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Dr. Jan Schumacher

Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law

Jan Schumacher is a founding partner of our firm. He advises and represents national and international companies in all fields of intellectual property and unfair competition law. Before joining Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher, Jan used to work at international law firms as well as IP boutique law firms in Cologne and Dusseldorf. Jan is a certified specialist in Intellectual Property law. He is author of several legal publications and holds lectures on various IP issues. The international directory The Legal 500 which ranks the leading law firms and individuals in their specialist areas of practice in over 150 jurisdictions, named Jan in 2019 as one of the „key players“ in the renowned IP team (‘excellent lawyers’) of his former firm. US publishing house Best Lawyers®, in cooperation with German business newspaper Handelsblatt, also recognized him in its ‘Best Lawyers’ ranking 2021/2022 among the leading individuals in Germany in the field of intellectual property law.

Since 2019Partner at Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher
2010 - 2019Taylor Wessing, Dusseldorf
2007 - 2009Jonas Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft, Cologne
2005 - 2007Linklaters, Cologne
2005Second State Exam (Higher Regional Court Cologne)
2004Doctoral Thesis, Dr. jur.
2001 - 2003Academic Assistant at the Institute of Civil Law and Commercial Law at Cologne
2001First State Exam (Cologne)
1998 - 2001Law Studies, Cologne University
1996 - 1998Law Studies, Saarland University

Commentary on Sec. 8 German Trademark Act concerning the protectability of trademarks, in Kur/v. Bomhard/Albrecht, Legal Commentary on German and EU Trademark Law, 3rd Edition 2020

Internet related Issues in German Law, World Trademark Review, Februar/März 2009 (together with Martin Viefhues)

Germany’s Approach to Publicity and Image Rights, Word Trademark Review, September/October 2008 (together with Karl Hamacher)

Doctoral Thesis (on shareholder rights to information concerning the merger of stock companies), Cologne University, 2004

Introduction to Copyright Law, University Witten-Herdecke


German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)

German Bar Association (DAV)

Cologne Bar Association (KAV)


German, English

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