Partner at Arnold Ruess
Cordula Schumacher is a partner of boutique IP firm Arnold Ruess, based in Dusseldorf, Germany. She specialises in intellectual property, with a focus on national and international patent litigation covering all technical fields – particularly pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications and mechanics. In addition, Ms Schumacher has been involved in various cases with a strong competition law focus (eg, the European Commission’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry and standard-essential patent litigation in the telecommunications sector with fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory defences). She regularly advises on licensing and employee inventions.
Before joining Arnold Ruess, Ms Schumacher worked with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for six years (Dusseldorf and Hong Kong). The Dusseldorf Bar Association has awarded her the title of Fachanwalt (bar-certified specialist) for IP law. She is listed as an expert in her field in the IAM Patent 1000 (which described her as “an impressive lawyer with a sharp mind and excellent technical understanding” and “[a] polyglot and pharma ace” whose “star continues to rise”) and Chambers, and is highly recommended by Leaders League. Chambers reports about client appraisal: “She is great at co-ordinating cases and actions. She is prudent and really sees the essential, where others get lost in the woods.” JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms highly recommends Ms Schumacher for patent litigation, praising her “very good trial preparation”, and she was voted by her peers into the Best Lawyers ranking. The Legal 500 lists her as a “strategic thinker identifying the key issues” and an “accessible, expert in her field” who offers a “prompt and reliable service”.
Ms Schumacher studied law and business administration at the Universities of Bayreuth and Cologne, Hawaii Pacific University and Sorbonne-Panthéon, Paris I. She holds a law degree from Cologne University, a master’s in IP law from Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf and a French law degree from Sorbonne-Panthéon, Paris I.
Ms Schumacher speaks German, English, Spanish and French.