Dr. Petra Westphal (Dipl.-Chem., Dr. rer. nat.) is a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. She has worked in a patent law firm in Düsseldorf as well as in the patent department of a leading chemical-pharmaceutical company, where she was responsible for the worldwide protection of inventions in the area of polymer chemistry, plant protection products and pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Westphal is an expert in the fields of chemistry and life sciences with special expertise in polymer chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry.
At SONDERHOFF&EINSEL EUROPE, Dr. Westphal advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions, and patent applications. She represents our clients in examination, opposition, appeal and nullity proceedings before the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office as well as the Federal Patent Court. Due to her many years of professional experience, Dr. Westphal has a particular focus on providing companies with comprehensive and holistic strategic and patent law advice, also covering portfolio management and issues relating to the law of employees’ inventions.
Dr. Westphal is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of Italian.