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Joseph P. Taormino

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Joseph P. Taormino


Ph.D. (J.H.U.), B.A. Chemistry, molecular biologist, European Patent Attorney


Languages: English, German


Opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office; legal opinions and litigation in the fields of biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Particular experience with patents/applications relating to genes, Proteins including antibodies, transformed eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, transgenic animals and plants and in vitro screening and diagnostic methods. Involved in opposition/appeal proceedings on erythropoietin (T412/93), antisense RNA (T994/95), reach-through claims (T609/02) among others; cross-border litigation EU, US and Japan, due diligence evaluations on the IP assets of established biotech firms and start-ups.


Numerous lectures within Germany and abroad on biotech subjects.

Professional memberships

EPI and the Biotechnology Commission of the UEPIP.


Studied chemistry at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY/USA, B.A. in 1985; Ph.D. in 1992 from The Johns Hopkins University in the area of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and genetics. Dissertation on the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in animal cells. Lecture at JHU on human genetics 1992; Alexander v. Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cologne in the field of transgenic animal models in 1994. With HOFFMANN EITLE since 1994; European Patent Attorney since 1998. Co-leader of Biotech Group since 2002. Appointed by the European Commission as expert on development and
implications of patent law in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering in 2013.


  • iam 1000
  • “Taormino handles EPO proceedings with similar Poise and is gifted in oppostions”
    "highly recommended individually for prosecution and nullity.”

  • Who’s Who Legal Germany
  • "leading expert in the biotech area "
    "impressive practitioner"

  • Chambers Global
  • Taormino ranks as a leading individual (band 3) in patent prosecution.
    He is "best known for legal opinions and litigation concerning patents in the field of biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceuticals.”

  • Chambers Europe
  • Taormino ranks as a leading individual (band 3) in patent prosecution.
    “He regularly appears before the EPO in opposition and appeal proceedings. His technical expertise spans biotechnology, food chemistry and pharmaceuticals”

  • IP Patent Star Germany, Managing Intellectual Property (2019 & 2020)