Biography of Guenther Schmalz

Guenther Schmalz was born at Nuremberg, Germany. In 1985 Guenther obtained the Masters in electronic engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen, Germany. 1986 he joined Philips IP & Standards in Nuremberg, drafted and filed applications for patents, utility models, design models and trademarks for wired and wireless communication systems, audio and video codecs, televisionstudio equipment and DVD technology. He also dealt with oppositions of third partie's patents. Progressively many of these applications were drafted in English.

In 1991 he qualified as a German Patent Attorney and in 1993 he qualified as a European Patent Attorney. In 1998 Guenther was appointed “Licensing Assignee” and granted full responsibility for licensing projects of Philips in Germany and Austria.

In January 2000 Guenther commenced working for Ericsson in Nuremberg as IP group leader. Apart from the basic tasks Guenther became inter alia responsible for drafting cooperation contracts with universities and contracts for acquiring third parties’ IP.

In October 2002, Guenther was head-hunted by SAP AG, the largest software company in Europe and third largest in the world. As IP strategist, he was in charge of the portfolio of “e-Commerce”. Within months, Guenther was promoted to the position of interim joint Chief IP Officer. Guenther reported directly to the Chairman and Managing Director and advised the Board on IP strategic and legal issues. At the same time Guenther was promoted to the position of head of the German patent department of SAP. From 2004 to 2005 Guenther lobbied against the proposed “European software directive”. He represented SAP at meetings with German politicians, the German Chancellor’s Office, the German Ministry of Justice, the European Commission and members of the European Parliament to defend SAP’s objectives.

In April 2007 Guenther left SAP to set up his own business. In 2008 Guenther obtained a masters of law CEIPI, Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg, France. Right after this “master en droit” he moved to Monaco and established his office in Monaco. In 2012 Guenther passed his exam at CEIPI to become awarded the diploma in European Patent Litigation (D.U. Contentieux des Brevets en Europe).

Guenther was a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Professional Represantatives of the European Patent Office (epi) before he had to renounce on this function when he was elected as a board member of this Institute in 2010 and reelected in 2014. In this Instititute he is a active member of the Litigation Committee.

In 2013 the German Ministry of Justice invited Guenther into the Examination Committee for German Patent Attorneys.

He is a member of several professional organizations and associations.