Klaus M. Brisch, LL.M. (USA)

Partner - Head of Technology - Certified Attorney in Information Technology

I advise on complex, national and international IT projects, including those focused on outsourcing and migration, technology-based transactions, compliance, IT security, data protection and privacy.

Tel: +49 (0)221 5340 980 Mob: +49 (0)151 12141829 Fax: +49 (0)221 5340 9828



DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Habsburgerring 2 WESTGATE 50674 Cologne GERMANY View office Tel: +49 (0)221 5340 980 Fax: +49 (0)221 5340 9828

My Expertise

I help clients across various industries by shaping a legal environment that supports their technological infrastructure and enables secure production and distribution. I help establish their e-commerce capabilities and advise on the many aspects of internet law, including contracts, liability and copyright clearing.

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I also advise companies on hardware and software contracts, support them with corporate and technology-based transactions and specialise in eGovernment issues.

My expertise lies in identifying and advising on legal issues for new technologies, such as 3D printing, connected devices, intelligent internet, and wearables. I guide compliance at every stage of the product or service life cycle, from the early stages of development to market launch.

I have written various articles on subjects, including 3D printing technology and regulation in the telecommunications industry, such as "The digital estate – what happens to emails, De-mails and files in hosted storage after death?", as well as  written books on "Electronic Signature and Electronic Signature Act” and "Leasing of a complete computer system”.

I was named 'Best Lawyer' in the field of intellectual property by Handelsblatt »

DWF Germany has founded a new association called „Innovation Network Cologne“. The association aims at connecting established companies with innovative startups of the world’s technological centers. Read more »


  • Making aging plants fit for service, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 3, May/June 2017, Pages 27-30
  • Current discussion on legal and technical aspects at the Association of German Engineers, 3D fab+print, Vol. 3, Issue 2, May/June 2017, Pages 20-23
  • Additive Manufacturing and Technology-Based Transactions, 3D fab+print, Issue 1, March/April 2017, Pages 18-21
  • International cooperation - contract design and law enforcement, 3D fab+print, Issue 8, November/December 2016, 24-28.
  • Legal requirements with respect to the cross-border sale and export of aging industrial plants, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 6, November/December 2016, Pages 14 - 17.
  • IT security in the process chain of additive manufacturing, 3D fab+print, Issue 7, September/October 2016, Pages 25 – 28. 
  • Asset Deals – The acquisition of aging industrial plants from the buyer’s perspective, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 5, September/October 2016, Pages 14-16.
  • Quality assurance in additive manufacturing processes, 3D fab+print, Issue 6, July/August 2016, Pages 25 – 28. 
  • Asset Deals – the sale of aging plants from the seller’s perspective, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 4, July/August 2016, Pages 14-16.
  • Brisch, Klaus / Müller-ter Jung, Marco, Autonomous Driving – Von Data Ownership über Blackbox bis zum Beweisrecht, CR 2016, 411-416
  • Product Development Compliance – Sucess factor to ensure competitiveness, 3D fab+print, Issue 5, June 2016, Pages 20 – 23.
  • Digitalization in industrial processes – (IT-) security of plants and legal requirements, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 3, June 2016, Pages 14-16.
  • Harmonization of the industrial lifecycle and software-support, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages 14-16.
  • Customer-specific 3D printing of products: Specifics regarding contractual performance obligations, 3D fab+print, Issue 4, April 2016, Pages 20 – 24.
  • Predictive Maintenance and Management Compliance – Managing Aging Plants the Smart Way, Managing Aging Plants Magazine, Vol. 2, Iusse 1, February 2016, Pages 14-16.
  • Legal Protection against imitation of products by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing, 3D fab+print, Issue 3, February 2016, Pages 22-26.
  • Amazon ‘share’ feature ruled unlawful, Comment to the ruling of OLG Hamm, 9 July 2015, Ref.: I-4 U 59/15), E-Commerce Law Journal Reports, Vol. 16, Issue 01, February 26, 2016, Page 14
  • Arrears of TK-customers – Lock vs. termination without notice, preclusion of the provider with respect to § 45k Abs. 2 TKG?, CR 2015, 81-86
  • Ex-post-regulation of TK-markets by Bundesnetzagentur - Connivance of fees as an assumption of approval, A case for more legal certainty with respect to price clauses in network access T&Cs
  • The digital estate – what happens to emails, De-mails and files in hosted storage after death? - Essay, CR 2013, 446-455
  • "Commenting on the Electronic Signature and Electronic Signature Act, in: Hoeren / Sieber, Multimedia Law Handbook
  • Leasing of a complete computer system in Redeker, Handbook of IT contracts
  • IT Compliance, Euro Forum Publishing (6th Edition, 2006-2010)
  • Electronic Commerce, Handbook of Telecommunications, German Economic Review, 2009
  • Unified Communications - Legal stumbling blocks on the road to the single corporate communications, MMR 2009, 813
  • Note to the judgment of the BGH 22.04.2009 (""Internet VCR""), MMR 2009, 620
  • Note to the judgment of the BGH 10.12.2008 (""transfer of patient data"", CR 2009, 460


  • Director Cologne Bar association
  • German Federal Bar, data privacy law commission
  • Member of the Cologne lawyers association (2000-2011)
  • Commission ""Digital Signature"" for evaluating legislative procedures in the field of electronic information and telecommunications law
  • Legal Working Group of the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business)
  • Pro-Bono Committee des International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) on
  • Model Contracts for SMEs
  • European Society for eGovernment e.V.
  • Working Committee "Digital town hall" of the German Association of Cities
  • German Association of law and informatics
  • Member of Rotary ( Köln-Kapitol, Germany)


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