Digitization & Innovation

Digitization & Innovation

By 2030, around 70 percent of companies in Germany are forecasted to use artificial intelligence (AI) in their company and up to four million new jobs will result from technological progress. By then, every fifth job to date will likely be lost through automation. We provide companies and the public sector legally in these important transformation processes.

We support you with all legal questions, challenges of digitization and the associated transformation processes.

Tobias Osseforth, Mag. rer. publ, Head of Digitization & Innovation Practice Group


Our Services

For innovative companies

  • Tailor-made IT contracts (cloud, SaaS, data science, on-premise solutions, etc.)
  • Early documentation regarding possible damage cases and to meet transparency requirements
  • Protection of know-how and intellectual property
  • Protection of personal rights and ownership of data
  • Rights, obligations and liability for autonomous actions (e.g. of auxiliary robots, vehicles and aircraft)
  • Implementation of intelligent and networked systems for financial planning and resource management in companies
  • Legal issues and regulation, especially for FinTechs and InsurTechs
  • Legal framework when using distributed ledger technologies, e.g. Blockchain or cryptocurrencies
  • Opportunities, challenges and liability of AI
    • when used to control traffic flows and autonomous vehicles and aircraft, as well as in the area of transport and logistics;
    • in legal regulation, e.g. conclusion of contract with chatbots and voice assistants;
    • in healthcare, in care and support of old and sick people;
    • to control supply systems (smart grids), in environmental protection and in agriculture (precision farming).
  • Building planning and construction with Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Rights and obligations in connection with Smart Home, Green IT and with other innovative technology products (e.g. FinTech, GovTech, HealthTech, InsurTech, PropTech, TravelTech)
  • Elaboration of the legal framework for optimizing LegalTech's business models, based on the guidelines of the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) of November 27, 2019 (VIII ZR 285/18)

For public sector

  • Advice when using digital solutions for citizens and administrative staff (GovTech, open data, e-government law, e-procurement, digital invoicing, e-files)
  • Increased efficiency through the use of AI in administration
  • Chances and challenges of AI for the rule of law, political will formation, political and social participation as well as codetermination; changes in social dynamics and structure by AI
  • Legally compliant introduction of chatbots and voice assistants as first-level support for citizen inquiries
  • Development of the potential of AI in education
  • Optimization of e-procurement processes; Introductory project e-file; Project coordination for a document management system
  • Transfer of coordination responsibility for Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Support in the transformation to a smart city

World of work 4.0

  • AI-supported strategic personnel planning (predictive analytics) and data-protected personnel management (people analytics)
  • Possibilities and limits of robot recruiting (CV parsing, job matching etc.)
  • Further development of effective employee management through Objectives & Key Results (OKR)
  • Implementation of innovative remuneration models
  • Use of knowledge bots and chat bots for employee inquiries
  • Accompanying digital transformation (agile work structures, Scrum, and self-management)
  • Legally compliant implementation of Working Time 4.0 & Digital Education
  • Implementation of modern forms of employment such as crowdworking, job sharing and mobile work
  • Labor law aspects of modern office concepts (co-working, open space)

Data protection and security

  • Data protection-compliant design of tech products, apps, platforms as well as cloud and SaaS services
  • Tailor-made data protection agreements, data protection information and consent for highly innovative technology and software products
  • Development of data protection concepts, e.g. for HealthTech, FinTech and Data Science solutions
  • Legally compliant implementation of big data and analysis applications
  • Support to secure employee data protection
  • Assistance in the event of data breaches
  • Employee training

Values, ethics and compliance

  • Review of AI decisions
  • Support with ethical-moral questions in the delegation of decision-making processes (artificial morality)
  • Legal support in the development of ethical goals of algorithms (e.g. optimization function to secure goals, such as empathy, sustainability, self-fulfilment of people, etc.)
  • Consideration of the EU ethics guidelines for a trustworthy artificial intelligence


Tobias Osseforth Mag. rer. publ.
Lawyer, Partner View Profile