Dr. Bernd Allekotte, LL.M.

Admitted to the Bar, Germany and USA (New York), UPC Representative
allekotte@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: München

Languages: German, English, Spanish


Bernd Allekotte is recognised as one of the leading attorneys in the field of patent litigation. In over 25 years, he has conducted several hundred patent litigation cases.

He specialises in complex and commercially significant cases, often involving foreign disputes. Due to his LL.M. studies and his work as an attorney in New York, he has particularly close ties to the US market.

Bernd represents patent infringement cases in all technical fields. He currently focuses on the automotive (connected cars), telecommunications, and life sciences sectors. In the field of connected cars, in particular, he has consistently represented extensive litigation series since 2016.

Many of his cases are related to SEP/FRAND—he is one of the leading experts in this field. Due to his specialisation in his studies and dissertation, he has particular expertise in antitrust law and also offers sound advice on complex licensing issues in the field of technology transfer.

In addition, he is one of the leading attorneys before the new Unified Patent Court, where he filed a lawsuit on the very first day of its existence. His clients range from large multinational companies, predominantly based in the USA and Asia, to highly innovative SMEs.

Bernd is a member of GRUR, AIPLA and the VPP.


  • Patent Infringement
  • Technology Transfer & Licensing
  • Contracts and Antitrust Law


  • Automotive (Connected Cars),
  • Telecommunications
  • Life Sciences


  • Studies of law at the University of Passau and the LMU Munich
  • 1st state examination, 1993
  • 2nd state examination, 1995
  • Doctorate at the LMU Munich on “Concentration Control in Spanish and EC Law”, 1995
  • LL.M. at Columbia Law School, New York, 1995-1996
  • Foreign Associate at Kenyon & Kenyon, New York, 1996-1997
  • Partner at Grünecker, since 2003

Publications & Lectures

Litigation strategy in the Unified Patent
IAM, Yearbook 2017 – Oct 1, 2016 IAM, Yearbook 2017 – Oct 1, 2016

Protecting and Enforcing Life Science Inventions in Europe
C.H. Beck, Hart, Nomos, Helbing Lichtenhahn – Jan 1, 2015

The EU Technology Block Exemption Regulation
IAM, Yearbook 2015 – Oct 1, 2014

FRAND-based litigation and competition issues in Europe
IAM, IP Monetisation 2013 – Oct 1, 2013

Exhaustion by Payment? / Erschöpfung durch Zahlung?
Communications of the German Patent Attorneys, 2014, p. 1 et seq., Carl Heymanns Verlag – Jan 1, 2004

“Dozer Blade” – New considerations when discussing patent infringement and inventive modifications GRUR 2002, p. 465 et seq., C.H.Beck – Jun 1, 2002

Awards & Rankings

Excellent; Best Law Firms for Patent Litigation – Germany, Leaders League, 2023

Excellent; patent attorney and Attorney-at-law team
“He is calm and seasoned and able to explain complicated concepts in simple terms”,
“outstanding judgment and presents complicated technical issues clearly and concisely”, JUVE, 2023

Trademark – Patent and Trademark Attorney Firms, (Tier 1)
“Our lead counsel Bernd Allekotte is a seasoned litigator with excellent judgement. Grünecker accurately forecasts its budget and never exceeds it.”, IP Stars, 2023

Core Attorney – Patent Law; Attorneys-at-Law – Litigation (Tier 3)
“Bernd Allekotte manages to lead in complex proceedings; persistent as well as down-to-earth in correspondence and in court. He skillfully abstracts complicated concepts and transforms them into simple strategies, has good instincts and sound judgment. The firm also has a strong team of patent attorneys.” Legal500, 2023

Silver – Germany – Individuals – Infringement
“Bernd is a seasoned professional with excellent judgement and a solid presence in court. His work is absolutely excellent. He has repeatedly delivered exceptional results for his clients. The work product is sound and creative. The work is always within the budget, and the budgets are also very reasonable.”, IAM 1000, 2023

Leading Attorney-at-Law in his field, Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2024 edition