Brave new world? Legal challenges in the automotive industry

Category: future law, compliance Industry: automotive Location: Hornbach Date:

Automotive supply industry 2019

25 to 27 September at Kloster Hornbach


In the field of 'new mobility' the automotive industry is among the most innovative sectors in Germany. This is also revealed by a glance at the current list of the top patent applicants at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). Number One among the most active patent applicants is Robert Bosch GmbH. That's just one more reason to take a closer look at 'new mobility' from the supplier's point of view with Dr. Jean-Stephan Obst:

  • new mobility
  • autonomous driving
  • smartphone wars in the automobile industry

Dr. Jean-Stephan Obst studied law at Saarland University from 1993-1998. From 1995 to 1997 he completed a two-year, integrated trilateral study course (in the Lille-Warwick programme) in England, Germany and France. In 1997 he went independent as a trainer in the field of communication, IT and law and co-founded GoTraining GbR. Having completed his traineeship as a lawyer at the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Saarbrücken with the emphasis on commercial law, Dr. Obst did his doctorate at Saarland University on 'The rights of minority shareholders in stock corporations listed on the Stock Exchange' ('Rechte des Minderheitsaktionärs im börsennotierten Aktienkonzern'). From 2003 to 2005 he was a trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH with stints in the central legal department, the personnel department of Bosch Spain, controlling and automotive sales. This was followed by positions as legal counsel (until the end of 2006) and senior legal counsel (until October 2011) in the field of automotive and IT law. From August 2008 to January 2009, moreover, he was deputy head of the French legal department at Robert Bosch France S.à.r.l. From 2011 to 2017 Dr. Obst was head of the legal department at Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH, and from 2015 onwards he was also General Counsel for West Europe. Today, he is head of law in the mobility solutions division at Robert Bosch GmbH. Dr. Obst speaks German, French, English and Spanish.

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