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. 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).
The JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms has selected her as one of 13 “Leading Partners under 50 years” in patent law for the whole of Germany.
The Legal 500 praises her as an “excellent communicator” and “vigorous specialist”, as well as a “top patent litigator” (“very good trial preparation”) whose “performance amazes clients”. As a “strategic thinker identifying the key issues” and an “accessible, expert in her field”, she offers a “prompt and reliable service”.
Other listings have recognised her expertise – such as IAM Patent 1000, which describes her as “an impressive lawyer with a sharp mind and excellent technical understanding”(“polyglot and pharma ace” whose “star continues to rise”), Chambers and Partners and Leaders League, which highly recommends her. Chambers reports a client as saying: “She is great at coordinating cases and actions. She is prudent and really sees the essential, where others get lost in the woods.” She also features in the Best Lawyers Ranking.
Before joining Arnold Ruess, Ms Schumacher worked at 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.
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.