Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. (Cambridge)
Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified Copyright , Media and IP Lawyer

Kurfürstendamm 185
10707 Berlin

T +49 (30) 23 60 76 70

F +49 (30) 23 60 76 721

Helene-Lange-Straße 3
14469 Potsdam

T +49 (331) 27 54 30

F +49 (331) 27 54 321

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Jan Bernd Nordemann is known as one of the leading copyright lawyers in Germany. The JUVE handbook 2018/2019 has again included Jan Bernd Nordemann as one of the leading German copyright lawyers. Best Lawyers International 2019 mentions him in the list of recommended attorneys for the fields of IP, entertainment and media, copyright, and litigation. he represents clients before the courts, produces expert opinions for clients on copyright law issues, and drafts copyright agreements. In addition, he is active in political consulting on copyright and advises associations and parties. He also helps his numerous clients of long standing with the many smaller day-to-day problems of copyright.

Moreover, Jan Bernd Nordemann is well known in antitrust law. In this area he works primarily on the interface with intellectual property law and in particular on the antitrust law compliance of licensing agreements, R&D contracts, distribution agreements, and self-regulation by media associations. In the area of press distribution contracts (involving so-called "press wholesalers"), he is regarded as one of the few German experts with relevant sector experience.

In trade mark law, Jan Bernd Nordemann acts on behalf of German and international companies, including companies in the areas of media and IP, as well as in the consumer goods sector. The magazine WirtschaftsWoche (30/2011) ranked him in the 25 "top attorneys in trade mark law." He administers German and international trade mark portfolios and represents trade mark proprietors before German and EU courts and authorities.

A further area of focus for Jan Bernd Nordemann is unfair competition law. In this area he advises on company campaigns and appears in legal proceedings.

Jan Bernd Nordemann is a popular speaker. A selection of his latest public lectures can be found here: [] He lectures, in German and in English, in Germany and abroad whilst also playing an active role in the in-house training of employees in companies, in particular in his areas of speciality. For some years now, he has held two successful seminars, "Copyright Law Practice" and "Current Developments in Copyright Law," at the German Lawyers' Academy (Deutsche Anwalt Akademie, DAA).

He increasingly appears in US court proceedings as an expert witness on German law. In this role, he recently provided a detailed opinion as an expert witness regarding various questions of German copyright law for a party being sued in the USA.

Jan Bernd Nordemann studied law in Berlin, Göttingen, and Cambridge. Since 1997, he has worked as an attorney at law for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT. Humboldt University Berlin appointed him as an honorary professor in 2007. For years he has held lectures there on copyright, trade mark, and competition law.

In addition, he has been the legal director at the Erich Pommer Institute for media law, media management, and media research in Potsdam (EPI) since 2013. He is also a supervisory board member of the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, the main shareholder of the EPI.

For years, Jan Bernd Nordemann has been the chairman of the Standing Committee on Copyright at the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). Up until the end of 2016, he was, moreover, a member of the Programme Committee of the AIPPI for 8 years.

He is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) where he is an elected member of the special committee for copyright and publishing law as well as the special committee for cartel (antitrust) law. In the special committee for cartel (antitrust) law he was elected vice-chair.

The German Media Court of Arbitration (Deutsche Medienschiedsgericht, DMS) in Leipzig appointed him as an arbitrator at the time of its founding.

What others say: The JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 has again this year listed Nordemann as one of the leading German copyright lawyers and as one of the often recommended attorneys in trade mark law, contract law and competition law. Best Lawyers International 2019 mentions him in the list of recommended attorneys for the fields of IP, Entertainment and Media. Moreover, he was listed in 2016 as "Lawyer of the Year" in the category "Entertainment" (Berlin). Legal 500 Germany 2018/2019 conferred on him special recognition for advising on copyright law topics in press and publishing law and entertainment as well as trade mark law and competition law. In the kanzleimonitor 2015/2016 Nordemann received the highest number of personal recommendations from legal departments in the category "Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz" (industrial property). The 2019 issue of the World Trademark Review 1000 mentions him as one of the most important trade mark attorneys in Germany.

Jan Bernd Nordemann is the co-editor and author of numerous publications on copyright, trade mark, competition, and antitrust law.

The most important publications of Jan Bernd Nordemann:

  • Co-editor and co-author of "Fromm/Nordemann", one of the leading German copyright law commentaries.
  • Co-author of the well-known standard work "Nordemann: Wettbewerbsrecht - Markenrecht" [Unfair Competition and Trade Mark Law]
  • Author of several chapters in the well-known antitrust law commentary "Loewenheim/Meessen/Riesenkampff/Kersting/Meyer-Lindemann": antitrust law and and intellectual property; Individual exemption from European prohibition of restrictive practices (Art. 101 (3) TFEU); All provisions on the German prohibition of cartels (Sec. 1 to 3 German Act Against Restraints of Competition); Price fixing for newspapers and magazines; industry agreements in press wholesaling ("Pressegrosso") (Sec. 30 German Act Against Restraints of Competition)

You can find a detailed biography of Jan Bernd Nordemann here.