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Tim Smentkowski, LL.M.

Attorney-at-Law (admitted in Germany)
Bar-Certified Specialist Attorney for Intellectual Property Law, Counsel

Tim Smentkowski

Tim Smentkowski is Senior Associate with our firm. He specialises in intel­lec­tual property law and, in particular, patent and trademark law.

Managing Intel­lec­tual Property lists Tim Smentkowski as “Rising Star” in its 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. IP Stars Rankings. Legal 500 mentions Tim Smentkowski as “Rising Star” for patent law in its 2022 ranking. Juve patent names Tim Smentkowski “One to Watch in German patent litigation 2022”.

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  • Born 1987 in Düsseldorf

  • Law Studies at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf with special focus on “enterprises and markets” and at the University of Hull, England

  • Trainee Lawyer (Referendar) at the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi, India, Glade Michel Wirtz in Düsseldorf (Competition Law) and Siemens AG

  • Profes­sional experience: 2015 – 2018 Research Associate with rospatt osten pross Intel­lec­tual Property Recht­san­wälte; since 2018 Attorney-at-Law with ARNOLD RUESS; since 2021 Bar-Certified Specialist Attorney for Intel­lec­tual Property Law

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intel­lec­tual Property Law, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf


  • FRAND-Einwand: Beider­seit­iges Pflichten­pro­gramm der Parteien, Anmerkung zu LG München I, Urteil vom 17.2.2023 – 21 O 4140/21 und Urteil vom 19.4.2023 – 21 O 1890/22, in: GRUR Patent 2023, 172 (together with Dr. Lisa Rieth)

  • Verfas­sungs­beschwer­den gegen Rechtss­chutz­sys­tem des Europäis­chen Patentamts verworfen, comment on German Consti­tu­tional Court, decision of 8.11.2022 – 2 BvR 2480/10 et. al., in: GRUR-Prax 2023, 234

  • COVID-19: The impact on patent and the courts in Germany (together with Prof. Dr. Peter Ruess), online on 13. April 2020 at https://www.ipstars.com/News­AndAna­lysis/COVID-19-The-impact-on-patent-and-the-courts-in-Germany/Index/5276


  • Young EPLAW Congress, Brüssel 25.04.2022: Confid­en­ti­al­ity in court proceedings (together with Yngve Øyehaug Opsvik, Marie-Ange Pozzo di Borgo, Jonathan Solomon and Pietro Dettori)

  • DeepIn research network, Webinar 28.02.2023: Contri­bu­tion to the Debate on SEPs: SEP case law in Germany (panel discussion together with Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht, Dr. Matthias Zigann, Elisabeth Opie and Igor Nikolic)