Privacy Policy

1. Name and contact details of the Controller and the Data Protection Officer

This privacy policy applies to data processing by the Responsible Body:

Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft mbB
Patent- & Rechtsanwaltskanzlei,
Intellectual Property Attorneys
Herzogspitalstraße 10a
80331 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89 23 23 00
Fax: +49 (0)89 23 230 230

And by

Sonnenberg Harrison Partners SARL
48 rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
Phone : +33 1 44 88 98 20
Fax : +33 1 44 88 98 46
Email :

The Data Protection Officer of Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft mbB is Harald Hofmann and can be reached at this address or by email at

2. Collection and storage of personal data and the nature and purpose of its use

a) When visiting the website

When you visit our website, the browser used on your device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information will be collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion:

  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file,
  • Date and time of access,
  • Website from which access is made (referrer URL),
  • Browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

We process the mentioned data for the following purposes:

  • Evaluation of system security and stability,
  • Ensuring a smooth connection of the website,
  • Ensuring comfortable use of our website, as well
  • Further administrative purposes.

The purposes stated here represent legitimate interests and thus the legal basis for data processing according to Art. 6 Para. 1, item (f) GDPR. We do not use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you.

b) When registering for our newsletter

In order to be able to send you our newsletter at irregular intervals, we require your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 item (a) GDPR to use your email address for this purpose. The consent is revocable at any time with effect for the future, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you can also send your unsubscribe request at any time to by email.

c) By using our contact form

You have the opportunity to contact us via our contact form on our homepage. We need to know your name and your email address in order to know who the sender of the request and to answer to you.

The data processing for the purpose of contacting us takes place in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1, item (a) GDPR based on your voluntarily granted consent.

We delete the personal data transmitted by you after completion of the request, if there are no statutory storage requirements.

d) The transfer of personal data to countries outside the EU or the EEA will only take place if you expressly instruct us. If you entrust us with the filing of a foreign intellectual property right , this instruction shall be deemed to be consent to the transfer of the personal data regarding the applicant and the inventor to the foreign lawyers. Unless the conditions of Articles 45, 46 GDPR are met, data transmission shall be carried out on the basis of Article 49(1) sentence 1 lit. b) GDPR.

3. Disclosure of data

  • if you have given your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1, item (a) GDPR,
  • if the disclosure is required pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1, item (f) GDPR  for asserting, exercising or defending legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a predominantly legitimate interest in not disclosing your data,
  • if there is a legal obligation to disclose according to Art. 6 Para. 1, item (c) GDPR, as well
  • in case of necessity and legal admissibility of the disclosure for the settlement of the contractual relationship with you pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1, item (b) GDPR is required for the settlement of contractual relationships with you.

4. Your rights

You have the following rights:

Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR): You can request information about the data stored about you at any time, including in particular the purposes of processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom your data was or is being disclosed, the envisaged storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, limitation of processing or opposition, the existence of a right of appeal, the origin of the personal data, if not collected from us, and the existence of automated decision-making including profiling; If necessary, you can also request meaningful information about their details;

Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR): You have the right to demand without delay the completion of incomplete data or rectification of the personal data that we have stored on you;

Right to cancellation (Art. 17 GDPR): You may at any time request the erasure of your personal data stored with us, as far as the processing is not for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfill a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or required to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;

Restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR): You have the right to obtain restriction of processing if the accuracy of the data is contested by you, the processing is unlawful, but you reject the erasure of the personal data and we no longer need the personal data, but you need the personal data for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected to processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;

Data portability (Art. 20 GDPR): On request, we provide you with your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, standard and machine-readable format or forward it to another controller;

Right of Withdrawal (Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR): You have the right at any time to withdraw your consent to us with effect for the future.

Right of appeal (Art. 77 GDPR): You have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the Supervisory Authority of your usual place of residence or our law firm. Our Supervisory Authority is the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision, Postfach 606, 91511 Ansbach.

Duration of data storage of data (a) Processing of Client Instructions:  Personal data that is acquired in the course of the carrying out the instructions will be stored and subsequently deleted at the expiry of the statutory retention period for lawyers (6 years after the end of the calendar year in which the client relationship was terminated). Ina addition, invoices are stored until the expiry of the retention periods under tax and commercial law.  (b) Interested parties:  Personal data of interested parties will be deleted as soon as it is no longer needed. This is the case when further correspondence is no longer to be expected and any retention periods have expired. Data from newsletter recipients will be deleted if the further receipt of the newsletter is cancelled.  (c) Job Applicants: Personal data of job applicants will be deleted four months after receipt, unless the applicant has consented to the further storage of his personal data.

5. Right to Object

If your personal data are based on lawful interests in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1, item (f) GDPR are processed, you have the right to object to processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR, provided there are reasons for this arising from your particular situation. If we should send you direct mail on the legal basis of the legitimate interest, you have a general right of objection. We will implement you immediately, you do not have to give reasons for your objection.

If you would like to exercise your right of revocation or objection, please send an email to

6. Data security

We use the widely used SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser during your visit to our website. This is usually a 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we alternatively use 128-bit v3 technology.

By displaying a lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser, you can see whether a single page of our website has been encrypted.

We use furthermore appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. We are constantly improving our security measures in line with technological developments.

7. Validity and changes in this data protection explanation

This privacy policy is valid as from May 2021.

It may be necessary to change this privacy policy due to the further development of our website or due to changed legal or regulatory requirements. You can access and print out the current privacy policy at any time on the website at