Klaus Haft

Partner

Als Rechtsanwalt und Diplom-Physiker ist Klaus Haft auf die Prozessvertretung im Bereich des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes, insbesondere im Bereich des Patentrechts spezialisiert. Daneben berät er zu Lizenz-, sowie Forschungs- und Entwicklungsverträgen, zum Arbeitnehmererfinderrecht und zu Fragen des Schutzes von Geschäftsgeheimnissen. Aufbauend auf seinem Zweitstudium der Physik und seinem entsprechend vertieften technischen Verständnis hat er besonders umfassende Erfahrung in Patentstreitigkeiten zu „High-Tech-“ und Medizinprodukten erworben. Er vertritt seine Mandanten vor den nationalen deutschen Gerichten, wirkt an Rechtsbeständigkeitsverfahren mit, und plant und koordiniert multinationale Verfahren.

Klaus Haft studierte in Würzburg und München. Seine Diplomarbeit absolvierte er am Europäischen Laboratorium für Teilchenphysik, CERN, in Genf. Parallel zu seinen Studien arbeitete er über zehn Jahre als freier Mitarbeiter in einer Münchener Patentanwaltskanzlei.

Klaus Haft war sieben Jahre im Vorstand der European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) tätig, davon die letzten beiden Jahre als deren Präsident, und ist derzeit Mitglied des Beirats. Außerdem ist er Vize-Präsident der Licensing Executives Society (LES) Deutschland und Mitglied des Executive Board des Munich IP Dispute Resolution Forum. Er publiziert regelmäßig zu Fragen des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes und ist als Referent bei Vortragsveranstaltungen zu patentrechtlichen Themen tätig.

  • MANDATE (AUSZUG)
    • Zahlreiche, umfassende und häufig internationale Verfahren in den Bereichen Industriestandards, Telekom, Elektronik, Halbleiter, Computer Hard- und Software, Optik, Medizinprodukte und allgemeine Mechanik.

     

  • MITGLIEDSCHAFTEN
    • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW, Präsident)
    • Licensing Executives Society Deutschland (LES, vormals Schriftführer)
    • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
    • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
    • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR)
    • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
    • Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP)
  • VERÖFFENTLICHUNGEN
    • Haft in: Cepl/Voß, Prozesskommentar zum Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz, §§ 883-894 (Kommentierung zur Zwangsvollstreckung), C.H Beck (2015)
    • Haft in: Ehlers/Haft/Königer, “Der Durchschnittsfachmann im Zusammenhang mit dem Erfordernis der erfinderischen Tätigkeit im Patentrecht”, Q213 der AIPPI, GRUR Int. 2010, 815
    • Haft in: Haft/Hacker/Baumgärtel/Grabienski/Grabinski/Heusch/Joachim/Kefferpütz/Kühnen/Lunze, “Grenzbeschlagnahme und andere Eingriffsmöglichkeiten der Zollbehörden gegen Verletzer, Q208 der AIPPI, GRUR Int. 2009, 826
    • Haft/Hahn et al., “Litigating standard-essential patents – FRAND and antitrust implications”, Managing IP (2009)
    • Haft/v. Samson-Himmelstjerna: Kerntheorie bei der Erschöpfung von Patenten, insbesondere von “standard-essentiellen” “Hightech”-Patenten, in: Festschrift für Thomas W. Reimann (2009)
    • Haft in Haft/Baumgärtel/Dombrowski/Grzimek/Joachim/Loschelder, Die Erschöpfung von Rechten des Geistigen Eigentums in Fällen des Recyclings oder der Reparatur von Waren, GRUR-Int. 11/2008, S. 944 ff.
    • Haft, Patent- und Gebrauchsmusterverletzung; Wirkung des Patentschutzes, Schutzumfang; Berlin Verlag (2007)
    • Haft in: Haft/Donle/Ehlers/Nack, “Strafschadenersatz als strittige Frage der Rechte des geistigen Eigentums”, AIPPI Q186, GRUR Int. 2005, 403
    • Osterrieth/Haft, Grenzüberschreitende Patentverletzungsverfahren in Europa, Festschrift 50 Jahre VPP (1955 – 2005)
    • Köhler/Haft/Birde/Butler/Sigworth, The damages test – Comparing damages for Infringement in the US and Germany, Patentworld (2005)
    • Haft/Reimann, Zur Berechnung des Verletzergewinns nach der “Gemeinkostenanteil”-Entscheidung des BGH vom 2. November 2000, Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, 2003, 437-445
    • Haft, Mitautor bei Adams et al. (Spin Muon Collaboration), Measurement of the SMC muon beam polarisation using the asymmetry in the elastic scattering off polarised electrons, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, Bd. 443 (2000), 1
    • Haft, Mitautor bei Adeva et al. (Spin Muon Collaboration), Polarised quark distributions in the nucleon from semi-inclusive spin asymmetries, Physics Letters B, Bd. 420 (1998), 180
  • ZITATE UND EMPFEHLUNGEN
    • Global Leader, IAM 2021
    • “a brilliant patents lawyer” who comes highly recommended by peers. “He wins cases with very well-presented and profound arguments”.
      „an outstanding practitioner who impresses respondents with his well-thought-out and profound arguments in court”.
      (Global Leader: Patents / National Leader Germany: Patents), Who is Who Legal 2020
    • „smart, wettbewerbsorientiert, sehr guter Prozessanwalt“, JUVE 2020
    • „Top Anwalt für Patentrecht“, WirtschaftsWoche 2020
    • Thought Leader in Germany (Patents), Who is Who Legal 2020
    • “excellent litigator” with dual qualifications in law and physics; IAM Patent 1000, 2020
    • Managing Intellectual Property – IP Star (Patent, Germany), 2020/21
    • “He is not just a lawyer, he is also a physicist. In complex tech matters, it is very easy to communicate with him.”; “an outstanding legal attorney.”, Chambers Europe and Global 2020
    • Leading Individual for IP – Patent and Recommended for IP – Patent – Litigation; Legal 500 Deutschland 2020
    • “precise and clearly structured”, “has excellent technical and legal understanding”, “good in processes”, JUVE 2019/20
    • “Klaus is the best patent litigator in Germany – he’s performed flawlessly for us since day one. His judgement of arguments is elite and he knows judges and jurisdictions back-to-front.”
      “He’s a fantastic litigator, with great technical understanding. He can turn cases around at a critical stage through his outstanding ability to communicate with judges.”
      “He’s absolutely phenomenal, incredibly talented and a compelling advocate. His physics background enables him to understand complex technology at a level most attorneys cannot reach.”
      “He’s 15/10, our main lawyer in Germany. If we cannot instruct him, it’s a sad day for the company.” IAM Patent 1000, 2019
    • “brilliant patents lawyer” who comes highly recommended by peers. “He wins cases with very well-presented and profound arguments”, Who is Who Legal 2019
    • Clients praise Klaus Haft as “probably one of the best patent litigators in Europe” and enthuse that he “is excellent at strategic thinking and out-litigates the other side.”, Chambers Global 2019
    • ‘Especially convincing at court’, also an ‘excellent project manager’ and ‘always fully informed’, Legal 500, 2018
    • “Pre-eminent lead patent trial counsel in Germany”, MIP IP Stars 2018
    • “He’s a spectaculary good patent litigator – one of the few who understands how to convey complex issues simply while remaining precise. Both his technical and legal knowledge are great, maybe because he has not just a degree in law but also one in physics. Overall he´s certainly up there with very best, especially when it comes to telecoms matters.” IAM 1000, 2018
    • “Excellent attorney” Klaus Haft enjoys a stellar reputation in patent litigation matters, where he makes use of an academic background in physics to advise on highly complex disputes in the electronics and mechanics fields. He represents a range of leading multinationals, and is lauded for being “extremely diligent” and for having a “convincing way of pleading in court.” Chambers Global 2018
    • “Stands out” in the international market place thanks to his well-established patent litigation practice, “particular well known for handling IT and telecoms cases”, Patents, Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018
    • “Haft is an excellent litigator who has great legal and technical knowledge, and he is highly responsive”, MIP – IP Stars 2017
    • “Klaus Haft is one of Germany’s best patent litigators. He always keeps an eye on the ultimate objective. Perhaps his biggest strength is his oral presentation in court. He can always win judges round with his tremendously skilful, knowledgeable, fact-driven and friendly pleadings. Few other patent litigators have both a legal and technical degree.” IAM 2017
    • “very thorough, keen and hard-working. He works well in court and is a good advocate.”, Chambers Global 2017
    • “…known for his “highly sophisticated” patent litigation practice in relation to electronics, optics and software”, WHO’S WHO Legal Germany 2017
    • “When it comes to patent cases (…) the German team around Klaus Haft, Martin Köhler and Christine Kanz has been playing in the Champions League for a long time”, JUVE Awards 2016 (“Law Firm of the Year for IP” and “Patent Firm of the Year”)
    • Recommended as “Leading Partner (until 50 years); litigation for Patent Law”, JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017
    • Often recommended for Patent Law, JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017
    • “numbers among the best in Germany”, Legal 500 2016
    • Listed in CHAMBERS, CHAMBERS EUROPE, LEGAL 500, IAM 1000, JUVE and THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO OF PATENT LAWYERS
    • “Interviewees single out leading lawyer Klaus Haft’s technical background as one of his key attributes, noting: “I would say his most outstanding strength, from the point of view of a hi-tech company, is his dual education.” Clients add: “He is outstanding. He is very attuned to a client’s concerns, always thinks several steps ahead and is one of the best strategic thinkers in litigation. He zealously represents the client’s interests, but is excellent at providing us with unbiased, candid advice.” Chambers Global 2015
    • He “is recommended for his highly strategic method of handling cases, his exceptional communication skills and his absolutely perfect understanding of the interface between the technical and legal fields. He takes a composed attitude to his work, which he carries out with precision. He is the very best.” One in-house counsel reveals: “I have seen the quality of his product and he is of an outstanding caliber. I am always trying to get him to come and work for me!”, IAM 100, 2014
    • “Klaus Haft has ‘excellent technical knowledge, profound negotiation techniques and facilitates a communicative way of working”, Legal 500, EMEA 2014

Kontakt

Besucheradresse:

Theatinerstraße 7 /
Entrance Maffeistraße
80333 Munich
Germany

Anschrift:

Steinstraße 20
40212 Düsseldorf
Germany

Fakten

Sprachen

Deutsch, Englisch

Ausbildung

Oberlandesgericht München (Rechtswissenschaften, 2002)
Universitäten Würzburg und München (Rechtswissenschaften, 2000)
Physikdiplom am Europäischen Zentrum für Teilchenphysik CERN (1997)

Zulassung

2002