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Dr. Marcus Schönknecht, LL.M. (Columbia)

Senior Associate

Dr. Marcus Schönknecht, LL.M. (Columbia)

Listed in 'The Best Lawyers in Germany' for intellectual property law since 2010, Marcus Schönknecht is an experienced litigator and advisor in our Düsseldorf office, focusing on all aspects of counterfeiting and product piracy. Marcus works at the intersection of technical and aesthetic intellectual property. His knowledge and experience covers patents, designs, unfair competition law and trademarks.

Marcus' experience includes a wide range of industry sectors from toolmaking, steel production, wind energy, furniture, windows and doors production to medical devices, clothing and foodstuffs. An important part of Marcus' contentious work is obtaining preliminary injunctions in trade fair and other urgent matters. He also routinely deals with unfair competition matters, such as theft of trade secrets and misleading commercial practices. Marcus also gives opinions on infringements, design-arounds, and validity on a regular basis.

Having studied law in Germany, Italy, and the US, Marcus holds a doctor's degree in law from Cologne University and an LL.M. from Columbia University (New York). His publications include Determination of Patent Damages in Germany (IIC, Volume 43 (2012), pages 309-332) and Beweisbeschaffung in den USA zur Verwendung in deutschen Verfahren (GRUR Int 2011, 1000-1009).

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., Columbia University, 2011


  • Member, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Member, German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)
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