AndreasHolzwarth-Rochford

Partner

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Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford has practiced intellectual property law for more than 15 years and has prosecuted numerous IP applications and pled in numerous litigation hearings in the areas of physics and mechanical and electrical engineering. Andreas has significant technical experience in optics, laser technology, software-implemented inventions, especially artificial intelligence and blockchain applications, wireless data communications, network engineering and (optical) semiconductor technology, medical devices, digital health applications, and filter technology.

In addition to advising on the prosecution and enforcement of patent rights, Andreas supports M&A deals regarding IP due diligence, including FTO analysis. He also advises on the economic enhancement of R&D departments, especially regarding efficient patent document surveillance systems and service invention reporting systems, and supports clients in their efforts to find avoidance solutions for third-party rights. Andreas represents automotive suppliers, leading medical and optical device companies, and aircraft component producers. He provides counsel to start-up companies on the establishment of patent portfolios and strategies.

Andreas has been elected as a delegate of the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys (Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte e.V) since January 2013. He is also a member of the European Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the GRUR, the VPP, the LES, the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys, the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT), the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi), and the Interdisciplinary Center for IP of the University of Mannheim.

Experience

  • Koch-Glitsch acquired Julius Montz from the Pfaudler GroupJones Day advised Koch-Glitsch, a subsidiary of Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) and its parent company Koch Industries, in the acquisition of chemical and pharmaceutical process equipment and technology supplier Julius Montz GmbH (Montz) from the Pfaudler Group, a portfolio company of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG).
  • Fosun acquires FFT GroupJones Day advised Fosun International Limited with the acquisition of FFT GmbH & Co. KGaA ("FFT") from ATON GmbH.
  • Essilor acquires Brille24Jones Day advised Essilor in the acquisition of 100 percent of Brille24 GmbH, one of the leading online retailers of optical products in Germany.
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8 billionJones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
  • Fintech company seeks advice on development of blockchain platformJones Day is advising a fintech company on the development of a blockchain platform.
  • Hilti acquires Oglaend System GroupJones Day advised Hilti AG in its acquisition of Norwegian Oglaend System Group, a leading manufacturer of multidiscipline support solutions, cable ladders, cable trays and accessories for the oil and gas, infrastructure, shipbuilding, wind energy, water treatment, and clean room industries.
  • Nordson acquires InterSelect GmbHJones Day advised Nordson Corporation in its acquisition of InterSelect GmbH, a German designer and manufacturer of selective soldering systems used in a variety of automotive, aerospace, and industrial electronics assembly applications.
  • Wabtec acquires Gerken GroupJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in its acquisition of Gerken Group SA, a leading manufacturer of specialty carbon and graphite products for rail and other industrial applications.
  • RPC Group acquires Global Closure Systems for €650 million (US$715.8 million)Jones Day advised RPC Group PLC in its €650 million ($715.8 million) acquisition of GCS Group, a leading global manufacturer and provider of closures and dispensing systems.
  • XIO acquires Lumenis for approximately $510 million, $14 per share, in cashJones Day advised XIO Group in its acquisition of Lumenis Ltd., the world's largest energy-based medical company for surgical, ophthalmology, and aesthetic applications, for $14 per share in cash, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $510 million.
  • Nordson acquires LiquidynJones Day advised Nordson Corporation in its acquisition of Liquidyn GmbH, a German manufacturer of micro-dispensing systems, including micro-dispensing pneumatic valves, controllers, and process equipment.
  • XIO Group acquires COMPO EXPERT business from Triton PartnersJones Day advised XIO Group on the fund's inaugural investment in the secondary leveraged buyout from Triton Partners of the COMPO EXPERT business, a leading supplier of specialty fertilizer products for professional applications.
  • Abiomed acquires ECP Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbHJones Day advised Abiomed, Inc., a leading provider of breakthrough heart support technologies, in its acquisition of ECP Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a medical device company that is developing a product that is a percutaneous, expandable catheter pump.
  • Yaskawa acquires majority of shares of VIPAJones Day advised Yaskawa Electric Corporation in the acquisition by its European subsidiary, YASKAWA Europe GmbH, of the majority of the shares of VIPA Gesellschaft für Visualisierung und Prozessautomatisierung mbH ("VIPA").
  • Pacific Petroleum acquires BP Southwest PacificJones Day advised Pacific Petroleum Company SA in its acquisition of British Petroleum South West Pacific, including BP's downstream business and assets in eight different Pacific jurisdictions.
  • French manufacturer of glass inspection devices defends validity of German counterpart of European patent involving a dot code reading module for glass inspection devicesJones Day represents a French market leader for glass inspection devices in a nullity action against the German part of its European patent relating to a dot code reading module for glass inspection devices.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 9, 2019
      Protecting Inventions in China, Europe and the U.S. alongside senior in-house counsel from Microsoft and the Alibaba Group
    • April 5, 2019
      DAJV Workshop on the protection of Blockchain inventions
    • March 10, 2019
      2nd EU India Conference on advanced biofuels
    • October 23, 2018
      Update to Guidelines for Examination at the EPO relating to AI and Machine Learning
    • June 12, 2018
      Considerations for drafting U.S. patent applications for EP conformity in electrical, mechanical and software technologies, and in pharma and life sciences technologies
    • March 6, 2018
      EU-India conference on Advanced Bio Fuels
    • February 25, 2017
      The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
    • October 27, 2016
      Cross-border IP litigation in the US and Europe: Strategic options for validity and infringement, VPP half-day seminar
    • February 24, 2016
      The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
    • 20. Juni 2013
      America Invents Act (AIA) – Das reformierte US-Patentrecht aus Sicht des deutschen/europäischen Praktikers
    • June 13, 2013
      The European Unitary Patent System – A variety of new options and how non-EU applicants can and should use them
    • June 10, 2013
      Europe's New Unitary Patent and Unfied Patent Court: Challenging Patents Under the New European Patent System
    • April 2013
      The European Unitary Patent System – A variety of new options and how non-EU applicants can and should use them
    • October 10, 2012
      A New World (Patent) Order – How the US Patent Reform Act (AIA) Compares with European Patent Regulations
    • 4. Oktober 2012
      JDialog: Patente – Quo Vadis?
    • August 7, 2012
      A New World (Patent) Order - How the U.S. Patent Reform Act (AIA) Compares with European Patent Regulations, Jones Day IP Roundtable
    • October 19, 2011
      Impacts of AIA on patent prosecution and patent litigation practice for a European based Company, Frankfurt Inhouse seminar
    • October 19, 2011
      Similarities and differences between AIA rules/procedures and European regulations/procedures, Frankfurt Inhouse seminar
    • Januar 27, 2011
      Protecting and Exploiting Your IP Rights in Europed, Transatlantic Seminar
    • October 2010 - November 2010
      Extending patent applications to Europe-What to think about when drafting an EU-foreign first application and prosecuting an European application
    • July 6 – 11, 2009
      Design Protection – the European Aspect, Training Course: Obtaining, Enforcing and Evaluating Intellectual Property Rights in Europe
    • October 29, 2008
      Das Arbeitnehmererfindergesetz in der betrieblichen Praxis, Das Arbeitnehmererfindergesetz in Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen, Auswirkung auf die Gestaltung von Kooperationsverträgen, Arbeitskreis "Patentrecht" der IHK Gießen-Friedberg
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