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About Jan

Jan Zecher, Ph.D., is a principal in the Munich office of Fish & Richardson P.C. With a practice combining litigation and prosecution work, Jan helps his clients to navigate the often surprisingly complex IP landscape in Europe. Since his admission to the bar in 2003, he has advised German, European and U.S. companies from various industries in a wide range of IP matters, including enforcement and licensing, with a focus on cost-efficient and pragmatic solutions. Jan is a German attorney-at-law, and admitted to the German courts, the German Patent and Trademark Office, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), amongst others.

Selected Publications

“Wiederholungmarken vor dern HABM (Repeated applications before OHIM),”Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht, 981 (November 2010).

“Cost burden if proofs of use filed only after cancellation action,” Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht, (March 2010).

“Im Visier der Politik: Alkoholwerbung (In the cross-hairs of politics: Alcohol advertising),” Markenartikel, 162 (September 2008).

Co-author, Enforcement of CTMS in Germany Against Infringing Company Names – A Gap in Protection? (2008).

The Implementation of the EU Copyright Directive into German Law (2002).

The Implementation of the EU Copyright Directive into German Law II (2002).

Co-author, Munich Process Form Book Intellectual Property, Etc., 2nd Edition (2005).

Speaking Engagements

Coordinating Trademark Strategies in the US and EU,” Fish Trademark Webinar (August 12, 2021)

Dr. Zecher is ranked as “one of Germany’s best attorneys 2017-2022” in IP by the German newspaper Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers.

Focus Areas
Education

Ph.D. summa cum laude, Albert-Ludwigs-University School of Law, Freiburg (2004)

Admissions
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • European Patent Office
  • Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (German Patent and Trade Mark Office)
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office
Languages
  • English
  • German

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