German Lawyer, Certified IP Lawyer

During his studies at the University of Passau, Mr. Lichtnecker specialized in intellectual property law (IP law) and related legal fields. His dissertation about broadcasting law also references this matter. Since his admission to the bar in 2010, he worked as IP Lawyer in specialized firms in Munich for both domestic and foreign clients. He is also a Certified IP Lawyer for several years and assists clients in trademark law, unfair competition law, design law, patent law and utility model law both in the registration of intellectual property rights and in their enforcement and defence. He also has extensive experience in internet law and copyright law. In August 2015, he co-founded the LICHTNECKER & LICHTNECKER Patent and IP Law Firm (LICHTNECKER & LICHTNECKER Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB) and is available to answer your inquiries.

During his work as a German attorney for intellectual property right in Munich (Certified IP Lawyer) as well as in his own law firm, Dr. Florian Lichtnecker dealt with the following areas, among others:

  • Application of trademarks in Germany (German trademark), Switzerland (Swiss trademark) and the European Union (“EU trademark” / Union trademark) and supervision of various official proceedings of the Patent- and Trademark Offices as well as coordination of trademark applications abroad (including International Trademark applications at the WIPO)
  • Application of designs in Germany (German design) and the European Union (“Community Design”) and supervision of various official proceedings of the Patent- and Trademark Offices as well as coordination of design applications abroad (including International Design applications at the WIPO)
  • Assistance with patent and utility model applications
  • Representation and advice in out-of-court disputes (e.g. authorization requests, cease-and-desist letters)
  • Representation in court before various district courts and higher regional courts (e.g., in disputes relating to trademark infringement, design infringement, patent infringement, as well as in disputes relating to competition law)
  • Advice in various areas, e.g. unfair competition law (advertising law), internet law (e.g. online stores, problems with Amazon, eBay, etc.), employee invention law, IP searches, etc.
  • Drafting of contracts and support in contract negotiations
  • Support of companies of different sizes in various fields (from start-ups / entrepreneurs to large and medium sized companies with hundreds of employees)

Languages: German, English, French

Main fields of practice: Trademark Law, Design Law, Unfair Competition Law, Internet & Domain Law, Social Media Law and Copyright Law


Professional Experience

2015Founding of LICHTNECKER & LICHTNECKER Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB
2013Certified IP Lawyer
2010-2015Lawyer in various specialized IP Law Firms (renowned law firm with focus on unfair competition law and trademark law as well as a patent and law firm)
2010Admitted as German Lawyer at the Munich Bar Association


2010Theoretical part of training as Certified IP Lawyer at Hagen Law School (Institute of the Distance-Learning University Hagen)
2009-2012Degree of Dr. iur. at the University of Passau,  Professor Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz (“Institute for Public Law, Media Law and Information Law”) with the subject “Die kommerziellen Tätigkeiten öffentlich-rechtlicher Fernsehanstalten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des 12. RÄStV”
2007-2009Legal traineeship within the area of the Higher Regional Court of Munich (e.g. Regional Court Passau, Public Procsecutor’s Office Passau as well as various law firms and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Lower Bavaria in the department “Law and Fairplay”) with the degree Second State Examination
2007Academic degree Diplom-Jurist (Univ.) (Dipl.-Jur.)
2002-2007Law studies at the University of Passau with the degree First State Examination as well as subject-specific language programme in English
2001General qualification for university entrance (Abitur) at the Karl-von-Closen Gymnasium


2016“Werberecht der Elektronischen Medien”, in: Hamburger Kommentar gesamtes Medienrecht, Paschke / Berlit / Meyer (Hrsg.), Hamburg 2016
2014“Specific types of internet advertising and recent German case law” (Journal of Intellectual Property & Practice, Oxford University Press, JIPLP 2014, 861 ff.)
2014“Ausgewählte Werbeformen im Internet unter Berücksichtigung der neueren Rechtsprechung” (GRUR 2014, 523 ff.)
2013“Die Werbung in sozialen Netzwerken und mögliche hierbei auftretende Probleme” (GRUR 2013, 135 ff.)
2013“Die kommerziellen Tätigkeiten öffentlich-rechtlicher Fernsehanstalten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des 12. RÄStV” (Doktorarbeit)
2009“Aus den Schwerpunktbereichen: Einführung in das Wettbewerbsrecht unter Berücksichtigung der UWG Reform 2008” (ZJS 2009, 320 ff.)
2008“Zivilrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit des Homepagebetreibers für fremde Inhalte – Eine Übersicht zur Entwicklung der höchstrichterlichen Rechtsprechung” (MIR 2008, Dok. 363)