Tim Smentkowski LL.M.

  • Attorney-at-Law (admitted in Germany)
  • Bar-Certified Specialist Attorney for Intellectual Property Law
  • Senior Associate

Janine Rautenberg

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T   +49 211 54 24 40 32
F   +49 211 54 24 40 44

Tim Smentkowski LL.M. 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 and 2022 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”.

The firm’s patent practice is recommended as a “well established and powerful team” with “strength and depth” in Legal 500, “in particular for difficult patent proceedings where the team meets highest standards in timing and quality” and “whose briefs are ‘a miracle of structure and precision and at that written to the point and a pleasure to read'”. The patent practice is further continuously recommended as one of the global top 1000 in IAM Patent 1000 (“The team does a wonderful and very detailed job. Its members are very meticulous and able to navigate complex scenarios and uncertain jurisprudence”). Chambers quote clients: “The lawyers are very good, with the experience to know what the real issues are in a case and focus their efforts there. They are creative and go the extra mile. You get quick responses and great answers.” and “It is a high-quality, successful firm with a very good track record. The partners are always on top of the case.”

The firm’s trademark practice is considered to be among the top 1000 worldwide by WTR 1000. ARNOLD RUESS is also listed for trademark and design law in “Germany’s Top Attorneys”, a ranking published by the news magazine FOCUS, for IP overall in Chambers Europe 2014 (“a respected player”) and in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Ranking.

ARNOLD RUESS is JUVE law firm of the year for IP and Patents 2019 in Germany.

  • 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
  • Languages: German, English
  • 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)

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