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Erik Schäfer


Partner since 2002

Bleichstrasse 14
D-40211 Duesseldorf

Phone +49 211 90490-0
Fax +49 211 90490-49


Detailed profile

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.


  • Best Lawyers 2023
  • Who's Who Legal Germany 2022 (Arbitration)
  • "An outstanding arbitrator" and "He's perfect for fact-driven IT disputes"
  • Patent star 2021 (IP Stars)
  • Leaders Legaue 2021
    Recommended for trademark litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2022
  • 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
  • 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 Legal – 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 (...)"