legal notice

Published by

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law
Schillerstraße 1
91054 Erlangen, Deutschland

Tel.: +49 (0) 9131 85-29243


Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann
Chair of Private Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Hindenburgstr. 34
91054 Erlangen, Germany

The Chair of Private Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law is a public interest body inside the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
It is represented by Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann himself.

Editorial staff

Sabine Trippmacher

Picture credits

Unless otherwise noted, pictures originate from Pixabay.

Regulatory authority

The Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts

VAT identification number

The value added tax identification number according to Section 27a of the German Value Added Tax Act is DE 132507686.

Bank details

Bayerische Landesbank München
• IBAN: DE66700500000301279280

Tax number

The tax number is 216/114/20045 (Finanzamt Erlangen).

DUNS number

The DUNS-number is 327958716.

EORI number

The EORI-number is DE4204891.

Reporting misuse of computers and network resources at FAU

Should you become aware of any kind of misuse of computers or network resources at FAU, please inform the department responsible for computer security immediately. For more information and contact details, please see

Copyright law

Unless specified otherwise, all pages of the operator’s website are protected by copyright. This applies in particular to texts, images, charts, and files containing style, sound, video, or animation data; it also includes the design of the website.

The web tool box provided by the Regional Computer Center of FAU was used for the creation of this web page and its applications. For usage rights and further information, please see the project website.

Reproduction or use of (parts of) the web pages in electronic or printed form and their publication (including on the Internet) is subject to prior approval.
Press releases, publications, scripts and information on lectures may be reprinted and evaluated provided that the source is indicated.

Furthermore, images, charts, and files containing text or other information, may, in part or in their entirety, be subject to the copyright of third parties.

All registered brands and trademarks mentioned on this website and possibly protected by third parties are subject without restriction to the respective applicable trademark law and the property rights of their respective owners. The mere mention of trademarks on this website does not indicate that they are not protected by third party rights.

Exclusion of liability

The operator has compiled and verified all information provided in the various areas with great care. However, we cannot assume liability or furnish a guarantee that the data is correct, complete or up-to-date, or regarding the quality or constant availability of the information provided.

We will not be liable for any damages arising from computer viruses or the installation and use of software when accessing or downloading data from this website.

Websites credited to an author reflect the opinions and insights of that author.
The operator expressly reserves the right to change, amend or delete individual web pages, services or the entire website without prior notice or to interrupt or terminate the publication.

Links and references (disclaimer)

The operator is only responsible for the original content provided in accordance with the applicable laws. This original content is to be distinguished from links to the websites of other operators. Through these references marked as ‘external links’, the operator enables visitors to access ‘third-party content’.

The operator is not responsible for this third-party content as the operator does not initiate the data transmission, does not choose the recipient of the information and does not select or have any influence on the information transmitted. The methods used to provide access and link to this third-party information also do not involve any automatic short-term storage, resulting in a full exclusion of any liability for third-party content on the operator’s part.

When links to these websites were first incorporated, however, the authors of the relevant websites or the operator’s editors reviewed the external content to ascertain whether it would possibly entail liability under civil or criminal law. Should the operator become aware or be made aware by others that the content of a website linked from this site could constitute a civil or criminal law violation, then the link will be immediately removed as long as this is technically feasible and within reasonable expectation.

Liability for illegal, inaccurate or incomplete content and for damages resulting from the use or non-use of information provided by third parties shall lie exclusively with the respective operators of the linked sites.

Data protection and technical resources

All data submitted to the operator in various online forms are used exclusively for business-related and technical purposes. No personal data will be passed on to third parties. See further


The operator’s server is run by the Erlangen Regional Computer Center’s web team.
Every time a website or a linked object is requested, the following access data is stored:

  • the address (URL) of the website from which the file was requested
  • the name of the requested file
  • the date and time of the request
  • the transferred data volume
  • the access status (file transferred , file not found, etc.)
  • the description of the web browser type/the operating system used
  • the IP address of the requesting computer

The stored data are required exclusively for technical and statistical purposes; they are not compared with other data records or passed on to third parties, even in part.

After analysing access statistics, the logged data are deleted. This analysis is carried out monthly and annually and the data are deleted in the same month of the following year, at the latest. Data can be deleted early at any time.


This site uses cookies to enable the use of dynamic layout information. Data on a user’s preferred design for viewing the website. This allows users to keep their viewing preferences even when navigating from one page to the next.
The content of the site remains unaffected by this. It is possible to access the website with cookies deactivated.


JavaScript elements, like cookies, are used to manage the display of dynamic information. It is possible to access the website with JavaScript deactivated.


Our website uses Piwik, a free and open source web analytics application. Piwik uses cookies which are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer whilst browsing so we can analyse how our website is used. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookies (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for analysis purposes and to optimise our website.

Your IP address is immediately anonymised so you remain anonymous to us as a user.

The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website will not be passed on to third parties.

You may prevent the use of cookies by changing the settings of your browser software accordingly, in which case you may not be able to fully utilise all of the features of this website.

If you do not agree to the storage and evaluation of this data from your visit, you can always object to its storage and use in the next step.

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