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Stephan Schneller

Certified Specialist Lawyer for Intellectual Property

Stephan Schneller’s area of expertise covers the full spectrum of intellectual property protection (national and international), including trademarks, patents and utility models, industrial designs, competition law, advertising of medical and pharmaceutical products, and contract law, in particular licensing, cooperation and know-how contracts. Where the situation requires it Stephan devises solution strategies in cases where IP rights are not (or no longer) available, as well as preparing strategies at the interface between trademarks, design, copyright and competition law.

Stephan specializes in preliminary injunction and related opposition proceedings as well as main actions, also in cancellation or nullity actions, all before the civil courts and Offices. His clients include national and international corporations, start-ups and sole traders from sectors as varied as home furnishings, toys, clothing, household goods, kitchens, cosmetics, gastronomy/food as well as measuring technologies, medical devices, pharma, software products, software as a service (SaaS), to mention just a few. Stephan also gives regular talks to companies and lectures at the Entrepreneurship Center of Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University.


Since 2006

Partner at Maiwald

Since 1998

Attorney-at-law at Maiwald


Attorney-at-law in an commercial law firm in Konstanz


Since 2009

Certified specialist for Intellectual Property Rights


Admitted to the bar


Trainee lawyer in Konstanz


Studied law at the University of Konstanz, the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch

  • Filing strategies and drafting trademark and design applications
  • Trademark and design portfolio management, domains
  • FTO on trademarks, company names and designs
  • Availability reseach
  • Opposition proceedings before the GPTO and EUIPO
  • Domain dispute proceedings
  • Warning letters and entitlement letters
  • Border seizure proceedings
  • Preliminary injunction proceedings and protective briefs
  • Proceedings before the German Courts and Court of First Instance/ECJ
  • Organizing and handling complex cross-border market entry strategies and litigation procedures
  • Cancellation and nullity proceedings before the GPTO and EUIPO
  • Drafting of contracts
  • Review of advertising campaigns, in particular campaigns in the pharmaceutical sector
  • General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between IOS FINANCE and EOS, World Trademark Review, 07/2019 (together with Samira Weik)
  • General Court upholds likelihood of confusion, Managing Intellectual Property, 03/2017
  • General Court rules in bingo trade mark case, Managing Intellectual Property, 07/2015
  • ‘Spin bingo‘ will be perceived as a specific version of the game bingo, World Trademark Review, 02/2015
  • General Court considers scope of examination by Board of Appeal under Article 64(1), World Trademark Review, 10/2014
  • CJEU rules on enforcement of unregistered Community designs, Managing Intellectual Property, 04/2014
  • Free for all, rules General Court, Managing Intellectual Property, 07/2013
  • General Court overturns on phonetic similarity, Managing Intellectual Property, 03/2013
  • Domain ruled not jus ad rem, Managing Intellectual Property, 04/2012
  • Bar Association
  • INTA
  • GRUR

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