First-class academicians and practitioners

The expertise of the diverse faculty teaching in the Summer Program in Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property law guarantees a unique learning experience.

Academic Directors

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin

Dr. Lefstin joined UC Hastings in 2003 after serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced patent and antitrust law in San Francisco. He teaches and writes about patent and intellectual property law. In addition to a J.D., he holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and was previously a molecular biologist.

Prof. Dr. Dana Beldiman

Dr. Beldiman directs the Bucerius Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. Her teaching and research focus on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Governance issues raised by the globalized economy. She is a partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (San Francisco) where she specializes in international IP law and international transactions.


Dr. Jo Beatrix Aschenbrenner

Dr. Aschenbrenner's area of expertise lies in leadership in law firms and legal departments with a particular focus on interest-based decision-making and dealing with internal differences and conflict, as well as conflict management in large corporations as a part of Legal Management.

Dr. Jochen Dieselhorst

Dr. Dieselhorst heads the intellectual property and information technology practice at the Hamburg office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He focuses on the life sciences and information technology sectors and advises on partnering arrangements and product sales in the pharma and biotech industry, as well as on all types of outsourcing arrangements.

Dr. Stefan Dittmer

Dr. Stefan Dittmer is Partner at Dentons. He advises companies on all aspects of intellectual property law, including licensing, with a focus on technology, media and digitization. He represents clients in disputes relating to unfair competition, copyright, trademarks, patents and designs, and in general commercial disputes before courts of law and arbitral tribunals. 


Kseniia Gygex

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Jacob D. Koering

Jacob D. Koering is a principal in the Chicago office of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone where he serves in the firm's litigation and intellectual property groups, and founded the firm's cybersecurity and data privacy practice.

Jacob advises and assists clients on a wide range of IP and technical issues, including strategically applying IP assets, navigating products and services through competitive IP landscapes, protecting critical consumer and competitive data, and managing disputes with competitors and regulatory authorities through arbitration, litigation, and other means.

Prof. Dr. Linda Kuschel

Linda Kuschel holds the Junior Professorship for Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Law and Digitalization since June 2019. She studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. After her First State Exam in 2010, she completed her legal traineeship in Berlin (Second State Exam in 2012). In 2014 she received her LL.M.-degree from Harvard University and in 2018 her doctorate at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin with a dissertation on "The Acquisition of Digital Copies of a Work for Private Use."

Dr. Jacek Lagoni

Jacek Lagoni supports Google Cloud and online advertising products as an Associate Legal Counsel at Google. He focuses on negotiations of complex deals and contract drafting in the areas of IT law and data protection law.

Allison Mages

Allison leads a team at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that delivers legislative advice to countries on patents and trade secrets. Prior to joining WIPO, she was Senior Counsel for IP at General Electric, where she managed IP and technology aspects in M&A transactions. In addition, Allison has worked across the innovation cycle, including as an inventor and through experience in patent analytics, drafting, prosecution, and strategic portfolio management.

Dr. Ulf Marquardt

Dr. Ulf Marquardt, LL.M., a Swiss, German and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, has worked at Nestlé since 2006. He currently heads Patents, Regulatory and Scientific Intelligence at Nestlé Research. Previously, he advised on Licensing and provided guidance to the Dairy and Food Strategic Business Units (e.g., NIDO, MILO, NESQUIK, MAGGI, BUITONI, HERTA) on all legal matters including IP and Brand communication. Prior to joining Nestlé, Ulf has obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Nobel Laureate Prof. Huber and has worked in a private IP law firm for 5 years, where he has gained significant experience in the prosecution and defense of patents and trademarks.

Zoi Michalopoulou

Zoi Michalopoulou, LL.M. is a lawyer with a main focus on intellectual property and information technology law. She has particular expertise in licensing, unfair competition, copyright and trademark matters. She is qualified as a German attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwältin) at the Berlin Bar Association, in addition as a Greek attorney-at-law (Dikigoros) at the Athens Bar Association. Zoi holds an LL.M. degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich and is currently a doctoral candidate at Bucerius. Her thesis deals with digital exhaustion in copyright law and blockchain-related issues. Zoi leads a course on trade secrets law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU).

Dr. Philipp Plog

Philipp Plog is Managing Partner at Fieldfisher LLP (Hamburg office). He advises with a focus on technology and digital business models and represents in particular e-commerce platforms, legal tech providers and content providers in the strategic direction, liability, licensing and defense of their business models. In this context, he is involved in numerous litigations, both in Germany and cross-border, and acts on behalf of his clients before regulatory authorities."

Dr. Gösta Schindler

Dr. Schindler is a partner in the Hamburg office of Buse Heberer Fromm. He advises on all aspects of IP and competition law, focusing on IP litigation and monetization of IP assets through licensing. His clients range from start-up companies to multi-national enterprises in industries such as mobile telecommunications, automotive, medical technologies/health care and consumer goods.

Christian Stoll

Christian joined Hogan Lovells in 2001 and is a partner in the Hamburg office. He is specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, unfair competition and license agreements.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn

Karsten Thorn received a doctorate in law at the University of Trier. In February 2004, he completed his post-doctoral thesis on the "Coordination of Private Legal Systems through the Application of Foreign Conflicts Law," as well as with an audition lecture on "Bearing of Risk after the Cancellation of Contract" at the University of Trier. Later that year, Thorn accepted the chair of Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law and Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School.

Emma Ziercke

Emma Ziercke studied Law and French Law and Language at the Universities of East Anglia (Norwich, England) and Jean Moulin Lyon III (France). She worked as a Corporate Solicitor for Linklaters in London from 2002 until 2009. As a Managing Associate, she was primarily involved in private international mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, public takeovers by scheme of arrangement and general company law. After moving to Hamburg, Emma studied part-time for an Executive MBA at Nottingham University Business School, focussing on law firm management and organisational behaviour. In 2014, she completed her studies with distinction and won an award for best overall performance together with an award for her dissertation on Gender Diversity in Law Firms.

Emma works at the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession as a Research Assistant in the fields of Law Firm Management, Gender Diversity and Organisational Behaviour. She also teaches Legal English and Practical Negotiations at the Bucerius Law School.

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