Dr. Michael Best

Rechtsanwalt (Attorney at law)

Dr. Michael Best studied law in Mainz, Germany and in Dijon, France. He became first involved in Intellectual Property (IP) as a scientific assistant at the University of Mainz in 1987 where he also wrote a doctoral thesis in trademark and unfair competition law.

He then worked at a large German auditing firm for two years before he joined the trademark department of the chemical and pharmaceutical company Hoechst AG as in-house counsel in 1992. He became deputy head of that department in 1997.

Michael Best co-founded the law firm under the name of Freitag & Best in 1998 and has worked as counsel to clients worldwide in all aspects of trademark, design, unfair competition, copyright and domain matters since 1999.

Michael Best is a member of the German Bar Association (DAV), the German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) and various IP organizations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently being a member of INTA’s Public Information Committee, the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG), and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).