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. Thomas L. Bittner, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Thomas L. Bittner

Dr. Thomas L. Bittner, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Thomas L. Bittner

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


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Kurfürstendamm 185
10707 Berlin
Germany

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




As a Patent Attorney Thomas L. Bittner focuses on technical intellectual property rights, especially patents and utility models, both with respect to filing and prosecution, as well as litigation. Also, he advises and represents his clients in opposition proceedings and revocation proceedings before the German authorities and courts, and before the European Patent Office. Thomas L. Bittner advises companies on the establishment and strategic development of intellectual property rights portfolios, including licensing. His special technical interests are, among others, electrical and mechanical engineering, semiconductor devices, medical devices, and software patents.

Thomas L. Bittner studied physics at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin. After his PhD he worked as a scholarship holder of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at the Argonne National Laboratory in the US. He started his career in the field of intellectual property at the patent department of IBM Germany in 1995.

Thomas L. Bittner regularly teaches intellectual property law both in Germany and abroad. He was a visiting lecturer at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute of the University of Potsdam for many years. For the German Attorney Academy he is teaching in a course about the protection of software.

In addition, he held a training course on European patent law for several weeks in China. Since 1999, he is a partner of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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


Contact



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.

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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Nils

Nils T. F. Schmid

Nils

Nils T. F. Schmid

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


Contact



Pettenkoferstraße 22
80336 Munich
Germany

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

10 Avenue Kléber
75116 Paris
France

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




Nils T.F. Schmid specializes in traditional mechanical engineering, his particular interest being in the areas of motor vehicles, tool engineering, process engineering, textile technologies, and medical technology. For his clients, especially medium-sized companies in Germany/Europe and Asian and American big corporations, he develops both German and global patent strategies and sees to their implementation with regard to the building up and management of patent and design patent portfolios.

Other key areas of his work include infringement and nullity disputes regarding patents, utility models, and designs, and the establishment and counseling of in house IP departments, including advising on employee inventor law.Nils T. F. Schmid studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe and at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) with an emphasis on materials science and technical mechanics. He qualified as an engineer in 1997. At the same time, he acquired a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris in the area of development and manufacturing of motor vehicle bodies. In 1997, Nils T. F. Schmid started his studies to become patent attorney. Since 2001, Nils T. F. Schmid is working for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT as a German patent attorney and European patent and trade mark attorney. Further, he is the location representative at the Paris office of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.Nils T. F. Schmid lectures at the Université de Strasbourg (CEIPI seminars), preparing candidates for the admission examination to qualify as a European patent attorney (EQE) (European Qualifying Examination). In addition, he regularly holds further education seminars for the European Patent Academy of the EPO to prepare examiners for the EQE.He is a member of UNION-IP (European Practitioners in Intellectual Property) and served as Vice-President of the UNION-IP Board from 2007 to 2013.  Nils T. F. Schmid led UNION-IP as President from 2013 to 2015, and was Past-President from 2015 to 2017. Nils T.F. Schmid was appointed honorary president by UNION-IP delegates in October 2017. He is also President of the Statutes Commission.Nils T. F. Schmid is a member of the Senate and the Innovations Committee of the BWA (Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft, Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade), which advises the German Government on questions of research, innovation and public investment.

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Dr. Karl-Heinz Metten, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Karl-Heinz Metten

Dr. Karl-Heinz Metten, Patentanwalt bei BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Karl-Heinz Metten

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


Contact



Feldbergstraße 35
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

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




Karl-Heinz Metten is mainly interested in the fields of engineering plastics (manufacture and applications) and catalysts.He studied chemistry and computer science at the University of Bochum and the University of Dortmund. He received his PhD in organic chemistry focusing on stereoselective synthesis of drug targets and the chemistry of saccharides.

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As a postdoctoral fellow he specialized in organometallic chemistry at Imperial College, London (GB), and in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge (GB). After working as a patent attorney trainee in a patent law firm in Hamburg, he joined the patent and license department of a major German chemical company.

The JUVE Handbook 2017/2018 cites him as one of the patent attorneys who is frequently recommended.