Michael Horak, LL.M.
Certified Intellectual Property Law Specialist
Certified Copyright and Media Law Specialist
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Born in 1967; studied law and electrical engineering in Stuttgart, Erlangen and Hannover; 1994 graduated in electrical engineering (main focus on computer science and message processing, seminar paper regarding “analysis and modeling of integrated circuits for image processing“; work of thesis entitled „construction techniques for integrated systems“); from 1995 to 1998 associate at the patent law office; 1996 first state legal examination; 1997/1998 associate at international law offices as Freshfields (Hamburg), Gleiss Lutz (Stuttgart) and Clifford Chance (London); 1997 to 1998 second state legal examination (internationally recognized as a degree in law);1998 to 2002 associate at Ritter, Gross & Partner; 1999 LL.M. (Master of Laws); specialization: “European Management and Employment Law” at the University of Leicester (England); 1998/2003 publications: “Environmental protection and competition”, in EUDUR, Prof. Rengeling, ed.); 2000 advising engineer of the Chamber of Engineers in Lower Saxony; 2003 partner at the Law Firm Horak Attorneys at Law; sworn interpreter/translator for courts and notaries in Hannover district (English).
Admitted to Local Court and Regional Court of Hannover, also admitted to the Regional Appeal Court of Celle, licensed to practice in German local and regional courts, with the exception of matters for a civil court. Representative of the German patent and trademark department, of the Federal Patent Court, European office for Harmonization for trademarks, such as the International Bureau of WIPO, Domain-name arbitration court and numerous other offices and courts. Certified specialist for intellectual property law since 07/2006.
President of the Preliminary Examination Committee for certified specialist Lawyers in the main areas of legal protection of bar associations in Braunschweig, Oldeburg, and Cell, from the implementation of lawyers for industrial property rights protection, in 2006. Certified specialist for copyright and media law since 2012. University lecturer for higher education institutions (two colleges and one university) in industrial property rights protection and IT-rights.
Numerous technical publications in trade journals regarding commercial property rights protection, author and media rights, IT-rights, competition and antitrust law.
Member of International Bar Association; Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung, Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristenvereinigung; Amerikanische Vereinigung zum gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (AIPLA); Arbeitsgemeinschaft Informationstechnologie des DAV; Gewerblicher Rechtschutz und Urheberrecht e.V. (GRUR); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik e.V. (DGRI e.V.); Verband deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE); Vereinigung von Fachleuten des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP e.V), Marques , International Trademark Association (INTA), European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), Licensing Executives Society (LES).
Since 01.07.2006 member and chairman of the expert committee for industrial property rights of the bar associations of Celle, Braunschweig and Oldenburg.
Industrial property rights (patents, trademarks, copyrights, domains etc.):
Domain law, domain name law
Utility Model Law
Design patent law
Competition and antitrust law
Merger control procedure
Public procurement law
Law of technology (including data processing, energy, internet, telecommunications)
IT law (including computer law, software law, data protection law)
Energy law (in particular energy industry law and energy cartel law)
Internet law/ Online law
Law of technical standards
Building law, engineering law, architectural law
copyright (moral rights, exploitation rights, rights of use and neighbouring rights) and media law
Artists’ contract law
Pharmaceutical legislation and food law
Tax law and commercial criminal law (with reference to the above-mentioned areas of law)