Michael is a German and European Patent and Trademark attorney, specialising in life sciences and focussing on his clients’ needs.
Michael is a partner and Patent and Trademark attorney in our Intellectual Property practice, based in Munich. He is also a member of our German Executive Board.
He advises and represents clients in IP issues in the field of medical chemistry, medicine, biological, genetic- and food technology, as well as medical machinery and medical products.
Within the frame of patent and utility model law, Michael specialises in adversarial proceedings, in addition to patent prosecutions, and he represents clients before the European and German Patent Office, the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court. He is regularly consulted on infringement proceedings and his expertise also includes the coordination of proceedings across multiple jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Bird & Bird in 2006, Michael worked as a patent attorney in a biopharmaceutical company for several years. During that time he acquired a special understanding of the needs of the industry in terms of intellectual property law.
Michael studied biology with a focus on biochemistry, chemistry and molecular biology at the Universities of Erlangen and Strasbourg. He received his doctorate degree in virology. After that, he was a team leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. As a scientist and a patent attorney, he has held lectures at numerous conferences and is the author of several publications.
Michael is a member of FICPI, EPI and the German Patent Attorney Chamber. He speaks German, English and French.