Dr. Andreas Dustmann,

Dr. Andreas Dustmann, LL.M.

Dr. Andreas Dustmann,

Dr. Andreas Dustmann, LL.M.

Attorney at Law (Germany)


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Kurfürstendamm 185
10707 Berlin
Germany

T +49 (30) 23 60 76 70
F +49 (30) 23 60 76 721

Plaza Santisima Faz, 3 -1 / B
03002 Alicante
Spain

T +34 (965) 21 53 99
F +34 (965) 21 39 65




Andreas Dustmann studied law at the University of Heidelberg, Complutense University of Madrid, and University of Cologne. He obtained the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Edinburgh in 1995. In his doctorate work, Andreas Dustmann was concerned with the liability of internet service providers for online copyright infringement. From 1998 to 1999, he was a research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. In 2001, Andreas Dustmann joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT and became a partner in 2007.

Andreas Dustmann acts on behalf of his clients including domestic and foreign undertakings in a wide range of intellectual property work. He is well known, among other things, for the legal representation of some US film studios in the fight against internet piracy. He has been a legal advisor for the construction of several video-on-demand portals and eCommerce platforms, and provides ongoing counsel to media companies, agencies, and dealers on legal issues of the internet. Another focus of his work is representation in court proceedings. For years he has represented clients in complex legal disputes, especially in the area of unfair competition, copyright, trademark, and design law. He is also increasingly active in patent litigation. Clients appreciate his ability to work towards solutions for cost-effective, amicable settlement.As a specialist in domain law and practice, Andreas Dustmann acts in domain name disputes both before the German courts and in arbitration before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Besides his litigation practice, he manages the trademark and design portfolios both for medium-sized and globally operating companies.The JUVE Handbook 2016/2017 has once again selected Andreas Dustmann as one of the specially recommended lawyers for trademark, unfair competition, and media law in the state of Brandenburg. He regularly writes on copyright and internet law topics and has been a lecturer on copyright law at the University of Potsdam since 2010.Andreas Dustmann is a co-author of the Praxishandbuch Geistiges Eigentum im Internet (Practical Handbook on Intellectual Property in the Internet, 2003), the Handbuch Kunstrecht (Handbook on Arts Law, 2nd edition 2012), and the Fromm/Nordemann Commentary on Copyright Law (11th edition, 2014).Since 2007, he has chaired the specialist lawyers’ committee on copyright and media law for the state of Brandenburg, and is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and of UNION.

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Dr. Eckard Ratjen, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Eckhard Ratjen, LL.M. (London)

Dr. Eckard Ratjen, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Eckhard Ratjen, LL.M. (London)

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


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Hollerallee 32
28209 Bremen
Germany

T +49 (421) 340 90
F +49 (421) 340 17 68




Eckhard Ratjen works in the field of trade mark law and law of unfair competition as well as copyright. His practice concentrates, among other things, on the prosecution of trade mark applications, infringement proceedings, and preliminary injunctions. Eckhard Ratjen advises medium sized and large international and German clients in areas such as media and consumer products. He also enthusiastically assists start-up companies in all areas of intellectual property law.

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Eckhard Ratjen studied law at the University of Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel) with special emphasis on intellectual property. In his doctoral thesis, he was concerned with the audiovisual marketing of sporting events with particular regard to film copyright issues. Eckhard Ratjen studied the international law of trade marks and copyright at the renowned King’s College London from 2012 to 2013. There, he obtained a Specialist Master of Laws (LL.M.) in intellectual property law. Stages of his legal clerkship included working for an internationally operating sports marketing company in Frankfurt/Main. He joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 2013 and qualified as a Certified IP Lawyer in 2019. Eckhard Ratjen is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

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Dr. Martin Wirtz, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Martin Wirtz

Dr. Martin Wirtz, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Martin Wirtz

Attorney at Law (Germany)


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Jägerhofstraße 21
40479 Dusseldorf
Germany

T +49 (211) 71 17 00
F +49 (211) 71 17 017

Kurfürstendamm 185
10707 Berlin
Germany

T +49 (30) 23 60 76 70
F +49 (30) 23 60 76 721




Martin Wirtz works in all fields of intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis on trade mark, competition, and copyright law, including litigation. A further focus of his work is patent infringement proceedings. His clients include large and medium-sized firms as well as international companies and associations from a wide variety of different areas. His further field of activity includes contract drafting in the area of intellectual property, especially licensing. Martin Wirtz has been working exclusively in the field of intellectual property law since 1995 and has a considerable amount of scientific experience.

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Martin Wirtz studied law and ancient and modern history at the universities of Passau, Freiburg and Cologne. After passing the first state examination, he did research on the law of the collecting society in Europe as part of a diploma course under the supervision of Professor Bill Cornish at the University of Cambridge. During his legal clerkship he worked for an international law firm in Paris. He completed his doctorate after passing the second state examination. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Cologne on the German and European control of collecting societies.Martin Wirtz regularly publishes articles dealing with trade mark and copyright law as well as competition law. Amongst others, he periodically writes articles for the Notices of German Patent Attorneys and is co-author of the Practice Handbook of Intellectual Property on the Internet (Beck Juristischer Verlag) as well as of the Commentary, Götting/Nordemann on the Law Against Unfair Competition.He is co-author of the renowned copyright reference work Fromm/Nordemann: Copyright Law (from 11th edition).The JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 lists him once more amongst the particularly recommended attorneys in the category “trade mark and competition law.” He is listed as a trademark and design expert in the 2020/21 edition of The Legal 500 Germany. Best Lawyers recognizes him in the area of intellectual property in the 2020/21 edition. He is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the German Society for Photography.Since the winter semester of 2007, he has lectured on intellectual property law at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden.

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Dr. Björn Bahlmann, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Björn Bahlmann

Dr. Björn Bahlmann, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Björn Bahlmann

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


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Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

T +49 (89) 55 96 80
F +49 (89) 55 96 85 090

Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 7
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

T +49 (69) 74 34 62 0
F +49 (69) 74 34 62 162




Björn Bahlmann has extensive experience in trademark, competition and licensing litigation. In addition, he has been extensively involved in strategic trademark consulting and the management and restructuring of international trademark portfolios for many years.Further key aspects of his work include the negotiation and drafting of contracts in the entire field of intellectual property, such as license agreements, research and development agreements, agreements on the acquisition and sale of industrial property rights and cooperation agreements, as well as in the field of employee invention law.In addition, he is extensively involved in both forensic and advisory work in the field of the protection of trade and business secrets.

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Björn Bahlmann studied law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster with a two-year additional training in US-American law. He earned his doctorate on legal issues in connection with the sending of unsolicited email advertising. He began his legal career in 2005 as a lawyer with an international commercial law firm in Munich in the areas of trademark, competition, media and IT law. He joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 2009 and has been a Certified IP Lawyer since 2011.The “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020” lists Björn Bahlmann as well as the Handelsblatt in cooperation with the specialist publisher Best Lawyers in the “Germany’s Best Lawyers 2020 – Intellectual Property” list.Björn Bahlmann is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the Association of European Trademark Owners (MARQUES).

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Dr. Michael Rüberg, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Michael Rüberg, LL.M. (London)

Dr. Michael Rüberg, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Michael Rüberg, LL.M. (London)

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


Contact



Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

T +49 (89) 55 96 80
F +49 (89) 55 96 85 090

Jägerhofstraße 21
40479 Dusseldorf
Germany

T +49 (211) 71 17 00
F +49 (211) 71 17 017

10 Avenue Kléber
75116 Paris
France

T +33 (1) 5603 6591
F +33 (1) 5603 6594




Michael Rüberg focuses on patent infringement proceedings. He is representing his clients in all German patent infringement courts and, in cooperation with patent attorneys from all technical fields, in parallel invalidity proceedings at the Federal Patent Court and the European Patent Office. Michael Rüberg is frequently involved in the coordination of cross-border patent infringement disputes, both contentious and non-contentious. Another focus of his work is on the strategic counselling against product piracy. In addition, he provides legal advice on licensing issues, technology transfer, and employee inventions, as well as on copyright and unfair competition.

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Michael Rüberg studied law at the University of Bochum and the University of Munster. After graduation, he earned his doctorate in law at the Institute of Media Law, University of Cologne, on a subject related to digital copyright under German and UK Law. He holds a Master of Law degree from renowned King’s College, London, specialized on intellectual and industrial property rights.Before becoming a partner with BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, Michael Rüberg was active as an in-house counsel and group leader in the patent and trade mark’s department of BMW AG in Munich. Previously, he worked as an attorney at law in the patent litigation group of a leading international law firm in Dusseldorf. He therefore combines distinct experience as an attorney at law, patent litigator, and in-house counsel, to provide clients with an integrated and business-oriented approach to their legal needs.Michael Rüberg frequently lectures on topics related to patent litigation both in Germany and abroad. In 2016, he has been appointed visiting professor at the Xiangtan University, PR China. Also in 2016, he has been named a global fellow of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington D.C., US.Legal500 Deutschland 2015/2016 has placed particular emphasis on his work in the field of patent litigation and mentions his “utmost professionalism” and “business-minded approach.” In 2016, he has been included in the IAM listing of the 1000 leading patent practitioners worldwide.He is a member of the Munich and Dusseldorf Bar Association, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the International Association of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He frequently publishes on various topic of intellectual property law.

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Malte Nentwig, LL.M.

Malte Nentwig, LL.M.

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


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Hollerallee 32
28209 Bremen
Germany

T +49 (421) 340 90
F +49 (421) 349 17 68




Malte Nentwig provides advice in trade mark law. This includes, in particular, strategic advice on how to develop suitable trade mark portfolios. He has a strong focus on German as well as international trade mark searches. For his German and international clients, he is responsible for the filing of trade marks at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the European Intellectual Property Office, and the World Intellectual Property Office, as well the coordination of worldwide applications abroad.

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Malte Nentwig has longstanding experience in the maintenance of international trade mark portfolios, including watching services for the detection of potential infringement. He advises on how to protect, strengthen, and enforce trade marks. For his clients, he files opposition against infringing third parties and he acts as a litigator in trade mark infringement procedures.In matters of design patent law, he advises clients on how to obtain protection and how to enforce design patents. In competition law matters, he advises clients in relation to their planned marketing as well as product campaigns, and is also acting as a litigator in court procedures, including requests for preliminary injunctions.Malte Nentwig studied law at the University of Kiel and the University of Munich, Germany, as well as the University of Queensland, Australia (LL.M.). Malte Nentwig joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 2004 and made a secondment with an international blue chip company. As a German lawyer, he was awarded “Fachanwalt für den Gewerblichen Rechtschutz” (Specialist in IP Law).Malte Nentwig is the co-author of the chapter on patent law in the practitioners guide “Achenbach/Ransiek/Rönnau Handbuch Wirtschaftsstrafrecht,” as well as co-author (with Prof. Heinz Goddar) of the German chapter in “Manual IP, Kluver Law International”.Malte Nentwig serves on the expert IP-Committee for the Bar Association Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Bremen. He is a member of the Design Committee at the International Trademark Association (INTA) and an Overseas Member of Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) as well as of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).Since 2018, Malte Nentwig has been listed as a recommended lawyer in the practice area of intellectual property law for Germany by Best Lawyers.

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Silke Freund, Rechtsanwältin bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Silke Freund

Silke Freund, Rechtsanwältin bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Silke Freund

Attorney at Law (Germany)


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Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

T +49 (89) 55 96 80
F +49 (89) 55 96 85 090




Silke Freund focuses on the contentious – sometimes cross-border – enforcement of trade marks or the defense against asserted infringement claims of third parties. She also supports clients in their worldwide trade mark portfolio management in the filing, assignment, and licencing of trade marks as well as opposition, appeal, and cancellation proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (GPTO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Silke Freund also advises clients on the permissibility of marketing and advertising campaigns as well as on the adversarial enforcement of – and defense against – claims based on the law of unfair competition and its ancillary laws. The main focal points of her work in copyright law are the out-of-court and the contentious defense of copyrights, ancillary copyrights, and rights of use. She is also regularly involved in the area of freedom of expression as well as print and visual reporting, in particular with regard to all aspects of general personal rights.Silke Freund studied law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. In addition, she completed further training in information, telecommunication, and media law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.Before she joined BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 2013, she had been working in renowned partnerships and large international law firms in Munich since 2002, her main focus being media, copyright, and trade mark law.Silke Freund regularly gives lectures on media and trade mark topics and is co-author of the Handbuch des Persönlichkeitsrechts (Handbook of Personal Rights). (Publisher: Götting/Schertz/Seitz, C.H. Beck Verlag, 2008; 2. Aufl. 2019).Silke Freund is a member of the Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES) and also member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

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Dr. Sebastian Engels,

Dr. Sebastian Engels

Dr. Sebastian Engels,

Dr. Sebastian Engels

Attorney at Law (Germany)


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Kurfürstendamm 185
10707 Berlin
Germany

T +49 (30) 23 60 76 70
F +49 (30) 23 60 76 721




Sebastian Engels advises clients in all aspects of trade mark, copyright, and unfair competition law. He works with German and international clients to develop IP strategies both in Germany and abroad. As a special focus of his expertise he is advising and representing E-Commerce and IT-providers amongst others with regard to consumer protection regulations, transactional matters, data protection law, and domain name law. Sebastian Engels represents clients in all types of intellectual property disputes, including trade mark, trade dress, copyright, and unfair competition matters.

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He has successfully handled cases throughout the litigation process before courts, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (GPTO).Sebastian Engels studied law at the University of Constance (Germany) and the University of Cork (Ireland), specializing in competition law and intellectual property. During his legal clerkship in Berlin he gained practical experience working for the competition department of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and a major German film production company. His doctoral thesis focused on the admissibility of territorial IP licensing within the European Single Market.Since joining BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in 2011, Sebastian Engels handles all aspects of intellectual property and unfair competition law.He is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

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Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, LL.M.

Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, Rechtsanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, LL.M.

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


Contact



Hollerallee 32
28209 Bremen
Germany

T +49 (421) 340 90
F +49 (421) 349 17 68




Rudolf Böckenholt focuses on trade mark and unfair competition matters. His work in developing intellectual property portfolios is accompanied by enforcing such rights, be it in infringement proceedings, border seizure matters, or in permanent market monitoring and investigations. He predominantly consults medium-sized and large international clients in the areas of media, food, consumer products, and pharma. Rudolf Böckenholt often advises in cases where IP rights overlap or intersect, and in neighboring pharma and food law. He is also active in contentious matters concerning technical property rights, with a focus on mechanical engineering.

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He studied law at the University of Münster with a special emphasis on intellectual property. Subsequently he gained more insight into international aspects of intellectual property having been awarded his Master of Laws degree, LL.M following studies at the School of Law, University of Exeter (UK), and at the Technical University of Dresden. His internship at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich furthered this insight. Again at the School of Law, University of Münster, he obtained his doctorate based on a comparative study on the delineation between trade mark rights and copyrights.Rudolf Böckenholt is with BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 2001, starting as a research fellow and then as an articled clerk during attorney training. Since 2005, he is admitted to the bar, being awarded certified IP specialist in 2008.Since 2009, he regularly contributes to the peer-reviewed law journal GRUR-Prax, discussing recent German and European Supreme Court decisions. He is also one of the authors of the Attorneys’ Handbook on Intellectual Property, and recently added his insights to procedural provisions of the Regulation on European Union Trade Marks in an English commentary. Currently, he authors a chapter about protection and enforcement of names and trade marks around Real Estate objects and projects in the forthcoming Attorneys’ Handbook on Real Estate Management, the publication of which is scheduled for early summer 2021.The JUVE Manual 2020/2021 counts him among the frequently recommended lawyers in the field of trade marks and competition, and finds him “very knowledgeable” and a “smart strategist”. In LEGAL 500 2020/2021 (Germany and EMEA), he is included as a consultant who, “due to his vast experience, manages to pursue the most efficient strategy for the client” and “achieves excellent results through his realistic assessments”. Handelsblatt has ranked him among “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the field of intellectual property since 2017, Best Lawyers since 2018, and he is listed in LEGAL 500 as “Partner of the Next Generation”. Since 2017 he is listed in the International Euromoney Expert Guide as “LMG Rising Star”. He is regularly included in the “Kanzleimonitor”, an empirical study of the German Association of Corporate Lawyers (BUJ).He is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG), the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and a number of other professional organizations in intellectual property.

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Gross Peter, Attorney at Law at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Peter Gross, LL.M. (Aberdeen)

Gross Peter, Attorney at Law at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Peter Gross, LL.M. (Aberdeen)

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer


Contact



Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

T +49 (89) 55 96 80
F +49 (89) 55 96 85 090




Peter Gross has focused his activities on the development of trade mark strategies, and he is very experienced in the defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights within Germany and abroad.The owners of large trade mark portfolios as well as companies who are at the early stages of setting up their trade mark and IP rights find him to be a competent legal advisor.

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Furthermore, he conducts infringement proceedings in patent, trade mark, competition and design law matters. He also has a great deal of experience in the field of sales and distribution of me-too products.His clients value the fact that he not only focuses on the legal issues, but that he also focuses on developing a clear and practical approach with regard to how legal problems can be settled as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. He never loses sight of the economic consequences of a proposed solution in infringement proceedings, so it is not uncommon that preference is given to a pragmatic approach instead of a lengthy judicial dispute.After having completed his studies in law at the University of Regensburg, he spent one year at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, on a postgraduate course as an ERASMUS scholar where he obtained his Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree. In addition, he worked as a research associate from 1998 to 2003 at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Munich, at the Institute for Comparative Business Law, Technology Law, and Procurement Law.Peter Gross began his legal career in 2001 in a patent law firm where he built up and expanded the legal side of the practice. After being partner there for five years, he joined the Munich office of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.Peter Gross is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the German Bar Association (DAV), the German-Turkish Lawyers Association, and the Munich Bar Association. He is co-author of the practice handbook Intellectual Property in the Food Industry. Peter is recommended in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook 2015.