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Dirk Spacek

Dr Dirk Spacek, LL.M.


CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Dreikönigstrasse 7
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Languages German, English, French, Spanish

Dirk Spacek is partner and in charge of the practice groups TMC and IP. He primarily deals with new business models arising in the media-, internet- and technology(IT)-sector, data protection and intellectual property law.

Dirk Spacek mainly advises clients from the media, technology, industry and financial services sectors on technology-related legal matters, in particular IT-contract law, outsourcing, data protection, Internet of Things (IoT), patent research and compatibility cooperations and traditional intellectual property law. Dirk conducts advisory, transactional and contentious work. He specialized early with a dissertation in intellectual property law on the subject of "Protection of TV Formats" ("Schutz von TV-Formaten") and was admitted to the Swiss bar in 2009. He then gained many years of experience in large, prestigious law firms and as an in-house lawyer during multiple in-house secondments.

As a member of the "Commercial" Practice Area Group, Dirk Spacek also advises clients on commercial law matters, e.g. drafting tailored licence, purchase, service and distribution agreements as well as terms and conditions for computer and internet-based business models and technology joint ventures.

Dirk Spacek regularly publishes on current issues in the TMC and IP field. He is co-chair of the Interactive Media and Entertainment Law Committee of ITechLaw Association where he is regularly present on an international level. Due to his earlier experiences as a musician in various music groups, he is also familiar with contracts from the entertainment industry and occasionally works on a pro bono basis.

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Relevant experience

  • Negotiation of multi-jurisdictional, global BPO outsourcing for a major international corporation, and splitting of the same set of agreements as part of subsequent restructuring with a total contract value of 200 million Euro.
  • Negotiation of several large IT system integration contracts for a digital payment services provider (API technology).
  • Handling a compatibility patent legal proceeding in the medical technology sector before the Zurich Commercial Court.
  • Execution and coordination of nationwide copyright and trademark anti-piracy measures and legal proceedings for a foreign home electronics corporation.
  • Advising on copyright and telecommunications law for a foreign broadcaster on internet-based re-transmission of radio programmes in Switzerland (streaming).
  • Advising a global motor corporation on legally compliant implementation of SIM card-based infotainment offers in vehicles (M2M technology).
  • Support of data protection compliance programmes in the context of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) with focus „Corporate Media, Communications & Technology Policy (IP/IT)“ at Columbia University in New York (USA) (2012)
  • Swiss Bar Admission Zürich (2009)
  • PhD/Doctorate in intellectual property and media licensing law, Dr.iur., University of Zurich (2005)
  • J.D. (lic.iur.), University of Zurich (2002)
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  • International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), Co-Chair Interactive Media and Entertainment Law Committee.
  • Licensing Executive Society (LES).
  • Institute for Intellectual Property Law (INGRES).
  • German Society for Information Technology Law (DGRI).
  • Swiss ICT-Association.
  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL).
  • Swiss and Zurich Bar Association.
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  • Multimedia & trademarks – old or new rules for the digital world? The Trademark Lawyer, August 2019
  • Copyright 2019 (Switzerland), Lexology Getting the Deal Through, July 2019
  • The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer Comparative Legal Guide Switzerland: Intellectual Property (3rd edition), July 2019
  • Swiss Patent News: Spiral watch springs for mechanical watches - Law-Now article, 28 June 2019
  • Wer sich alles gefallen lässt, verwässert in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung - Interview for Fokus - Top Wirtschaftsstandort Schweiz, Smart Media, June 2019
  • Big Data und künstzliche Intelligenz - Chancen und Herausforderungen für Versicherer - Datenschutzrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen, CMS Insurance Breakfast, Au Premier, 29 May 2019 (https://cms.law/de/CHE/Publication/Big-Data-und-kuenstliche-Intelligenz-Chancen-und-Herausforderungen-fuer-Versicherer)
  • Switzerland set to pass a revision of its federal copyright act - Law-Now article (together with Sergej Schenker), 20 May 2019
  • M&A-Transaktionen im Lichte des neuen Datenschutzrechts - Fallstricke und Handlungsempfehlungen, CMS M&A Breakfast 2019, Hotel Widder, 4 April 2019 (https://cms.law/de/CHE/Publication/M-A-Transaktionen-im-Lichte-des-neuen-Datenschutzrechts
  • Data Protection and IT – Most important principles for enterprises, in: Andri Obrist (editor), WEKA, edition 01, March 2019, Data Protection for Swiss Companies and Institutions, 7-9
  • Copyright 2018 – Chapter Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, 10. August 2018, 66-71 (https://gettingthedealthrough.com/area/6/copyright/)
  • Personalisierte Medien und Unterhaltung, Diskussionsbeitrag in sic! Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter-, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht, Bern, 7+8/2018, 377, 1-18
  • Fintech-News: Updated FINMA-rules on video and online-identification (Fintech-News: Aktualisierte FINMA-Regeln zur Video- und Online-Identifizierung), in www.lexology.com, 16. Februar 2018 (https://www.lexology.com/library/ detail.aspx?g=1342c985-8188-4dc0-bebb-1f03af36b384)
  • Digital Influencer Marketing – Worldwide Legal Developments and Switzerland, Newsletter 119, Oktober 2017
  • Copyright 2017: Section Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, 1. August 2017, 78-83 (https://gettingthedealthrough.com/area/6/copyright/)
  • When are printer cartridges exhausted? A Swiss view on Impression Products vs. Lexmark International (Wann sind Druckerpatronen erschöpft? Eine Schweizer Betrachtung von Impression Products vs. Lexmark International) in: www.lexology.com, 24. Juli 2017 (https://www.lexology.com/library/ detail.aspx?g=bedaeeb4-1aa4-426b-b9fe-9573e6c08622)
  • Produktkompatibilität – Systemschutz durch Immaterialgüterrechte?, in: Mirina Grosz/Seraina Grünewald (Hrsg.), Recht und Wandel, Festschrift für Rolf H. Weber, Zürich, Basel, Genf 2016, 181-225
  • Online-Crowdfunding in Switzerland, in: International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (Hrsg.), IAEL-Yearbook 2016: The Monetization of the Global Music Business – from Creators to Major Industry, Holborn, London 2016, 262-280
  • Expert insight into Entertainment Law (Interview), in: Lawyer Monthly, 74/2016, 66-67
  • HTML5-Webdesign – Bald neue Rechtsfragen in der Schweiz? (Dirk Spacek) in: IT Magazine 03, Zürich 2014
  • Immaterialgüterrecht Schweiz (Jürg Simon/Dirk Spacek/Adrian Wyss), in: Alexander Vögele (Hrsg.), Geistiges Eigentum – Intellectual Property, München 2014, 1249 – 1263
  • M-WATCH vs. MOWATCH (fig.) - Trademark disputes among manufacturers and distributors: How the use requirement can play its jokes, (Dirk Spacek) in: www.lexology.com, 7. November 2013 (http://www.lexology.com/ library/detail.aspx?g =61a0bc7f-83a6-4c53-9fe6-0c1961704130)
  • BGE 119 II 51 – Cable News Networks Inc. (CNN) v. Société anonyme du Grand Casino Kommentar Bundesgerichtsentscheid BGE 119 II 51 in: Ivo Zuberbühler/Peter Münch/Matthias Schweizer/Marc Schwenninger (Hrsg.), Immaterialgüterrecht in kommentierten Leitentscheiden, Zürich 2015, 371 – 380
  • Online-Crowdfunding – Unterhaltungsindustrie und Start-up-Unternehmen im Umbruch? (Dirk Spacek), sic! 3, Berne 2013
  • Das Google Book Settlement (Dirk Spacek), in: sic!, Bern 2010, 196-208
  • Regional and comparative Law, Section Switzerland (Florian S. Jörg/Dirk Spacek), in: The International Lawyer, Summer 2008, Volume 42, Number 2, 1010 – 1014
  • Genossenschaftsrecht (Florian S. Jörg [in Zusammenarbeit mit Dirk Spacek]), in: Entwicklungen im Gesellschaftsrecht III, Peter V. Kunz/Florian S. Jörg/Oliver Arter (Hrsg.), Bern 2008, 213 – 292
  • Der Schutz innovativer Konzepte im Medienwettbewerb (Frank Lobigs/Gabriele Siegert/Rolf H. Weber/Dirk Spacek), Baden-Baden (Deutschland) 2006, 1-167
  • Schutz von TV-Formaten, eine rechtliche und ökonomische Betrachtung (Dirk Spacek), Dissertation Universität Zürich, Zentrum für Informations- und Kommunikationsrecht, Universität Zürich, Band 29, Zürich 2005, 1 – 276
  • Mehr Schutz für TV-Formate? (Frank Lobigs/Gabriele Siegert/Rolf H. Weber/Dirk Spacek), in Medien&Kommunikation, Hamburg (Deutschland) 2005, 93 – 119
  • Ausländische Werbefenster und Heimatschutz (Rolf H. Weber/Dirk Spacek), in: Medienheft Dossier, 21-28 Mai, Zürich 2004, 24-29
  • Mobilkommunikation im technischen, betriebswirtschaftlichen und rechtlichen Wandel (Dirk Spacek), Tagungsbericht des Schweizer Forums für Kommunikationsrecht am 9. März, 2004, in: sic!, Bern 2004, 457 – 460
  • Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für Forensic Computing (Rolf H. Weber/Dirk Spacek), in: Fachgruppe Security der Schweizer Informatikgesellschaft (Hrsg.), Forensic Computing, Zürich 2003, 19-65
  • Rechtsfragen rund um Suchmaschinen (Rolf H. Weber [in Zusammenarbeit mit Dirk Spacek]), Zentrum für Informations- und Kommunikationsrecht der Universität Zürich, Band 24, Zürich 2003, 1-173
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Lectures list

  • Blockchain in the Media- and Entertainment Industry, Fit or Mismatch? ITech-Association-Webinar, 16. November 2018
  • DSGVO – Gefahr für Patent- und Markenrechtskanzleien? Referat Sommeranlass, Verband Schweizer Patentanwälte, Vevey (VD), 24. August 2018
  • Personalisierte Medien und Unterhaltung, Referat zur 11. Tagung zum Datenschutz – Jüngste Entwicklungen, LakeSide Zürichhorn, 25. Januar 2018
  • Big Data – Neue rechtliche Herausforderungen? Referat an der ICMFITS-Tagung, HWZ Zürich, Zürich 17. September 2015
  • "Forgetting or remembering" – Wohin steuert die Schweizer Kommunikationsbranche nach Google - Spain (EuGH-Rs. C-131/12)?, Referat an der Fachgruppe IT des ZAV bei Walder Wyss AG, Zürich, 20. Januar 2015 sowie Podiumsdiskussionsleitung mit Prof. Rolf H. Weber (Prof. Universität Zürich), Patrick Dehmer (General Counsel Swisscom Schweiz AG) und Barbara Lehman (Regulatory Expert, SFDRS Schweiz)
  • Urheberrecht für Museen, Einführung und praktische Fallstudien (Dirk Spacek), Präsentation an der Konferenz der Swiss and International Association of Museums (VMS/ICOM) zu "Museen und Recht" an der ETHZ, 6. Mai, 20
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