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Dr Axel Neidlein, MBA (IMD)

German Patent Attorney

Axel Neidlein is head of Maiwald’s IP Consulting section whose goal it is to secure profitable growth for clients through innovation and IP. Axel has more than 25 years professional experience and has held management positions in international consulting firms where he was responsible for strategy, technology, innovation and growth in Germany and across Europe. He advises on a multiplicity of innovative technologies and products, from strategic planning to prototype design to market entry.

Axel’s areas of particular expertise are design and protection of business models and value chains in the field of technology, especially digitalization/Industry 4.0 and mechanical and electrical engineering, medical technology and software (e.g. artificial intelligence, blockchain).

Axel is teaching the IP Strategy and Digitalisation Module of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA of the Mannheim Business School which is the Graduate School of the University of Mannheim.

Since 2019

Lecturer of IP Strategy and Digitalisation Module of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA of the Mannheim Business School

Since 2017

Partner at Maiwald

Since 2017

Patent attorney at Maiwald


Partner at an IP law firm


IP advisory and management consulting (ANC, Axel Neidlein Consulting)


Partner with two different management consultancy firms


Senior Manager at a management consulting service provider


Research Group Leader at Scripps Clinic / Johnson&Johnson


German Armed Forces, Telecommunications Battalion 970 in Mannheim



Admitted to practice as German patent attorney


Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen


MBA studies at the IMD Business School


Doctoral degree in the field of organic chemistry from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)


Studied chemistry at the University of Freiburg and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

  • Technology Strategy
    - Digital operating model design
    - Digital innovation technologies alignment
    - Competitive Landscaping
    - Technology Assessment
    - Partnership Analysis
  • Value Driven - IP Management
    - IP Review
    - IP Strategy Decelopment
    - IP Design
    - IP operating model and value chain transformation
    - IP for ventures
    - Freedom-to-Operate (FTO)
    - Innovation, IP and Cooperation contracts
  • IP Processes and Organization
    - Design, set up and review of IP processes
    - Design, set up and review of organization
    - Digitalization of paper based IP processes (analysis, design, implementation, software)
  • Transaction support
    - Due Diligence
    - Valuation
  • Global Teaming Award Accenture 2005
  • MBA-Scholarship of Booz Allen & Hamilton 1997
  • Best Strategy Team Award Booz Allen & Hamilton 1995
  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Chemistry Fund Scholarship of the German Chemical Industry Association
  • Scholarship of the Swiss Chemical Industry
  • Patentstrategien in der Industrie 4.0, Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, 04/2018 (together with Alexander J. Wurzer and Wolfgang Fischer)
  • German Patent Attorney Association

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