Born on January 27, 1958 in Zurich. Study of mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich; first intermediate diploma), study of law Univ. of Zurich, doctorate Zurich (1989), Member of Board of Directors at Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Berne (1994-1997), Habilitation in civil, intellectual property, compe-tition and media law Univ. of Zurich (2000), Full Professor for Technology and Information Law at ETH Zurich, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, now Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (since 2002), Full Professor at Univ. Zurich, Honorary Professor at the University of Munich (LMU).