Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann

Partner | Attorney at Law (Germany)

Axel Nordemann’s areas of focus are trade mark law, copyright law and competition law.  His national and international clients come from a wide range of different industries: publishing houses, radio broadcasters, pharmaceutical manufacturers, advertising companies, toy manufacturers, software providers, cosmetics manufacturers and many others entrust him with the protection and enforcement of their trade mark rights. Axel has many years of experience in the management of global trade mark portfolios. He advises trade mark proprietors from the application process onwards and represents them before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the German and European courts. Axel is also an expert in the field of copyright law. He advises, in particular, national and international media companies and publishers in all matters in this area. In addition, he provides advice in cases of product imitation in the area of intersection between copyright law, design law, competition law and trade mark law. 

  • Publications


    • Co-editor and co-author of “Fromm/Nordemann“, Copyright Law [“Fromm/Nordemann”, Urheberrecht]
    • Co-editor and co-author of trade mark law commentary [Markenrechtskommentars „Ingerl/Rohnke/Nordemann”]
    • Co-editor and co-author of the commentary on the Act against Unfair Competition Law “Götting/Nordemann 
    • Co-author of the standard work “European Union Trade Mark Regulation
    • Author of numerous chapters in the standard work Loewenheim: Manual of Copyright” [LoewenheimHandbuch des Urheberrechts]
    • Co-author of the standard work “Nordemann: Competition Law – Trademark Law” [“NordemannWettbewerbsrecht – Markenrecht]
    • Co-author in the field of intellectual property rights in the standard work “Munich Lawyers’ Handbook [Münchener Anwaltshandbuch]
    • Co-author of the “Handbook of Commercial Criminal Law” [Handbuch Wirtschaftsstrafrecht(ed. Achenbach/Ransiek/Rönnau)
    • Wilhelm Nordemann/ Axel Nordemann, “Der Geburtstagszug, Ein Geschenk für Designer?“ [“The Birthday Train – A Gift for Designers?”]Honorary Publication Fezer for his 70th Birthday, 2016, p. 777 
  • Lectures
    • University of Konstanz: “Copyright” (summer semester 2019) 
    • University of Konstanz: “Competition and Intellectual Property Law: Copyright and Related Rights” (Summer Semester 2018) 
  • Awards
    • Managing IP 2024: Axel Nordemann was recognized as Soft IP Practitioner of the Year 2024 (Germany)
    • The Legal 500 – Germany (2024) Axel Nordemann among the “Leading Names” in trade mark law.
    • World Trademark Review 2024: Axel Nordemann is a leading authority on trademark, copyright and unfair competition cases.
    • The JUVE Handbook 2023/2024 ranks him among the recommended lawyers in the category of trade mark and design law as well as competition law. (“very tough in the matter, but pleasant in tone and very reliable”, competitor)
    • IP Stars 2023 leads Axel Nordemann als Copyright and Trade Mark Star 2023.
    • Best Lawyers® 2024 lists Axel Nordemann among the selected lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.
    • Who’s Who Legal (WWL) recommends Axel Nordemann as Global Elite Thought Leader – Copyright
    • International Trademark Association (INTA) elects Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann to its Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term.
  • Memberships
    • International Trademark Association (INTA) elects Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann to its Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term.
    • Member of the International Trademark Association (Chair of the Copyright Committee 2018-19; Inaugural Vice-Chair of the Copyright Committee 2016-17; Co-Chair of the Academic Committee 2014-15; Co-Chair of the Adjunct Professors Special Interest Group 2010-13) 
    • Member of the CSUSA (Board of Trustees 2010-2012)
    • Member of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI)
    • Member of the Expert Committee for Competition and Trademark Law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
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