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Matthias Berger

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Matthias Berger is a Counsel in the Hamburg office. He practices in the intellectual property area and has a vast experience in all relevant aspects of trademark, unfair competition and copyrights practice and prosecution, as well as Internet law. Matthias represents a diverse German and US clientele for whom he provides a wide range of services, including trademark clearance, counseling, prosecution, licensing and related transactions. He also engages in monitoring and enforcement activities, including trademark, unfair competition, copyright and anti-cybersquatting litigation before the German courts, proceedings before the Office for Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), German Federal Patent Court (BPatG), domain name disputes before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and ADR Court for .eu domains and, in addition, EU customs confiscation proceedings in relation to counterfeit and gray market goods.

Before joining Field Fisher Waterhouse, Matthias was a Counsel with a leading German IP law boutique in Hamburg where he, inter alia, co-managed a huge international trademark portfolio for a leading retail company, advised clients in trademark, copyright and unfair competition law and, litigated respective matters before courts, trademark offices and domain name dispute resolution bodies.

Matthias completed his studies in German law at the University of Leipzig in 1999. After he qualified as an attorney at law, he graduated from Golden Gate University (GGU) in San Francisco, USA, where he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, with honors, in United States Legal Studies with specialization in intellectual property law, in 2002.

Matthias is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), International Trademark Association (INTA), German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA), German- American Lawyers' Association (DAJV/GALA) and The American Club of Hamburg. Currently, he is the Chair of the International Trademark Treaties, Laws & Practices Committee of the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and also member of its Membership Board.

Since 2009, he is also a Tutor at the WIPO Worldwide Academy where Matthias counsels students from around the world during the yearly “Advanced Course on Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications”.

Matthias advises his clients in German and English.

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