Matthias Leistner

Short Term International Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2020)

Matthias Leistner

Matthias
Leistner
Short Term International Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2020)

Matthias Leistner (1974) is Professor of Private Law and Intellectual Property Law, with Information and IT-Law (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) Chair) at LMU Munich. He studied law in Berlin, Brussels, Munich and Cambridge. Ph.D.-studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law Munich; Dr. iur. (s.c.l.), LMU Munich 1999. Master of Law (LL.M.), Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge 2004. Habilitation (Post-doc thesis), LMU Munich 2006.

Matthias Leistner was Head of the Commonwealth Unit at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich. From 2007-2016 he was Professor of Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law and Director of the Institute for Commercial and Economic Law at the University of Bonn. Apart from his Chair at LMU Munich, at present, he is a Member of the Faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and a guest professor for European Intellectual Property Law at the University of Xiamen, China, and at the Tongji University, Shanghai.

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual property law (in particular copyright and patents)
Unfair competition law
Internet law

Publications

Matthias Leistner has published seven books and numerous articles in these fields and has been consulted on IP matters by various government departments and non-governmental organisations as well as international institutions. He was co-editor of the bi-lingual Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum/Intellectual Property Journal (ZGE/IPJ), and is co-editor of a commentary on German unfair competition law (Grosskommentar UWG, Berlin 2013), and the standard commentary on German copyright law (Schricker/Loewenheim/Leistner/Ohly, Urheberrecht, 5th edition 2017).

His most recent publications include: Intermediary Liability in a Global World, in: Tatiana Eleni Synodinou (ed.), Pluralism or Universalism in International Copyright Law, Kluwer law, 2019 (forthcoming); Big Data and the EU Database Directive 96/9/EC: Current Law and Potential for Reform, in: Lohsse/Schulze/Staudenmayer (eds.), Trading Data in the Digital Economy: Legal Concepts and Tools, 2017, p. 27-58; FRAND Patents in Europe in the Post-Huawei Era: A Recent Report from Germany, in: Hilty/Liu (eds), SEPs, SSOs and FRAND – Asian and Global Perspectives on Fostering Innovation in Interconnectivity, Springer, 2019 (forthcoming).

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