Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Isfort

Partner, Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, European Patent Litigator

Dr. Olaf Isfort advises our clients primarily in the field of intellectual property law – both in matters relating to German as well as European and international patent law. He is also one of our experts for employee invention law and the drafting of licence agreements. He was admitted as a German patent attorney in 2002 and has also been admitted to the European Patent Office since 2003. His professional qualifications as a physicist predestine him to advise research institutions such as research organizations and universities as well as start-ups and spin-offs in the field of natural sciences. For these clients, he handles patent application proceedings (GPTO, EPO, international), opposition, cancellation and nullity proceedings, appeal proceedings, FTO analyses, searches and expert opinions. He also regularly supports our attorneys at law in patent infringement proceedings. Dr. Olaf Isfort is also a lecturer at the TU Dortmund University.

Professional career

  • Studied physics at TU Dortmund University, Diploma 1995
  • Research assistant at TU Dortmund, 1995-1999
  • Research Training Group Solid State Spectroscopy (DFG – German Research Foundation), 1995-1998
  • Research stay at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA), 1998
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), TU Dortmund University, 1999
  • Studied law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen, 1999-2001
  • Practicing in intellectual property law since 1999, patent attorney since 2002
  • Partner at Schneiders & Behrendt since 2007


  • Lecture “Introduction to Patent and Trademark Law” at TU Dortmund University

Memberships in professional associations

  • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR) (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Vereinigung von Fachleuten des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP) (German Association of Intellectual Property Experts)
  • Bundesverband der deutschen Patentanwälte (BDPA) (Professional Association of German Patent Attorneys)
  • Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)
  • Bochumer Kreis Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz e. V. (Bochum Association for Intellectual Property Rights)
Technical specialist fields

Elektronik, Maschinenbau, Optik, Physik, Software


Arbeitnehmererfinderrecht, Gebrauchsmusterrecht, Patentrecht


Deutsch, Englisch

Published articles

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have jointly prepared a study entitled“Linking patents, trademarks and startup financing“. The aim was to gain an insight...

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