German Patent Attorney, European Patent and Trademark Attorney
Between 1997 and 2002, Hans-Martin Helwig read chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Technical University), focusing, on one hand, on the application of mechanical process engineering in chemistry and, on the other hand, on the technology of renewable and fossil fuels. After obtaining his honours degree, he engaged in intensive research activities at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. These activities helped him amplify and add to his knowledge in the fields of science and technology. He published the results of his research, which, among others, led to a granted European patent for metallic foams made from a novel aluminium alloy, in international scientific journals. He concluded his scientific career with a degree as a Dr.-Ing. (Doctor of Science [Engineering]) in the field of applied material research.
In 2009, he started training for Patent Attorney at Bielefeld and Munich, obtaining his admission as a German Patent Attorney and as a representative before the European Patent Office in 2013. In 2014, he became a partner of the Bielefeld law firm where he had worked as a trainee. At the beginning of the year 2018, he joined the law firm Freischem & Partner as a partner.
Since his admission to the bar, he has worked for domestic and foreign clients in patent, trademark, utility model and design matters, cases related to employee invention law and the negotiation of contracts. He has participated in oral hearings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the European Patent Office, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, the District Court of Düsseldorf, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and the German Federal Court of Justice. As a Patent Attorney, he has focused, among others, on assisting small and medium-sized companies, counselling them comprehensively in all fields of industrial property. His broad scientific and technological knowledge has aided him in dealing with complex technical problems from a multitude of technical fields.
Hans-Martin Helwig is a member of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys, EPI, FICPI and the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys. In the latter, he has worked in an honorary capacity; since 2018, he has been a member of its executive board. Furthermore, he is a (currently not active) member of the examination comittee III of the European Patent Office for the European qualifying examination (EQE).