Dr. Anette Gärtner LL.M. Photo

With more than ten years’ experience as a patent litigator, Anette leads the IP team in Frankfurt and advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property and copyright law.  

The focus of her practice is on hard IP related matters, both contentious and non-contentious, particularly in the automotive and life sciences sectors. Anette advises on licensing programs, R&D projects and issues relating to the German Act on Employee Inventions.  She also has broad experience in providing IP advice in the context of corporate transactions.


  • Law Society Dublin, Ireland, 2019, Admitted as Solicitor in Ireland (non-practising)
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority London, UK, 2016, Admitted as Solicitor England Wales
  • Bar, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2009, Certified Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law
  • University of Bonn, Germany, 2005, PhD (Dr. jur.)
  • German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, 2005, Master (Mag. rer. publ.)
  • Koblenz, Germany, 2004, Second State Exam (Bar exam equivalent)
  • University of Edinburgh, 2000, LL.M., TB Smith Prize (Most Distinguished LL.M. Student)
  • Cologne, Germany, 1999, First State Exam (J.D. equivalent)
  • The German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 1994 - 2000, scholarship

  • Germany
  • England and Wales
  • Ireland (Non-Practising)

  • Germany
  • England and Wales

  • Bar Association of Frankfurt
  • Roll of Solicitors (England/Wales)
  • Roll of Solicitors (Ireland)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR); member of the patent experts committee and the right to data committee
  • Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP)
  • German-British Jurists' Association (DBJV)

  • English
  • German
  • French

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Germany and Handelsblatt for Intellectual Property Law, 2018-2022
  • Included as a recommended expert in IAM, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2016-2020

In The News

  • 1 October 2018 “Dark IPR, Hot Tubbing And Other Terms IP Attys Should Know” [Italian Torpedoes in cross-border patent infringement cases] Law360
  • 27 July 2018 "What You Need To Know About Patent Litigation In Germany" Law360
  •  July 2018, "Worüber man spricht und nicht” [Featured in article on the reformation of the German laws on trade secret protection] Juve 66
  • 25 April 2017 “Us Perspectives: US Supreme Court Ruling Worries Patent Experts” [Article on U.S. decision on SCA Hygiene and comments on statute of limitation under German Patent Law] Intellectual Property Watch 
  • 30 June 2016  "Auf roten Sohlen vor den EuGH" [Interview about ECJ Case regarding colour trademarks] Handelsblatt
  • 27 May 2016 “Good to meet you… Anette Gärtner” The Guardian
  • 27 November 2015 “Letztes Mittel Netzsperre” [Comment on blogging injunction under German Copyright Law] Handelsblatt
  • 25 September 2015 “Lindt-Teddy bezwingt Haribo-Goldbär” [Comment on Supreme Court decision on “jelly baby case” regarding collisions between 3D objects and wordmark] Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • 18 March 2014 “Unternehmen in der Pflicht” [Interviewed for feature in Handelsblatt regarding the trade secrets directive and its implications for companies doing business in Germany] Handelsblatt 
  • 27 February 2014 “Vorteil durch Klage” [Interviewed for article published in Handelsblatt regarding rise of patent litigation in the telecommunications sector] Handelsblatt 
  • 23 October 2013 “Bankgeheimnis für Markenpiraten” [Note published in FAZ regarding conflict between confidentiality obligations of banks and claim for information on IP infringers] Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 23 November 2012 “Paula lässt Flecki endgültig in Ruhe” [Interviewed for article in Lebensmittelzeitung regarding decision in patent infringement case relating to production of pudding with distinct design] Lebensmittel Zeitung
  • 17 May 2010 “Der Kampf um Patente: Angriff der Trolle” [Patent commercialisation companies] Süddeutsche Zeitung 
  • 12 May 2010 “BGH nimmt private WLAN-Betreiber in die Pflicht” [Interviewed for article in Handelsblatt regarding case-law of the Federal Supreme Court about liability for copyright infringements in the internet] Handelsblatt 
  • 23 February 2009 “Raubzug der Patenthaie” [Interviewed for article in Die Welt regarding the rise of NPE patent litigation in Germany] Welt 
  • 1 March 2008 “Leichte Beute für Patent-Haie” [Interviewed for article in FAZ regarding the rise of NPE patent litigation in Germany] Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung