Carsten Niepelt

Dipl.-Ing., LL.M., German Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney

Carsten Niepelt studied electrical engineering at the University of Dortmund with a focus on robotics and data processing. Since 1996, Mr. Niepelt has been working in intellectual property law in law firms and industry. In 2008 he completed his Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management at CEIPI.

Since 2018 Mr. Niepelt works for Gulde & Partner.

Practice areas

  • Patent application proceedings
  • Patent litigation

Technology areas

  • Electrical engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital image and signal processing
  • Robotics

Languages
German, English

Karl Bühler

Dipl.-Ing. (FH), European Patent Attorney

Karl Bühler studied precision engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. As part of his diploma thesis he acquired extensive knowledge in the range of hybrid integrated circuits.

Subsequent to his studies, Mr. Bühler worked for ten years as a development engineer and group leader in the field of inkjet printing for Siemens AG, München/Berlin and for Inkjet Systems, München/Berlin, an affiliated company of Kodak, Rochester, USA.

In 1995 Mr. Bühler took over management of the legal department as Patent & Legal Coordinator in a Swiss company in the field of printing solutions. During ten years in this position, and in charge of all associated companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, he acquired comprehensive knowledge in the range of intellectual property with particular emphasis on strategic patent management, including the acquisition, enforcement and defense of national and international IP rights.

From there he moved on to counselling international clients on IP matters with a focus on intellectual property landscape analyses, including patent licensing, research and development agreements, patentability, freedom to operate, and validity of IP rights.

Mr. Bühler was admitted as representative before the European Patent Office in 2017.

Karl Bühler joined Gulde & Partner in 2018.

Practice areas

  • European and international patent law
  • Patent applications
  • Patent examination proceedings

 Technology areas

  • Precision engineering / mechatronics
  • Mechanical & apparatus engineering
  • Digital imaging technology (inkjet, thermal & laser printing)
  • Electrical controls & electronics
  • Hydraulics
  • Medical technology
  • Process technology
  • Automotive systems

Languages
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

Mark Heinrich

Dipl.-Ing., German Patent Attorney

Mark Heinrich graduated from the Technical University Berlin with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering in the year 2012. In Mark Heinrich specialized in product design engineering, machine tool systems and production technology.

He further gained international working experience in India and Morocco in the automotive industry and in the field of solar energy.

After his studies, Mark Heinrich worked as a development engineer mainly involved in designing machine tools for laser-based material processing. His major responsibilities covered the accomplishment of technological feasibility studies, the development and design of laser machine tool systems and quality control during production ramp-up.

Mark Heinrich further gained work experience with the establishment of an industrial patent department.

Mark Heinrich works for Gulde & Partner since 2014.

 Practice Areas

  • Patent applications and patent examination proceedings
  • Patent infringement analysis and risk assessment
  • Patent opposition proceedings

Technology Areas

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Production technology
  • Automotive technology
  • Medical technology

Languages
German, English, Spanish, French

Niklas Mellmann

Dipl.-Ing., Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney

Niklas Mellmann studied Information Technology at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering at the TU Dortmund. His focus lies in the technical field of communications engineering, digital image and signal processing as well as (tele)communications technology.

He completed his studies in 2009 as a graduate engineer. His student research project at the chair of Communication Technology (working group: information processing circuits) was dedicated to the estimation of the effort for predictive motion estimation methods using the CELL platform. Within the scope of his diploma thesis, he conducted a performance evaluation of a client-based vertical handover method at the Communication Networks Institute at the TU Dortmund.

Mr. Mellmann has been working in the field of intellectual property since 2014. Before working as a patent attorney, he worked several years for Accenture, a management consulting, technology and outsourcing service provider, as a consultant in the field of Communications, Media & Technology. During this time, he advised particularly global telecommunications clients on technology issues.

Since 2017 Mr. Mellmann works for Gulde & Partner.

 Practice Areas

  • Patent application proceedings
  • Patent examination proceedings
  • Patent analyses 

Technology Areas

  • Electronics
  • Communications engineering
  • Digital image and signal processing
  • (Tele)communications technology

Languages
German, English