Prof. Christian Klawitter

Partner

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | klawitter(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • competition
  • trademark
  • design and copyright
  • licensing and distribution (antitrust)
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Prof. Christian Klawitter’s legal practice encompasses the entire range of intellectual property law, with emphases on competition and trademarks, design and copyright, as well as licensing and distribution (antitrust).

Mr. Klawitter is a founding partner of KNPZ Rechtsanwälte. Prior to that, he was a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mr. Klawitter studied law at the University of Hamburg, where he worked as a research assistant from 1981 to 1984. Since 1995, he has held a position teaching intellectual property and copyright at the University of Duisberg-Essen, which appointed him as a honorary professor in 2006. Since 2009, he has held a position at the Humboldt University of Berlin teaching licensing agreements in the LL.M. program for intellectual property and media law.

Mr. Klawitter has published numerous specialized contributions and articles and is the attorney of choice for questions of design protection. He is co-author of the third edition of the prestigious Carl Heynmann publisher’s recently appearing Handbuch des Fachanwalts Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (Handbook of intellectual property for the expert attorney) in which he comprehensively comments on national and European design law. His book Lizenzverträge und Kartellrecht (License agreements and antitrust law) appeared in its second edition in 2015.

Prof. Christian Klawitter is past president and member of the advisory board of the German group of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). In 2004, he was appointed to the specialist committee for design law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), in which, among other matters, statements concerning draft legislation as well as trailblazing decisions of the European Court of Justice (EuGH) are worked out in the area of design law. In addition, he is a member of the specialized copyright committee of the German Cultural Council. According to the “best lawyers” ranking appearing annually in the Handelsblatt business newspaper, Mr. Klawitter numbers among the best commercial attorneys in Germany. The industry journal Wirtschaftswoche has cited him in their list of the top 25 attorneys in trademark law.

Dr. Gerald Neben

LL.M. (Berkeley)

Partner

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | neben(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • press law and freedom of expression
  • copyright
  • competition law
  • litigation
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Gerald Neben advises companies in all questions pertaining to communications law. His emphasis focuses on press law and freedom of expression, competition law and copyright, and general litigation. He possesses many years of industry experience in media, advertising and marketing, and public relations.

With his team of expert attorneys, Mr. Neben advises domestic and international media companies and agencies in securing and implementing their projects. In addition, he advises, inter alia, mid-sized and exchange-listed companies from the finance, real estate, and health care sectors, addressing their concerns regarding communications law issues (business communication, marking, crisis communication/litigation PR).
Gerald Neben possesses particular expertise as a trial litigator in complex, often cross-border court proceedings, which he coordinates for his clients and conducts before German courts. He regularly participates in landmark trials before the German Federal Court of Justice and the German Federal Constitutional Court.

After studying law and completing doctoral work in media law at the University of Hamburg, Gerald Neben completed a master’s degree (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis on intellectual property and media. He was admitted to the bar in 2001 and initially worked in the IP and media & technology practice of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. He joined KNPZ Rechtsanwälte after its founding in 2008.

For years, Mr. Neben has been cited as a leading name by the trade journal JUVE in the areas of press and publishing: “absolutely outstanding”; “pragmatism, businesslike thinking and legal advice at the highest level”; “brilliant and precise legal briefs.” Legal500 has repeatedly honored the team in the area of media law: “KNPZ Rechtsanwälte distinguishes itself from competitors in the press and publishing segment particularly due to the international orientation of its practice.” FOCUS ranks KNPZ Rechtsanwälte among Germany’s top law firms in the areas of media and press law.

Gerald Neben publishes in the area of media and communications and belongs to the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the German Public Relations Society (DPRG), in the crisis communication task force.

Dr. Kai-Uwe Plath

LL.M. (New York)

Partner

+49 40 636 07 59 0 | plath(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IT law
  • data protection law
  • e-commerce
  • M&A transactions
  • licensing and sale agreements
Details

Kai-Uwe Plath specializes in supervising complex transactions and projects, including those in the areas of outsourcing, information technology, research and development, GDPR compliance, and internal investigations. He also holds responsibility for the transactions group at KNPZ Rechtsanwälte. In recent years he has worked on a number of prominent transactions in these areas, such as M&A, private equity, and venture capital, as well as in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, media, and retailing industries. His clients include groups of companies, private equity and venture capital funds, tech start-ups, and mid-sized companies.

Mr. Plath has been a member of the Hamburg Bar since 2000. Prior to the founding of KNPZ Rechtsanwälte, he worked for the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for many years. He studied law at the University of Hamburg, where he also completed his doctoral work. In addition, as part of a master’s program at Columbia University, New York, Mr. Plath earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.), with an emphasis in the area of international transactions and IP, and worked there as a research assistant. He rounded out his professional legal training with time spent in London and Los Angeles.

Kai-Uwe Plath is a member of the expert IT law committee of the Hamburg Bar Association (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg) as well as of the German Association for Law and Informatics (DGRI). He regularly appears as a speaker at seminar events and publishes in specialized legal journals, particularly as the author of the commentary he publishes (known as “Plath”) on the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): http://www.otto-schmidt.de/bdsg-dsgvo.html. In 2016/17, JUVE ranked Kai-Uwe Plath among the “leading names in data protection.” In 2018, the industry journal Wirtschaftswoche ranked Mr. Plath among Germany’s “top attorneys in the IT area.” FOCUS has cited KNPZ Rechtsanwälte on its list of the “top commercial law firms 2018” in the area of IT & telecommunications.

Dr. Mathias Zintler

LL.M. (London)

Partner

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | zintler(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IP litigation and enforcement
  • trademark, advertising, and competition
  • international product launches
  • international litigation management
  • licensing and sales agreements
Details

Mathias Zintler provides legal advice in all areas of intellectual property protection and sales law. His focus encompasses trademarks, competition, and design law as well as the areas of technology transfer, biotechnology, and patents, including chairing infringement and invalidation actions. In these areas, he represents a number of leading technology companies, particular in the life-science area, as well as trademark and luxury article producers operating internationally, to which he provides legal advice for product launchings, marketing campaigns, and advertising issues.

Prior to the founding of KNPZ Rechtsanwälte, Mr. Zintler worked for many years as an attorney at the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He studied law at the universities of Hamburg, Lausanne, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Paris-Assas. As part of a master’s program at King’s College London, in 1999 he earned the title of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the area of intellectual property, and at the University of Hamburg he completed doctoral work on the patentability of biotechnological inventions. Mr. Zintler rounded out his professional training at, inter alia, UNIDROIT in Rome and the London office of Wilmer Hale.

Mathias Zintler publishes regularly in specialized legal journals, teaches intellectual property law at the International School of Management in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich, as well as at the Bucerius Law School, and lectures regularly on current legal developments in intellectual property law. Mr. Zintler is an International Delegate of the German delegation to the Licensing Executives Society (LES), an international assembly of experts who address exclusively questions of technology transfer and the exploitation of intellectual property and related rights. In addition, he is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), of the Intellectual Trademark Association (INTA), the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), of the European Association of Trade Mark Owners (Marques), of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG), as well as the German-Italian Lawyers Association. Mr. Zintler speaks German, English, French, and Italian.

Dr. Jan-Michael Grages

Partner*

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | grages(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • data protection law
  • copyright
  • IT law
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • e-commerce
  • M&A transactions
Details

The focus of Jan-Michael's work lies on legal implementation and strategic support of digital business models and drafting complex contracts. He is experienced at providing legal advice on data protection issues within the corporate context, particularly regarding frameworks for internal/external data flows, as well as in compliance investigations. He regularly advises on M&A transactions and carve-outs from the perspective of an IP/IT specialist. Jan-Michael possesses particular expertise in the automotive sector and in the areas of software licensing/OSS, e-/m-commerce, and technology transfer. His work is internationally oriented.

Jan-Michael speaks German, English, and French. He regularly publishes and lectures on questions of IT and data protection and is a member of the German Association for Law and Informatics as well as the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He studied law in Hamburg and Aix-en-Provence, emphasizing communications and competition law. At the Institute for Legal Informatics in Hanover, he completed doctoral work on a topic involving copyright and licensing (“Orphan Works”, which won the Faculty Prize at Leibniz University). He completed his clerkship and the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and worked for Google and a German broadcasting corporation. Furthermore, Jan-Michael worked for the German Mission to the United Nations in New York and for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

*List of shareholders under the Partnership Companies Act

Dr. Katharina von Bassewitz

LL.M. (London)

Senior Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | vonbassewitz(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • press and personality law
  • competition and trademark law
  • copyright and design law
Details

Katharina von Bassewitz’s practice focuses on press and personality law, competition and trademarks, and copyright and design. In particular, she litigates proceedings in court for media companies in the areas of press, competition, and copyright and advises them out of court, e.g., for drafting their editorial content and business measures, as well as regarding questions of drafting licensing agreements.

Dr. von Bassewitz has been a member of the bar since 2006; initially, she worked in Hamburg in the IP/media/technology practice of the international law firm Lovells, prior to coming to KNPZ Rechtsanwälte in 2008.

After spending a year in Rome, Dr. von Bassewitz studied at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and completed her clerkship in Munich and Speyer. During her clerkship, she also worked as a research assistant at the law firm of Wessing (now TaylorWessing) in Munich. As the recipient of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, Ms. von Bassewitz earned the title of Master of Laws (LL.M.) at King’s College London with an emphasis on international trademark and competition law, inter alia. She obtained her doctorate (earning the law faculty prize of Ludwig-Maximilians University), and then worked from 2003 to 2006 as a research assistant and scholarship holder in Munich, at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law. As part of her work at the Max Planck Institute, Ms. von Bassewitz was also seconded to the Federal Ministry of Justice, where she contributed to the implementation of the so-called “second basket” of the amendment to the German Copyright Act.

Katharina von Bassewitz is a member of the team authoring the juris practice report for competitive and intellectual property rights.

Johanna Bornholdt

Senior Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | bornholdt(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • press law and freedom of expression
  • copyright law
  • intellectual property
  • pharmaceutical advertising
Details

Johanna Bornholdt provides legal advice in the area of press and personality law, in copyright law, in all areas of intellectual property law, and in pharmaceutical advertising law. Her work encompasses, in particular, advising on matters of press and copyright law, as well as representing media companies both in and out of court. Ms. Bornholdt also focuses on advising companies with regard to competition and pharmaceutical advertising.

In tandem with her law studies at the University of Hamburg with an emphasis on information and communication, Ms. Bornholdt also completed a bachelor’s degree in media science. She completed her traineeship at, inter alia, Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH, in the area of copyright law, at Norddeutschen Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting Corporation), as well as at various law firms specializing in press law and intellectual property.

Johanna Bornholdt has been at KNPZ Rechtsanwälte since 2010.

Dr. Manuel Banck

Senior Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | banck(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • copyright
  • press and freedom of expression
  • advertising law/protection of know-how
  • data protection law
  • litigation
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Manuel Banck specializes in litigation in media law and in the intellectual property area. He focuses on providing legal advice regarding the law of the press, as well as on representing media companies before the court in copyright and in proceedings involving freedom of expression. In addition to that, he chairs court proceedings for his clients in trademark, patent, and competition law, know-how, and data protection, in the areas of consumer goods, sports, entertainment, and technology. Another focal point of Mr. Banck’s legal advice involves protecting business reputations, particularly in connection with anonymous evaluations and internet publications.

Mr. Banck studied law in Kiel, focusing on copyright and antitrust. Following that, he completed doctoral studies in copyright law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Haimo Schack, addressing the licensing practice of copyright collectives. He completed his clerkship at, inter alia, the German Bundestag, a major international law firm, and a Hamburg boutique IP law firm. He passed Germany’s second state bar examination in November 2013. Mr. Banck has been a member of the Hamburg bar since 2014 and has been working for KNPZ Rechtsanwälte since that time.

Manuel Banck is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) as well as of the Association of Kiel University Law Graduates (Kieler Doctores Iures e.V.).

Lars-Eric Appel

LL.M. (London)

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | appel(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IP litigation and enforcement
  • trademark, advertising, and competition law
  • international product launches
Details

Lars-Eric Appel provides legal advice in all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on trademark, design, and competition law. He advises internationally active companies in the legal coordination of cross-border product launches, marketing and advertising campaigns, as well as with the safeguarding of their intellectual property rights. In so doing, he assumes charge of both advising his clients out of court and representing them in court.
Mr. Appel studied law at the University of Passau and subsequently completed a master’s degree (LL.M.) in intellectual property law at the Queen Mary University of London. While there, he also studied issues involving the legal consequences of the restauration of digital art.

His clerkship was completed at, inter alia, a Hamburg IP and advertising law firm as well as with a division of the Regional Court of Hamburg specializing in trademark and competition law.

Lars-Eric Appel has been a member of the bar since 2017.

Dr. Graziana Kastl-Riemann

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | kastl(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • trademark law
  • media and press law
  • copyright law
  • design law
  • competition law
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Graziana Kastl-Riemann provides legal advice in the area of trademark, design, copyright, and media law, as well in all areas of intellectual property.

Ms. Kastl-Riemann has been at KNPZ Rechtsanwälte since 2017. Focusing on information law and intellectual property, she studied at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and at the Universidad de Valencia in Spain. In tandem with her doctoral work at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, she worked at the Institute for Information and Business Law of the Center for Applied Legal Studies of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as part of a project for internet law supported by the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). She completed her clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, with time spent at, inter alia, an American search engine operator and the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Organizations in Rome.

Graziana Kastl-Riemann is a member of the German Association for Law and Informatics (DGRI) and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). Her dissertation, entitled “Automation on the internet – implications for copyright and freedom of speech,” was honored with the science prize of the German Foundation for Law and Informatics (DSRI). She speaks German, English, Italian, and Spanish.

Matthias A. Struck

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | struck(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IT law
  • data protection law
  • e-commerce
  • M&A transactions
  • licensing and distribution agreements
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Matthias Alexander Struck provides legal advice in all areas of intellectual property law, as well as in IT and data protection. He focuses on accompanying complex and cross-border M&A transactions with regard to the implications relevant to IP/IT and data protection law. In addition to that, a core component of his legal advice consists of drafting licensing and distribution agreements.

Mr. Struck studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the University of Cambridge in England. The law of international trade was at the core of his law program. After completing his degree, during his clerkship he was a research assistant in the practice group for property and information technology at a large law firm in Hamburg. He completed his clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, with time spent at, inter alia, a large international law firm in Hamburg and New York focusing on transactional law in the IP/IT field. He has been an attorney at KPNZ since March 2018.

Dr. Florian Stoll

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | stoll(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IP litigation and enforcement
  • trademark, advertising, and competition law
  • international product launches
  • international litigation management
  • licensing and distribution agreements
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Florian Stoll provides legal advice in all areas of intellectual property law and distribution law. The focal points of his legal advice encompass trademark, competition, and design law. In these areas, he represents numerous internationally active manufacturers of trademarks and luxury articles, to whom he provides legal advice concerning, inter alia, product launches, marketing campaigns, and issues pertaining to advertising.

After his education and clerkship, which he completed at, inter alia, the German consulate in Milan and at a major Hamburg international law firm focusing on antitrust, Mr. Stoll worked as a research assistant at the international law firm Hogan Lovells in patent law while earning his doctorate in civil litigation, which he completed in 2015. Subsequently, from 2015 through 2018 Mr. Stoll was an attorney at Hogan Lovells in the practice group for IP/media/technology, focusing on trade mark law.

Mr. Stoll publishes regularly in professional legal journals such as GRUR-Prax and is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). Mr. Stoll speaks German, English, and Italian and also has a working knowledge of Spanish and Greek.

Florian Stoll has been an attorney at KNPZ Rechtsanwälte since May 2018.

Yves-Alexander Wolff

LL.M.

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | wolff(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • trademarks
  • copyright
  • data protection (GDPR)
  • IT law
  • e-commerce
  • media law
  • press and personality
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Yves-Alexander Wolff provides legal advice to and represents international groups of companies, mid-sized companies, start-ups, and individuals in all areas of intellectual property, particularly trademark law and competition law pertaining to the Act Against Unfair Competition. Mr. Wolff also directs his attention to advice and representation in the areas of IT and data protection law, as well as in matters pertaining to press and media law.

During the course of his legal career, Mr. Wolf has represented the interests of his clients in a variety of proceedings both in and out of court, as well as in administrative proceedings concerning trademarks. In addition, after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force, Mr. Wolf became involved in several extensive implementation projects relating to data protection law for large groups of companies and mid-sized companies.
Mr. Wolff has been a member of the bar since 2015. Prior to that, he completed a banking apprenticeship in Hamburg, then began studying law in Goettingen, finishing in Berlin with an emphasis on intellectual property rights.

As part of his clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, Mr. Wolff spent time in each regional court’s specialized divisions for press, media, and intellectual property, as well as at a renowned IP law firm in San Francisco, California.

In addition, Mr. Wolf successfully completed a master’s degree program, “Intellectual Property and Media Law,” at Humboldt University in Berlin, obtaining the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Jan Schäfer

Associate

+49 (0)40 63 60 75 9-0 | schaefer(at)knpz.de | VCard

Focus Areas
  • IT law
  • data protection law
  • e-commerce
  • M&A transactions
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • competition law
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Jan Schäfer provides legal advice in all areas of IT law, data protection law and intellectual property law. A particular focus of his practice is advising international companies on complex M&A transactions with a particular focus on IP/IT and data protection issues.

Jan Schäfer studied law at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, majoring in copyright and antitrust law. From 2015 to 2017 he worked as a research assistant at KNPZ. He completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg at a chamber of the Hamburg Regional Court specialising in trademark and competition law, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and an international law firm. He passed Germany’s second state bar examination in 2019.

Jan Schäfer has been admitted to the Hamburg bar 2019. Since then he worked as an attorney at KPNZ.