Sarah Rost
LL.M. oec.
Lawyer / Associate Partner
  • Certified Data Protection Officer (TÜV SÜD)
Eschersheimer Landstraße 25-27
60322 Frankfurt am Main

Sarah Rost was admitted to practise law in Germany in 2009 and found her adopted home in Frankfurt am Main at the same time. Since 2019, she has worked at FPS advising companies from various industries such as cosmetics, lifestyle, luxury goods, software, events, personnel services and advertising. Her focus is on intellectual property law, general contract law and data protection law. Her responsibilities include the management of large brand portfolios in Germany and abroad as well as the application, registration, defence and enforcement of trademark rights. Rost also represents her clients in proceedings before trademark offices and European courts. In addition, she advises on contract drafting and represents her clients in contract negotiations.

  • Expertise
    • IP litigation

      Representing clients in infringement proceedings has always been a key area of expertise at FPS. For decades, notable rights holders have entrusted the judicial assertion of their rights to the experienced FPS lawyers. FPS is often involved in the investigation of infringement cases as well as the inspection and preservation of evidence in advance. We also support our clients in border seizure cases. Representation is provided in all areas of IP law before the relevant courts and agencies.

    • Media/press law

      Media law regulates the use, distribution and production of media content such as radio, television, print media and online media. Press law is a part of this and deals with framework conditions of the press, including freedom of the press, editorial independence, personal rights, media liability and the right of reply. FPS advises media companies on legal matters relating to freedom of expression, including advice on media content and legal representation in proceedings involving the right of reply, injunctive relief and compensation for damages. We possess industry knowledge and offer advice on typical media contracts, cross-media collaborations and freelance authors. We also support Internet platforms in the areas of copyright, consumer protection and data protection. In the event of online legal violations, we successfully cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

    • IT contract law / outsourcing

      FPS advises in all areas of IT contract law. Whether clients need support in drafting and negotiating IT project contracts, designing and running outsourcing projects or making use of cloud services – we are on hand to help with our experts. In addition to many years of experience in advising a wide range of industries and companies of all sizes, our team has a real technical affinity and a special degree of creativity. This gives us a good technical understanding of our clients’ concerns and business models and enables us to find the best solution for them. Our services include drafting and negotiating IT project contracts (agile, classic, managed services, new business models), outsourcing contracts, service descriptions, service level agreements and pricing plans, and helping clients to prepare for due diligence processes, vendor conferences and on-site visits. We also oversee project and system integration measures as well as hardware and software maintenance and draft licensing, escrow and distribution agreements.

    • Data (protection) law

      Digitalisation unlocks new opportunities for companies and creates space for future-oriented and scalable business models. Data has become the most valuable currency in the digital world. Data protection law – or now data law – is a separate advisory field at FPS rather than a mere annex to other areas of law. FPS helps companies to devise future-proof and legally compliant data usage concepts so that they can achieve their goals when using new technologies: innovation and data protection – when understood correctly – needn’t contradict one another. The GDPR with its drastic fines has significantly increased the risks for companies. FPS establishes what a company is permitted to do with the data and ensures compliance with data protection requirements in a pragmatic way by setting up a data protection management system, which, among other things, includes records of processing activities, data protection policies, data protection information, deletion and authorisation concepts, data protection impact assessments, processes for dealing with information and deletion requests from data subjects and much more besides. And if penalty proceedings are initiated, we defend our clients’ rights against the supervisory authorities. We also provide external data protection officers for our clients – for data protection from one single source.

    Language skills

    German English
  • Education
    since 2019Associate Partner at FPS 
    2009 - 2019Lawyer / Partner and Head of Trademarks (2015–2019) at Bear+Wolf/Winterstein Rechtsanwälte
     Certified Data Protection Officer (TÜV SÜD)
     Wirtschaftsjuristin | business law graduate
    2009LLM oec. at the University of Cologne
    2009Admission to practise law in Germany 
    2008–2009RTL Enterprises GmbH / RTL interactive GmbH, Cologne
    2008Lawyer at Bird & Bird LLP, Düsseldorf
    2008Second state law exam
    2005First state law exam
  • Memberships
    • AIPPI - Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle - Internationale Vereinigung zum Schutz des geistigen Eigentums
    • GRUR - Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V.
  • Events

Awards

Best Lawyers | Handelsblatt Leading Expert for Intellectual Property
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020