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Prof. Dr. Matthias Leistner, LL.M. (Cambridge), Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, studied law in Berlin, Brussels, Munich and Cambridge. Ph.D.-studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law Munich; Dr. iur. (s.c.l.), LMU Munich 1999. Master of Law, Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge 2004. Habilitation (Post-doc thesis), LMU Munich 2006.

Matthias Leistner was Head of the Commonwealth Unit at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich. From 2007-2016 he was Professor of Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law and Director of the Institute for Commercial and Economic Law at the University of Bonn. At present, he is Professor and Chairholder for Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law with Information Law and IT-Law at the LMU Munich. Moreover, he is a Member of the Faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and has been a Guest Professor for European Intellectual Property Law at the University of Xiamen, China, and at the Tongji University, Shanghai. In 2020 he was International Visiting Professor at the Columbia Law School, University of Columbia, New York (USA).

His specialties are intellectual property law (in particular copyright and patents), unfair competition law and internet law. He has published several books and numerous articles in these fields and has been consulted on IP matters by various government departments and non-governmental organisations as well as international institutions. In 2015 he presented an expert opinion for the German Association for Intellectual and Industrial Property Law (GRUR) before the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) in the influential “Metall auf Metall”-case on copyright law. He was co-editor of the bi-lingual Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum/Intellectual Property Journal (ZGE/IPJ), and is co-editor of a commentary on German unfair competition law (Grosskommentar UWG, Berlin 2013), and the standard commentary on German copyright law (Schricker/Loewenheim, Urheberrecht, as from the 5th edition which is in print). Since 2022 he is editor of the German GRUR Journal (leading journal in the area of intellectual and industrial property law).