Dr. phil. nat. Ulrike Ciesla, Dipl. Chem., European Patent Attorney
Dr. phil. nat. Ulrike Ciesla, Dipl. Chem., European Patent Attorney

Dr. phil. nat. Ulrike Ciesla, Dipl. Chem., European Patent Attorney

Partner, Zurich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 02 90
ulrike.ciesla@mll-legal.com

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Ulrike Ciesla is a member of MLL Legal’s IP team, which ranks among the leaders in intellectual property in Switzerland. In particular, she complements the patent litigation team with her expertise in technical matters and patent law.

Ulrike studied chemistry at the University of Erlangen and the University of Mainz. After her doctoral thesis in the field of inorganic solid state chemistry and catalysis at the University of Frankfurt she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and scholar of the German Research Foundation (DFG). She is co-author of several publications, including highly-cited papers in high impact journals such as Angewandte Chemie and Nature.

Ulrike began her patent attorney career at Hoffmann Eitle, one of the largest patent law firms in Europe. In 2004 she qualified as a European Patent Attorney and German Patent Attorney and later became a partner at Hoffmann Eitle. During her almost 20 years with Hoffmann Eitle, Ulrike gained extensive experience and knowledge in patent prosecution and opposition-appeal proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices as well as in patent litigation proceedings before courts in Germany and Switzerland.

Before joining MLL Legal as partner, Ulrike was already working with MLL Legal’s IP team on the Faslodex® litigation proceedings.



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Rankings & Awards

IAM 2022Chambers Patent Litigation Global Practice Guide 2021 Switzerland Trends & DevelopmentsChambers Patent Litigation Global Practice Guide 2021 Switzerland Trends & DevelopmentsLegal500 Patent Litigation Switzerland Country Comparative Guide 2021Legal500 Patent Litigation Switzerland Country Comparative Guide 2020
  • “Performs excellently in court and has an outstanding knowledge of EPO case law. She has a remarkable understanding of the technologies that she works with and is a very reliable team player” – IAM Patent 1000, 2022
  • Ulrike Ciesla is ranked as “Patent Star 2021” and “Top 250 Women in IP 2021” for Switzerland in the 2021/22 edition – IP STARS, MIP

Deals & Cases

  • Successfully represented Lipomed AG and Lipomed GmbH in patent opposition proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office and coordinating international patent litigation concerning the clients’ deferiprone business
  • Advised and represented AstraZeneca (Faslodex®) and other pharma companies against early market entries of generics before the European Patent Office as well as nullity proceedings and in infringement litigation proceedings in Germany and Switzerland
  • Represented chemical companies and cosmetic companies in opposition-appeal-proceedings before the European Patent Office
  • Advised pharma startups on patent portfolio and acquisition

Education & Admission

  • European Patent Attorney (since 2004)
  • German Patent Attorney (since 2004)
  • UC Santa Barbara, Postdoc (1997–1999)
  • University of Frankfurt, Dr. phil. nat., summa cum laude (1997)
  • University of Mainz, Dipl. Chem. (1994)

Memberships and public offices

  • The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi)
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Patentanwaltskammer
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
  • Healthcare Business Women (HBA), Mentor

Languages

  • German
  • English

Ulrike Ciesla is ranked as “Patent Star 2021” and “Top 250 Women in IP 2021” for Switzerland in the 2021/22 edition

IP STARS, MIP
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