Prof. Christian Klawitter

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Christian Klawitter advises clients on industrial property law with particular emphasis on unfair competition, trademark, design protection, licensing and distribution.

Christian Klawitter studied law at the University of Hamburg. He has been practicing law in Hamburg since 1985, and was a partner of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer until the beginning of 2008. He was a research assistant at the University of Hamburg from 1981 through 1984. Since 1995 he has been teaching industrial and intellectual property law at the University of Duisburg-Essen which appointed him Honorary Professor in 2006. Christian Klawitter has published numerous articles and essays, most recently on subjects related to national and European design protection, licensing and competition law.

Christian Klawitter is past president and a member of the advisory board of the German Regional Group of the LES Licensing Executives Society, an international association of License and Technologytransfer professionals. In 2004, he was appointed to the expert committee for design law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), which, inter alia, issues opinions on legislative proposals pertaining to design law. He is also a member of the intellectual property expert committee of the Deutscher Kulturrat (German Cultural Council). According to the Best Lawyers Ranking published by the leading German business newspaper Handelsblatt every year, Christian Klawitter belongs to the group of the best business attorneys in Germany. The renowned Wirtschaftswoche has named him in their list of the top 25 attorneys for trademark law.

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