Protection of industrial property rights, in particular development of trademark portfolios and their commercial exploitation as well as defending know-how, trademarks, designs and patents; development of confidentiality-, research- , development- and license agreements; all types of contracts on sale and purchase, e.g. job order production, master supply agreements including the development of selective distribution systems; court litigation in intellectual property rights and competition rights including all issues concerning IT law, in particular cyber security and the implementation of the GDPR as well as advising enterprises in Germany and abroad in relation to digital business models.
Industry focus: sports, media and entertainment, fashion, automotive, engineering and chemical industry
Specialist lawyer for the protection of industrial property rights
Joined Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in 1995
Beiten Burkhardt Mittl und Wegener 1991–1995
Admitted to the German Bar in 1991
Legal clerkship in Darmstadt (1989-1991)
Studied at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen and Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/Main
Memberships: German Association of Industrial Property protection, International Trademark Association (INTA), Marques
Chair of Right of Publicity Committees at the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Languages: German, English, French
Awards: Legal 500: Deutschland 2015: Regionale Kanzleien Wirtschaftsrecht: Thomas Hertl advises on media, press, and sports law, core clients include the DFB
Worldwide Financial Advisor Award Magazine: Golden Globe Award 2015
Finance Global Awards 2014: Entertainment Law Firm of the Year: Germany
Credentials: Negotiation and conclusion of various sponsoring agreements (national and international, e.g. Champions League); extensive advice to German subsidiary of a US Hollywood studio in the area of cinema and home entertainment; negotiation and conclusion of a large number of media agency and cross promotion agreements; extensive advice on complex regulatory issues in connection with the implementation of a online video and TV streaming platform and licensing of new TV channel; negotiation and conclusion of a complex trade mark licensing- engineering- patent-licensing contracts in the area of automotive, engineering and chemical industry; assisting due diligence and negotiations in respect of the transfer of industrial property rights including existing license contracts during the acquisition and sale of various enterprises in the context of M&A transactions; all-encompassing advice in classic questions concerning industrial property rights; development of international distribution systems for clients in various sectors (automotive, engineering, chemistry and fashion). Negotiations of a large number of procurement and job order production contracts (on both sides); focus on the automotive, engineering, chemical industry and fashion sectors; advice on the implementation of the GDPR requirements (records of processing activity, TOM’s, data processing agreements, data protection agreements (also across the group) etc.)
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