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

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


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 211 13 68 314

Fax +49 211 13 68 100

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

Marcus Schönknecht is an experienced litigator and advisor, 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.

Marcus' 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).

Awards and recognitions


Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
Legal 500 EMEA


Intellectual Property: Trade marks and unfair competition
Legal 500 EMEA


Recommended lawyer for Trademark and Competition Law
Legal 500 Germany


Recommended lawyer for Patents: Dispute Settlement
Legal 500 Germany

Education and admissions


LL.M., Columbia University, 2011


Member, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Member, German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)

Representative experience

Representing a major German chemical company in a complex case of international industrial espionage and trade secrets misappropriation.

Defending an innovative producer of machines for railroad track construction and maintenance in complex unfair imitation and trade secrets case.

Representing a leading machines and handling company in patent case.

Representing a global producer of mobile phones in complex patent matters.

Representing and advising companies in the steel and engineering industries in employee inventions matters.

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