As an attorney and partner at COHAUSZ & FLORACK, Erik Schäfer represents clients before all German Local, Regional and Higher Regional Courts, the Federal Patent Court, the Office of the European Union for Intellectual Property (EUIPO), the European Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice. He has decades of experience in the area of intellectual property rights and in all related fields, i.e. licensing, copyright (design), employee invention, trademark and name law, unfair competition issues, legal aspects of research and development projects, ICT licensing and project matters, as well as distribution and sales organization, both in an advisory capacity and as a party representative in court. His experience in contract law includes international private and commercial law.
In addition, he acts as an arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings, also focusing on technology and intellectual property in the broader sense. In the Commission for International Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, Erik Schäfer headed the working groups "IT & Arbitration" and "Expertise Proceedings". He was also active in the working groups "Small Claim Arbitration" and "eDisclosure", as well as "Emergency Arbitrator". He was the founding president of the German-Austrian division of Club Español de Arbitraje. Erik Schäfer has taken part in training courses in mediation (WIPO, DAA, INTA) and has been a member of the IBA's "Investor State Mediation" working group.
After his law studies at the University of Freiburg and extended study visits abroad (France, England, Mexico), he initially worked as a consultant at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. After that, he handled legal matters in a patent department. In 1993 he became a freelance attorney in a local patent and law firm in Dresden. Since 1994 he has been a party representative and arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings. He has been working for COHAUSZ & FLORACK since 1997 and has been a partner in the firm since 2002.
Erik Schäfer advises clients in German, English, Spanish and French. He has also chaired arbitration proceedings as chairman and sole arbitrator in these languages.
- Who's Who Legal Germany – Arbitration 2021
"Erik Schafer is an 'arbitration specialist' according to peers, who commend the wealth of experience and extensive knowledge he brings to high-profile disputes."
- Expert Guides 2020 – Commercial Arbitration
- IP Stars 2020/2021
- Who's Who Legal Germany – Arbitration 2020
"Erik Schäfer is one of Germany's elite arbitrators when to comes to domestic and international proceedings pertaining to technology and intellectual property disputes."
- Best Lawyers 2021
- Best Lawyers 2020
- Who's Who Arbitration 2019
"Erik Schäfer stands out as an 'excellent and straightforward pracitioner' who comes highly recommended for his expertise in technology and IP disputes."
- Who's Who Germany 2019
"Erik Schäfer is a well recognised name in the arbitration space in Germany where he stands out for his leading expertise in complex intellectual property disputes."
- Expert Guides 2018 – Commercial Arbitration
- Best Lawyers 2018
- gar Arbitration 2018
"Erik Schäfer 'one of the brightest Gentlemen in the German market' who is 'always good at faciliating a settlement between parties and isn't afraid of sharing the truth.'"
- IP Stars 2018
- WWL Thought Leaders Arbitration 2018
- Who's who Germany 2018
"Erik Schäfer is lauded by fellow pracitioners as 'one of the brightest gentlemen we have in the German arbitration market."
- IP Stars 2017
- Who's who Germany 2017
"Excellent arbitrator (...)"
Joins COHAUSZ & FLORACK
1993 - 1997
Attorney-at-law in Dresden
Counsel EMI patent department
1988 - 1991
Counsel at the International Arbitration Court of the ICC (Paris)
Completed his legal education in Frankfurt/Main (2nd state examination 1987), several months training related stays in Mexico D.F. and in London
Studied law in Freiburg and Dijon, 1st state examination
GRUR, CEA, CEPANI, CARAT, LES, MARQUES, Member Board of Trustees DIAC (Dubai), ICC Commission on International Arbitration, Club Español de Arbitraje (past chair German & Austrian Regional Chapter)
DIS (German Institution of Arbitration), Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASA (Switzerland), VIAC (Austria), CAC (Argentina), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur), SIAC (IP Panel, Singapore), HKIAC (IP Panel, Hong Kong), ICC (Database), WIPO (Database)
- Intellectual property and related areas (copyright law, designs & models, trademarks & names, unfair competition, technology transfer, licensing; project, research and development contracts)
- contract law (general/[IT-] project contracts/JV/marketing, distribution)
- International commercial and private law
- Arbitration and mediation
International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution
A timely book published by Kluwer Law International B.V. that elucidates and analyses how the COVID-19 crisis has redefined arbitral practice, with a critical appraisal of the pandemic’s effects from well-known practitioners on substantive and procedural aspects from the commencement of proceedings until the enforcement of the award.
Anti-Counterfeiting in Germany 2020
Anti-Counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Divison
Anti-Counterfeiting in Germany
Anti-Counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2019, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Division
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/20 - Germany
The IP Media Group, World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/20
Anti-Counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2018, a supplement to Intellectual Asset Management, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Division
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/18 - Germany
The IP Media Group, World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/18
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2016/17 - Germany
The IP Media Group, World Trademark Review Yearbook 2016/17
World Trademark Review Yearbook 2014/15 - Germany
The IP Media Group, World Trademark Review Yearbook 2014/15
Intangible assets and the Accounting Modernisation Act
IAM Magazine - International Report, 21 Jan 2009
Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation
Using Information Technology Efficiently in International Arbitration
The Fordham Papers 2008
The Use of Arbitration and Mediation for Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: A German Perspective
The Trademark Reporter Vol. 94 May-June, 2004