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The commercialisation and professionalisation of sport has made questions of sports law increasingly more relevant. For you - as an individual athlete or an association, agency, sports company, club or media company - it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect or enforce your rights and interests without outside help.

We can draw on many years of experience in all areas of sports law: Our experts can provide competent legal advice when it comes to drafting and negotiating contracts, enforcing claims in court or marketing sports rights and developing innovative marketing concept.

Sport is big business: Many of the parties involved have conflicting interests in this area, interests which they also wish to uphold. Sports law balance these different interests and provide the legal framework in which the stakeholders can resolve their conflicts. Experts well versed in sports law, assisted by the expertise of worldwide 3,000 CMS lawyers from other practice areas, will advise you in your legal matter, ensuring you receive cross-sectoral and cross-practice support for your concern.

We support sports clubs, sports-related limited companies and individual athletes, planning and arranging sports events and also helping them to protect their rights vis a vis their contractual partners. Moreover, we advise copyright holders on the protection of intellectual property rights and copyright. We can assist you in sports rights marketing area, whether your concern is sports broadcasting contracts, the centralised marketing of sports events by associations, or sports equipment and sponsorship contracts.


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03/11/2022
5 things you need to know about the DSA in less than 10 minutes!
Oc­to­ber fin­ished with the long-awaited ad­op­tion and pub­lic­a­tion (on the 27th) of the Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA). Al­low us to de­mys­ti­fy the key points of the DSA for you. The DSA is a new leg­al frame­work...
02/11/2022
Of­com changes its ap­proach to net neut­ral­ity: how the UK might spear­head...
Over the course of the last 12 months, a num­ber of im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in net neut­ral­ity have taken place at EU level: cer­tain pre­lim­in­ary rul­ings res­ul­ted in the European body of telco reg­u­lat­or...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
05/09/2022
Ger­man de­cision may (not) ex­clude US sub­si­di­ar­ies with cloud pro­viders...
In a con­tro­ver­sial data-pro­tec­tion de­cision that has been the sub­ject of crit­ic­al dis­cus­sions, on 13 Ju­ly 2022 the Baden-Württem­berg Pro­cure­ment Cham­ber (Ref. 1 VK 23/22) ruled that even the pos­sib­il­ity...
04/05/2022
More de­tail has be­come avail­able about how to as­sess pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19. A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has ap­plied...
23/03/2022
To file or not to file? Trade mark pro­tec­tion in the meta­verse
Wheth­er you’re fa­mil­i­ar with the term or hear­ing it for the first time, many glob­al brands have be­gun to con­sider the im­plic­a­tions that the meta­verse might have on their IP. There are, seem­ingly, bound­less...
26/01/2022
Res­ults of IoT Sec­tor In­quiry out: Com­mis­sion con­firms con­cerns, con­siders...
1. In­tro­duc­tion On 20 Janu­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Fi­nal Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry, which it launched in 2020 (see press re­lease...
18/01/2022
The Road to the (Autonom­ous) Fu­ture
It is no longer pos­sible to dis­cuss the fu­ture of trans­port without the ques­tion of autono­ma­tion be­ing raised. The ques­tion of ‘how long’ un­til Autonom­ous Vehicle (AV) de­ploy­ment be­comes a real­ity...
10/11/2021
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
22/09/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” part 2 – France, Ger­many...
In May 2021, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands pub­lished a non-pa­per with pro­pos­als to im­prove the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). In this pa­per, the three mem­ber states, which refer to them­selves as “Friends...
30/07/2021
EDPB is­sues draft Guidelines on codes of con­duct for data trans­fers
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) is­sued its draft Guidelines 04/2021 on the codes of con­duct to be used as a tool for fa­cil­it­at­ing data trans­fers. These guidelines are the second in a series...