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Prof. Dr. Matthias Eck


CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Languages English, French, Spanish, German

Matthias Eck advises German and international clients on all intellectual property and unfair competition law matters. He focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and competition law, advises on and negotiates research, development, licence and cooperation agreements and also represents his clients in infringement proceedings. Matthias has special sector expertise and regularly works for companies in the automotive, mechanical engineering, medical technology and media (print and digital) industries as well as for marketing and advertising clients. His practice also includes protection of known-how and industrial espionage cases.

Matthias joined CMS in 1992 and became a partner in 1996. He is a honorary professor in intellectual property and competition law at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, deputy chairman of the southwest division of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and also a member of GRUR‘s Specialist Committee for Trademark and Competition Law and for Utility Model Law. Furthermore, he is the author of numerous publications on intellectual property and competition law.

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Memberships & Roles

  • Deputy chairman of the southwest division of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Specialist Committee for Trademark and Competition Law and for Utility Model Law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • LES (Licensing Executives Society), international association of licensing and technology transfer experts
  • AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • EPLA (European Patent Law Association)
  • VPP (German Association of Intellectual Property Experts)
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  • Competition Rules, Doing Business in Europe, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr. Harald Kahlenberg)
  • Industrial and Intellectual Property, Doing Business in Europe, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr. Klaus Ikas)
  • Anwaltshandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, 3. Auflage, Vergleichende Werbung 2005
  • Handbuch des Wettbewerbsrecht (Gloy), München, 3. Auflage, Unlautere Ausnutzung fremder Leistung 2005
  • Landesgewerbeamt, US Markenrecht 2004
  • Auch Internet kennt Datenschutz, Magazin Wirtschaft 2000
  • Vergleichen Sie!, Kommentierung der neuesten BGH-Rechtsprechung zur vergleichenden Werbung, WRP 1999
  • Neue Grenzen vergleichender Werbung. Zur Auslegung und Anwendung der Richtlinien 97/55/EG vom 6. Oktober 1997, WRP 1999
  • Vergleichende Werbung, Neue Chancen zu kommunizieren, IHK Magazin Wirtschaft 1999
  • Competition Rules, CCH, Doing Business in Germany, 1999
  • Industrial and Intellectual Property, CCH, Doing Business in Germany, 1999
  • Rechtswirkungen von Set-Anmeldungen mit gegenwärtigen und künftigen Recht, GRUR 1998
  • Betriebsspionage endet vor dem Strafrichter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 1997
  • Design und Recht, md-Möbel Interior Design 1995
  • Das neue spanische Aktienrecht, AG 1990, p. 481 ff
  • Neue Wege zum Schutz der Formgebung (Köln, Berlin, Bonn, München) 1989
  • Rechtliche Hemmnisse der Kooperation zwischen Hochschulen und Wirtschaft; Püttner/Mittag, Personalrecht/Beamtenrecht 1989
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  • 2012: Appointed as honorary professor in intellectual property and competition law at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2004: Lecturer in intellectual property and competition law at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg
  • 1992: PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich
  • 1991: Admitted as a lawyer
  • 1989 Assistent professor at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
  • 1989: Second state examination in law
  • 1986: First state examination in law
  • Law studies in Munich and Tübingen
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