Overview

Benjamin Beck is an associate in Mayer Brown’s Düsseldorf office and a member of the Intellectual Property practice. He advises clients on German and EU intellectual property and information technology law, with a focus on patent litigation, technology transactions and data privacy.

Benjamin has counseled a number of clients on IP, IT, cybersecurity and data privacy matters, in particular with due diligence reviews for corporate and M&A transactions. He has also represented clients in large-scale patent litigation proceedings, with experience in multi-jurisdictional actions across both the technology and life sciences sectors.

Spoken Languages

  • German
  • English

Experience

Patent Litigation

  • Represented Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer in multiple German patent infringement proceedings against leading smartphone manufacturers. The cases involved coordination with parallel German invalidity proceedings and U.S. litigation.
  • Represented leading U.S. fitness equipment manufacturer in numerous patent infringement enforcement actions throughout Europe, inter alia, at international trade shows.
  • Advised leading U.S. rare disease pharmaceutical company on allegations of patent infringement in relation to a therapeutic antibody drug.
  • Advised leading Korean consumer electronics manufacturer on requirements for EU FRAND license negotiations, as part of arbitration proceedings over royalty rates.
  • Advised US-based hedge fund on the implications of pan-European patent litigation cases involving two portfolio companies from the pharmaceutical sector.

Data Privacy / Cyber Security

  • Advised German operator of 41 nursing homes on a full-scale GDPR compliance project. Our advice included the draft of all types of GDPR information documents, consent forms and data processing agreements, and also dealt with e.g. data exchanges between nursing homes and pharmacies and attending physicians, respectively.
  • Advised on several other GDPR compliance projects, inter alia, for an operator of cross-border student exchange programs.
  • Advised U.S. based global specialty chemicals company on the GDPR implications of the physical transport of personal data to non EEA-countries.
  • Advised German bank on GDPR issues related to factoring.
  • Advised several clients on the draft of website privacy declarations, including a Swiss Chocolate Manufacturer and a U.S. based global specialty chemicals company.
  • Advised various clients on data privacy and data security issues within the context of corporate transactions, which frequently included the analyzation of intra-group data transfer for compliance.

Trademark / Trademark Litigation

  • Frequently advised leading labelling organization for fair trade on IP-related issues, such as the global application of certification marks, which included the draft of certification mark regulations. Our advice, inter alia, also covered creative commons licensing models and unfair competition law.
  • Advised U.S. based global brewing and distilling company on German trademark applications.

Transactions

  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies focused on digitization and cloud transformation in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised Luxembourg investment funds on the acquisition of a group of companies focused on LNG marine bunkering services in relation to IP, IT and compliance.
  • Advised Swiss multinational food and drink company on the acquisition and divestiture of a group of healthcare companies offering nutrition in relation to IP, IT.
  • Advised Dutch investment fund on the acquisition of two companies offering parenting equipment, such as strollers and toys, in relation to data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of two Dutch groups of companies offering water pumping services and excavator support mats, respectively, in relation to IP and IT.
  • Advised British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company on the acquisition of German meat substitutes manufacturer in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised UK private equity firm on the acquisition of leading German internet and multimedia service provider in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies, involving providers of data center services and of software development, respectively, in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the acquisition of a group of companies from the plastic moulding industry in relation to IP, IT and data protection.
  • Advised German private equity firm on the sale of a German food manufacturer in relation to IP, IT and data protection.

 

Education

Master of Laws – LL.M., European and International Business Law, Frankfurt am Main, 2019

Second State Law Examination (bar exam), Frankfurt am Main, 2017

Legal Clerkship (Referendariat)

Regional Court (Landgericht) of Wiesbaden, 2015-2017

First State Law Examination

Frankfurt am Main, 2012

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, 2007-2012

Admissions

  • Düsseldorf, Germany

Memberships

  • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR)
  • Vereinigung von Fachleuten des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)