Nora Keßler

Nora Keßler


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-35
Fax: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-99
Languages: German, English, Italian

Nora Keßler advises companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, cosmetics and fashion as well as representing them in legal disputes over intellectual property, patents and in matters of unfair competition. Nora advises manufacturers at the conceptual phases of advertising, packaging designs and in cases of parallel imports. Clients value Nora’s pragmatic and far-sighted advice. Due to her fluency in Italian, Nora regularly coordinates procedures in Italy and acts as the contact person in Germany for Italian companies regarding IP matters. Nora Keßler is a partner at the firm and additionally, is a lecturer for patent law in the Pharmaceutical Business Administration Masters Program at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

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  • Patent law matters in particular in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemistry, biochemistry and mechanics;
  • Unfair trade matters with particular focus on matters with technical background as well as on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food products;
  • Drug and medical device law, including drug advertising and regulatory issues;
  • Anti-piracy work
  • Advice and litigation regarding the protection of business secrets and know-how

Selected Matters / Projects

  • Representation of a US pharmaceuticals and healthcare products  company in several patent infringement and invalidation litigations the field of in-vitro diagnostics;
  • Advise a German pharmaceutical company regarding development and implementation of a novel marketing concept;
  • Representation of one of the world leading companies in the area of wound care in several trademark and unfair competition disputes; 
  • Advise a market leading German company in the area of bone cements and biomaterials for orthopedic and trauma surgery;
  • Advise a company in the oil and gas industry;
  • Representation of an award-winning German bicycle manufacturer in IP disputes;
  • Advise a multiple Grammy Award winner and a US country and bluegrass label;
  • Advise an Italian artisanal food manufacturer.

Publications / Lectures

  • "Aktuelle patentrechtliche Rechtsprechung zu Medizinprodukten 2015/2016 - together with Philipp Ess, MRP 2016, p. 115;
  • Comment von Urt. KG Berlin v. 12.06.2015 - 5 U 167/13 - Zur Behandlng von Entzündung und Schmerz, MRP 2016, p. 134:
  • “Parallelimport von Medizinprodukten", GesundheitsRecht, August 20, 2016, p. 479;
  • Gefährliche Plagiate aus dem 3-D-Drucker, DIE WELT, March 21, 2016, p. 11;
  • "Aktuelle patentrechtliche Rechtsprechung zu Medizinprodukten", together with Philipp Ess, MRP 2015, p. 139;
  • “Gefährliche 3D-Drucker – Plagiate bedrohen Hersteller von Medizintechnik“, FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, issue 155, July 8, 2015, p. 16;
  • Wettlauf gegen Produktpiraten“, PLATOW Recht, issue 48, April 29, 2015, p. 8;
  • Patentrecht und Produktpiraterie bei Medizinprodukten“, VDE MedTech Expertenbeiträge, December 2014, issue 2/2014;
  • Patents and linguistic subtleties – what does „unitary“ mean?“, International Law Office, Intellectual Property – Germany, December 1, 2014;
  • Comment on BGH Urt. v. 18.04.2013 – I ZR 53/09 – Messgerät II – together with Dr. Thomas Jochheim, MPR 2014, p. 60-62;
  • "Neues zum Parallelimport von Medizinprodukten”, MPJ – Medizinprodukte Journal, issue 2/2014, May 2014, p. 151 et. seq.;
  • "Be careful what you wish for … in pre-trial proceedings for taking evidence", International Law Office, Intellectual Property – Germany, September 3, 2012;
  • "Supreme Court distinguishes between pharmaceutical inventions and discoveries”, International Law Office, Intellectual Property – Germany, September 19, 2011;
  • "Supreme Court rules in support of know-how licensors”, International Law Office, Intellectual Property – Germany, July 4, 2011;
  • "Supreme Court rules on confidentiality in patent pre-trial discovery", International Law Office, Intellectual Property - Germany, September 20, 2010;
  • "Supreme Court in Civil Matters rules on parallel import of medical devices", International Law Office, Intellectual Property - Germany, July 26, 2010;
  • "Patent court required to consider EPO decisions", International Law Office, Intellectual Property - Germany, July 19, 2010;
  • "Abwehr von Plagiaten in der Praxis" („Defending against copycats in practice"), in „Absatzwirtschaft" June 2006;
  • "Zeitliche Beschränkung des ergänzenden Leistungsschutzes" („Time-limits for neighboring rights protection"), in „Absatzwirtschaft" August 2005;
  • "Markenschutz für Einzelhändler" („Trademark protection for retailers") in „Absatzwirtschaft" June 2005.

Membership / Appointments

  • Member of the German Association on the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR);
  • Member of House of Pharma Association;
  • Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany.

Career / Education

  • Partner of Klinkert (2013);
  • Certified intellectual property law expert (2011);
  • Associate at Klinkert  (2010);
  • Associate at Heymann & Partner (2007 until 2009);
  • Associate at Jones Day (2004 to 2007);
  • Admitted to the bar in 2004
  • Legal traineeship (Second State Exam, 2003);
  • Legal assistant at Jones Day (2000 until 2003)
  • University of Frankfurt; University of Milan (1997-1998), First State Exam (2000);