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Dr. Rainer Schiel

Senior Associate

German Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

UPC Representative


Rainer joined the Maiwald team in 2020, where he is primarily concerned with industrial property rights in the field of engineering.

As a Doctor of Physics, Rainer possesses a wide range of background knowledge in the fields of mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics and optics. He has in addition amassed many years of experience in supercomputers. His broad expertise in the field of intellectual property law was acquired in various IP law firms and in an industrial patent department.

since 2020
Patent attorney at Maiwald
2018 - 2020
German patent attorney at IP law firms and in industry
2015 - 2018
Trainee patent attorney at an IP law firm
2008 - 2014
Research associate at the University of Regensburg in the field of lattice quantum chromodynamics

Admitted to practice before the UPC
Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
Admitted to practice as German patent attorney
2015 - 2017
Studying law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen
2006 - 2008
Doctoral degree in the field of theoretical particle physics at the University of Lawrence, KS, USA
1999 - 2005
Physics studies at the Technical University of Munich and at the University of Lawrence, KS, USA

  • Patent examination proceedings and portfolio management
  • Application strategies and drafting of patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate- and validity opinions
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings

  • Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • Fulbright Scholarship

  • German Patent Attorney Association

  • German
  • English