Klaus Gennen studied law at the University of Cologne from 1983 to 1988. After his studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Research Institute for Social Law (Prof. Dr. Peter Hanau) until mid-1990, where he dealt with employment law issues.
Klaus Gennen was admitted to the bar in mid-1993. Before he became a partner in LLR in 2006, he worked for about 12 years as a lawyer in a large business law firm headquartered in Cologne, including as a partner since 2000. Klaus Gennen has been a specialist lawyer for labour law since 1997 and a specialist lawyer for information technology law since the introduction of the specialist lawyer title in 2006. Since 1997 Klaus Gennen has lectured at various universities (HHU Düsseldorf, University of Siegen, TH Cologne), since 2011 he is full professor in part time for commercial law, in particular for information technology law with IT contract law and law of electronic commerce, at the Technical University of Cologne.
His work focuses on IT law, technical industrial property rights and data protection law, the latter also as managing director of the data protection company LLR DSC GmbH [Link]. IT law focuses on IT projects/operations of all types and complexity, outsourcing of IT services or IT-supported business processes (in particular in the BaFin-regulated area), XaaS/Cloud Computing, data center contracts, IoT/Industry 4.0, IT procurement law including EVB-IT, IT security, KRITIS/NIS, IT compliance, software copyright and usage agreements, open source, SAM/SLM, software/app development, distribution and maintenance, license/cooperation agreements in the IT field, contract drafting and drafting of general terms and conditions, internet law, e-/m-commerce, social media. In the field of technical industrial property protection, he specialises in employee invention law (organisation of inventions, remuneration/incentive systems, determination of remuneration, arbitration proceedings), contract drafting in the field of patents/utility models, research and development contracts, university research, licence/franchise contracts and technology transfer cartel law. In the area of data protection, the focus since 2016 has been on the implementation of the DSGVO and other regulations, in particular in connection with IT projects and the introduction of software.
Klaus Gennen already worked as a lecturer during his legal clerkship. Since being admitted to the bar, he has been regularly booked by various renowned organisers, in particular in specialist lawyer courses in IT law and in intellectual property law, as well as day seminars regarding software copyright, contract drafting, IT project management and data protection. In addition to his work for seminar organisers, Klaus Gennen holds lectures/seminars for various institutions. He also offers in-house seminars on the topics he deals with. Klaus Gennen has published extensively in specialist journals since 1989 and participates in specialist publications.
Klaus Gennen works for the preliminary examination committee of the Cologne Bar Association for the title "Fachanwalt für das Recht der Informationstechnologie" (specialist lawyer for the law of information technology), and is a member of the DGRI e.V. contract law working group, the DAV information law and labour law working groups, a member of ISACA Chapter Deutschland, and also a member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and the Gesellschaft für Informatik in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft e.V. (Society for Informatics in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Industry). (GIL) and with Bitkom, GRUR, VPP, ITechLaw and LES Deutschland, among others.
Outside of his work, Klaus Gennen's main interest lies in his wife and four children of his own, three of whom have already grown up and are scattered all over the world. Klaus Gennen devotes his free time to photography and sports (cycling, rowing, running). And from time to time a city trip with culture pressure refueling is also possible.