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. Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann, MJur (Oxford)

Dr. Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann, MJur (Oxford)

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




Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann focuses on clearance searches and strategic advice regarding the development, maintenance, and enforcement of trade mark portfolios. He also has an important litigation practice in trade mark design and unfair competition matters. Furthermore, he handles anti-counterfeiting work for his clients. His clients include German medium-sized companies as well as multinational corporations. He is also the attorney responsible for the BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT office in Paris.

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Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann studied law at the University of Munich, at the European Institute of the University of Geneva, and at St. John’s College, Oxford. He worked as a research associate at the Humboldt University of Berlin. As a scholarship holder, he obtained his doctorate working on the effects of the free movement of goods on national unfair competition law.Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann regularly gives presentations about German trade mark law in Germany and abroad. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Munich. He is co-author of the Manual of Intellectual Property of the Internet, Fromm/Nordemann: Commentary on German Copyright Act, as well as Götting/Nordemann: Commentary on German Act against Unfair Competition.The JUVE Manual 2019/2020 recommends him in the category “Trade Mark & Competition Law.” Legal 500 Germany 2015/2016 counts him among recommended lawyers in Trade Mark Law who often represents his clients before the courts.In the 2018 edition of WTR 1000 he is praised for his “Tremendous theoretical knowledge,” and in the Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2018, he is named as “one of the best” trade mark lawyers in Germany.Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann is member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the Association des Praticiens du droit des marques et des modèles (APRAM), and the International Trademark Association (INTA) for which he has served on various committees.

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Dr. Florian Schwab, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Florian Schwab, LL.M., Lic en droit

Dr. Florian Schwab, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Florian Schwab, LL.M., Lic en droit

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




Florian Schwab focuses on trade mark, design, and unfair competition law. He advises trade mark clients concerning filing strategy, oversees trade mark application procedures, and manages numerous extensive trade mark portfolios. He is strongly involved in combating product piracy, specifically in the context of customs seizure, and bringing infringement proceedings in court. Florian Schwab represents trade mark owners from a wide range of industries before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, German courts, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, as well as before the European courts.

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Florian Schwab studied law at the University of Vienna, the University of Passau, the University of Tours (licence en droit international public), and the University of Munich. He obtained the degree of Masters of Laws in European law at the University of Durham (Great Britain) and wrote his doctoral thesis on EU law analyzing European Court of Justice case law on the principle of proportionality. Since 1998, he has practiced in the field of intellectual property rights, and has worked for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 2001.He has been a regular contributor to the World Trademark Review and World Trademark Review Daily journals for many years as well as to German law journals. Florian Schwab is co-author of Götting/Nordemann “Commenting on German Act against Unfair Competition” as well as Achenbach/Ransiek/Rönnau “Manual on Comercial Criminal Law” (Chapter on Combating Product Piracy).2020 editions of WTR 1000 ranks him among the important trademark attorneys in Germany, emphasizing, “He knows what the client wants – and provides clear and practical advice”, “as well as building productive filing strategies, Schwab has a nose for hunting down counterfeits.” (2021 edition). Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers International has listed Dr. Schwab among “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the field of intellectual property in its annual recommendations since 2013. In the 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal Germany, Florian Schwab is named in the field of trademarks among the nearly 80 leading trademark attorneys in Germany listed there.He is a German delegate of the European Communities Trade Mark Association’s (ECTA) “Anti Counterfeiting Committee”. Florian Schwab is also a member of the ECTA, the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), the Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM) and the UNION.

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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


Contact


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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Industries

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. Carl-Richard Haarmann, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Carl-Richard Haarmann

Dr. Carl-Richard Haarmann, Rechtsanwalt BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Carl-Richard Haarmann

Attorney at Law (Germany)


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

1 Fuxing Zhong Lu, Suite 1208
200021 Shanghai
China

T +86 (21) 6391 9290
F +86 (21) 6391 9295




Carl-Richard Haarmann focuses on infringement proceedings in patent and trade mark law, and on trade mark portfolio management.He studied law in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Leuven, and Münster. He spent part of the period of his studies in Canada and South Africa. His dissertation dealt with particular aspects of contract law.

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Carl-Richard Haarmann has been practising law at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 1997. His work as a partner comprises the management of trade mark portfolios of international companies as well as medium-sized companies. Additionally, he represents clients in German and cross-border infringement proceedings not only in patent law but also in trademark law. He is also comprehensively involved in licensing law.Carl-Richard Haarmann is a visiting lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Munich and guest professor at the Graduate School of Material Science of the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Carl-Richard Haarmann has also been appointed visiting professor at the Xiangtan University, PR China, and visiting faculty at the National Law University Delhi, India.BEST LAWYERS again lists Carl-Richard Haarmann among the best lawyers in Germany in 2021 and LEGAL 500 Germany 2021 highlights his activities in the areas of trade mark and competition law for the fourth time in a row and thus repeatedly ranks him among the lawyers recommended by Legal 500. Dr. Haarmann was also awarded the “Trade mark star 2021” by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars.Carl-Richard Haarmann is a member of the Munich and Dusseldorf Bar Association, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the International Association of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V. (LES), the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), and the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA).

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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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Dr. Volker Scholz, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Volker Scholz

Dr. Volker Scholz, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Volker Scholz

German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
Diplom-Chemiker


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Hollerallee 32
28209 Bremen
Germany

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




Volker Scholz assists German and international clients with all patent law related aspects in the field of chemistry and pharmacy, especially technical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and electro chemistry. His focus not only lies in the support of examination procedures of patent applications at German and international patent offices, but also in the enforcement of opposition and invalidation procedures as well as infringement suits.

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He is also very active in counseling and implementing strategies for patent portfolios, and regularly advises regarding the employee’s invention act and the licensing agreement act.Volker Scholz studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg and the Bangor University (Wales). His dissertation at the University of Hamburg dealt with metal organic catalysis of polymerization reactions. Here, he investigated the behavior of newly synthetized half sandwich titanium compounds as catalyst in the polymerization of styrene and butadiene.He has been working at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 1999. In 2002, he received his admission as a German patent attorney and as a representative at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Since 2005, Volker Scholz is a professional representative at the European Patent Office.Volker Scholz is member of the Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP), the Licensing Executive Society (LES), the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), the International Association of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

Dr. Stefan Schohe, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Stefan Schohe

Dr. Stefan Schohe, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Stefan Schohe

German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
Diplom-Physiker


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Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

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




Apart from prosecution of intellectual property rights for German and foreign clients, a main part of his work is litigation, especially pre-litigation advice, representation of clients in court, and coordinating international patent litigation. He also takes a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution and is a trained mediator (CVM). His main technical fields are information technology, medical devices, lighting technology, and physical measurement technology.

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Stefan Schohe joined the profession in 1992, having graduated with a Diploma in physics following studies at the University of Karlsruhe and Cambridge University, and obtained a PhD in theoretical and computational physics from the University of Würzburg.Apart from prosecution of intellectual property rights for German and foreign clients, a main part of his work is litigation, especially pre-litigation advice, representation of clients in court, and coordinating international patent litigation. He also takes a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution and is a trained mediator (CVM). His main technical fields are information technology, medical devices, lighting technology, and physical measurement technology.Stefan Schohe authored several articles in learned publications, especially in the field of computer-implemented inventions, and regularly talks and teaches on issues of intellectual property. He is co-editor of the intellectual property journal Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, chair of the High Technology Committee of LESI, chair of the IT Committee of LES Germany, and member of the Committee on the Protection of Computer Software of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys.JUVE Handbuch 2017/2018, a survey of business law firms, names him as a frequently recommended patent attorney.

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