Lawyer Professor Dr. Rainer Jacobs will join Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's Düsseldorf office on March 1, 2012. Since 2001, the former long-term partner of large law firms in Cologne, had focused his own law firm "Prof. Jacobs Rechtsanwälte" on his expertise in intellectual property law. This firm will no longer be continued.
In the last few years, including his long-standing positions as partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler and previously at Gaedertz Vieregge Quack Kreile in Cologne, he mainly concentrated on the advising, contract drafting and legal representation in the areas of intellectual property law and copyright law, art law, gaming law, food law, expropriation law and compensation law.
Since 1983, Jacobs has been co-editor of the leading trade journals "GRUR" and "GRUR Int" and since 1999 of "GRUR-RR." He is an honorary professor of civil law, particularly intellectual property law and copyright law, at the University of Cologne, a member of the board of trustees of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation and a member of the board of the Film Foundation imai - inter media art institute in Düsseldorf. Since 2009, he has also been Chairman of the Board of GIG, an association for professionals in the gaming industry.
At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Jacobs will join the IP, Media & Technology Practice Group led by lawyer and partner Michael Schmittmann. "With Professor Jacobs we are gaining a luminary in the field of intellectual property law, which will allow us to significantly expand our advisory expertise for the benefit of our joint clients. Especially in gaming law, we are a joint force in Germany that is unrivaled now", Schmittmann said. For Jacobs, the move only offers benefits as well: "Due to the law firm's wide range in commercial advisory services I will be able to advise existing and future clients in a more comprehensive and flexible manner beyond the areas that I am already covering."