Dr. Simon Apel studied Law at the University of Bayreuth. He then pursued graduate studies there on a scholarship from the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft) in the Research Training Group “Intellectual Property and the Public Domain”, receiving a doctoral degree for his thesis on copyright law involving extensive comparisons to US law. In his subsequent attorney training clerkships in Frankfurt am Main, he worked at the Chamber for Intellectual Property and Media Law of the Regional Court of Frankfurt and in the Frankfurt-based IP/IT teams of two international corporate law firms. Since 2012, Dr. Simon Apel has practiced as a lawyer, advising national and international businesses on questions of intellectual property law, IT-related law, and data protection law. He advises clients both in litigation and out of court, primarily on questions of copyright law, software projects, and unfair competition law, with a specialty practice in the field of improper product imitation. Dr. Simon Apel regularly publishes articles on copyright law, unfair competition law, and trademark law in respected scholarly journals. He is a co-editor of the „Biographical Handbook of Intellectual Property“ (“Biographisches Handbuch des Geistigen Eigentums“) and teaches copyright law at the University of Mannheim.