Ruth Maria Bousonville

Ruth Maria Bousonville

Senior Associate, Hamburg

Email ruthmaria.bousonville@​

Phone +49 40 419 93 274

Fax +49 40 419 93 200

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Ruth Maria Bousonville helps clients navigate through ICT-driven projects. She sorts out contractual issues and advises on data protection, copyrights, sales and marketing. Ruth also has a wealth of experience in enforcing trademark rights globally.

Ruth went digital in the mid-1980s as a teenager when she taught herself programming from a book she got at the local library and signed up to the German predecessor of Internet, Btx. Her science teachers were disappointed when she went to law school. But she wanted to know the law so she could make things happen. That is also what Ruth loves about her job today: Moving a data center from one country to another. Making printed scientific articles from years back available by digital means. Licensing an electronic trading platform. Paving the way for mobile payment methods. Or protecting a global ICT brand from being diluted.

But technology is not just the subject-matter of Ruth's work. She is constantly seeking ways to further improve service delivery by digital means. Legal Tech and Legal Project Management are buzzwords, but Ruth proves every day how the use of the proper resources enhances internal workflows and adds extra value to client service.

Ruth studied law in Trier and Heidelberg. As a trainee, she worked inhouse for a leading music and media publisher. She joined Hogan Lovells' predecessor firm in 2001 and has worked in the Frankfurt and Hamburg offices. Ruth was seconded to clients twice for several months each, working inhouse with the business on new terms and conditions for the sales department and on the renewal of a large software license portfolio, respectively. She prefers solving her clients' actual problems over publishing. Nevertheless, she writes articles on topical legal issues once in a while and is co-author of a book on trademark law on the internet.

Awards and recognitions


Listed as Rising Star
Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, Rhineland-Palatinate, 2000

First State Exam in Law, Heidelberg University, 1998

Trier University, 1996


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik (DGRI)

Deutsche Vereinigung für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR)

Representative experience

Advising an international document delivery service regarding the new German Copyright in Sciences Act (UrhWissG).

IP Advice to international banks cooperating with FinTechs.

Advising a provider of targeted advertising on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Ongoing trademark advice to a telecoms provider.

Contract review and contract drafting for an industrial service provider with a focus on audio-visual content and artificial intelligence.

Advising an international bank on the use of customer data under PSD2 and GDPR.

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