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Jan Malte Wachsmuth

Senior Associate
Hamburg

Jan Malte Wachsmuth

During his career, Malte has built up a profound knowledge in IP-matters within the retail sector, in particular with regard to the recent developments within the fashion & luxury industry (most notably the rapid growth of e-commerce). He focuses mostly on all aspects of trademark and unfair competition law, but also advises on related fields of law such as design rights, copyrights and data protection. Malte coordinates and conducts national and international trademark proceedings for his clients. He also advises his clients with regard to their trademark portfolios. In this context, his work comprises identifying and dealing with risks when introducing new trademarks, monitoring trademarks, enforcing trademarks on national and international levels in courts and in trademark offices as well as advising on strategic questions relating to trademark portfolios.

Closely related to his trademark work, Malte has developed a niche competence in the protection and enforcement of company symbols and other unregistered rights. In terms of unfair competition law, Malte daily helps his clients to securely form their websites and implement new advertising campaigns, advice on labelling requirements (for example energy and textile labelling) and on the protection of trade secrets and industrial secrets.

By handling a substantial number of product-replica cases, he also gained specific knowledge and skills at the interface of unfair competition, trademark, design and copyright laws. He studied law at the universities of Freiburg and Aarhus, Denmark. During his legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, Malte gained work experience abroad at the German embassy in Lima, Peru and in an international law firm in Barcelona, Spain. In 2014, he was seconded to our office in Alicante, Spain, where he extended his knowledge of the EU trademark and design system.

Education and admissions

Education

  • University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • University of Freiburg

Memberships

  • Bar association Hamburg
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

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