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Dr Alexander Schmitz

Partner
German Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Business Mediator
Electrical Engineer

Alexander Schmitz assists companies in prosecuting and enforcing IP rights in the fields of electrical and information technologies as well as mechanics and mechanical engineering. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of medical devices, high-voltage technology, energy transmission and distribution systems as well as electrical components. His foremost priority is always to find the optimal solution for the client.  Alexander also engages intensively with digitalization, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and e‑mobility. 

Alexander advises mostly medium-sized companies with regard to strategic planning as well as development and maintenance of IP portfolios. He regularly conducts infringement and validity proceedings and coordinates litigation involving similar issues.

Career

Since 2008

Partner, shareholder and managing director at Maiwald

Since 2006

Patent attorney at Maiwald

2002-2006

Patent attorney trainee at an IP law firm

1996-2002

Research associate and chief engineer at the Institute for High Voltage Technology at the RWTH Aachen University

Education

2011

Admitted to practice as business mediator (MuCDR)

2007

Admitted to practice as German patent attorney

2006

Admitted to practice as European patent attorney

2003-2005

Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen

1996-2000

Doctoral degree in the field of polymeric insulating materials in energy technology from the RWTH Aachen University

1990-1996

Studied electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University

Services
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Patent litigation
Recognitions
  • Recommended in MIP IP Stars 2017
Publications
  • Use of mediation for IP matters increases, Managing Intellectual Property, 10/2012
Memberships
  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi
  • VPP
  • FICPI
Languages

German, English