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Dr. Thorsten Vormann

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Dr. Thorsten Vormann has extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property rights, with a focus on infringement suits in the area of patent litigation.

He also advises on non-contentious IP matters, particularly in the areas of R&D projects, licensing, and distribution agreements. He assists clients with respect to a lot of complex technologies, particularly in the automobile industry, medical, electronic, telecommunications, and computer hardware and software sectors.

Mr. Vormann is recognized as a leading practitioner in legal directories such as JUVE Handbuch,Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, and Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2014–2019.

Professional Background

Dr. Thorsten Vormann joined K&L Gates in May 2015 from a Frankfurt-based international law firm and its predecessor law firm, where he worked for 23 years (18 years as a partner), and headed the German IP and trademark department since 2006.

He was admitted as a lawyer in Germany in 1992.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • GRUR (Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V.)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Vormann regularly delivers speeches on legal topics, including:
  • “The protection of know-how provided by Civil Law,” WisteV-Wistra Annual Meeting, Frankfurt, January 2014
  • “The European Patent with Unitary Effect,” European Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, November 2013.
  • “Copyright issues deriving from the use of social media,” Summit of the Real Estate Industry (Juristischer Jahresgipfel für die Immobilienwirtschaft), Frankfurt, May 2013.

Additional Information

Thorsten Vormann regularly publishes on industrial property rights, including:
  • Chapter in FAZ. Innovationshandbuch 2014 – Das EU-Patent kommt endlich? Publisher: C. Milbradt.
  • “The European Commission’s Report on the Inquiry into the Pharmaceutical Sector: A Critical Analysis from a Patent and Antitrust Law Perspective,” Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, January 2010
  • Handbook of Pharmaceutical Law, a German-language book, C.H.BECK, 2010
Dr. Thorsten Vormann has advised/represented, among others:
  • Frankfurter Volksbank eG in a claim against a bank under the German Unfair Competition Act (UWG) relating to a misleading company name.
  • Fabergé Limited on trademark issues with regard to the brand name Fabergé on an ongoing basis; representation in national and cross border trademark infringement proceedings as well as opposition proceedings with national and European trademark offices.
  • EMKG in patent infringement proceedings against GC Corporation.
  • Oracle in the preliminary injunction proceeding (Oracle Deutschland B.V. & Co. KG/Hewlett-Packard GmbH) regarding an advertisement of the client and alleged breach of Unfair Competition Law.
  • Several corporations in the electronic, automotive, and medical sector fields in patent infringement (Osram, Sagem S.A., FTE Automotive Ebern, Dana Corp., Federal-Mogul, Takata-Petri, Satisloh GmbH, Albemarle, and DMG Dental-Material GmbH as well as Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica).
  • Several corporations in the electronic and medical sector fields regarding R&D contracts and cooperation and license agreements (Hyundai Steel and Hyundai Motors Corp, Siemens SEN, EDAG/Bentley, City Solar Technology, Dana, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, and Osram as well as Merck KGaA).
  • Leading corporations of the automotive industry for the new formulation of the pan-European distribution agreements to deal in the wholesale and retail section as well as implementing and renewal of their selective systems (Mitsubishi Motors Europe, Mitsubishi Trucks, Hyundai Motors Europe, and Hyundai Motors Corp.).
  • Different corporations in the automotive industry field, the healthcare area, and in recall and product liability (Federal-Mogul and SHW Automotive).