Dr. Oliver Lutze

Position:Principal, China Country Manager
Oliver Lutze

IP Qualifications

European Patent Attorney
German Patent Attorney
European and German Trademark and Design Attorney

Academic Qualifications

QualificationInstitutionYear of Completion
Legal Studies for Patent AttorneysFernuniversität in Hagen, Germany2006
Dr. rer. nat Degree(PhD equivalent)Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany1997
Diploma (Master equivalent) ChemistryWestfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany1994

Postdoctoral Research Experience

PositionInstitutionDate of Tenure
Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Michigan, USA1997 - 1998

Industry Experience

PositionOrganisation/InstitutionDate of Tenure
Head of IPR (Greater China)Bayer (China)2008 - 2013
Senior Patent CounselBayer (Germany)1998 - 2007


Two-year Fellowship award by the German Chemical Industry (FCI)Student Fellow
NATO-fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)Postdoctoral Fellow
VPP - Association of Intellectual Property Experts, GermanyMember
Licensing Executive Society (LES), GermanyMember

IP Recognition

OrganisationDate of Award
IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals2019

Selected Publications - Industry/IP Specific

China’s new patent commercialization strategy, April 24, 2017, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
Economic Impacts of Intellectual Property-Conditioned Government Incentives, 2016, Springer Author of book chapter 6: Incentives for Chinese Inventors: A proposal for a New Inventor Remuneration Scheme with German Elements
Experience and Technical Background

Experienced in the following areas of patent practice:

  • IP Strategy (Global & China specific)
  • IP Support for R&D (China specialized)
  • Patentability Advice
  • Validity & Infringement


Primary patent practice areas by technology:

  • Chemistry and Life Sciences
  • Small molecules as pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals


Research/industry Background:

A. General technical areas:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical sensors

B. PhD research:

  • Development of nitrate-selective sensors within a multidisciplinary research team under a government sponsored research project

C. Postdoctoral research (NATO fellowship):

  • Development of Heparin-sensitive membranes for blood analytics

D. Industry experience:

Head of IPR in the Corporate Legal Department for the Bayer subgroups in Greater China

Major responsibilities:

  • Management of the IP teams in Greater China
  • IP counseling to all Bayer subgroups in China (mainland), Taiwan and Hong Kong in patent and trademark matters including R&D center support and litigation,

Functions outside the company:

  • Chair of the IPR Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China (Shanghai)
  • Local China Project Lead for INTERPAT

Senior Patent Counsel Bayer IP Management

 Major responsibilities:

  • Strategic IP Management for the Bayer Group
  • IP Litigation
  • IP Project Coordination including People Development

Senior Patent Counsel Bayer Crop Protection

Major responsibilities:

  • Patent counsel to herbicide R&D and business
  • Agreement Expert

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