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Marc Dernauer


Dr. jur., LL.M., Associate Professor (Chuo University, Japan), LL.M. (Tōhoku Univeristy, Japan), Attorney-at-law, certified specialist IP Lawyer


Languages: English, German, Japanese


Legal counselling and representation before the courts in all fields of intellectual property law (in particular in patent law, utility model law, and in design law), in licensing matters, in competition law, in matters of unfair competition, in general contract and commercial law, and in food law. Special expertise in advising Japanese enterprises on German and European law (also in Japanese) and European enterprises on Japanese law in all mentioned fields of law.


"Business Law in Japan – Cases and Comments" (Kluwer Law International 2012, co-editor and co-author); "2010年特許侵害訴訟等におけるドイツ裁判所の判決" [German Court Decisions in Patent Infringement and Similar Cases in 2010], in: Chizai Kanri No. 12/2011, 1789-1804 (co-author); "Japan: Oberster Gerichtshof entscheidet über Voraussetzungen der Verlängerung von Pharmapatenten" [Japan: Supreme Court Decides about the Requirements for an Extension of Pharmaceutical Patents], in: GRUR Int 2011, 657-659; "Patent Term Extension in Japan", in: Hansen/Schüssler-Langeheine (eds.), Patent Practice in Japan and Europe (Kluwer Law International 2011), 589-610; "2009年特許侵害訴訟等におけるドイツ裁判所の判決" [German Court Decisions in Patent Infringement and Similar Cases in 2009], in: Chizai Kanri No. 12/2010, 1949-1970 (co-author); "Patent- und Gebrauchsmusterrecht in Japan" [Patent and Utility Model Law in Japan], Special Issue No. 1/2010 of the J.Japan.L. (co-author), and numerous further publications.

University teaching positions / lectures / academic activities

Associate Professor for Civil Law at Chuo University, Japan. Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Freiburg from 2010 to 2013. In addition, regular lectures in Germany and Japan. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Japanese Law (J.Japan.L.).

Professional memberships

Munich Bar Association, GRUR, German-Japanese Association of Jurists.


Study of law and Japanese studies at the Universities of Marburg, Freiburg and Hirosaki (Japan). First juridical state examination in Freiburg, 2000. Master's program in law at Tōhoku University in Sendai (Japan), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Japanese government, 2000-2002 (LL.M.: 2002). Research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and International Private Law in Hamburg, 2002-2006. Doctorate in Law from the University of Freiburg, 2005. Legal traineeship in Hamburg and Tokyo, 2003-2005. Second Juridical State Examination, 2006. As Attorney at Law with HOFFMANN EITLE since 2006.