Bernhard's main focus lies in the drafting and handling of patents in the areas of electric engineering, software inventions as well as devices for biotechnology and optics. Furthermore he possesses great experience in opposition cases and IP litigation cases as well as trademark protection.
Bernhard studied Applied Physics at the Technical University of Munich. In 1990 he obtained his degree and then worked for three years as technical assistant in a Munich patent attorneys’ office – including internships at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court. He was accredited as a German Patent Attorney in 1994 and in the same year also qualified as a European Patent Attorney.
Bernhard Ganahl worked from 1994 to 2004 as patent attorney and partner in the patent law firm Reinhardt, Söllner, Ganahl. Afterwards he joined another patent law firm in Munich as partner, in which he established a department for physics, electrical and mechanical engineering.
He has made his name as a specialist legal author with, amongst others, the article “Patent situation in the field of DNA chip technology in Europe” (which appeared in no. 12/2000 of medgen, the newsletter of the German Association for Human Genetics) and the article “Is nuclear theory once again topical?” (which appeared in the Transactions of German Patent Attorneys in December 2003), dealing with German case law in respect of software inventions.
Bernhard is a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and the European Patent Experts Exchange (EuPEX) e.V.