AIPPI Germany – Young Members Webinar

21 November 2023 | Webinar | Online | AIPPI

Join AIPPI Germany for an engaging Young Members’ Webinar on handling evidence across Europe, happening on 21 November from 10:00-16:00 CET! An impressive lineup of speakers from over Europe will share their expertise on various topics related to intellectual property law.
Don’t miss out on valuable insights into:
  1. Tricks and Traps before German and European IP authorities
  2. Navigating the landscape of evidence requirements in Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions
  3. Evidence before the UPC – Perspectives from German, Italian and French procedural law


Opening (10.00-10.15 CET)
  • Speakers: Dr. Karsten Königer
  • Moderator: Dr. Niclas Gajeck
Session 1 (10.15-11.00 CET): Tricks & Traps: evidence procedures before German national and European IP authorities – an attorney’s point of view
  • Speakers: Markus Eustermann, Rebecca Hentrich
  • Moderator: Elisa Hirtreiter

Session 2 (11.00-11.45 CET): Tricks & Traps: a conversation with former presiding judge Rainer Engels (4th nullity senate of the German Federal Patent Court)

  • Speakers: Markus Eustermann, Rebecca Hentrich, Rainer Engels
  • Moderator: Elisa Hirtreiter

Session 3 (12.00-13.00 CET): Navigating the landscape of evidence requirements in Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions

  • Speakers: Anahita Mousavi, Lucie Fortune, Birgit Kapeller-Hirsch
  • Moderator: Elisa Hirtreiter

Session 4 (14.15-15.45 CET): Perspectives on the UPCA – comparison of the Agreement and ROPs to the German, Italian and French national procedure

  • Speakers: Carsten Plaga, Carl-Alexander Dinges, Dr. Magali Contardi, Alessandro Bura, Colin Devinant
  • Moderator: Dr. Niclas Gajeck

Closing (15.45-16.00 CET)

  • Moderator: Dr. Niclas Gajeck


  • Alessandro Bura
    Alessandro Bura graduated in Law in 2011 with a dissertation in industrial property law, shortly thereafter attending a specialist post graduate IP course. He has been working since 2012 developing a considerable experience in relation to every aspect of IP. In particular, he has managed enforcement programs in relation to civil and criminal violation of patents, design and trademarks in medical devices and fashion industry for several multinational corporations. Alessandro collaborates with the German department in the resolution of international disputes. Alessandro also provides assistance in relation to copyright and privacy issues, and in particular judicial and extra-judicial consultancy for software houses.
  • Magali Contardi
    Magali Contardi is an Italian-qualified lawyer with a cross-career that spans legal practice and IP research since 2012. She focuses on the judicial and extrajudicial protection of IPR rights and helps companies identify, protect, and exploit their IP assets across a wide spectrum of industries and areas. Before founding her own firm, Contardi IP Law, she gained experience as an IP attorney in top-tier IP firms in Germany and Italy, served at the International Affairs & Legal Department of the European Patent Office and worked as a legal assistant at the Boards of Appeals of the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
  • Colin Devinant
    Colin Devinant’s practice centers on national and international patent litigation. He has experience working on contentious and noncontentious matters in France and abroad (Germany, U.S., UK) for start-up and international groups involving patent rights across many technical fields.
    Colin’s primary focus is on patent validity and infringement litigation as well as on compensation for employee inventions and patent ownership claims. He regularly drafts and negotiates confidentiality, license, research, and technology transfer agreements and also performs IP due diligence in support of M&A and private equity deals.
  • Carl-Alexander Dinges
    Carl-Alexander Dinges is an Attorney at Law (Germany), Certified IP Lawer (Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz) and UPC Representative.
    Carl-Alexander focusses on patent and trade secret litigation. He is admitted to the German bar since 2017. Before joining the boutique law firm Preu Bohlig in 2019 he gained experience at an international law firm in Düsseldorf. He advises clients from various industries, including the pharmaceutical and the telecommunications sectors.
  • Rainer Engels
    Rainer Engels worked for over 15 years as a judge for criminal and civil law at the District Court Kassel and Higher Regional Court Frankfurt. In the following 20 years, he worked as judge at the Federal Patent Court in Munich in appeal and nullity trademark and patent cases. From 2012, he was Presiding Judge of its 4th senate, deciding on nullity cases in patent law. Since 2019 he works as a lawyer and expert for patent law. Rainer participated in various national and international seminars for over 20 years and authored essays in trademark and patent law as well as parts of the “Busse”-commentary on patent law (until 2020) and the textbook “Patent- and Trademark law” (11th edition).
  • Markus Eustermann
    Markus Eustermann is a German and European Patent Attorney and works as Associate Partner at the law firm DTS Patent- und Rechtsanwälte in Munich. With a technical background in Medical Engineering, gained during his studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm and the Technical University in Munich, he is active not only in the prosecution but also the litigation in front of the courts and patent offices since his career start as a patent attorney in 2018. Besides that he also gives IP lectures at his Alma Mater in Ulm for Master students in Medical Engineering.
  • Lucie Fortune
    Lucie Fortune is an experienced Intellectual Property litigator. Lucie regularly handles both domestic and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, litigating in the national Courts and advising on the strategic coordination of proceedings across the UK, the EU and worldwide. She also provides clients with advice on how best to protect and enforce their IP and regularly provides freedom to operate and validity opinions. Lucie has particular expertise in the cross-border coordination of patents proceedings. She advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, from pharmaceuticals and life sciences to cutting-edge technology, digital media, luxury brands, fashion, retail and consumer products.
  • Rebecca Hentrich
    Rebecca Hentrich studied at University Passau with focus on Information and Communication law; admitted to the bar in 2019, Partner since 2022; practical focus on trademark and design law, unfair competition; litigation and office proceedings; AIPPI member since 2019.
  • Birgit Kapeller-Hirsch
    Birgit Kapeller-Hirsch is an attorney at law based in Vienna, Austria, specialized in intellectual property law with a particular focus on designs, trademarks and unfair competition, handling litigation as well as non-contentious matters and assisting clients in handling large international trademark portfolios. Birgit holds a teaching position at the SAE Institute Vienna and regularly writes for law journals in the IP fields. She is an active member of the AIPPI Standing Designs Committee.
  • Anahita Mousavi
    Anahita Mousavi is a dual-qualified attorney and Associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Stuttgart office. Anahita is admitted as an attorney in Germany (Rechtsanwältin, since 2021) as well as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising). Anahita graduated from the University of Heidelberg in 2017 and completed her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart in 2021.
    Anahita’s practice focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Since joining the firm in 2021 she has been continuously working on IP related matters with a focus on patent litigation.
  • Carsten Plaga
    Carsten Plaga is a senior associate at boutique law firm Kather Augenstein, where he started his career as an associate in 2018. In recent years, he has focused on patent litigation in a variety of technical fields, in particular medical devices, consumer electronics and telecommunications SEPs. Thereby, Carsten has gained numerous experiences in multinational litigation complexes.
    During his legal clerkship, he gained his first practical experience in an international IP law firm in Düsseldorf and in a mixed firm (lawyers and patent attorneys) in Osnabrück.


  • Elisa Hirtreiter
    Elisa Hirtreiter is a German attorney-at-law at the mixed boutique firm (lawyers and patent attorneys) Stolmár & Partner with a focus on IP, commercial and contractual law. She supports and advises national and international clients from various industries, both in and out of court.
  • Niclas Gajeck
    Niclas Gajeck is a German attorney-at-law at European full-service law firm Noerr. Niclas` practice focusses on IP and patent litigation before the UPC and German national courts in fields such as telecoms, IoT and consumer electronics, networks and network security, AI and virtual overlay solutions. Niclas is part of the Young AIPPI Members Advisory Committee (YAC) to the Bureau of the AIPPI, member of the Standing Committee Standards and Patents of the AIPPI as well as Young Member Representative of the German National Group of AIPPI.