Expertise

It is our wealth of expertise and experience in intellectual property law and IT law which enable us to deliver excellence in our chosen fields. It is for our depth of knowledge and understanding of the subject matter that we are trusted by our clients. We examine the detail and always think ahead.

Learn more about the areas of law in which we provide advice and representation and the industries in which we work.

Practices

Industries

Industries

Practices

  • Trade Mark Law

    Strong trade marks help retain customers. We have many years of experience in the field of trade mark law. We draw on that experience to provide optimal advice with regard to managing and enforcing designation rights.

    • Advice and research prior to the filing of a trade mark application
    • Filing applications for German trade marks, EU trade marks, International Registrations and national trade marks in other countries
    • Conducting and supporting active and passive opposition and cancellation proceedings
    • Managing and representing national and international trade mark portfolios
    • Defending against trade mark attacks
    • Extrajudicial and judicial enforcement of rights in the case of trade mark infringements
    • Drafting and negotiating contracts in relation to trade mark rights (e.g. licensing, co-operation and co-existence agreements)
    • Monitoring of trade mark conflicts (“watch service”)
    • Creation of regulations governing certification marks as well as licensing agreements for certification trademarks
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Julian Klagge Renate Hellenthal, LL.M. Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig Olaf Wolters
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  • IT Law and Open Source

    IT law is an inter-disciplinary area involving general civil law (primarily contract law), copyright law and data protection law, taking into account special information technology-related aspects. We are extremely well acquainted with all aspects of IT law and with the IT industry. We are familiar with the classic processes involved in IT projects and the special technical aspects of information technologies. Whether this means conventional waterfall models, agile programming methods or DevOps, we support you in devising the required legal structures and in any contract negotiations. We are also very experienced in the area of open source through the numerous clients we advise as well as the test court cases we have pursued.

    • Legal advice on software protection matters
    • Legal support in outsourcing projects and the introduction of new software technologies in your company
    • Preparation and negotiation of IT contracts of all types (for example software licensing and project agreements, software maintenance and support agreements), on the basis of the waterfall model, agile programming methods or DevOps
    • Representation in judicial proceedings regarding IT law matters
    • Comprehensive contract management, including contract risk assessment, with the help of a software tool developed by us
    • Advice (including technical advice) on issues regarding the use of open source software
    • Advice on setting up internal processes for open source compliance
    • In-house training for companies on IT law topics
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Julian Waiblinger Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Viktoria Kraetzig
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  • Competition Law (German Act Against Unfair Competition)

    Competition law protects competition whilst simultaneously restricting its freedom. Our team includes the authors of a well-known commentary on competition law. We always view competition law challenges from a commercial viewpoint in order to ensure that our clients’ interests are best served.

    • Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis from a competition law perspective
    • Advice on advertising measures
    • Defence in the case of formal legal notices
    • Advice and enforcement of rights in the case of competition law violations, for example product imitations
    • Litigating test cases, in particular in relation to violations of the rules of market conduct
    • Advice in the area where competition law and public law intersect
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Dr. Julian Klagge Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig
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  • Design Law

    The design of a product is crucial to its economic success. Just as important as the development of a new design is its legal protection. This is where we can help.

    • Advice and legal support in the development of new design concepts
    • Freedom to Operate analysis
    • Development of rights protection strategies for Germany, the European Union and worldwide
    • National and international registration of designs
    • Monitoring of portfolios of rights
    • Reviewing competitors’ design applications in terms of their legal validity
    • Drafting of licensing and design transfer agreements
    • Enforcing your intellectual property rights against third-party rights infringements in and out of court
    • Defence against attacks based on design rights
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Dr. Julian Klagge
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  • Licensing Law

    A holder of intellectual property rights can, by way of licences, grant permission to third parties to use the right they hold. Due to our specialisation in intellectual property law, we have comprehensive professional knowledge covering all industrial property rights. This is coupled with industry-specific knowledge, which is of great importance in industries for which licensing is of central importance such as pharma/biotech, IT/data or mechanical engineering, making us the optimal partner for you on all licensing matters. We will advise you on strategic questions regarding licensing models, but we will also always keep an eye on antitrust requirements for you.

    • Legal and strategic advice on licensing projects
    • Design and implementation of licensing agreements
    • Preparation of co-operation, research and development contracts
    • Enforcement of and defence against claims based on licensing agreements
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig Olaf Wolters
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  • Publishing Law

    Publishing law governs the legal relationship between creatives and publishers. We advise you before, during and after the creative process.

    • Assessment of planned titles and publication of title protection notices
    • Preparing publishing contracts
    • Advice and representation in the acquisition of rights
    • Support in concluding licensing and agency contracts
    • Legal advice on the distribution of e-books or apps
    • Extrajudicial and judicial enforcement of copyright exploitation rights
    • Advice in the area of media antitrust law
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Dr. Julian Waiblinger
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  • Antitrust Law

    We advise companies and associations on antitrust law matters. We are co-authors of a well-respected commentary on antitrust law. We combine the necessary know-how in antitrust law with the law on licensing contracts and the whole of intellectual property law.

    • Advice on German and European antitrust law, in particular on matters concerning the prohibition of restrictive practices and abusive practices of companies with strong market positions
    • Antitrust law assessment of collaborations which have a competition law relevance
    • Review of licensing agreements and distribution agreements from an antitrust law perspective
    • Legal preparation and support of selective distribution systems and franchise contract systems
    • Advice and guidance on research and development projects (R&D)
    • Media antitrust law
    • Judicial enforcement of antitrust law claims
    • Antitrust complaints before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski
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  • Data Protection Law

    Data protection law is relevant at many levels of a company and its activities, and directly impacts internal processes and external actions. We support our clients in understanding and implementing the requirements set out by data protection law.

    • Advice on advertising and marketing measures and on the use of third party personal data from a data protection law perspective
    • Preparing privacy policies, data protection notices and declarations of consent
    • Reviewing and devising data protection contracts and clauses in contractual documents
    • Advice on the transfer of data to non-EU countries
    • In-house training for companies on data protection law topics
    • Providing legal advice to publishers on media-related exemptions under data protection law
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Klagge
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  • Data Law

    Data is one of the most valuable commodities today. Companies must secure and use rights in behavioural or machine-generated data in order to remain competitive in today’s economic environment. The question as to who is allowed to do what with which data is more important than ever. We are pioneers in data law; we have assisted leading industry associations for years on these topics; we have contributed to relevant publications. We will help you find answers to any new questions you encounter.

    • Legal advice and the preparation of expert opinions on all questions in relation to non-personal data
    • Legal assessment of internal company measures for data generation
    • Drafting of contracts for the processing, transfer and exchange of data
    • Legal enforcement of claims against the unlawful use of your data
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski
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  • Employee Invention Law

    Employee invention law governs the handling of inventive activities and technical improvement suggestions of employees in the scope of their employment or service relationship. In order to encourage employee innovation, companies often want to set up internal incentive schemes. We can assist in this regard, as well as for all other questions related to employee invention law.

    • Assessing whether an invention or development of an improvement constitutes an employee invention
    • Legal support in the reporting or claiming of an employee invention
    • Reviewing the due and proper transfer of rights in inventions and any existing need for action (e.g. filing an application in another country)
    • Preparing manageable and legally secure remuneration rules for your company
    • Legal representation in disputes regarding rights and obligations under the German Employee Invention Act
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M.
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  • Press Law and Personality Rights

    In this field of law, our work supports the constitutionally protected freedom of the press and defends companies’ rights of personality on social media.

    • Pre-trial advice and judicial representation of media companies in all matters related to press law or rights of personality
    • Assertion of claims for information under press law against companies or state institutions
    • Legal proofing of press products
    • In-house training
    • Legal advice in relation to infringements of rights of personality
    • Extrajudicial and judicial enforcement of the right of reply and claims for injunctive relief, rectification, damages or financial compensation
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Dr. Julian Klagge Viktoria Kraetzig Olaf Wolters
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  • Domain Law

    Securing and defending the right domain name are indispensable facets of a successful online presence. We can do this for you.

    • Legal advice when selecting the domain name
    • Development of an effective domain strategy for your company
    • Registering domains
    • Managing your domain portfolio
    • Drafting and reviewing licensing agreements
    • Enforcing licensing agreements
    • Conducting UDRP proceedings
    • Enforcing your intellectual property rights in the courts up to and including the transfer of the domain name
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski
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  • Law on the Protection of Trade Secrets

    Technical know-how, customer data, project planning – almost anything can be protected as a trade secret. At the same time, the implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive has led to stricter requirements which existing confidentiality agreements and protection concepts (devised prior to 2019) frequently do not meet. We ensure that your trade secrets are legally protected.

    • Drafting and revising non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
    • Support with the documentation and categorisation of trade secrets
    • Drafting concepts for the protection of trade secrets (“appropriate confidentiality measures”/“reasonable steps”)
    • Evaluation of concepts for the protection of trade secrets
    • Implementation of, support in and documentation of compliance measures
    • Enforcement of trade secrets through the courts
    • Advice in whistleblower cases
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, maître en droit Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Stefanie Jehle
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  • Medicines Advertising Law

    The distribution and advertising of medicines and medicinal products are subject to strict regulatory requirements. We support you from the development phase onwards, in order to ensure the marketability of your products.

    • Legal advice in the design and labelling of packaging and package inserts
    • Legal assessment of advertising measures
    • Registration of trade marks, utility models and designs
    • Drafting of licensing agreements
    • Judicial and extrajudicial action in the event of violations of competition law
    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski
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  • Food Law

    The labelling and advertising of foodstuffs are regulated by extensive legal provisions. We are by your side in all matters relating to food law.

    • Legal support in the scope of product development
    • Preparation of distribution contracts for manufacturers, importers and retailers of foodstuffs
    • Checking compliance with labelling obligations
    • Legal assessment of advertising measures
    • Legal advice regarding the online distribution of foodstuffs
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Practices

Industries

  • Software/IT & Open Source

    We are thoroughly acquainted with the software and IT industry: comprehensive technical expertise combined with many years of experience in IT projects enable us to provide optimal advice in all matters of IT law.

    We provide the highest level of support in the implementation of IT projects, finding tailored solutions: whether it be the conventional waterfall method, agile programming methods, a combination of both or even the latest DevOps practices – we create project contracts that are right for you. Naturally, we always take into account data protection law requirements. We also prepare supplementary software maintenance and support agreements, as well as software licensing agreements. Finally, we have comprehensive (including technical) expertise covering the assessment of open source risks, the development of appropriate in-house compliance processes enabling us to provide you with competent advice on any questions you may have or defend your interests in court proceedings as required.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Julian Waiblinger Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M.
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  • Media, Entertainment & Sports

    From the point at which rights come into existence, through to their later licensing and enforcement, we provide support to rightholders on the basis of our vast experience in the practice of law and our high standards of professional excellence.

    Our attorneys are repeatedly named by independent ranking lists as leading and outstanding in this area. We advise companies and associations, draft and review licensing contracts, assist in the legislative process in Germany as well as at EU level and design and implement anti-piracy strategies. We also conduct test cases in order to establish clarity and further develop the law.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Dr. Julian Klagge Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig Olaf Wolters
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  • Pharma & Life Science

    Companies in the field of Pharma & Life Science are subject to a multitude of regulatory requirements. You can only prevail against competitors if you master the complex legal challenges in this sector.

    We support you through the entire process from product development, legally compliant labelling through to advertising and marketing. Our support is underpinned by many years of experience in licensing intellectual property rights, trade marks, in competition law and data protection law. This knowledge is complemented by our expertise in the area of e-commerce. Where disputes arise, we enforce your rights through the courts and legally defend you against your competitors.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Julian Klagge Viktoria Kraetzig
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  • Research & Development

    In the area of research and development, involving legal support at an early stage can be the key to success. From the outset, we ensure that your intellectual property and know-how is sufficiently protected, preparing appropriate contractual documents for any research collaborations you may enter into.

    We ensure that you maintain compliance with the complex antitrust law rules, paying particular attention to the relevant block exemption regulations for research and development agreements whilst also securing the legal protection of your trade secrets. The expertise of our attorneys at law is founded on many years’ experience, not only in drafting agreements and supporting complex R&D projects but also in drafting template agreements, for example for the special field of R&D between industry and scientific institutions.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Julian Waiblinger Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M.
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  • Games

    There is almost no other sector where business models are subject to a comparable level of continuous development. We advise developers, publishers and associations, from the development process through to distribution and protection against piracy.

    In the development phase, we secure your intellectual property rights and your trade secrets through an appropriate structuring of contractual agreements. We produce and review publishing, licensing and distribution agreements, secure your trade marks and ensure any marketing is legally compliant. In the event that your rights are infringed – regardless of whether it is by a contracting partner or a third party – we will enforce them in court if necessary. We also defend you against any attacks from competitors.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Dr. Julian Klagge Olaf Wolters
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  • Business Associations

    We advise business associations from a wide range of industries, including entertainment, games, pharma, retail and insurance. On behalf of such associations, we frequently contribute to the drafting of legislation at national and EU level, as made possible by our scientifically underpinned expertise.

    We also conduct test cases for the enforcement and further development of the law. In discussions surrounding the self-regulation of industries, we are engaged as negotiators, advisers and moderators. In addition, we advise business associations on anti-trust law matters, to prevent anti-trust law violations at association meetings or in relation to intended collaborations. The long-standing trust afforded by many associations, who have come to regard us as an integral partner, is a source of great motivation for us in this area.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski
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  • E-Commerce

    E-commerce has become indispensable to many companies – indeed, for many it has now become the core of their business model. We know the opportunities and risks posed by the growing e-commerce market.

    We are extremely well acquainted with the provisions of antitrust law and data protection law as well as with the peculiarities of consumer law, in particular information obligations which apply to distance selling, meaning we are best placed to ensure your sales offering is designed in a legally compliant manner. We also enforce your rights in the event of trade mark or copyright disputes. In addition, we will advise you on your liability as the operator of an e-commerce platform and keep an eye on any changes to the law in this area.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Julian Klagge Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig Olaf Wolters
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  • Advertising & Marketing Agencies

    Numerous questions frequently arise in relation to the design and implementation of advertising and marketing measures. This begins with developing a name, a trade mark or logo for a client, in the process of which third party trade marks and other designation rights must be taken into account.

    There are also legal factors to be considered in the design of a website, a social media presence or in holding a competition: aspects of competition law and data protection law can be relevant as can aspects of copyright law. We have many years of experience supporting advertising and marketing agencies. We review planned projects, provide support in their implementation, and draft contracts and other legal texts (e.g. legal notices/imprints for websites, data protection policies, terms and conditions). We provide our “legal input” to the agency or, on request, to an agency’s client directly. The ultimate aim is that your client has a legally compliant web presence and complete satisfaction.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Julian Waiblinger Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Stefanie Jehle Viktoria Kraetzig
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  • Automotive & Mobility

    The automobile industry is characterised by the constant development of new technologies as well as by strict regulatory requirements. We are perfectly placed to take on the associated challenges with you. With our extensive industry know-how and many years advising at national and international level, we find solutions for your problems – in Germany and around the world.

    We protect your intellectual property rights and defend them against rights infringements to ensure your technical advancements are not jeopardised by imitations. We also take care to consider any antitrust and competition law rules or IT law requirements which may be relevant. In addition, we advise and support you in relation to matters which are as yet unresolved in law, as far as smart cars and autonomous driving are concerned, and devise contractual agreements to regulate the generation and use of data.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M.
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  • Consumer Goods

    Whether you are a retailer or manufacturer, we support you in the consumer goods market relevant to you. We are by your side for all legal matters related to the purchase, production and distribution of consumer goods. We prepare contracts with suppliers and customers, draft licensing and franchise agreements and devise selective distribution systems.

    As a law firm focussed on intellectual property law, the protection of your trade marks and designs is also an area particularly close to our hearts. We have a huge wealth of experience in the fight against product piracy and can provide you with comprehensive legal and strategic advice in this area. We can also advise you on the implementation of advertising and promotional measures and ensure that all materials and campaigns comply with relevant data protection, competition and consumer protection laws. Should you at some point be attacked by competitors on intellectual property law grounds, we are also able to provide you with strong support in this area.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski
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  • Food Industry

    This sector is characterised by a multitude of legal regulations which govern the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs. We support companies from the food sector from the beginning of the product development process onwards.

    We provide support and advice on applying for and registering trade marks whilst also managing your existing trade marks for you. If third parties infringe your trade mark rights, we will institute legal steps on your behalf. We also support you with the legally compliant labelling and advertising of your products. In addition, we draw up contracts with suppliers or customers as well as terms and conditions for the sale of your products. Are you considering distributing your food products online? As experts in the area of e-commerce, we are perfectly placed to advise you in this area.

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  • Authorities & Public Bodies

    Where authorities or public bodies engage in economic activity or even intervene in the economy, unfair competition law limits must generally be observed. In addition, intellectual property is increasingly playing a key role in state actions. We advise public bodies as well as cities and federal ministries on large projects which involve aspects of unfair competition law and intellectual property, as well as on individual legal disputes.

    We advise public bodies as well as cities and federal ministries on large projects which involve aspects of unfair competition law and intellectual property, as well as on individual legal disputes. We develop long-term economic solutions, taking into account the particularities of public service.

    Get in touch with our lawyers:
    Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski Dr. Thomas W. Boddien Dr. Stanislaus Jaworski Luisa Siesmayer, LL.M. Dr. Julian Klagge Olaf Wolters
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Awards and Recommendations

Jan Bernd Nordemann (Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law), Christian Czychowski (Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law), Anke Nordemann-Schiffel (Intellectual Property Law), Axel Nordemann (Intellectual Property Law) and Julian Waiblinger (Intellectual Property Law)
Often recommended in copyright law JUVE MANUAL 2019/2020: Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski
The US publisher Best Lawyers® has named Christian Czychowski Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Intellectual Property Law in Berlin
Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann among the most important trademark lawyers in Germany
Dr. Anke Nordemann-Schiffel among the most important brand lawyers in Germany
Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann among the recommended lawyers in the areas of IP, entertainment and media
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