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Keil & Schaafhausen und Dr. Knoblauch Patentanwälte PartGmbB plan merger

We are delighted to announce that Keil & Schaafhausen will merge with the Frankfurt patent law firm Dr. Knoblauch Patentanwälte PartGmbB. The formal requirements should be completed in June 2018. Then our new partners will move to our office.

For years we have had a cooperative friendship with the law firm Dr. Knoblauch. Patent attorney Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knoblauch will join our team as a proven expert in the rapidly growing fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. Patent Attorney Dr.-Ing. Dorothea Knoblauch will support you not only in trademark and design law but is also experienced in mediation.

Our common goal remains to advise our clients on a broad basis and with the highest quality standards. Our structure and our highly qualified staff ensure that we will support you even more flexibly and efficiently.


Ms. Junyi Zhu joining Keil & Schaafhausen as a European Patent Attorney

It is our pleasure to announce that Ms. Junyi Zhu, a certified European Patent Attorney, has joined our professional team. Ms. Junyi Zhu was born in China and studied Life Sciences at Fudan University in China. She worked as a scientist and teaching assistant at the renowned Purdue University, USA in the field of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. Having qualified as a European Patent Attorney Junyi Zhu worked for several years in a Frankfurt based patent firm. She advises our German and international clients in IP matters with respect to China as well as Chinese clients interested in acquiring IP protection in Germany or Europe. With her joining our law firm, we can offer our clients comprehensive insights about IP matters in China, very good connections to a number of Chinese IP law firms, the ability to communicate in the Chinese language with Chinese clients and well-based knowledge of administrative bodies, attorneys and companies in China.


Nanno Lenz new President of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys

After having served for 16 years on the Board of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys (Patentanwaltskammer) our partner Nanno Lenz was now elected as President of the Patentanwaltskammer (see press release of the Patentanwaltskammer dated 14th January 2016). We congratulate him to his election into this important office.

Fundamental changes in European trademark law

On March 23, 2016, the new European Union trademark regulation will come into force and "Community trademarks" will become "European Union trademarks" (for the most relevant changes, please see our client information).


New legal form: Keil & Schaafhausen is now a partnership with limited liability

We would like to inform you that our law firm Keil & Schaafhausen has changed its legal form into a partnership with limited liability, in German legal terms a "Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Berufshaftung", abbreviated as "PartGmbB".

The partnership "PartGmbB" is a modern legal form which was created by the legislator specifically for the self-employed professions.

We look forward to continuing our successful and well established relationship with you and your company.

New partners

Our colleagues since many years Patent Attorney Dr.-Ing. Susanne Scheitza and Attorney at Law Dr. Julia Voegeli-Wenzl have become partners of our firm.

New edition of the German "Handbook on Trademark Practice"

Our partner Attorney at Law Dr. Johann-Christoph Gaedertz is again a co-author in the 3. Edition of the "Handbook on Trademark Law" edited by Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Fezer, which was just published.

New publication "Handbook Media Agencies"

Our partner Attorney at Law Dr. Johann-Christoph Gaedertz is coeditor of the "Handbook Media Agencies" about areas of activity, business models and contract and competition law, which was just published. Our partner Attorney at Law Dr. Julia Voegeli-Wenzl is co-author of an article therein concerning "Business Models of Media Agencies".


Our move in March 2014 to larger premises equipped with the latest technology has allowed us to broaden our range of services.