partner of the trademark and design department of VOSSIUS & PARTNER, can look back on an expertise in this field since 1999.
The focus of her work is the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks and designs with a strong emphasis on the monetization of IP rights, in particular license agreements, design development and IP purchase contracts. She frequently develops complex custom-tailored IP landscapes and provides her clients with competitive analysis.
Simone Schäfer is responsible for the trademark and design portfolios of leading companies in the sporting and fashion industry and has an exceptional experience in the protection of packaging shapes at the interface of trademark and design protection. 'The Legal 500 Deutschland 2016' mentions her in this context for representing a renowned German sportswear company in a trademark dispute with a competitor. Moreover, she represents major clients in the field of micro-electronics and medical technology.
Simone Schäfer has a long-standing experience in the development of international IP portfolios and is in particular familiar with the prosecution and enforcement particularities of the Chinese trademark system.
She studied law in Würzburg and Munich, Germany, and in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium where she specialized on international legal relations and European Community law. Before joining the patent and trademark attorneys at VOSSIUS & PARTNER she worked for Herzfeld & Rubin in New York and in the International Trademark Department of L’Oréal in Paris.
Simone Schäfer is author of the practitioner’s handbooks on German, European and international trademark and design law, “Formularkommentar Markenrecht” and “Formularkommentar Designrecht” (Wolters Kluwer). She frequently lectures on trademark and design law. She is member of INTA, MARQUES and GRUR. Moreover, she has been honoured with the 'Lawyer Monthly - Women in Law 2017 Award' and is recommended as a leading trademark lawyer by 'Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2018' and the 'Trade Mark Expert Guides 2016'.