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Erik G W Schäfer is a partner at Cohausz & Florack, a Düsseldorf boutique firm focusing mainly on all aspects of protecting and commercially exploiting technology and intellectual property. His main areas of practice are arbitration, matters with a technical ‘flavour’ (especially intellectual property (IP) and information technology (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. Erik co-chaired the Task Force on IT and Arbitration and co-chaired the Task Force on Expertise Proceedings of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He was a member of the Emergency Arbitrator Task Force. He was member of the eDisclosure Task Force and chaired the Austrian German Section of the CEA. He is currently a member of GRUR, LES, MARQUES, ASA, CEA, IBA, ICCA, CELA and DIS. He is listed by HIAC, KLRCA and SIAC (2015) as an IP dispute panellist, and 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.
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