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.

Lecturers

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. Annemarie Bloß

Dr. Bloß is a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law based at DLA Piper and advises national and international companies on all aspects of intellectual property rights, in particular on trademarks and copyright. Her practice includes unfair competition law as well as drafting and negotiating distribution agreements.

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. 

 

Martin Kilgus

Martin is a lawyer in the Technology, Media & Communications department of CMS Hamburg Office. After studying law at Bucerius Law School and in Cambridge, he initially worked for an international law firm focusing on litigation in patent and competition law.

Today, Martin advises medium-sized and listed companies on software licensing questions and IT project contracts. He accompanies innovative software in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and smartphone apps in B2C projects. A further focus of his work is advising on data protection issues, in particular in the health care sector and within complex corporate structures. With his IT and data protection expertise, Martin also regularly contributes to M&A transactions and compliance projects.

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.

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

Dr. Plog is Managing Partner Germany, IP Enforcement and Litigation at Fieldfisher. He specializes in intellectual property with a particular focus on technology and digital businesses. He represents clients, primarily distributors, e-commerce platforms and content producers, in developing and licensing their business models. He also has a particular litigation focus, both within Germany and internationally. He is a member of Fieldfisher's Supervisory Board.

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.

Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent is Senior Economic Officer in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

Before joining WIPO, he was an economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry and the Swiss National Science Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (University of California, Berkeley) and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He also worked as an economist at the UN International Trade Center (UNCTAD/WTO) and served as advisor to organizations such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the UN Information Communication Technology Task Force, mostly on matters relating to innovation, information technology, and international trade.

He holds a master's degree in international economics from the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, University of Maastricht, and a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

 

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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