Stellbrink & Partner – your patent attorney in Munich. We are happy to support you with our team of experts in all matters relating to intellectual property.
Dipl.-Ing. | German Patent Attorney | European Patent Attorney
The founder Axel Stellbrink has been working as a patent attorney in Munich for more than 25 years. Axel advises companies, universities and other institutions on the topics of innovation and IP strategies in Europe, the US, Israel, China, Japan and Korea.
Axel Stellbrink graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in Automation Engineering after working with Professor Milberg. He shortly qualified as a German and European Patent Attorney and amassed experience for over 20 years in one of the leading European patent law firms in Munich, eventually becoming a partner. He worked extensively in the area of IP prosecution, and became particularly known for high-profile national and multinational litigation cases. He is currently specializing in patent drafting and examination, as well as litigation.
Moreover, Axel is developing new data mining tools offering his clients a unique service in IP and IP protection matters.
MSc | German Patent Attorney | European Patent Attorney
Simon Michels is a German and European Patent Attorney as well as partner and founder of Stellbrink & Partner. His technical expertise includes physics, engineering and medical technologies. From 2011 to 2016, Simon was trained and worked in a renowned patent law firm in Munich. He passed the German and European Patent Attorney qualification examinations in 2014 and 2015, respectively, completing the exams within the top 6% (European exam) and top of the class (German exam). His training also included an apprenticeship with the Higher Regional Court in Munich. Simon’s experience includes patent drafting, patent prosecution, oppositions, appeals, German nullity proceedings (including appeals), German proceedings relating to patent infringement and preliminary injunctions, freedom to operate analyses, patent due diligence, as well as multi-national licensing negotiations and arbitrations.
Before qualifying as a German and European Patent Attorney, Simon studied at ETH Zurich, University of Bonn and University of Cambridge. He graduated top of his class from ETH Zurich with an MSc in Interdisciplinary Sciences with majors in physics and physical chemistry. Simon also worked for a leading international business consultancy and for a start-up company. He is an alumnus of the Salem International College and of the Foundation of German Business (SDW). Simon is a regular speaker for patent law at IP congresses, universities, and startup events.
Nina Ferara (Kudryashova)
MSc | European Patent Attorney
Nina Ferara qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2019. In this role, she advises our clients in all aspects of intellectual property management, including generating IP strategies, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office, and organizing presentations and workshops relating to a number of various IP-related topics. Prior to her work in the intellectual property industry, Nina graduated from the Elite Master Program in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics offered jointly by the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich as part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. Before that, she obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Nina interned at several international scientific institutions over the course of her studies, along with a half a year internship in management consulting in Germany. During her studies and internships, Nina was supported by multiple DAAD Scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service, as well as by an NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award of the Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council. She was also awarded the Excellence in Science Prize from the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports.
Coordinator Research & Analytics
Karin Gensrich’s broad background includes serving the German Navy as a specialist for modern weapon systems and as a nautical officer. Karin also served on commercial vessels travelling worldwide. She then studied Nautical Science at the Elsfleth University of Applied Sciences and spent two semesters at the Plymouth Polytechnic, in England. As she was particularly interested in the field of ship automation, she furthered her skills by studying Computer Science at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. She went on to found and lead a company providing computer solutions for mid-sized entities. A number of professional activities in foreign cultural spheres considerably expanded her worldview.
Karin is responsible for the coordination of research and analytics.
BSc | Patent Attorney Paralegal
Andrea Hauenstein started her training as a paralegal in the field of intellectual property law in September 2001 with a patent attorney in Munich, and successfully completed her training in July 2003. After her training, she worked in different patent law firms in Munich, and gathered experience also as an assistant head of administration, working on establishing and structuring workflows and processes of a patent law firm. She was also supervising the paralegal trainees.
Since September 2016, Andrea is working at Stellbrink & Partner as an IP paralegal. She is responsible for monitoring cases and deadlines, as well as administration and implementation of workflows/processes in our law firm. Andrea also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Business Psychology.
MSc | Patent Attorney Trainee
Erjon Dauti graduated with distinction from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with a Master’s degree in Communications Engineering, wherein he mainly focused on the field of Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSN). He conducted a research internship with the aim of “Implementing and Evaluating a Simultaneous Multi-Channel Software Defined Radio IWSN Gateway”. During the Master thesis Erjon worked on “Link Quality Estimation for IWSN”.
Before that, Erjon graduated top of the class from Epoka University, in Tirana, Albania, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Digital Communication Engineering. During his Bachelor studies, Erjon participated in an exchange program at one of the most well-known universities of Turkey, Istanbul Technical University, where he obtained the highest GPA score. For his Bachelor Thesis, Erjon showed his innovative and engineering skills by developing a programmable, interactive robot able to play chess with humans – which received the Best Thesis Award.
Erjon joined our team in October 2016 as a working student and assisted our team in patent drafting, as well as other technical areas of intellectual property. After finishing his Master’s degree in June 2019, Erjon joined us as a patent attorney trainee. He assists and advises our clients on patent and other matters relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
Dr. Christian Fernández Solis
MEng | Patent Attorney Trainee
Christian Fernández Solis obtained his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) with a focus on physical chemistry from the Ruhr-University Bochum, graduating with magna cum laude. Before that, he obtained a Master of Engineering degree in Materials and Environmental Science from the Nagoya University, Japan and studied Industrial Chemistry at the National University of Asunción, graduating top of the class.
Christian worked as EU Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf, researching on the field of interfacial chemistry and surface engineering with a focus on interfacial spectroscopy and was part of the Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces ITN research consortium.
Christian worked at NGOs as a consultant advising on process management for several projects funded by international cooperation agencies. Afterwards, he worked as a business consultant and was in charge of several projects for various national and multinational companies in sectors of service and industry.
During his formal education, Christian got supported by several scholarships including the Monbukagakushō Shōgakukin funded by the Japanese Government and the ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded by the European Union.
Christian currently qualifies as a patent attorney in our Munich-based law firm. He assists and advises our clients on patent and other matters relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
IP Paralegal Trainee
Jennifer Toporowicz started her training as a paralegal in the field of intellectual property law in August 2018 and is still at the beginning of her career. The team motivates her a lot and she learns new things every day. Jennifer supports all team members and clients and is grateful to be able to complete her training in such an educational and diverse environment. Jennifer supports us with regard to time limits, administrative tasks and by implementing operating procedures. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages.
MSc | Patent Attorney Trainee
Shweta Agarwal holds a Master’s degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Manchester, UK, where she worked on data-based physics relating to the death of stars and the resulting supernova remnants at radio frequencies. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Miranda House college, University of Delhi, India and also briefly researched supernovae at X-ray frequencies at the Max Planck Institute for extra-terrestrial Physics, Germany.
Her background in astrophysics includes a strong foundation in computer programming, as well as scientific writing, instrumentation and signal treatment. These competencies give her a strong footing for approaching various technical innovations encountered as a patent attorney trainee.
Outside of science, Shweta has pursued many side projects, ranging from working alongside an environmental NGO to teaching underprivileged children in India.
As Patent Attorney Trainee, Shweta assists and advises our clients on patent and other matters relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
Assistant to the Partners
Diana studied several semesters mechanical engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences from 1992 on. Thereafter she has been educated as an accounting specialist. During her more than 20 years of professional activity, Diana took a sabbatical and visited Mexico, Nicaragua, and has founded a startup in Costa Rica. After the sale of the company she has returned back to her hometown Munich where she supports us as the assistant of the management since 2018.
PhD | MSc | Patent Attorney Trainee
Lukas Huthmacher graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Physics. He was based in the Cavendish Laboratory where his experimental research focused on solid state quantum optics in the context of quantum computing and communications. Prior to that, Lukas obtained an MSc in Physics from ETH Zurich, including an exchange term at the National University of Singapore. During his studies he was funded by the Foundation of German Business (SDW).
Furthermore, Lukas worked as a research assistant in the Quantum Device Lab at ETH Zurich, as well as a consultant for a project on the optimisation of data management for a large automotive manufacturer and participated in science outreach projects explaining complex scientific topics to children.
Within the scope of his training as patent attorney Lukas assists and advises our clients on patent and other matters regarding Intellectual Property Rights.
MSc | Patent Attorney Trainee
Richard Schild graduated from the German-French double degree program in Mechanical Engineering offered jointly by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Arts et Métiers ParisTech. Before, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His specialisations are in the fields of product development, robotics for industrial applications as well propulsion systems. During his Master thesis, Richard did research on predictive maintenance for production systems in the automotive context. His academic knowledge is complemented by internships in the fields of robotics as well as control of electric drives.
Apart from his studies, Richard was an internal auditor for the German branch of an NGO that promotes international exchange. He is an alumnus of the Foundation of German Business (SDW).