Harte-Bavendamm, Henning

RA Prof. Dr.

HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Current activity

Attorney (Rechtsanwalt), admitted 1976; Senior Partner, HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte (Hamburg); Lecturer and Honorary Professor, University of Osnabrück.

Professional focus

Automotive Sector
Energy and power
Research and Development
Intellectual Property
Information Technology (IT)
Distribution and franchise

Areas of law

Civil law
Energy law
Commercial law
IT law
Licensing/Franchise law
Media law
Patent and trademark law
Intellectual property law
Contract law
Competition and antitrust law

My career

  • First State Exam (University of Hamburg), 1973
  • Traineeship at Wall Street law firm, 1975
  • Second State Exam (University of Hamburg), 1976
  • Doctorate (University of Hamburg) 1977
  • Associate, Droste (Hamburg), 1977 - 1980
  • Visiting Attorney, Freshfields (London), 1979
  • Partner, Droste, 1981 - 1999
  • Partner, Lovells, 2000-2002
  • Partner, Allen & Overy, 2003 - 2008
  • Co-Founder of HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte, 2008.
  • Lecturer, Honorary Professor (intellectual property, competition law), University of Osnabrück, 2010 - 2020
  • Chair of Committee on Unfair Competition and Trademark Law, GRUR, 1997 - 2018
  • Lecturer (intellectual property law), Europa-Kolleg (Hamburg), 1995 - 2002

Arbitration experience

Thirty cases as arbitrator (ad hoc arbitration under German law; DIS; ICC) including nine cases (ad hoc; DIS; ICC) as chairman of the arbitral tribunal; approximately fifteen cases as counsel/legal representative of a party. Subject matters include technology agreements, long-term supply contracts (especially in the energy sector), general commercial agreements, competition law; IP-related disputes, licensing, software agreements; M&A-related covenants and other post-closing disputes.


  • Books and articles on unfair competition (including Harte-Bavendamm/Henning-Bodewig, Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb / Unfair Comepetition Act, 5th ed. 2021), copyright law, trademark law, competition law, software protection and contracts, trade secrets (including Harte-Bavendamm/Ohly/Kalbfus, Geschäftsgeheimnisgesetz / Trade Secrets Act, 2020). A complete list of publications is available at www.harte-bavendamm.de.


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  • GRUR (German IP Association)

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