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

Legal Field

Dr. Friedrich Klinkert, Partner, specializes both in contentious intellectual property matters with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and copyrights and in contentious unfair competition matters. A core area of his work is strategic advice on complex and often multi-jurisdictional litigation. Furthermore, Dr. Friedrich Klinkert has extensive experience in procuring evidence from foreign jurisdictions to be used in court cases in Germany.

Dr. Friedrich Klinkert is head of Klinkert’s patent practice and is the firm's contact for matters relating to unfair competition and protection of trade secrets.

  • Patent litigation matters in the areas of optics, LED's, semiconductors, medical devices, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronic devices for aviation, automotive, electrical engineering, 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 pharmaceutical drugs from European countries;
  • More than 30 years of experience in combating counterfeited products across international borders in a variety of industries including entertainment, software, automotive, household and technical goods;
  • Comprehensive experience in product liability matters. He has defended manufacturers in more than 600 product liability cases throughout Germany;
  • Advising in intellectual property matters, including IT-outsourcing-, licensing- and technology transfer agreements and patent and trademark acquisition; advising business software solution providers, new media applications and B2B/B2C solution providers, as well as Internet-based industries.

Clients who have been advised by Dr. Friedrich Klinkert during his career include:

Abbott Laboratories, 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.

  • Dr. Friedrich Klinkert publishes and gives lectures on intellectual property topics.
  • 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.
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  • Legal 500 (2017, 2019, 2021, 2022)
    Ranked in Regional Firms: Business Law (Rank 2)
  • Legal 500 Deutschland (2020)
    Recommendet for Metropolregion Frankfurt Rhein/-Main
  • IAM Patent 1000 (2017 - 2022)
    Ranked in Patent Law
    • Friedrich Klinkert is an “hands-on yet subtle lawyer with great knowledge which combines the related areas of patents and trade secrets”
  • Handelsblatt (2018, 2020, 2021)
    Ranking in Germany's best Lawyers
  • The Best Laywers (2020)
    Recommendet for Intellectual Property
  • Legal Comprehensive (2020)
    Recommendet for Trade Secret