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About Dr. Tobias Timmann

Tobias specialises in contentious and non-contentious trademark work, unfair competition law and the protection of trade secrets.

Tobias is counsel in the Düsseldorf office, where he has been based since 2010. He is an experienced litigator and specialises in the enforcement, protection and commercialisation of IP rights and other intangible assets, such as trade secrets and know-how. Tobias regularly advises on trade secret, unfair competition and trademark disputes, product launches, strategic brand positioning, marketing campaigns, consumer protection issues, and legal challenges relating to digital change, online distribution, and new media. His non-contentious work includes advising on licensing, distribution, and R&D agreements as well as IP aspects of M&A transactions. 

Recent work

  • Advising Volkswagen in relation to all unfair competition disputes and proceedings worldwide (except North America) evolving from the Diesel issue.
  • Advising Worldwide Brands, an affiliated company of Japan Tobacco, with respect to its global licensing business relating to the 'camel active' brand.
  • Assisting 3M in enforcing various of their well-known trademarks, such as 'post-it'.
  • Advising the world leading manufacturer of track construction machines in a dispute against two former employees regarding the infringement of trade secrets.
  • Advising Beiersdorf in acquiring the Coppertone sunscreen business from Bayer.



  • University of Bayreuth, Germany (Doctor of laws - Dr iur)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany

Professional memberships

  • Member of the German Intellectual Property and Copyright Association (GRUR)
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the INTA Unfair Competition Committee

Additionnal roles

  • Lecturer for private law at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf


  • Keeping trade secrets secret during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • C.H. Beck, 2017 (together with Dr. Andrea Lensing-Kramer) Chapter "Wettbewerbsprozess - Gerichtliches Verfahren" in: Hasselblatt (ed.), Münchener AnwaltsHandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz

  • C.H. Beck, 2018 (together with Dr. Andrea Lensing-Kramer) Commentary of Art. 32 to 34 in: Hasselblatt (ed.), Community Design Regulation Commentary

  • Juris PraxisReport Compliance & Investigations, 18 December 2020 Comment "Anforderungen an angemessene Geheimhaltungsmaßnahmen nach dem GeschGehG, Anmerkung zu LAG Düsseldorf, Urt. v. 3.6.2020, 12 SaGa 4/20"

  • Juris Magazin, 2020 (together with Dr. Daniel Travers) Interview "Handlungsbedarf: Lassen Sie uns über Geschäftsgeheimnisse sprechen"

  • Börsen-Zeitung, 14. September 2019 (together with Matthias Koch) Article "Besserer Schutz für Geschäftsgeheimnisse"

  • Mohr Siebeck, 2008 Monograph „Das Patentrecht im Lichte von Art. 14 GG“

  • MultiMedia und Recht (MMR), 5/2008, S. 286 ff. (together with Dr. Bernhard Arnold) Essay „Ist die Verletzung des § 95a Abs. 3 UrhG durch den Vertrieb von Umgehungsmitteln keine Urheberrechtsverletzung?“