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Prof. Dr. Peter Ruess LL.M.

  • Attorney-at-Law (admitted in Germany)
  • Bar-Certified Specialist Attorney for Intellectual Property Law
  • Partner
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Professor Dr. Peter Ruess LL.M. IP (GWU, Washington DC) is one of the firm’s partners. He specialises in intellectual property law and, in particular, trademark and unfair competition law.

 

The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms continues to highly recommends the “very present and precise” and “professionally excellent” Peter Ruess for trademark and unfair competiton law (quotes: “innovative, eloquent”, “expertise with contracts, clear and fast advice”, “very high level”, “high expertise, fast, good and service-oriented, has a knack for things, commercial understanding”,”accomplished lawyer with an eye for details”). He is also annually featured in worldwide ranking WTR 1000 (sample quotes: “a fine litigator”, ” brilliant client service”, “dab hand on cross-border matters”, “brilliant all-rounder, he gives his clients truly business-orientated advice”, “cutting-edge practitioner who provides top level advice”). Peter Ruess has, according to WTR, “the capacity to profoundly analyse matters and then simplify his analysis into a very convincing argument – a combination that is difficult to find.” He has been voted by his peers into the Best Lawyers Ranking. Who is Who Legal recommends Peter Ruess as a “talented litigator”, “very knowledgeable lawyer”and commends him for his “drive and dedication”, noting that peers praise him for his “pioneering work” in online matters. Chambers  carries him as “very solid with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.” Legal 500 calls him “renowned”.

 

The firm’s trademark practice is considered to be among the top 1000 worldwide by WTR 1000. ARNOLD RUESS is also listed for trademark and design law in “Germany’s Top Attorneys”, a ranking published by the news magazine FOCUS, in Chambers Europe 2014 (“a respected player”), Legal 500, Leader’s League and in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Ranking.

ARNOLD RUESS is JUVE law firm of the year for IP 2019 in Germany.

  • Born 1974 in Frankfurt/Main, married, two children
  • Law and business administration studies at Bayreuth University, Vienna (Business University of Vienna)
  • Doctoral Thesis (S.J.D. equivalent) in unfair competition law
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law (GWU), Thelma Weaver Memorial Award Recipient 2005
  • Legal Intern with Hon. Randall R. Rader, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington DC
  • Since 2010: Professor of Law with International School of Management, Dortmund and Frankfurt/Main
  • Professional experience: 2000 – 2002 Assistant Lecturer; 2002 – 2004 Lecturer, University of Bayreuth; 2005 – 2010 Attorney-at-Law (Principal Associate) with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf; since 2010 partner with ARNOLD RUESS; Bar-Certified Specialist Attorney for Intellectual Property Law since 2008
  • Languages: German, English, French
  • Advising Fortune 500 food manufacturer on product launches, advertising campaigns and strategic IP issues
  • Enforcing trademark rights for DAX 30 corporation
  • Drafting license agreements for several leading trademark owners, e.g. a luxury fashion label and an internationally known automobile brand
  • In-depth experience in coordinating IP issues in M&A transactions, recently in two deals in the telecommunication business and one deal in the publishing business
  • Successful litigation regarding fundamental advertising issues for tobacco business client (until Federal Supreme Court)
  • Participation in German key case on internet provider liability
  • Continued strategic IP advice for e.g. a global leading consumers goods group, a market leader for game consoles etc.
  • 27th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “On red Soles – Is the notion of ‘shape’ limited to three-dimensional properties?” (2019)
  • Europäische Rechtsakademie (ERA), Trier: “Exhaustion of trade mark rights, branding and rebranding” (2019)
  • 26th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Cross-Border-Strategies in EU-Litigation: Why national marks might be on the rise again to protect a cross and why” (2018)
  • 5th World IP Forum, Dubai: “Trademark Litigation in Germany” (2018)
  • DWG Workshop Recht und Marktkommunikation, Dortmund: “Rechtliche Grundlagen der Marktkommunikation” (2017)
  • European Congress on Coffee Capsules, Deutscher Kaffeeverband e.V., Berlin: “Capsules and the Law – Current Observations on a much-observed issue” (2017)
  • 25th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Recent Case Law on Armorial Bearings – how to protect a cross and why” (2017)
  • Universität Bayreuth: “Workshop Intellectual Property” (2017)
  • Kaffeekapsel-Kongress 2016, Deutscher Kaffeeverband e.V., Hamburg – “Patente, Marken und Muster – berechtigter Schutz oder Verhinderung des freien Wettbewerbs?” (2016)
  • Hochschule RheinMain, Wiesbaden: “Gewerbliche Schutzrechte und ihre Anwendung am Beispiel des “Kaffeekapselkriegs” (2016)
  • 24th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Cross-Over Collision in Trademark Law: Infringing a word by pictures or shapes?” (2016)
  • AIPLA Midwinter Institute, La Quinta, CA: “Making The Opponent Pick Up the Tab? Changes and limits in Major EU Countries” (2016)
  • 23rd Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Cambridge: “Trademark Rights and the Individual – new rules after ECJ’s Blomqvist v. Rolex decision?” (2015)
  • C5 Trademark Litigation Forum, Bruxelles: “Brand Wars and Look-Alikes” (2015)
  • 22nd Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Recent Developments in EU Trademark Law” (2014)
  • ISM Symposium, Dortmund: “Social Media – Rechtsfreier Raum?” (2014)
  • 21st Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Trademark Distinctiveness and Trademark Office Decisions – is it time to look beyond borders?” (2013)
  • 26. Deutscher Lebensmittelrechtstag, Wiesbaden: Werbung mit Lebensmitteln gegenüber Kindern (2013)
  • W&V Seminar, München: “Facebook und Datenschutz” (2012)
  • 20th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Territorial Scope of Community Trademark Injunctions after ECJ decision Chronopost v. DHL” (2012)
  • WIPO Seminar, Vilnius: “Inventing the Future?” (2011)
  • WIPO Seminar, Vilnius: “Trade Secrets – Protecting Confidential Information” (2011)
  • WIPO Seminar, Vilnius: “Exploiting Intellectual Property – Licensing, Merchandising, Franchising” (2011)
  • 19th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “New Developments for Trademarks Online – ECJ Rules on AdWords and Provider Liability” (2011)
  • W&V Seminar, Hamburg: “Social Media – Rechtsfreier Raum?” (2011)
  • Onlinemarketing Kongress, Zürich: “Just Google It – Markenschutz und Suchmaschinen” (2010)
  • CEO Congress, Krakow: Intellectual Property Strategy, – How best to protect IP against counterfeit & piracy – Building the wall (2010)
  • 18th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Better trademark protection for premium trademarks after ECJ’s Dior Decision“ (2010)
  • 18th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Use and Misuse of Trademarks in Cyberspace“ (2010)
  • Mandantenseminar, Düsseldorf: “Richtig werben und vermarkten – Rechtliche Fragen (und Antworten)” (2009)
  • International School of Management, Dortmund: “Von Orangen und Basaren – Einführung in effektives Verhandlungsmanagement” (2009)
  • J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main / House of Finance: “Einführung in das Wettbewerbsprozessrecht” (2009)
  • 17th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Cambridge: “Recent EU Law on Online Trademark Infringement – a Clear Picture?” (2009)
  • GRUR, Köln: “Neueste Entwicklungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen ebay und Markenpiraterie“ (2008)
  • Industrie- und Handelskammer, Frankfurt am Main: “Möglichkeiten des Know-How Schutzes im Unternehmen – Gedanken zu einem wesentlichen Unternehmenswert” (2008)
  • 16th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Ambush Marketing and Event Marks – do we need more protection?” (2008)
  • MARQUES Seminar “Asia and the Internet – Continuing Challenges for Brand Owners”, Hong Kong: “Liability of Internet Service Providers for Trademark Infringement” (2007)
  • Graduiertenkolleg Geistiges Eigentum, Universität Bayreuth: Workshop Marken- und Wettbewerbsrecht (2007)
  • MARQUES Seminar on Distribution of Counterfeit Products on the Internet, Amsterdam: “Liability of Internet Service Providers for Trademark Infringement“ (2007)
  • Deutsch-Nordische Juristenvereinigung e.V., Oslo: “Keyword Advertising in Deutschland und den USA” (2007)
  • 15th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Third Party Use of Trademarks Online“ (2007)
  • Universität Düsseldorf / DAJV, Düsseldorf: “Von Amerika lernen? Macht und Möglichkeiten des US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit” (2006)
  • Mandantenseminar; Gladbeck: “Richtig werben – Rechtliche Fallen und wie man sie vermeidet” (2006)
  • 14th Fordham Conference for Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York: “Search Engine Liability for Keyword Advertising” (2006)
  • GRUR, Düsseldorf: “Der US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit” (2005)
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC: “Trademark Law in Germany and the EU” (2005)
  • DC Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer Washington DC), Washington, DC: “Developments in EU Trademark Law” (2005)
  • Gesellschaft Junger Zivilrechtswissenschaftler e.V., Heidelberg: “Das Recht der Werbung zwischen Staats- und Selbstkontrolle” (2002)

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