I really love rowing. Every stroke has to be just right: powerful and pulled through to the very end.
Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen
Year of birth 1953 | Called to the bar 1983 | Partner
Education Universities of Bonn and Göttingen; internship at the Berlin Court of Appeal; law firms in London, Paris and Berlin
Memberships AIPPI, GRUR (Member of the Design Law Committee), INTA, VPP
I have worked for more than 30 years in all fields of industrial property rights and competition law. My experience as a trial attorney also benefits my clients especially when I am retained to provide advice on legal issues and corporate strategies. When one is familiar with areas of conflict from conducting a great deal of litigation, it is possible to anticipate problems.
In the field of patent law, I most commonly appear for companies from the sectors of mechanical and plant engineering, automotive technology, domestic appliances, textiles, building materials and building technology. One focus is trade mark and design law, where I not only appear in court, but among other things also advise companies in the luxury goods industry and in commerce on developing and implementing protection or defensive strategies. In product piracy cases, customs seizures and criminal proceedings are regular activities. The focus of my professional activities in competition law is on work for agencies and special aspects of competition law, such as protecting company secrets and cases involving technical and scientific issues.
I appear for my clients before all the German courts with jurisdiction for industrial property rights and before the European Court of Justice. Especially in the field of trade mark law, I have acted as counsel in a whole series of pioneering decisions. The change in German case law going back many years, which concerned damages by surrender of the infringer’s profit was due to a test case I fought (BGH "Gemeinkostenanteil" [Federal Court of Justice "Share of overheads"]). In international IP cases and cases covering more than the field of industrial property rights, I coordinate the advice, strategy development and litigation conduct with patent attorneys and other specialists.
I have spoken at seminars for the textile industry and am the co-author of "Handbuch Mode-Marketing" – "Manual of Fashion Marketing" (Deutscher Fachverlag).