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Stefanie Mielert is a Munich-based German lawyer with extensive legal and executive experience in the technology domain. Since joining the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Fraunhofer) in 1993, Stefanie has advised on a variety of IP-related matters – from strategy to operational, and relating to Fraunhofer’s national and international activities. Respecting the unique role and mandate of Fraunhofer Stefanie in her work focuses on IP Governance in the context of a robust (global) innovation system. Stefanie was Head of Legal at Fraunhofer from 2005 to 2010 and Head of Fraunhofer Legal Corporate Governance from 2010 to 2018. She is now Senior Legal Expert Standards, IP and Innovation.
Stefanie has special expertise in setting up international research co-operations, and in advising on product liability, quality management, export controls, and risk management strategies. She helped co-create a robust compliance management system for Fraunhofer in her role as Head of Legal Corporate Governance. Her experience includes a significant negotiation element for contract and conflict management. Over the past few years, Stefanie’s involvement has increased in the areas of IP/ Commercial policy at national, regional and international level. Stefanie complements her role by drawing on specific know-how and experience gathered during many years of consultancy work and teaching
Fraunhofer has a distinctive profile within the German research environment. Its hallmark is that it promotes the transfer of know-how from scientific research into practical application to a greater extent than any other research organisation. Fraunhofer is the largest applied research organisation in Europe, comprised of 74 Fraunhofer Institutes based in Germany with significant R&D involvements in at least ten other countries, 28,000 staff (predominantly qualified scientists and engineers) and with an annual turnover of around 2,8 billion. A portion of its annual budget is dedicated to enabling the institutes to pursue fundamental research in areas likely to become relevant to industry and society in five or ten years' time.
Senior Legal Expert IP, Standards and Innovation Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V./ Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS (Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, Munich, Germany)