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Michael Schmid

Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering
European Patent and Trademark Attorney
German Patent and Trademark Attorney
US Patent Agent
Foreign Legal Consultant
(Registered with State Bar of California)

Michael Schmid studied Electrical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He obtained his Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003.

Immediately after his graduation, Mr. Schmid started his career in intellectual property. After having worked with a well known intellectual property law firm in Munich for a few years, he qualified as a German Patent and Trademark Attorney as well as a European Patent and Trademark Attorney in 2008.

Mr. Schmid advises clients on all kinds of legal matters concerning European and German intellectual property laws. He has a special interest and extensive practical experience in patent litigation and IP due diligence. In the recent years Mr. Schmid has represented and assisted several international clients in a series of patent infringement and invalidation proceedings in Germany.

Mr. Schmid specializes in electrical engineering, particularly telecommunications, high frequency technologies, radio technologies, and analog and digital circuit technologies. He is also competent in prosecuting patent applications in mechanical engineering and physics.

Mr. Schmid is fluent in German and English; he also has a basic knowledge of Chinese.

Sharon Jie Zhao

Master of Applied Science
European Patent Attorney
Chinese Patent Attorney
US Patent Agent

Born in China and now based in Munich, Germany, Ms. Jie Zhao is a European Patent Attorney and Chinese Patent Attorney having 20 years of full-time experience in intellectual property legal practice.

In addition to practicing European patent law on a daily basis, Ms. Zhao has been assisting European and American clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in China, thanks to her unique international experience and her in-depth knowledge of the Chinese intellectual property laws and practice.

Ms. Zhao received her Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada in 2003.

Prior to her Master´s studies, Ms. Zhao had worked at Nokia, China, as a telecommunication engineer for five years where she gained extensive industry experience by implementing and technical-supporting some of the largest mobile telecommunication networks in the world.

Upon her graduation from UBC, Ms. Zhao embarked on her career in intellectual property at UBC´s University-Industry Liaison Office. At this office she was engaged in the assessment, protection, and commercialisation of the inventions originating from UBC, one of the largest research universities in North America. Through her work at this office Ms. Zhao gained valuable experience in U.S. and Canadian patent laws.

Ms. Zhao started practicing European patent law following her move to Germany in 2005. She was admitted to the Bar of European Patent Attorneys in 2010 following several years of professional training at a renowned intellectual property law firm in Munich, Germany.

Ms. Zhao specialises in patent prosecution in Europe as well as in China, particularly in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, computer-related inventions, telecommunications, and mechanical engineering. Her professional activities also include patent opposition, invalidation, infringement, and expert-opinion.

Ms. Zhao is fluent in English, Chinese, and German.

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ProI is unique: Through one team, you can reach the world. ProI Patent and Trademark Attorneys is a young and vibrant medium-sized law firm founded by five intellectual property professionals, including U.S. patent agents, European patent and trademark attorneys, German patent and trademark attorneys, and Chinese patent attorneys. Some of us have dual legal qualification.

We represent you internationally and cover European, U.S., Chinese and German law.