Erik Schäfer is partner of Cohausz & Florack, a Düsseldorf boutique firm focussing mainly on all aspects of protecting and commercially exploiting technology and intellectual property. 1983 he graduated in Law from the University of Freiburg/Germany and qualified for the bar (2nd State Exam.) in 1987.
His main areas of practice are arbitration, matters with a technical ‘flavour’ (especially IP and IT), trademarks, copyright, unfair competition, 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 & development, licenses, outsourcing, purchase-, distribution-, and R&D agreements, service and marketing contracts, shareholder- and IP-purchase agreements, e-payment clearance, commercial secrets and patent vindication, agency agreements.
Erik co-chairs the Task Force on IT & Arbitration and co-chaired the Task Force on Expertise Proceedings of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is member of the Emergency Arbitrator Task Force. He was member of the eDisclosure Task Force and chaired the Austrian German Section of the CEA. In 2015 he was appointed BOT member of the DIAC. He is member of GRUR, LES, MARQUES, ASA, CEA, IBA, ICCA, CELA, and DIS. He is listed by KLRCA and SIAC (2015). He is a trained mediator.
Erik speaks and writes English, Spanish, French and German. He has conducted arbitral proceedings as chairman or sole arbitrator in these languages.