VolkerSpitz

CEO & Lawyer

Dr. jur./LL.M. (Pretoria)

Specialist fields:

Combating product piracy; German, European and international trademark law; design, patent, competition and contractual law

Admission to the bar:

2015 (Liechtenstein)

1991 (Germany)

Career:

2005 onwards:

Co-Founder and Partner, IP-Valuation GmbH (now Brandstock Valuation GmbH), Munich, Germany

2000 onwards:

Founder and Chairman, Brandstock Services AG, Munich, Germany

2000 - 2003:

Chairman, INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee

1995 onwards:

Founder and Chairman, Vereinigung zur Bekämpfung von Produktpiraterie e.V. (V.B.P. - German Anti-Piracy Association)

1994 onwards:

Director, Brandstock Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (formerly Spitz Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH), Munich, Germany

1991 - 1994:

Associate, Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhäusser (law firm), Munich, Germany

Education:

1991:

Passed second bar exam, Munich, Germany

1987 - 1991:

Doctoral Studies at the University of Augsburg under Prof. Dr. Volker Behr and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Doctorate in Jurisprudence

1990:

Received Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria

1987:

Passed first bar exam, Munich, Germany

1982 - 1987:

Studied Jurisprudence at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

Languages:

German, English, French

Memberships:

Chamber of Attorneys, Munich (Germany)

Deutsche Vereinigung für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V. (GRUR – German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyrights)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

MARQUES The Association of European Trade Marks Owners

Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG)

Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG)

Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI)

International Chamber of Commerce / Counterforce Network German/South African Attorney’s Association (AIPLA)