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Klaus Pateter

Attorney-at-Law for Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMC), Intellectual Property, Digitization & Start-ups

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna
Languages German, English


Klaus Pateter is an attorney-at-law for Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMC), Intellectual Property, Digitization & Start-ups.

In addition, he represents clients in court disputes and before authorities, especially in the areas of medical technology, software development, licensing, IT outsourcing & data protection.

Klaus Pateter also specialises in advising tech start-ups during all growth phases. He leads the start-up group of CMS Austria and coordinates equIP, CMS's renowned legal accelerator for tech start-ups.


His clients include technology companies from various industries, including healthcare, FinTech, blockchain, online platforms, crowdfunding, data analytics and software engineering, as well as technology start-ups and investors.

Professional Experience/Education

Klaus Pateter has extensive experience in the areas of IT & IP law, data protection, corporate law/M&A, venture capital and insolvency law from his many years of work in a renowned law firm in Graz.

Prior to this, he worked for more than three years as an assistant at the Institute for Civil Procedure Law and Insolvency Law at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, where he taught insolvency law as well as Austrian and international civil procedure law.

In 2018 Klaus Pateter completed a master’s in law (LLM) at the renowned Columbia Law School in New York City and successfully passed the New York Bar Exam.

Publications and articles

Klaus Pateter is the author of numerous articles on IP/IT law and insolvency law. Most recently, he published a comprehensive work on the crisis-specific warning obligations of lawyers, notaries, auditors and management consultants.

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  • 2018 - Master of Laws (Columbia Law School, New York)
  • 2016 - Doctor Iuris (University Graz)
  • 2009 - Magister Iuris (University Graz)
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  • European Legal Technology Association
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  • CMS Expert Guide to autonomous vehicles (AVs), May 2020
  • CMS Expert Guide to STO regulation and law, April 2020
  • The new registration requirement for companies offering virtual currency services: Another obstacle or acceptance at last?, CMS Law-Now 20.12.2019 (together with Martin Rainer)
  • Höchstgericht rettet Crowdinvesting, diePresse 25.09.2017 (gemeinsam mit Mag. Elisabeth Pirker)
  • Unterlassungsexekution gegen juristische Personen – Zur Verhängung von Haftstrafen gegen Organwalter, Jahrbuch Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht sowie Exekutionsrecht 2017, 399-410 (gemeinsam mit Mag. Philipp Wieser)
  • Gedanken zu Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden der verbotenen Einlagenrückgewähr, der Insolvenzanfechtung und des Eigenkapitalersatzrechts, Jahrbuch Insolvenzrecht und Sanierungsrecht 2016, 259-289 (gemeinsam mit Dr. Bernhard Astner und Mag. Walter Hermann)
  • Zur Rechtsnatur der Nachrangabrede, ZIK 2015, 217-221, (gemeinsam mit Mag. Elisabeth Pirker)
  • Entscheidungsbesprechung zu OGH 21.10.2014, 4 Ob 140/14p (Zur Haftung von Dienstanbietern für Urheberrechtsverletzungen), MR 2015, 35-36 (gemeinsam mit Mag. Katharina Uhl)
  • Arbeitsverhältnisse in der Insolvenz – Die aktuelle Rechtslage in Österreich, ZInsO 2013, 1820-1834 (gemeinsam mit Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bettina Nunner-Krautgasser)
  • Der Begriff des gewöhnlichen Arbeitsortes im europäischen Zivil- und Zivilverfahrensrecht - Die Rechtsstellung von wirtschaftlich, sozial und gesellschaftlich benachteiligten Personen im europäischen, internationalen und nationalen Zivilverfahrensrecht: Tagungsband der 2. Österreichischen Assistententagung zum Zivil- und Zivilverfahrensrecht der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 139-156
  • Die Rechtsstellung des Arbeitnehmers im europäischen Zuständigkeits- und Kollisionsrecht, JAP 2011, 95-99
  • Die Neuregelungen über Verträge im österreichischen Insolvenzrecht, ZInsO 2011, 2068-2076 (gemeinsam mit Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bettina Nunner-Krautgasser)
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Lectures list

  • Die EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung – Eckpunkte und wichtige Neuerungen, 2017 (kanzleiinterner Vortrag für Klientinnen und Klienten)
  • Lehrveranstaltung: Die rechtliche Strukturierung und Finanzierung von Startups und Spin-Offs, Zentrum für Unternehmensführung und Entrepreneurship, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2015-2017 (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ullrich Saurer)
  • „So sicher, wie ein Sparbuch!“ – Aktuelle Entscheidungen zur Anlageberaterhaftung und Erfahrungen aus der anwaltlichen Praxis, Finance Club Graz, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2017 (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ullrich Saurer)
  • Datenschutz als Wettbewerbsfaktor, WK Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, 2016 (gemeinsam mit Mag. Katharina Uhl)
  • Innovative Finanzierungsinstrumente für Start-Ups, Finance Club Graz, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2015 (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ullrich Saurer, Mag. Erhard Lausegger und Dr. Matthias Ruhri)
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IP and IT li­cences in the crisis
Due to COV­ID-19, com­pan­ies are con­fron­ted with per­form­ance delays and pay­ment de­faults. We help you out of the crisis!
21 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to autonom­ous vehicles (AVs)
This CMS Ex­pert Guide brings to­geth­er ana­lys­is from leg­al ex­perts across our in­ter­na­tion­al net­work on the leg­al re­quire­ments that must be ob­served for test­ing and us­ing AVs at dif­fer­ent levels of auto­ma­tion.
30 September 2020
AVCO Di­git­al Round Table #3
AVCO is in­vit­ing you to the third round table dis­cus­sion deal­ing with cur­rent top­ics of the Private Equity and Ven­ture Cap­it­al In­dustry. The event is powered by CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz Recht­san­wälte GmbH.
20 December 2019
The new re­gis­tra­tion re­quire­ment for com­pan­ies of­fer­ing vir­tu­al cur­rency...
From 2020, di­git­al cur­ren­cies will be in­cluded in the European sys­tem for pre­vent­ing money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ist fin­an­cing. Com­pan­ies of­fer­ing vir­tu­al cur­rency ser­vices will thus be­come sub­ject to...
Di­git­al Form­a­tion of LLCs (GmbH) in Aus­tria
Set­ting up a com­pany in Aus­tria (es­pe­cially as a non-res­id­ent) re­quires sign­ing the art­icles of as­so­ci­ation in the form of a not­ari­al deed.
19 August 2019
Big data ana­lyt­ics means big bucks for es­ports
25 June 2019
AI in Life Sci­ences
At CMS, we have many law­yers in many coun­tries think­ing about the in­creas­ing im­pact of AI on the life sci­ences leg­al land­scape. Rather than keep these thoughts to ourselves, we thought we would share some of them with you. Get in touch!
Klaus Pat­eter pro­moted to at­tor­ney-at-law at CMS
30/04/2019 I CMS Vi­enna is proud to wel­come Klaus Pat­eter as a Law­yer at CMS . Please find more in­form­a­tion here.
Im­pact of Brexit on data trans­fers between the EU and the UK
CMS ex­plains what ac­tion needs to be taken on data trans­fer and what com­pan­ies need to pay at­ten­tion to. Read more here ✓