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Stefan Naumann


Szleper Henry Naumann

Stefan Naumann is a Partner at Szleper Henry Naumann. He is admitted to practice in France and is an independent neutral for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), particularly for domain names. Stefan acts for well-known entertainment, medical device, advertising, new media, publishing, personal care and manufacturing companies. His patent litigation practice covers additional industries.

Stefan and his team handle litigation, arbitration, advisory and transactional work with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, neighboring rights, image rights and trade dress. His media work includes French media regulations, motion picture production, distribution and merchandising, talent contract negotiation and collective bargaining, anti-piracy and enforcement for a number of studios and television stations. Stefan regularly taught courses on French and European intellectual property litigation at the University of Strasbourg (CEIPI), and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). In addition, Stefan is a regular contributor to trade and legal publications, and frequently speaks at conferences. Stefan clerked with the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Recent Articles by Stefan Naumann

How the Unified Patent Court Will Shake Up the Landscape of Patent Courts Worldwide

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) plans to open for business on April 1, 2023. Its likely place among the world’s preeminent patent courts can be inferred, at least in part, from the territorial and subject matter jurisdiction of this novel court. In Europe, several courts enjoy established reputations for patent litigation, notably in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Holland and Italy. These courts, as well as the European Patent Office (EPO), which also enjoys a strong reputation for its case law, are the preferred venues of plaintiffs for enforcing or seeking to invalidate European patents. Due to the size and economic weight of the region, the importance of European patents, and the bench of experienced patent judges and practitioners, Europe will without doubt continue to attract a substantial share of patent litigation worldwide.