History

Hauck Patent- und Rechtsanwälte was founded in Hamburg in 1948 by Dr. Hermann Negendank who had been a patent attorney in a Berlin based firm already before the Second World War. Around this time the German patent office re-opened. Consequently, our firm is counted as one of the first applicant’s representatives which helped to re-establish intellectual property law in Germany after the Second World War. From the beginning our focus was international. This applies to German clients whose interests we protect worldwide, as well as to foreign clients who are active in the German and European markets.

In 1954 the firm moved to the city center of Hamburg where its head office is still located after continuous growth throughout the years. Today, Edo Graalfs, Dr. Norbert Siemons, Dr. Peter Schildberg, Philipp Mönkemeyer und Dr. Richard Werner are the patent attorneys at the Hamburg office.

In order to address the heavy increase in work load in the 1960’s, a branch office was established directly at the location of the patent office in Munich. The Munich branch office was headed initially by the patent attorneys Hans Hauck and Waldemar Schmitz and subsequently by patent attorney Werner Wehnert. With advancing communication technologies, in particular the possibility of online filing facilitated by the patent offices, the Munich branch office was closed in 2010 and the Hamburg office was further expanded.

In the founding year of the European Patent Office – 1978 – the firm opened a further branch office in Düsseldorf. Up to today this branch office is headed by patent attorney Dr. Wolfgang Döring.

Since 1974 specialised attorneys at law support the trademark department of the firm. On April 1, 1996 the firm counted as one of the first representatives who filed European community trademarks at the newly founded Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. Today, attorneys at law Dirk Pahl and Nina Sierakowsky, both certified German intellectual property attorneys, are contact attorneys for trademark law, competition law and copyright law.