Dr Karolina Schoeler

Karolina Schöler
Dr Karolina Schoeler
The multi-talented Schöler excels in IP, IT and unfair competition mandates in addition to being a recognised academic author.
2023: WTR 1000
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Karolina Schöler is a partner and co-founder of the law firm HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte.

She specialises in advising and litigating in the field of intellectual property law, in particular in unfair competition law, pharmaceutical advertising law and copyright law. Karolina advises and supports her clients in the design and implementation of advertising measures and product designs as well as in litigation proceedings before the courts.

Another focus of our advice is the negotiation and drafting of licence and distribution agreements.

Karolina has particular expertise in software licensing agreements. She advises providers and customers of software products on development, distribution and licensing as well as on issues relating to cloud computing, software-as-a-service solutions and open source software.

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Professional Career

Since 2008: Partner at HARTE-BAVENDAMM

2007 — 2008: Allen & Overy LLP, Hamburg and London

2006 — 2007: Löhde Leo Schmidt-Hollburg & Witte, Hamburg


2006: Second State Examination, Hamburg

2004: Doctorate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

2002 — 2004: Scholarship holder and doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich

2002: First State Examination, Bavaria

1997 — 2002: Law studies in Freiburg, Paris and Munich



  • Harte/Henning (ed.): UWG Commentary, 5th ed. 2021
  • Rieder/Schütze/Weipert (eds.): Munich Contract Manual, Volume 3, Business Law II, 7th ed. 2015 (Software and IT Contracts)
  • Gloy/Loschelder/Erdmann (eds.): Handbook of Competition Law, 4th ed. 2010


  • Do we need a property right to data? In: Ahrens, Büscher, Goldmann, McGuire (eds.), commemorative publication for Henning Harte-Bavendamm on his 70th birthday, C.H. Beck, 2020

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  • Patents and Standards: The Antitrust Objection as a Defense in Patent Infringement Proceedings, in: Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont/Adelmann/Brauneis/Drexl/Nack (ed.), Patents and Technological Progress in a Globalised World - Liber Amicorum Joseph Straus, Springer Verlag 2008
  • Pitfalls of Commissioning Software, Copyright World October 2007, 24 (with C. Smith and J. Lovell)
  • On the patentability of processes for the manufacture of customised pharmaceuticals, GRUR Int. 2005, 869 (with J. Straus)


  • The Patenting of Disease Genes: Illustrated by the Example of the Patenting of the Breast Cancer Genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, Industrial Property Rights Series, Heymanns, 2005

WTR 1000

  • Bronze Individuals (2023, 2024)

Law Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

  • Faculty Prize for the Dissertation “The Patenting of Disease Genes”, 2005
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