Anwalt Deutschland Fachanwalt deutsch German Lawyer Germany English language Attorney-at-law English Lawyer germany french advocat francais allemagne French Attorney in Germany spanish language abogado alemania Spanish Attorney/ Lawyer in Germany Italian language avvocatto germania Italian Lawyer/ Attorney Germany Portuguese language advogado Alemanha Portuguese Polish speaking Lawyer/ Attorney in Germany adwokat Niemcy Polish Japanese speaking Lawyer/ Attorney in Germany Bengoshi Doitsu Japanese Attorney/ Lawyer Vietnamese language luat su Vietnamese Korean speaking lawyer/ attorney in Germany, Europe Korean Chinese language Lawyer/ Attorney in Germany/ Europe Chinese Lawyer/ Attorney russian speaking advokat Germaniya Russian




Attorneys at law

Law Office Lawyers/ Patent Attorneys Main practice areas Legal matters Client Service Litigation Free templates Offices Brochures Contact News Press FAQ
Competition law  Copyright law  Trademark law  Design law  Patent law  Media law  Online law  Food law  Public law  ITC

German Lawyer patent attorney Germany trademark attorney design attorney european law german attorney hannover germany based attorney at law for ip law it law competition law european law and regulations in germany litigation file suits representative  file german trademark law tm  competition copyright design food law media law patents contract law online law internet law patent law design protection file german patent utility model law lawyer it law contract law agricultural law architectural law banking law civil cervis law domain law employee inventions law financial penalties law food law guarantee law labour law land law pharma law state aid law waste law

Start  IP Application Services  Contact  Online enquiry  Imprint  Data Protection



...Start ...Main practice areas ...Engineering law
Main practice areas
Administrative law
Agricultural law
Animal law
Anti Trust law
Architectural law
Banking law
Brokerage law
Business law
Capital Market law
Civil law
Civil service law
Commercial law
Commercial Criminal law
Competition law
Construction law
Contract law
Copyright law
Corporate law
Cosmetic law
Customs law
Data protection law
Design law
Distribution law
Domain law
Domain Arbitration law
Education law
Employee invention law
Energy law
Engineering law
Environment law
European law
Event law
Family law
Film law
Financial penalties law
Fiscal Offences law
Food law
Gambling law
Guarantee law
Higher Education law
Image rights
Industrial law
Inheritance law
Insolvency law
Insurance law
International law
International Trade law
Internet law
IP law
IT law
Labour law
Land law
Law on associations
M&A law
Mail order law
Media law
Medical malpractice law
Medical Products law
Medicine law
MLM law
Music law
Online law
Patent law
Pharma law
Plant variety law
Photography law
Press law
Publishing law
Public commercial law
Public procurement law
Purchasing law
Real Estate law
Restaurant law
Sales representaves rights
Sports law
State Aid law
Students rights
Tax law
Technology law
Tenancy law
Telecommunications law
Terms and conditions law
Tort law
Trademark law
Traffic law
Transport law/Shipping law
Waste law
Wine law
Attorneys at Law Hannover
Patent Attorneys
Georgstr. 48
30159 Hannover (Hauptsitz)
Fon +49 511.35 73 56-0
Fax +49 511.35 73 56-29
Attorneys at Law Berlin
Patent Attorneys
Wittestraße 30 K
13509 Berlin
Fon +49 30.403 66 69-00
Fax +49 30.403 66 69-09
Attorneys at Law Bielefeld
Patent Attorneys
Herforder Str. 69
33602 Bielefeld
Fon +49 521.43 06 06-60
Fax +49 521.43 06 06-69
Attorneys at Law Bremen
Patent Attorneys
Parkallee 117
28209 Bremen
Fon +49 421.33 11 12-90
Fax +49 421.33 11 12-99
Attorneys at Law Düsseldorf
Patent Attorneys
Grafenberger Allee 293
40237 Düsseldorf
Fon +49 211.97 26 95-00
Fax +49 211.97 26 95-09
Attorneys at Law Frankfurt/ Main
Patent Attorneys
Alfred-Herrhausen-Allee 3-5
65760 Frankfurt-Eschborn
Fon +49 69.380 79 74-20
Fax +49 69.380 79 74-29
Attorneys at Law Hamburg
Patent Attorneys
Colonnaden 5
20354 Hamburg
Fon +49 40.882 15 83-10
Fax +49 40.882 15 83-19
Attorneys at Law Munich
Patent Attorneys
Landsberger Str. 155
80687 Munich

Fon +49 89.250 07 90-50
Fax +49 89.250 07 90-59
Attorneys at Law Stuttgart
Patent Attorneys
Königstraße 80
70173 Stuttgart
Fon +49 711.99 58 55-90
Fax +49 711.99 58 55-99
Patent Attorneys Vienna
Trauttmansdorffgasse 8
1130 Vienna
Fon +43 1.876 15 17
Fax +49 511.35 73 56-29


Engineering Law

Our Law Firm is connected with the engineering law, as our attorney Mr. Michael Horak, in addition to his legal practice, also led an engineering office; his wide practical experience gives him the right skills to handle difficult legal cases with technical problems.

Engineering Law concerns legal regulations from the legal area of general civil law, as well as public law and the law of technical standardization.

The German Engineering Law has a high regulatory density and requires high legal knowledges. Of course, an attorney advising in Engineering Law also needs a high degree of basic technical understanding. Our attorneys are prepared to advise and also represent before courts and arbitrations in all those matters regarding engineering law:

  • Basic analysis,
  • Pre-planning,
  • Design-planning,
  • Authorization-planning,
  • Implementation planning,
  • Preparation for awarding contract,
  • Assistance for awarding contract,
  • Object monitoring,
  • Object supervision and documentation.

We also prepare project contracts, general agreements, architectural contracts etc. Matters regarding the liability of engineers or assertion of fees are also within our competence.

Our service includes:

  • Design, examination and negotiation of contracts involving architects (architects' contracts) or engineers (engineering contracts);
  • Consultancy and representation in the processing of contracts (including changes in planning, changes in the construction period, coordination, termination, fees);
  • Defense from damage claim, for instance, due to planning or supervising errors;
  • Advising and representation in case of fees ´matters (especially HOAI) both out and in courts throughout Germany;
  • Procedural safeguarding and enforcement of claims in the context of evidence or legal proceedings;
  • Advising and representation in case of liability issues, including the responsibility of other project participant;
  • Legal advice on professional rights of engineers and architects, as well as on professional liability insurance;
  • Out-of-court conflict management (warning, encashment, negotiation, comparison);
  • Representation in judicial and arbitration proceedings (also before the Chamber of Crafts, engineering chamber and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce).

Architectural and engineering law regulates the rights and duties of architects and engineers (including structural engineers, construction physicists, electrical engineers, communications engineers, sound engineers or surveying engineers). The main legal aspects are:

  • Contractual law,
  • Compensation law (in particular according to HOAI),
  • Liability law,
  • Right of technical standards
  • Intellectual property, including copyright
  • Insurance law
  • Professional law.

Due to the important exercise of the profession, architects and engineers have a very important responsibility, in terms of social shaping. The individual federal states ministries are responsible for the legal supervision of the Chamber of Architects and Engineers.

The Chamber of Engineers of a country is responsible for the establishment and organization of the Chamber itself (membership, committees, utility, professional duties) and for the utilization of the professional title of “Consulting Engineer”. 

The architectural laws of a country include regulations for the use of the professional title of “architect”, “urban planner”, “interior designer”, “landscape architect”, and of their professional duties.

The architects and engineering Chamber are bodies governed by public law. They are partially responsible of their services. The costs of their establishment and activity are borne by the contributions and fees of the members. Particular decisions of the committees, such as amendments require the approval of the responsible ministry.

Competition law: engineers and unfair competition

The Act against the Unfair Competition (*UWG in Germany) is intended to protect consumers as well as competitors. Thus, advertising with a qualification, such as the professional title of “engineer”, which is actually not legally given, is anti-competitive. Advertising with engineering services, connected to the offer is anti-competitive.  These are a couple of cases in which a competitive warning letter against an harasser could be issued.

For more information, please visit our website .

Procurement law for engineers

The procedures for the assignment of public contracts and the legal requirements are intended to ensure competition. Orders should be awarded to expert, efficient, law-abiding and reliable companies. The contract shall be awarded to the most commercially advantageous tender. The award of construction and planning services by public clients is of a great economic importance both for the customers as well as for the entrepreneurs participating in the competition and the planning professions. The legal provisions bind the public clients and are part of regulatory requirements:

  • Procurement and Contract Regulations for Services (VOL), Part A,
  • Procurement and Contracts for Building Services (VOB), Part A
  • Regulation for freelance services (VOF).
  • Section § 97 ff of the Act against Restrictions on Competition (GWB) and
  • against  competitive constraint (GWB)
  • Ordinance on the award of public contracts (Public Procurement Order-VgV)
  • are the federal statutory principles.
  • The basic foundations are direct:
  • Principle of competition,
  • Requirement for transparency,
  • Efficiency dictate, and other criteria such as
  • Social Responsible Procurement and
  • SME promotion

According to § 97(5) of the GWB (Restriction of Competition Act), the contract must be awarded to the most economically advantageous candidate; this is particularly important in freelance services that are actually awarded above the VOF threshold, the costs are in this situation, not the only determining criteria for the evaluation of the economic efficiency.

The severe legal and formal requirements are intended to ensure a fair competition and prevent corruption and preferential treatments. The VOF as a procedural guideline has to be observed and should ensure a fair competition procedure. However, the practical implementation shows that in general, only large engineering companies are able to participate with a possibility of success – innovation and efficiency are often secondary in small and medium-sized offices-. It happens really oft that engineering offices complain on the high bureaucratic expenditure.

For further information please visit .

HOAI (Honorarordnung für Architekten und Ingenieure), Fees regulation for architects and engineers

The HOAI creates a decisive framework for a fair competition through its statutory pricing law. The main goal is to have an effective competition, and not only a pricing competition. The remuneration of architects´ and engineers´ services follows this specific honorarium code (HOAI).  The HOAI is a legal regulation of the Federal Government. The HOAI is entitle to control all the structure of  law regarding the improvement of tenancy law, the limitation of the rent increase as well as the regulation of engineering and architectural services (MRVG= Maßregelvollzugsgesetz = law of hospital treatment) dated 4.11.1971. This authorization instructs the regulatory authority in order to set fair fees, which take into account the legitimate interest of the architects and engineers, and the moderation of the honorarium. At the moment, the ordinance on the regulation of the fees for architects and engineers (HOAI) of 11 August 2009, entered into force on 18 August 2009 (BGBI I S.2732) applies.

The HOAI is applicable to all contracts concluded after this date. The HOAI has to be applied to all architectural and engineering services regulated by this Ordinance. The HOAI is performance-related, not job-related: it applies not only to architects and engineers, but to all services listed in the Regulation.

Application is limited to domestically based service providers. The HOAI is subdivided into five parts, whereby Part V contains annexes regarding a transitional provision. The HOAI offers cost transparency between price, performance and quality of the service for the customer as consumer: the customer protection is fundamental.

What can we do for you?

We represent and advise in engineering legal matters, such as construction contracts, engineering contract or similar:

  • Master agreements
  • General contractor agreements
  • Subcontractors agreements
  • Architectural contract
  • Project management contracts
  • Specialist planner agreements
  • Consultation agreement
  • Service agreement
  • General work contracts
  • Delivery agreement
  • Machines production contracts
  • Component supplier contracts
  • Electro-technical contracts
  • Project developing contracts
  • Company agreements
  • Disposal agreements
  • ARGE-contracts
  • Cooperation agreements
  • Development contracts
  • Know-how contracts
  • Research contracts.

We create such contracts according to your specifications with your technical know-how, taking into account our legal skills, so that the services are clearly defined, deadlines are met and the cash flow is always regulated. In doing so, we consider standard problems, such as the passing of risks, warranty coverage and liability etc.

We also examine existing regulations, implement rights of engineering companies, entrepreneurs or other stakeholders and offer comprehensive consulting and representation.

Engineers and honorarium, what has to be considered?

We are familiar with the calculation, enforcement or defence of honorarium claims: we check the final account accordingly, and in doing so, we have the necessary legal expertise to assess the legal aspects of your situation.

When are engineers liable?

The liability of engineers results from contractual, alternatively valid statutory foundations of the civil law, with a special consideration to the recognized regulations of technology. If an engineer violates this, the liability begins. However, liability issues are highly controversial.

In most cases, however, a joint and several liability of several parties or a liability limitation are also required. There are also often complex contractual rights and obligations that need to be taken into consideration. In addition, an insurance company shall be implied.

What do we need to work on your engineering matters?

Basically, we need to know the exact situation, the projects and the contractual agreements of yours. Further details will be clarified in every individual case.

We advise and consult you in all aspects regarding engineering law.

For more information please visit our website


horak law office germany hannover lawyer representative compliance design infringement warning letter business start up law guarantee warranty liability border seizure leasing trademark infringement mediation minimum wage patent attorney patent infringement pro bono legal advice piracy product piracy brand piracy counterfeit litigation arbitration disputes renovation compensation online sales youtube pinterest instagram copyright infringement deutsch german law german court lawyer litigator german litigator hannover english


 trademarks patents designs law lawyer german law firm litigator litigation file court suit attorney Germany patent attorney agricultural law architectural law contract law employee inventions law medical malpractice law pharma law terms and conditions law gtc waste law print  attorney at law hannover germany europe trademark competition law save attorney solicitor hannover stuttgart berlin munich german law firmback  german law european law european lawyer specialist expert german law competition law germany copyright law german design lawyer food attorney media law germany online and computer lawyers patent law patent application telecommunications law office trademark law firm classical and modern physics solid state physics mechanics Laser Physics Electrical electronic radiofrequency technologies Telecommunications telematics Mechatronics Information Technology Data Processing Technology image processing technology semiconductor technology consumer electronics computer hardware IT technology software telecommunications automation optics Atomic Physics Molecular Physics Engineering Construction Automotion shipbuilding aircraft Drive Technology Control Technology Process Engineering Production Engineering Production Technology Packaging Paper Technique Product Development Measurement Control Engineering Process Technology Appliances Small Appliances Food Technology Aerospace safety technology power plant technology material technology steelmaking alloys nanotechnology plastics energy technology renewable energy Life Sciences Medical Biology Biophysics biotechnology Microbiology Cell Biology Neurobiology Molecular Biology gene therapy bioinformatics Pharmacy Pharmacology agents Biochemistry Chemistry Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Pharma antibody technology biosimilar generic diagnostic plant biotechnology diagnostic technology implants Immunology enzyme replacement therapy proteins muteins enzymes Transgenic cytokines, ribozymes, antisense RNA, RNAi Virology GM microorganisms plants animals human medicine food polymers catalysts lithography PhotographyOnline-Request