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Christian N. Schaefer

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Christian (Nick) Schaefer is an associate in the Chicago office, a USPTO-registered patent attorney, and a member of the IP Procurement and Portfolio Management practice group.

Mr. Schaefer focuses his practice on patent portfolio management and counseling, opinion work, and due diligence. He has domestic and foreign patent prosecution experience involving a variety of technology sectors, including automotive components, small engines, marine engines, generator systems, engine control systems, apparel and active wear, computer networking and virtualization, faucets, lavatories, GPS technology, and a variety of miscellaneous mechanical and electromechanical devices.

Mr. Schaefer has experience in large volume freedom to operate and landscape study work, including both technical and legal IP portfolio investigation and analysis. He has performed patentability, invalidity, and infringement analysis, including subsequent counseling, over a wide range of technologies. Likewise, Mr. Schaefer has evaluated commercial products, offerings, and related patent portfolios for acquisition opportunities, licensing, and litigation strategy.

Additionally, Mr. Schaefer has experience in U.S. Patent Office litigation relating to inter partes review proceedings and patent infringement cases.

Professional Background

Mr. Schaefer was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2016. Prior to that, he worked as an associate in the in-house legal department at Kohler Co., where his focus was on intellectual property procurement and portfolio management relating to the engines and backup generators divisions.

Prior to his career in law, Mr. Schaefer worked for General Electric Aviation, where he gained valuable experience in both engineering design and manufacturing engineering. As a design engineer, Mr. Schaefer focused on compressor airfoil design, including cold-section mechanical design and fan blade design, but also spent time working in FADEC control system design. As a manufacturing engineer, Mr. Schaefer started in General Electric’s Operations Management Leadership Program (“OMLP”), where he cycled through several manufacturing engineering roles over a two year period with an emphasis on obtaining wide-ranging experience in all phases of the overall manufacturing process. Through the OMLP program, Mr. Schaefer spent time in roles related to turbine airfoil coatings process engineering, generator-converter unit production supervision, engine services sourcing, and in both engine tubing and additive manufacturing growth forecasting. In addition, Mr. Schaefer spent time in test facilities engineering, where he configured and oversaw testing of various engine elements ranging from individual components to full engine testing.
Most recently, after graduation from the OMLP program Mr. Schaefer worked on the OnPoint Proposal Engineering team modeling and forecasting engine shop visits for the CFM and LEAP engine product lines supporting both new engine and used engine overhaul sales teams.

In addition, while attending the University of Cincinnati where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Schaefer was awarded a scholarship through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (“PACE”) program. In the PACE program, he worked directly with General Motors engineers in collaboration with design students from the University of Cincinnati’s school of design to configure suspension systems specially adapted for long-horizon, ultra-efficient green vehicles.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin