Summer Programs


A selection of first-class academicians and practitioners

The expertise of the diverse faculty teaching in the Summer Program in International IP Transactions law guarantees a unique learning experience.

Academic Director
Prof. Dr. Dana Beldiman

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.

Academic Director
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin

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.

Dr. Jo Beatrix Aschenbrenner

Jo 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.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra von Bismarck

Alexandra von Bismarck

Prof. von Bismarck is a partner in the Hamburg office of Fieldfisher and head of the trademark department for Germany. She has special expertise in intellectual property and advises her clients with an emphasis on trademark and design law and in unfair competition law. Her clients include domestic and international enterprises from different sectors, primarily the technology, automotive, pharma and life science sector.

Dr. Annemarie Bloß

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. 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.

Martin Kilgus

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 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 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

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Dr. Ulf Marquardt, LL.M., a Swiss, German and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, has been working 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, Dr. Marquardt obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Nobel Laureate Prof. Huber and worked in a private IP law firm for five years, where he gained significant experience in the prosecution and defense of patents and trademarks.

Prof. Dr. Kristoff Ritlewski

Kristoff Ritlewski

Prof. Ritlewski is Of Counsel at Orth Kluth in Berlin and a professor at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. He focuses his practice on litigation and strategic advice in all fields of IP law, unfair competition and media law. Prof. Ritlewski has written several publications on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Media Regulation and International Arbitration.

Lezel Roddeck

Lezel Roddeck, Bucerius Law School

Lezel directs the Foreign Language Communication Program at Bucerius. In addition to being a Qualified English Language Teacher accredited through the University of Cambridge, she is also a Qualified Lawyer in South Africa and member of the Cape Law Society. She is a part-time lecturer at the Macromedia University for Media and Communication in the area of Media Law and IP Law.

Dr. Gösta Schindler

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 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

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.

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