European Patent Attorney
Melanie Wenzel-Schäfer studied physics and chemistry (as a minor subject) at Augsburg University. As a scientist, she worked in the field of microfluidics. In particular, she used lithographic techniques to manufacture microfluidic systems on chips for investigating flow properties on a nanoliter scale.
In the area of biophysics, she further used optical spectroscopy (Fluorescence Protein Labelling), TEM, AFM and optical tweezers (laser trapping) to investigate the properties of proteins in microfluidic systems.
Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer has further been trained as a carpenter and has practical experience in the fields of interior construction and building construction.
After receiving her degree as a master of science in physics (Diplom-Physikerin), Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer was educated in the field of intellectual property rights during a 26 months program at KKM. During this time, she further completed the course “Law for Patent Attorneys” at the distance learning University of Hagen.
After a training period at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and a further training period at the German patent court (Bundespatentgericht), she passed the German patent attorney exam and was admitted as Patentanwalt and representative before the European IP Office (EUIPO – formerly OHIM).
Since being admitted in 2010, Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer successfully practices as a patent attorney in all areas of intellectual property rights.
Ms. Wenzel-Schäfer works in the fields of mechanical engineering, physical measurement equipment and methods and electrical engineering. Her technical experience includes for example mass spectrometry; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; probe heads and vacuum pumps; methods and devices for manufacturing and testing of integrated circuits, such as check cards and respective electrical contacts; milling, grinding and lathe machines; household appliances; and tools, for example for the craft sector.
A Winner of the CeNS Publication Award 2008:
T. Frommelt, M. Kostur, M. Wenzel-Schäfer, P. Talkner, P. Hänggi, and A. Wixforth
Microfluidic Mixing via Acoustically Driven Chaotic Advection
Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 034502 (2008))