Karina Hellbert joined Fiebinger Polak Leon Attorneys-at-Law in 2004; she is head of the life sciences department. She holds degrees in law and natural sciences, and specialises in pharmaceutical law, medical devices, intellectual property law, patent litigation, licensing, unfair competition law, commercial issues, customs matters, IT, product liability and food law.

Ms Hellbert is an associate professor at the Danube University Krems and has written numerous articles in the fields of, inter alia, regulatory issues, product liability and pharmaceutical advertising.

In recent years, Ms Hellbert has been involved in running various major patent and supplementary protection certificate cases for multinational companies, not only before the civil courts, but also before the criminal courts. In addition, she regularly represents clients in product liability cases before the civil courts. Her work in the life sciences field includes advice on regulatory issues such as data protection, labelling, borderline issues, clinical trial agreements, reimbursement and compliance with anti-bribery provisions in the health field.