Dr. Alexander Thünken

The most important thing at work? Having fun in your day-to-day work and making sure it stays that way. The legal field of Intellectual Property constantly throws up new and exciting cases with an international connection, in which great scope for argumentation opens up. Also make sure to strike the right work-life balance. What more could you want?

Dr. Alexander Thünken

Trademarks, Design Patents, Copyrights


Education and career

  • 2004: Accreditation as attorney at law
  • Dr. Thünken operates in the fields of trademark law, registered designs, and unfair competition. His work encompasses all proceedings before German courts as well as before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the Federal Patent Court, the EUIPO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Before coming to Uexküll & Stolberg in 2007, he worked for a prestigious law firm in Hamburg, where he also gained experience in general business law and in corporate law.
  • Dr. Thünken studied law in Heidelberg, Saarbrücken, Madrid, Cologne, and London. In 2003, he completed his doctorate in law (Dr. jur., summa cum laude). He also has an LLM postgraduate degree (with distinction) from King’s College, London. In 2011, he qualified as a Certified Attorney for Intellectual Property Rights.


  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) / GRUR Expert Committee for Competition and Trademark Law
  • INTA (International Trademark Association)


  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

WTR says:

  • Alexander Thünken is a “safe pair of hands and a consummate professional with in-depth knowledge of trademark law and strong business acumen.” “His level of experience in various industries makes him an invaluable counsel.”


  • Die EG-Richtlinie über den elektronischen Geschäftsverkehr und das Internationale Privatrecht des unlauteren Wettbewerbs, IPRax 2001, p. 15
  • Multi-state advertising over the internet and the private international law of unfair competition, International Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ), Vol. 51, October 2002, pp. 909-942
  • Das kollisionsrechtliche Herkunftslandprinzip, Diss., Cologne, 2003
  • Die wettbewerbs- und berufsrechtliche Zulässigkeit der Einbindung von Ärzten in den Vertrieb von Gesundheitsprodukten, MedR 2007, p. 578
  • Assessing the likelihood of confusion – Pharma trademarks, WIPR Annual 2015, p. 82
  • Anmerkung zu EuG, Urteil vom 04.12.2014 – T-595/13: Kein verminderter Schutzumfang der Marke „KOMPRESSOR“, GRUR-Prax 2015 (Issue 4), p. 80
  • Kostenfestsetzung in Markenverfahren vor den Europäischen Instanzen, GRUR-Prax 2015 (Issues 17-18), p. 361
  • Die Unionsgewährleistungsmarke: Sinnvolle Ergänzung eines Markenportfolios?, GRUR-Prax 2016 (Issue 22), p. 494
  • Anmerkung zu OLG Hamm, Urteil vom 27.10.2016 – 4 U 22/16: Wettbewerbswidrige Äußerung einer Innung, GRUR-Prax 2017 (Issue 8), p. 200
  • Anmerkung zu EuGH, Urteil vom 05.10.2017 – C-341/16: Keine ausschließliche internationale Zuständigkeit bei Prätendentenstreit über Marke, GRUR-Prax 2017 (Issue 21)