Erik Schäfer is a partner at Cohausz & Florack, a firm focusing on technology and IP. His main areas of practice are arbitration, matters with a technical flavour (technology law, IT), intellectual property with all aspects of its commercial exploitation, and commercial law. Since 1994, he has been acting either as counsel or arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings. The subject matters of the disputes included, inter alia, software-projects, engineering and construction, oil exploration and development, IP licenses, outsourcing, purchase, distribution and R&D agreements, service and marketing contracts, shareholder and IP purchase agreements, e-payment clearance, know-how and patent-related disputes.
Erik co-chaired the task force on IT and arbitration and the task force on expertise proceedings of the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR. He was a member of the e-disclosure task force and the IBA working group on the state-investor mediation rules. He was among the founders and chairs of the Austro-German chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club and is a member of GRUR, LES, MARQUES, ASA, CEPANI, IBA, ICCA and DIS. He is a trained mediator.
Mr Schäfer’s publications cover a variety of topics pertaining to the fields in which he is active, such as ICC Arbitration in Practice (Verbist/Schäfer/Imhoos, second edition); “Arbitration of Intellectual Property Law Disputes in Germany” in Arbitration in Germany (edited by Böckstiegel et al); and “Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in IT/IP-Prozessen” in Computerrechtshandbuch (edited by Kilian/Heussen, Loosleaf N°28/2010).
Mr Schäfer speaks and writes English, Spanish, French and German. He has conducted arbitral proceedings as chairman or sole arbitrator in these languages.
WWL says: "Excellent arbitrator" Erik Schäfer is particularly adept at handling arbitrations involving complex intellectual property issues.
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