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Markus Deck, M.C.J. (University of Texas, Austin)

Partner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of IPTC, CMS Germany

CMS Hasche Sigle
Kasernenstraße 43-45
40213 Duesseldorf
Germany
Languages German, English, French, Spanish

Markus Deck is an intellectual property expert with more than 30 years of experience and a particular focus on technology-related projects. He specialises in patent law and represents clients in litigation and non-litigious matters. He regularly advises on technology-driven transactions which often revolve around the allocation and exploitation of intellectual property. In this context, Markus’s clients also benefit from his competition, antitrust and distribution law expertise.

Markus has successfully handled more than 100 licensing, settlement and other IP agreements and on an ongoing basis, he also advises his clients on legal issues related to product piracy, trade secrets and inventions by employees. He is particularly well known for his work enforcing intellectual property rights which he does on a national as well as international level and before courts and in arbitration proceedings. His clients include multinational groups but also medium-sized companies and start-ups.

Markus has been an intellectual property partner since 2007. Prior to joining CMS, he was a partner at Linklaters and its predecessors (since 1998) where he had been a member of the firm's intellectual property group since 1989. Markus Deck is co-author of the "Münchener Anwaltshandbuch” and the De Gruyter commentary on the German Law on the Protection of Trade Secrets.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising and representing Nanya Corporation in patent infringement proceedings with regards to patents in the field of semiconductor memory technology that are standard-essential as well as enforcing patent licences in the case of insolvency of the licensor
  • Providing cross-border advice to the insolvency administrator of Karmann GmbH on selling individual business units and on the necessary structuring and exploitation of a comprehensive IP portfolio; developing a licensing structure for the different (prospective) buyers
  • Lead advisor on multinational patent infringement proceedings for Otis Elevator Company, in particular coordinating the proceedings with the lawyers involved in different European countries as well as in the USA plus handling numerous German patent infringement proceedings including invalidity proceedings

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Memberships & Roles

  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

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Publications

  • Muenchener Anwaltshandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, 6. Aufl., C. H. Beck Verlag 2022
  • Hoeren / Muenker (Hrsg.), Gesetz zum Schutz von Geschaeftsgeheimnissen, De Gruyter Kommentar, 2021

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Lectures list

  • Regular presentations for the Forum Institut for Management in the area of IP.

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Education

  • 1992: Second state examination in law, following trainee lawyer period in Cologne and Chicago (Katten, Muchin & Zavis)
  • 1989 - 1992: Part-time work with Boden Oppenhoff’s intellectual property group
  • 1988: Master of Comparative Jurisprudence, University of Texas, Austin
  • 1986 - 1987: Research assistant at Cologne University’s Institute of Foreign Private and Private International Law
  • 1986: First state examination in law
  • Law studies in Cologne and Geneva

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23/10/2022
ACC An­nu­al Meet­ing
CMS - Meet our ex­perts at booth #233 More than 70 per­cent of the world’s pur­chas­ing power is loc­ated out­side of the United States. So for US com­pan­ies, es­tab­lish­ing or grow­ing their busi­ness and in­vest­ments with their main trade part­ners – wheth­er in the UK, the European Uni­on, China, Africa or the Middle East – is es­sen­tial for their suc­cess.However, do­ing busi­ness in di­verse mar­kets, each with its unique leg­al en­vir­on­ment and ways of prac­ti­cing law, re­quires spe­cial­ist know­ledge. Our more than 5,000 law­yers world­wide provide busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice, wheth­er in a single mar­ket or across mul­tiple jur­is­dic­tions. Our fo­cus is on build­ing long-term part­ner­ships to keep our cli­ents ahead in their chosen mar­kets.CMS is pleased to be spon­sor­ing the As­so­ci­ation of Cor­por­ate Coun­sel (ACC) An­nu­al Meet­ing from 23 - 26 Oc­to­ber in Las Ve­gas (NV). Be­low you can find an over­view of our part­ners at­tend­ing the ACC an­nu­al meet­ing, rep­res­ent­ing a range of jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tor spe­cial­isms . To ar­range a meet­ing, please con­tact events@cmsleg­al.com or vis­it us at booth #233.CMS law­yers will be par­ti­cip­at­ing in the fol­low­ing pan­el dis­cus­sions:UK-based Part­ner and Head of the CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Group Mu­nir Has­san -  “Are you an En­ergy Law­yer? How En­ergy touches Every Busi­ness”CMS Bel­gi­um Part­ner Soph­ie Berg -  “In­ter­pret­ing the EU Whis­tleblower Dir­ect­ive: Key Steps to En­sure Com­pli­ance”.For more in­form­a­tion about the ACC An­nu­al meet­ing and the pro­gramme, please vis­it their web­site here.To find out more about CMS, vis­it the About CMS sec­tion.For fur­ther in­form­a­tion, please see our part­ners at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence in the gal­lery be­low and an over­view of all our ex­pert­ise areas.
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