfair competition and protection of trade secrets.

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  • Patent litigation matters in the areas of optics, LED's, semiconductors, medical devices, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronic devices for aviation, automotive, household goods, computer hardware and software; 
  • Copyright litigation for clients in the entertainment industry, various pop artists, and clients manufacturing computer hardware and software;
  • Trademark infringement litigation with a focus on parallel import of drugs from European countries;
  • More than 25 years of experience in combating counterfeited products on an international basis in a variety of industries, such as entertainment, software, automotive, household and technical goods;
  • Comprehensive experience in product liability matters. He has defended manufacturers in more than 500 product liability cases throughout Germany;
  • Advising in intellectual property matters, including IT-outsourcing-, licensing- and technology transfer agreements and patent and trademark acquisition; advise business software solution providers, new media application and B2B/B2C solution providers, and Internet-based industries;

Selected Matters / Projects

  •   Clients that have been advised by Dr. Friedrich Klinkert during his career
Abbott Labaratories, BioVison AG, BOV AG, Braas Lafarge, Breed Technologies, Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie, Joe Cocker, DirecTV, EMC Corporation, General Motors, Genzyme Corporation, Heraeus, Indian Music Industry, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Michael Jackson, Key Safety Systems Inc., Menasha Corporation, Milupa, Mykrolis Corporation, Nutricia B.V., Osram AG, PhonoNet, Scott Fetzer Company, Schefenacker Vision, Schott, Sony Music Entertainment, Bruce Springsteen, Stada AG, Start Amadeus, Steris Corporation, Sumitomo, Team High Road, Tenneco Inc., Tenneco Automotive Deutschland GmbH, TicketCorner AG, Timken Company and University of California.

Publications / Lectures

  • Dr. Friedrich Klinkert publishes and gives lectures on intellectual property topics.

Membership / Appointments

  • Member of the International Association on the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI);
  • Member of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI);
  • Member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR);
  • Member of Licensing Executives Society (LES);
  • Dr. Klinkert teaches Intellectual Property Law and Copyright at the EBS Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.

Career / Education

  • Founding partner of Klinkert (2010);
  • Heymann & Partner (2007-2009);
  • Jones Day, built up the German IP group (2001 until 2006);
  • Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest in Frankfurt (until 2001), member of the managing board and leader of the IP practice;
  • Admission to the bar in 1980; University of Paris d'Assas and Frankfurt (French and German competition law), Dr. jur. 1983;
  • University of Frankfurt (Law and Sociology) First State Exam 1977, Second State Exam 1979.