Copyright and Intellectual Property Lawyers in Germany

Our firm specialises in several legal areas relating to intellectual property rights, one of which is copyright law. Our lawyers will help you keep up with technological advancements and the masses of new judgments in this area. Start-Up Companies, Photographers, actors, authors, film and music producers, artists, and bloggers rely on our expertise. We often deal with copyright infringement claims, usually alongside other rights, and we are well equipped to advise you on whether you have a legitimate complaint, and how to progress with it.

Our legal team will advise and represent you in intellectual property matters at our offices in Aachen, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Munich as well as elsewhere in Germany.

Expertise in Copyright and Intellectual Property Law

We advise and represent clients from all sectors, starting at questions surrounding the protection of their intellectual property (texts, graphics, photos, films, music and software). Our services range to the enforcement (in or out of court) and defence against, copyright law claims for an injunction, damages, and the provision of information. We enforce copyrights on software, product appearances and databases, and have developed particularly effective anti-piracy strategies. We have obtained numerous pre-judgment seizure orders against pirates of computer software, high-technology products, luxury goods, and celebrity merchandise. However, we also represent consumers and businesses who have received a warning letter. Copyright warnings, if not appropriately reacted to, can quickly lead to drastic financial consequences. In order to prevent this, you should consult a specialized German copyright lawyer.

Below, you can find a list of our IP and copyright law services:

  • Drafting and reviewing of IP contracts
  • Enforcing injunctions and damages claims
  • Enforcing rights of information
  • IP & Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark Law
  • IP Licence Agreements
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Selling or buying intellectual property
  • Design rights
  • IP issues in the gaming industry
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Practice Group for German Copyright & Intellectual Property Law

Rechtsanwalt Florian Dördelmann

Florian Dördelmann

Rechtsanwalt Aykut Elseven

Aykut Elseven

Contact our Practice Group for German Copyright & Intellectual Property Law

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property rights generally fall into four main areas: copyright, trade marks, design rights and patents. Just as the law protects ownership of personal property and real estate, it also protects the exclusive control of certain intangible assets, in this case intellectual property. Copyright laws were set up by the legislature to protect the legal and moral rights of creators.

As opposed to industrial property rights, the protection kicks in automatically once the work is created, and no special registration is needed. A work enjoys copyright protection when it is a person’s own intellectual creation and demonstrates a sufficient level of originality. The Urheberrechtsgesetz (the German Act on Copyright and Related Rights) codifies the assertion and enforcement of a creator’s (or right-holder’s) rights when dealing with non-entitled users.

Claims for injunctions and damages are of particular importance in this context. The creator can rely on many methods to assert their rights, which range from a warning made out of court to proceedings in the form of an application for an injunction or a substantive hearing.

Intellectual Property & Copyright Litigation

Creators, publishers and owners often require legal representation to protect their material. When trademark and copyright litigation becomes a business reality, secure your work with us. At Schlun & Elseven, we have a dedicated intellectual property team who work with corporate clients of various sizes in order to protect their copyright. It is not unusual for copyright claims to be unjustified, either in substance or as regards the amount of the damages sought.

Our lawyers have represented both sides of the conflict, meaning that we can advise you competently on potentially unjustified or exaggerated claims and copyright warnings. Have you received a warning regarding a claim of breach of copyright? Simply make use of our free preliminary assessment via the online form and receive an individual risks/ benefits assessment.

International Team of Copyright Lawyers

The international team of lawyers at Schlun & Elseven can advise and represent individuals and companies with business fluency in the following languages: Arabic, German, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. As a comprehensive law firm we harness our knowledge from sectors such as media law, IT Law, gaming law and e-Sports law as well as in company, public administration and employment to ensure that you are receiving the assistance you deserve.

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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
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52080 Aachen (Eilendorf)
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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
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50674 Köln
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40212 Düsseldorf
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