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Philippe Heinzke, LL.M.


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

Philippe specializes in IP and data protection law.

His practice focuses on legal advise in the technical field. He advises on the protection of intellectual property, with a particular focus on licensing and patent law. He has negotiated and successfully concluded numerous project, license and software agreements. His clients include international corporations and medium-sized companies, whom he advises on legal issues relating to copyright, secrecy law and projects in difficulties. As team member of the CMS equIP program, he also works with selected start-ups.

Philippe is an expert in Open Source law. He has analyzed over a hundred open source licenses, works closely with IT partners to identify open source software and is the contact person at CMS for Open Chain, a standard to foster open source compliance in companies. In the event of infringements of open source licenses, he develops solution strategies and represents clients in and out of court in cases of disputes.

Philippe has extensive knowledge of the GDPR and represents clients before data protection authorities and in court. He is widely experienced in negotiating complex data protection agreements, especially in the structuring of data flows in global corporations. Further areas of his expertise are the implementation of business processes, IT systems and websites in compliance with data protection regulations as well as employee data protection.

Philippe joined CMS in 2013 and was seconded to the IT outsourcing department at Hewlett Packard Enterprises in 2015. Prior to joining CMS, he worked in multiple IT companies at the interface between technology and law, most recently as a software developer.

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Leading lawyer for IT law and contract law

Kanzleimonitor 2020, 2021

Listed as top 100 lawyer

Kanzleimonitor 2020, 2021

„verhandelt souverän, professionell und lösungsorientiert“

Mandant, internationaler Technologiekonzern, 2020

Recommended lawyer for IT law

Kanzleimonitor 2019, 2020

„exzellente Unterstützung“

Mandant, globales Technologieunternehmen, 2019

"very experienced in IT and data protection"

Mandant, IT-Start-up, 2018

„immer zuverlässig“

Mandant, internationaler Mischkonzern, 2018

Memberships & Roles

  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) - Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V. (German member society of LESI)
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  • Kein Anspruch auf Schadensersatz bei entgeltfreier Lizenzierung, Grur-Prax, Heft 02/2021, p. 53
  • Schrems II: Neue Anforderungen an den Transfer personenbezogener Daten in Drittlaender, Grur-Prax, Heft 19/2020, S. 436 ff.
  • Kennzeichenrechtliche Haftung des Werbenden bei Adword-Anzeigen, Grur-Prax, Heft 15/2020, S. 338
  • Datenverarbeitung zur Vertragserfuellung – Anforderungen und Grenzen, ZD, Heft 4/2020, p. 189 seqq.
  • Recht auf Auslistung von Treffern aus Suchmaschinen, GRUR-Prax, issue 24/2019, p. 545 et seqq.
  • Open-Source-Software in Webapps, CR, issue 11/2019, p. 697 seqq.
  • Zum Recht auf Vergessenwerden nach Art. 17 DS-GVO, GRUR-Prax, issue 16-17/2019
  • Der Schutz von Geschaeftsmodellen, Legal Management of Innovation, 2018, p. 136 et seqq., co-authors: Markus Deck and Paetrick Sakowski
  • Kein Anspruch auf Schadensersatz bei GPL-Verletzung, GRUR-Prax, issue 18/2017
  • Abwägung beim Recht auf Vergessenwerden, GRUR-Prax, issue 15/2017
  • Beweislast beim Recht auf Vergessenwerden, GRUR-Prax, issue 09/2017
  • Open-Source-Compliance, CCZ, issue 2/2017, p. 56 et seqq.
  • Softwarelizenzierung mit Creative-Commons-Lizenzen?, CR issue 3/2017, p. 148 et seqq.
  • Unterscheidungskraft durch ungewoehnliche Verkuerzung, GRUR-Prax, issue 21/2016
  • Die Richtlinie zum Schutz von Geschaeftsgeheimnissen, CCZ, issue 4/2016
  • Juristische Fallstricke beim Open-Source-Einsatz im Unternehmen, iX Magazin für professionelle Informationstechnik, iX Special 2016 - Open Source im Unternehmen
  • Vergiss mich: Das Recht auf Loeschung von Suchergebnissen, GRUR-Prax, issue 06/2015, co-author: Jan Freialdenhoven
  • Tell-a-Friend – Ist Online-Empfehlungswerbung noch empfehlenswert?, Kultur & Recht, issue 12/2014
  • Eingesammelt und ausgewertet – was man beim Social-Media Monitoring beachten muss, iX Magazin für professionelle Informationstechnik, issue 06/2014
  • E-Mail Weiterempfehlungen als Werbung? Warum die aktuelle Rechtsprechung des BGH nicht ueberrascht., IP-Update, issue 03/2014
  • Author of various contributions to the CMS Blog and Lexology
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Lectures list

  • "Update IT- und Datenschutzrecht", SThree Executive Event, 25.02.2021
  • "Der Schutz von Geschaeftsmodellen", Startplatz Accelerator, 05.02.2021
  • "The Protection of Business Models", Startplatz Duesseldorf, 11.08.2020
  • "Key Note: Das Loeschen im Datenschutzrecht", Information Day GDPR, 06.02.2020, Stuttgart
  • "Datenschutz für chinesische Unternehmen", Roadshow Datenschutz für chinesische Unternehmen, Duesseldorf, 05.06.2019
  • "Open Source Compliance", SThree, Duesseldorf, 22.05.2019
  • "Impulsvortrag 'Open Source Compliance'", Coaching Day des Berufsverbands der Compliance Manager (BCM), Duesseldorf, 19.10.2018
  • "Herausforderung Open Source Compliance", Computerfutures, Duesseldorf, 18.01.2018
  • "Herausforderungen durch Digitalisierung", Commercial Roadshow, Duesseldorf, 17/11/2016
  • "Open Source – Freie Software für alle?", Compliance Roadshow, Duesseldorf, 02/11/2016
  • "Know-how-Schutz: Neuerungen. Risiken. Loesungen.", Know-how-Schutz im Unternehmen, Duesseldorf, 07/09/2016
  • "Datenkrake Internet – Warum Sie das Netz (nicht) vergisst", IP-Tea 1/2015, Duesseldorf
  • "Big Data – bigger legal problems?", Bitkom BigData Summit 2014, Hanau
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  • 2014: LL.M in Media Law
  • 2013: Second state examination in law and admitted as a qualified German lawyer
  • 2012: Degree (Diplom Sozialwirt) in business studies, business psychology and sociology
  • 2010: First state examination in law
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