Sebastian Wündisch, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Partner
Practice Group: Intellectual Property
Healthcare

Sebastian is an internationally recognised lawyer in intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing covering almost all fields of technology. Another focus is the structuring of complex research collaborations and negotiation of R&D contracts. His clients include technology-driven companies, including global players, Dax40 companies, medium-sized companies and start-ups, as well as universities and research organisations, which he advises outside of litigation and represents in arbitration and court proceedings. Sebastian is considered "one of the most renowned experts in technology transfer law".

Expertise

  • Intellectual property law, in particular: patent law, employee invention law, trademark law and know-how protection
  • Technology transfer, licensing law and R&D contracts, including antitrust and state aid issues
  • Law of universities and research organisations, research funding
  • IT law, Media and copyright law

Career

  • Studied at University of Passau, Dresden TU Dresden and University of Exeter (UK)
  • Research Fellow at the Chair of Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law at the TU Dresden
  • Ph.D. at University of Leipzig
  • Experience abroad: secondment at law firm in New York (USA)
  • At Noerr since 2002
  • Admitted to the Dresden Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • Laureus Capital in Series B financing of biotech company Ethris (2022)
  • Cellex Group on cell therapy joint venture with Intellia and Blackstone (investment of USD 250 million) (2021)
  • Research organisation on compliance and defence against millions of euros in recoveries from R&D contract (2019-2021)
  • Global Food Company: Expert Opinion in U.S. IP Litigation before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2020)
  • U.S. biotech company on the effectiveness of a license in bankruptcy under German law (2019/2020)
  • Copyright advice for a 400 million real estate project in Munich city center location (2018-2020)
  • KATHREIN in sale of core business and IP to Ericsson (2018/2019)
  • Swedish pharmaceutical company in an international arbitration under SCC Rules on a global license (2013-2019)
  • Global pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation (Hatch Waxman Act) before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in pre-trial proceedings and trial on licensing issues (2016-2018)
  • DAX company in court proceeding on royalty claims arising from a R&D agreement (2015-2017)
  • State Ministry on introduction BOS digital radio (2012-2014)
  • Insolvency administrator of Qimonda AG on the exploitation of 16,000 patents, licensing issues and related court proceedings (2009-2014)

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyer (Handelsblatt) for Intellectual Property (2012-2021)
  • Top-Lawyer Copyright Law 2021 (Wirtschaftswoche)
  • ... is considered one of the most renowned experts in technology transfer law (Wirtschaftswoche 2021)

Memberships

  • Honorary Professor for IP and licensing law at the University of Leipzig (2019)
  • Honorary Professor for IP and technology transfer at TU Dresden (2012)
  • Head of the Research Centre for Technology Transfer at TU Dresden
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), Chairman of the Central-East Regional Group, Member of the GRUR Board of Directors and the competition law commitee
  • Licensing Executive Society
  • Co-Chair of the Working Group for R&D Contracts at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Co-editor of the Journal for Digital Economy Law (ZdiW)

Selected Publications

  • Copyright Licensing (with Christian Berger), 3rd edition 2022
  • NDAs in insolvency (with Jette Nordemann), ZdiW 2021, 403
  • Exclusive licenses in software development contracts - valid under antitrust law?, CR 2021, 641
  • Preliminary injunctions in patent law and Art. 50 TRIPS (with C. Gaul), GRUR-Prax 2021, 446
  • Employee Invention Law (with Theresa Arand), Götting/Meyer/Vormbrock, IP Practice Manual, 2nd edition 2020.
  • R&D Contracts (with Hans-Peter Rosenberger), 3rd edition 2018
  • Employee-Inventors Compensation in Germany – Burden or Incentive, les Nouvelles, June 2017
  • Know-how-Protection, Götting/Kaiser, Wettbewerbsrecht, 2016
  • R&D State Aid Law, Birnstiel/Bungenberg/Heinrich, European State Aid Law, 2013
  • Licenses in insolvency – a neverending story? (with Christian Pleister), NZI 2012, 1792
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