Christoph is "regarded as a skillful negotiator"
IAM patent 1000, 2019

Overview

Christoph J. Crützen is partner in the Düsseldorf office of Mayer Brown and member of the firm's global Intellectual Property practice. Christoph has extensive experience and serves as lead patent litigator on behalf of high-profile companies in the electronics, information technology, life science and biotechnology industries in courts across the country. He regularly advises clients on multijurisdictional litigation strategies.

Christoph also advises companies and investors in transactions involving intellectual property including mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, joint ventures and other strategic commercial arrangements. He has extensive experience in information technology transactions. He combines the litigator's perspective with the intellectual property transaction expertise to identify and evaluate risks and opportunities for clients.

Clients and peers recognize Christoph as experienced intellectual property lawyer. IAM Patent 1000 ranks Christoph as Bronze Band patent litigation individual: "Christoph Crützen is regarded as a 'skilful negotiator', he possesses 'strong contacts with Chinese clients' that are vital to the ongoing success of Mayer Brown’s German offering" (IAM Patent 1000, 2019).

Spoken Languages

  • German
  • English

Experience

Patent Litigation

  • Advised a listed German manufacturer in the consumer goods industry on infringement of patents and utility models before the District Court Düsseldorf.
  • Advised an automobile supplier before the District Court Mannheim and the Federal Patent Court in relation to the infringement of patents for the manufacturing of brake power units.
  • Advised a South Korean automobile manufacturer as well as its German subsidiary regarding the infringement of patents for the controlling of gear shifting and braking at the District Court in Düsseldorf, Higher District Court Düsseldorf and Federal Patent Court.
  • Advised a South Korean automobile manufacturer as well as its German subsidiary regarding the infringement of patents truck interior devices at the District Court in Düsseldorf, Higher District Court Düsseldorf, European Patent Office and German Patent Office.
  • Advised a global manufacturer of mobile phones in relation to the infringement of ETSI essential 3G patents.
  • Advised a South Korean chemical and automobile parts manufacturer with regard to the infringement of patents in the field of manufacturing of solar cells.
  • Advised a Germany based manufacturer of LEDs before the District Court Munich and the Federal Patent Court and in relation to the infringement of patents for the manufacturing of LED.
  • Advised a German automotive supplier of ceramic solution in relation to a patent infringement in multi layered actuator technology.
  • Advised a global medical technology company with regard to the infringement of tube set patents for medical devices.
  • Advised a company in the precise mechanical and optical industry in relation to the infringement of patents in the field of optoelectronics.
  • Advised a manufacturer of household appliances in relation to the infringement of patents for temperature leveling in refrigerators.

Copyright/Trade Secret Litigation

  • Advised a German technology company with regard to the infringement of copyrights in software, know-how and a breach of trade secrets at the District Court in Nürnberg.
  • Advised a manufacturer of aviation products in relation to copyright and trade secret litigation against a China based competitor before the District Court Frankfurt, the District Court Hamburg and the Higher District Court Hamburg.
  • Advised a Germany based manufacturer of dental solutions on a copyright and know-how claim related to the development of logistic software.
  • Advised a German developer of booking software in preliminary injunction proceedings in relation to software copyright claims against a competitor.
  • Advised a manufacturer of watches in relation to a breach of trade secrets and copyright infringement at the District Court Frankfurt and preliminary injunction proceedings at the District Court Hamburg.
  • Advised a manufacturer of aviation products in relation to the infringement of know-how and trade secrets in arbitration proceedings before the District Court Hamburg and Higher District Court Hamburg.

Trademark/Trademark Litigation

  • Advised a beverage producer with regard to the acquisition of trademarks and forming a joint venture for a social marketing platform.
  • Advised an investment company with regard to trademark prosecution and representation in opposition proceedings with OHIM; managing the trademark portfolio.
  • Advised a jewelry manufacturer on trademark enforcement proceedings and representation in opposition proceedings with OHIM and DPMA.
  • Advised an automobile manufacturer regarding conflicts in relation to third party design and trademark applications.
  • Advised a vertical conveyor technology company with regard to trademark enforcement and prosecution.
  • Advised a German legal service provider with respect to enforcement of rights in company names.
  • Advised an independent Swiss institutional investment advisor with regard to international trademark prosecution and representation in office proceedings.
  • Advised a German brewery on trademark enforcement and the acquisition of trademarks as well as managing the trademark portfolio.

Transactions

  • Advised an international IT services company on the acquisition of a software company specialized in license management software solutions.
  • Advised a South Korean chemical and automobile parts manufacturer on the asset purchase to acquire an solar cell technology in Germany and Malaysia.
  • Advised a private equity investor on the acquisition of a German software developer of software to manage employees.
  • Advised Med 360° AG, the largest German health care service provider in the sector of, besides others, radiology in the sale by a number of shareholders of the majority of shares in the company to Sana Kliniken and Koninklijke Philips N.V.
  • Advised an international hygiene products producer on the divestiture of parts of its German bath tissue business.
  • Advised an Italian media company on the acquisition of shares of a commercial internet broadcaster and a software platform for distributing video on the internet.
  • Advised a private equity investor in relation to the proposed sale of a shipping line.
  • Advised a private equity company in connection with the sale of the shares in a leading automotive company.
  • Advised the German arm of a dutch TV production company on its joint venture with another production company.
  • Advised an online marketplace for books on the acquisition of assets of a leading online marketplace for rare German antiquarian books.
  • Advised Avedon Capital Partners in the acquisition of Seebach GmbH, a company active in the engineering production of industrial filters as well as, years later, the ultimate sale of Seebach GmbH.
  • Advised Capital One in relation to a license agreement re. software access technology.
  • Advised various insurers in relation to W+I insurance for IP and IT rights.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies focused on digitization and cloud transformation in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised Luxembourg investment funds on the acquisition of a group of companies focused on LNG marine bunkering services in relation to IP, IT and compliance.
  • Advised British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company on the acquisition of German meat substitutes manufacturer in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised UK private equity firm on the acquisition of leading German internet and multimedia service provider in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies, involving providers of data center services and of software development, respectively, in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies from the plastic moulding industry in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised a German private equity firm on the sale of a German food manufacturer in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised a leading German automotive supplier and engineering company on the sale of several business divisions.
  • Advised a Dutch investment fund on the acquisition of several companies focused on the development and distribution of baby and toddler products such as strollers, car seats and accessories.

Education

Second State Law Examination (bar exam)

Düsseldorf, 2010

Legal Clerkship (Referendariat)

Cologne, Düsseldorf, London, 2007-2010

First State Law Examination

Cologne, 2006

University of Cologne

2001-2006

Admissions

  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Memberships

  • Member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Member of the Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP)
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)