Dr. Torsten Bettinger, LL.M.

Dr. Torsten Bettinger, LL.M.

Fachanwalt für IT-Recht
Fachanwalt für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz

Tel.: +49(0)89 54 88 670-0

Dr. Bettinger’s legal practice includes representation and advice in all aspects of IT and software law, trademarks, industrial design, copyright, and unfair competition law.

His clients in these areas include well-known IT and software companies, the world’s leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies as well as renowned Internet service providers.  He represents the Free State of Bavaria in trademark and domain name disputes, IT projects, and in copyright matters.

One focus of Dr. Bettinger’s legal practice is advising brand owners in the protection of their marks against abuse on the Internet, including the development of appropriate domain management systems for large domain portfolios, brand monitoring activities, and registration strategies.  He has successfully advised on more than 20 applications for new gTLDs (Including for Merck KGaA, BMW Group, Fresenius SA, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG, and the Canton of Zurich (Switzerland)), and served as a panelist or party representative in more than 200 UDRP proceedings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

He currently represents Merck KGaA in disputes with Merck & Co., Inc. and ICANN, one of the most complex conflicts concerning the allocation of new Top-Level Domains.

Torsten is the head of the ICANN Task Force Committee of  AIPPI and represents AIPPI in ICANN’s Intellectual Property Organisation.

He is the author and editor of the international handbook “Domain Name Law and Practice” and has published numerous articles on various legal issues related to the Internet, IT and copyright law.  He is a regular speaker at international conferences on IP and IT law Topics.


since 2015
Partner of the firm Bettinger Scheffelt Kobiako von Gamm

Partner of the firm Bettinger Schneider Schramm

Attorney at Law at the Munich law firm Graf von Westphalen Bappert & Modest

1996- 1999
Ph.D. at the Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law) under Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Gerhard Schricker

Second State Examination (Berlin)

Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Fezer, Chair for Civil Law and International Commercial Relations

Legal and philosophical studies at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Constance,  and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Aufsätze (Auswahl)

Marken- und Domainrecht

IT- und Medienrecht

  • Musikvertrieb über das Internet
    in: Redeker, Handbuch der IT-Verträge, Band II Teil. 3.11, S. 1-54
    Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt (Bettinger/Bauer)
  • Informationshandel über Online-Datenbanken, in: Redeker, Handbuch der IT-Verträge, Band II Teil. 3.10, S. 1-54, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt (Bettinger)
  • Application Service Providing (Bettinger/Scheffelt), in: Spindler (Hrsg.), Vertragsrecht der Internet-Provider, S. 745 – 814 , München, Dr. Otto Schmidt Verlag, 2004
  • Privatrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit für Links, Computer und Recht 1998, 445 (Bettinger/Freytag)
  • Civil Law Responsibility for Links, IIC 1999 (8) 883 (Bettinger/Freytag)
  • Internationale Tatortzuständigkeit und anwendbares Recht bei Verträgen im Internet
    in: Bettinger/Leistner, Werbung und Vertrieb im Internet, C.H. Beck 2003 (Bettinger)