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Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont


Artificial intelligence | Industrials | Intellectual property | Life sciences | Technology | Telecommunications |

first-class team leader and coordination of complex patent disputes

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About Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont

Wolrad is patent litigator specialising in the intersection of competition and patent law.

Wolrad has been working over 20 years in the field of intellectual property and particularly patents and has built an extensive track record in patent litigation and enforcement proceedings, acting and advising on a wide range of proceedings before the specialized patent courts in Germany and on cross-border proceedings. A wide range of national and international clients from the technology and telecommunication as well as biotech and pharma sectors trust his strategic advice and representation in court proceedings, both before German courts and before the UPC.

Before joining Freshfields, Wolrad worked at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, where he researched patent law, with a focus on biotech and genetic inventions.

From 2004 to 2008, he was programme director at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, where he was responsible for, among other things, its LLM IP programme and where he had continued to teach.

During his LLM studies in Washington DC, he worked as judicial intern to the Hon Randall R Rader at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Wolrad speaks German, English, French and Russian.

Recent work

  • Advising and representing Sony Mobile Communication during its defence of standard-essential patent assertions relating to telecommunication standards.
  • Advising and representing Novartis during patent-enforcement proceedings relating to different active ingredients.
  • Advising and representing BMS during enforcement proceedings against MSD relating to its patent-protected anti-PD-1 antibody for cancer treatment.
  • Defending BMS, Ono Pharmaceuticals and Prof. Honjo against entitlement proceedings regarding patents protecting PD-L1 antibodies and treatments with them
  • Advising and representing a global technology company in a number of patent litigations, including defending it against standard-essential patent assertions and against the largest ever damages claim brought in patent infringement proceedings in Germany.
  • Representing Ajinomoto in complex biotech patent litigation.



  • Universities of Heidelberg and Munich, Germany
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, US (LLM IP)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany

Professional memberships

  • AIPPI - Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • GRUR - Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Working Group on Patent Judicature e.V. 


  • "International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes – A Practicioner's Guide", Peter Chrocziel, Boris Kasolowski, Robert Whitener and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (eds), C.H. Beck Hart Nomos (2017)

  • "Intellectual Property and Competition Law", Peter Chrocziel, Moritz Lorentz and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (eds), Kluwer Law International, 2016

  • "Security Interests over Intellectual Property – AIPPI Study Question (General) 2016", Clemens-August Heusch, Björn Joachim, Christof Karl, Robin Keulertz, Anja Lunze, Mary-Rose McGuire and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2016, pp.776-782

  • "Wars on wheels – are patents the new revenue stream for car-makers?" , Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Justin Watts, reprinted in The Licensing Journal, November/December 2015, pp.8-13

  • "Trade Secrets: Overlap with restraint of trade, aspects of enforcement (Q247)", Clemens Heusch, Karsten Königer, Jens Künzel, Mary-Rose McGuire, Florian Winzer and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2015, pp.932-941

  • "Patents Meet Antitrust Law – the State of Play of the FRAND Defense in Germany" in Competition and Communications Law: Key Issues in the Telecoms, Media and Technology Sectors, Kluwer Law, 2014, pp.215-229

  • "Second medical use or indication claims (Q238) - Bericht der deutschen Landesgruppe der AIPPI", Andrea Schüssler, Anja Lunze, Hans-Michael Kompter, Holger Ludwig, Karsten Königer, Peter Wiegeleben and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont in GRUR Int. 2014, pp.906-913

  • "Der U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit und seine Bedeutung im U.S.-Gerichtssystem unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des U.S. Supreme Court", Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont and Peter Ruess in GRUR Int. 2011, pp.1-10

  • "Special Legislation for Genetic Inventions – A Violation of Art. 27 (1) TRIPS?" in Patents and Technological Progress in a Globalized World – Liber Amicorum Joseph Straus, Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, Martin Adelman, Robert Brauneis, Josef Drexl and Ralph Nack (eds), Springer Verlag 2009, pp.289-304