Dr Markus Brock > SKW Schwarz > Berlin, Germany > Lawyer Profile

SKW Schwarz
KRANZLER ECK
KURFURSTENDAMM 21
10719 BERLIN
Germany

Work Department

Automotive & Mobility, Intellectual Property, Competition and advertising, Copyright Law, Privacy Protection & Art Law, Product Regulation, Trademarks, Designs & Domains, Technical Property Rights & Know-how, IT & Digital Business, Online platforms, Life Sciences & Health

Position

Partner
Certified Expert in IP
Rechtsanwalt

Career

Dr. Brock specializes in IP law (trademarks, patents, designs, copyright law, etc.), unfair competition law (including advertising law), IT law, data protection law as well as distribution and contract law.

He advises comprehensively on IP matters, including the filing of national and international intellectual property rights as well as licensing and enforcement in disputes in and out of court. He further advises on innovation and know-how protection (including trade secrets), on cross-border research and development projects, on employees’ inventions law, and on standard essential patents (SEP). Furthermore, his advice includes the development of brand-based labeling and quality seal systems.

While his client base covers a wide selection of industries (for instance health care & life sciences, information technology and consumer goods), he focuses on technology-driven and innovative companies, ranging from start-ups to mid-sized companies to globally operating corporations.

Languages

German
English

Memberships

Dr. Markus Brock is member of the GRUR – German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, AGEM – Working Committee on Intellectual Property & Media of the German Bar Association, since November 2009 working in an honorary capacity as elected accountant (“Kassenprüfer”), INTA – International Trademark Association, IBA – International Bar Association, DAV – German Bar Association, Berlin Bar Association, BIEM Brandenburg Institute for Setting Up Businesses and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, management board member (until October 2018), BPW – Juryman and Consultant of the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition and the Working Committee “Foundation Data Privacy” (“Stiftung Datenschutz”) of DAV to advise the German Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ) (2009).

Education

  • Studies at the University of Bochum (law studies and doctorate)
  • 2006 to 2007: Lawyer in a major English law firm with international operations, member of the local IP/IT/Commercial Practice Group
  • 2007 to 2012: Attorney at law in a major US-American global law firm, member of the practice groups “Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Related Transactions”, “Licensing and E-Merging Commerce” and “Telecom, Media and Technology”
  • Since 2011 Specialist attorney for industrial property rights
  • Since 2012 with SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

Lawyer Rankings

Deutschland > Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz > Markenrecht

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte betreut im Markenrecht im Einklang mit der Ausrichtung der Kanzlei auf IT und digitale Wirtschaft, Medien und Technologie. Besondere Beratungsschwerpunkte bilden der Bereich E-Sport, Branded Content, zu dem auch Influencer Marketing gehört, sowie medizinisches Cannabis und die wachsende Tätigkeit im Bereich FMCG, beispielsweise für Lebensmittel- und Kosmetikunternehmen. Das Beratungsspektrum erfasst dabei neben der strategischen Portfolioberatung und Lizenzverträgen, insbesondere in Vertriebskontexten, auch eine zunehmend etablierte Prozesspraxis. Letztere wurde vor allem mit grenzüberschreitenden Mandaten ausgebaut, für die man unter anderem auf das TerraLex-Netzwerk zurückgreift. Die Nutzung von LegalTech wurde durch die eigens gegründete SKW@Tech GmbH klar als integraler Bestandteil des Beratungsangebots aufgestellt. Zum Team von Praxisgruppenleiter Sascha Pres in Berlin gehören auch die umfassend im Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz tätigen Margret Knitter und Dorothee Altenburg in München, die Berliner Sandra Sophia Redeker, Markus Brock und Markus von Fuchs sowie Magnus Hirsch im Frankfurter Büro. Ulrich Hildebrandt wechselte im Januar 2021 zu Hildebrandt.

Germany > Intellectual property > Trade marks

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte‘s advice on trade mark law mirrors the firm’s industry focus on the IT, digital economy, media and technology sectors. Among the key topics are e-sports, branded content, including influencer marketing, as well as medicinal cannabis and the growth area FMCG, especially pertaining to the food and cosmetics industries. The service offering also includes strategic portfolio advice and licensing agreements, including distribution matters, and the increasingly busy litigation practice. The latter primarily expanded with cross-border mandates, with additional expertise from the TerraLex network, among others. The importance of legal tech was emphasised with the founding of the SKW@Tech GmbH. Led by practice head Sascha Pres in Berlin, the group also includes Margret Knitter and Dorothee Altenburg in Munich, who have longstanding expertise in IP, Berlin-based Sandra Sophia Redeker , Markus Brock as well as  Markus von Fuchs and Magnus Hirsch in Frankfurt. Ulrich Hildebrandt joined Hildebrandt in January 2021.