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Dr. Alexander Schmitz


German Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

UPC Representative

Electrical Engineer

Alexander 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.

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

Admitted to practice before the UPC
Admitted to practice as business mediator (MuCDR)
Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
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

  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Patent litigation

  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Deutschland 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Recommended in IAM Patent 1000 “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” 2023
  • Recommended in Handelsblatt | Best Lawyers "Germany's Best Lawyers" 2022, 2023
  • Recommended in MIP IP Stars 2017

  • German Patent Attorney Association
  • epi
  • VPP

  • German
  • English