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Dr. iur.
Detailed professional record
Spoken languages
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
Bar admission
  • University of Fribourg (Doctorate in Law, summa cum laude, 2010)
  • University of Berne Law School (Law Degree, 1978)
  • University of Berne and Fribourg (studies of Ethnology and Antropology, 1971-1973)
Positions held
  • Professor for Intellectual Property and Contract Law at the School of Management/Hochschule für Wirtschaft HSW-FR (since 2010);
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Swisslex, Swiss Law Database (2011 to date)
  • Member of the board of Swisslex, Swiss Law Database (2007-2011)
  • Associated Professor for Intellectual Property and Contract Law at the HEG de Fribourg (2009)
  • Managing director of the Institut of Law and Economy, IDÉ, of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2006 to date)
  • Director of Schulthess Editions Romandes, Geneva (2007-2010)
  • Lecturer (Intellectual Property, Contract Law), School of Business Management, Haute école de gestion (HEG), Fribourg, Bachelor and Master in Entrepreneurship (2006-2008)
  • Member of the executive board and member of the publisher’s head office of Schulthess Juristische Medien AG, Zurich / Schulthess Editions, Geneva (2005-2007)
  • Member of the publisher’s head office of Schulthess Juristische Medien AG, Zurich, responsible publisher for the French speaking part of Switzerland and the French speaking countries, representative of Schulthess Editions, Geneva office (2001-2005)
  • Managing Director, Helbing & Lichtenhahn Publisher, Basle, Geneva, Munich (1986-2001)
  • Regular legal teaching, especially contract law, commercial law, agricultural law and medical law, Feusi Group Berne, Commercial, Agricultural and Dental Hygienists High School (1985-1987)
  • Expert on the examination board, Feusi Group Berne, Commercial, Agricultural and Dental Hygienists High School (1985)
  • Editor for insolvency and bankruptcy law, responsible for editing and translation in German, French and Italian, “Die Praxis des Bundesgerichts”, monthly Journal of the Swiss Supreme Court’s Jurisdiction (1982-1987)
  • Research assistant to Prof. Horst Albert Kaufmann, University of Berne, Institute of Civil and Roman law (1978–1985)
  • Swiss Jurists' Association
  • Bernese Jurists' Association
  • Schweizer Forum für Kommunikationsrecht
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V.Membership
  • LES Licensing Executives Society, Schweiz
Recent Publications
  • Collage: Inspiration versus Plagiat? - Von der künstlerischen Freiheit in der bildenden Kunst. Die freie Benutzung: Ein juristischer Fallstrick im Bereich einer vermeintlichen künstlerischen Freiheit, Bern 2013;
  • Intellectual Property In The Entrepreneurial Environment, An Outline, New York, Fribourg, Berne 2012;
  • Der Verlagsvertrag, Kommentierung der Art. 380 - 393. OR, Zürcher Kommentar, Zürich 2011;
  • L’âme des Potes ou l’avenir du droit d’auteur dans un monde sur lequel règne le copier-coller, in L'éclectique juridique, Recueil d'articles en l'honneur de Jacques Python, (Python ed.), Zürich 2011, p. 161- 176;
  • Urhebervertragsrecht im Verlagsbereich, in Handbuch zum Urhebervertragsrecht, Magda Streuli-Youssef (Ed.), Zurich, Bâle, Genève (Schulthess) 2006, pp. 37-115.
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Recent Speech
  • ip@6: Hollywood zu welchen Preis? - Vertragliche Aspekte des Urheberrechts, Eidgenössische Institut für Geistiges Eigentum Vortrag der Reihe, 30. Januar 2013