Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University in Berlin with specializations in communication technology, electronics and technical acoustics. His dissertation was in the field of electronic measurement technology. At the same time he trained as a sound recording director at the Musical Academy in Berlin.
He has worked in intellectual property since 1984 and joined Manitz Finsterwald Patentanwälte PartmbB in 1985. He qualified as a German Patent Attorney in 1987 and as a European Patent Attorney in 1991.