Christian Schäflein

Partner at Maiwald Patentanwalts- und Rechtsanwalts-GmbH

As one of Maiwald’s senior partners, Christian Schäflein has counselled clients on all phases of the life cycle of IP assets. His international clients rely on his expertise in handling disputes across the full spectrum of IP law worldwide. His professional competence in looking after the IP interests of internationally operating corporations derives from, among other things, his detailed knowledge of US patent law. As head of the digitalisation and data security group at Maiwald, his areas of focus include artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data security and autonomous driving. Dr Schäflein believes that the diversity of his team is a major factor in the firm’s success as people of varied cultural and religious backgrounds, ages, lifestyles and genders approach a problem from different perspectives, often arriving at better, more creative and valuable solutions than a homogeneous team.

He has prosecuted and advised on patents relating to electronic circuits and sensor systems, including computer processors and semiconductor devices, computer-based inventions such as graphics processing, computer algorithms and data transfer, and consumer electronics such as navigation devices and mobile phones.

Dr Schäflein holds a PhD in the field of experimental semiconductor physics and conducted research on carbon nanotubes prior to becoming a German and European patent attorney.

Focus of work

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data security
  • Communication technology
  • Computer-implemented inventions
  • Designs
  • IP consulting


  • Patent litigation
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analyses
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings

Professional associations

  • GRUR

Firm details

Maiwald Patentanwalts- und Rechtsanwalts-GmbH
Elisenstrasse 3
Munich 80335

Contact details

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