Dr. Sebastian Rengshausen

E-Mail rengshausen@unverzagt.law
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Telephone +49.40.414000-0          Fax +49.40.414000-42

Copyright and privacy law

  • Advising and supporting photographers, designers and illustrators
  • Drafting copyright and licensing agreements
  • Advising picture and design agencies


Competition and advertising law

  • Advising and supporting leading advertising agencies and advertisers in the development of communication tools
  • Legal opinions on advertising campaigns
  • Extensive experience in asserting and defending competition claims before the courts


Trademark law (trademarks, industrial designs/designs, utility models) 

  • Advice on optimising the protection of (business) innovations
  • Strategic advice on identifying, launching, registering, and licensing trademarks,
  • Legal opinions on trademark searches
  • Acting in registration and complaint procedures before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • Acting in infringement procedures (with either an active or a passive power of attorney under German law)


Labour Law

  • Legal advice and drafting of contracts
  • Representation of employers and employees in and out of court


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Foreign languages

  • English



  • 1991-1995 studies at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg im Breisgau, including a year abroad
  • 1993-1994 year abroad at the  Universtà Degli Studi di Padova (Erasmus scholarship)
  • 1995-1997 studies at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel; First State Law Examination
  • 1996-1997 study project in "New Media" – the "Tagesspiegel" at the Institute for Communication History and Applied Cultural Studies, Free University of Berlin
  • 1998 visiting student undertaking postgraduate research at the School of Law, New York University
  • 2000-2002 producer und developer at Filmvergnügen Produktions GmbH, Ludwigsburg und Berlin
  • 2003-2005 practical legal training in Baden-Württemberg und Brussels, Second State Examination in Law
  • 2005-2008 Attorney in der IP law firm MILLER Rechtsanwälte, Freiburg
  • 2009 Certified Specialist Intellectual Property Lawyer



  • "Markenschutz von Gerüchen - Untersuchung des deutschen, französischen und europäischen Rechts mit Ausblicken ins Patent- und Urheberrecht", (Trademark Protection for Smells – an Investigation of German, French, and European rights, in light of Patent and Copyright Law) V&R-Verlag 2004 (Thesis.)
  • Various talks and presentations e.g. to the Federal Association of Medium-sized Enterprises) (BVMW) und regular publications in the specialist press



  • HAV, the Hamburg Association of Lawyers
  • GRUR, (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht), the German Society for Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • ECTA, the European Communities Trade Mark Association)
  • PTMG, the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group
  • DAV-AGEM, the German Bar Association and member of the working group on intellectual property and media
  • NVFGR, (Norddeutscher Verband der Fachanwälte für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz e.V.), the North German Association of Specialist Intellectual Property Lawyers
  • German-Italian Jurists’ Association
  • DGPh, the German Photography Society