Michael Munsch

Partner, Attorney-at-law
Düsseldorf, EIP Europe LLP

Michael is a German attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) who works in the Düsseldorf office. He focuses on patent law matters, unfair competition, trademark and design issues, and copyright law.

Prior to joining EIP, Michael worked both for law firms and in-house for international companies. After being a member of the IT/IP team of a well-known law firm in Cologne, Michael joined one of the world's leading food companies as IP Counsel before working for a major international elevator company.

Michael is a member of GRUR, a German IP association. He holds a Law degree from University of Cologne and is a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Fachanwalt für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz). He speaks English and German fluently.

Recent work

  • Acting for a plaintiff against a major mobile manufacturer involving Standard Essential Patents
  • Acting for Unwired Planet International Limited v Google, Samsung, Huawei, HTC and LG regarding six patents covering Android, 2G, 3G and LTE technologies (link)
  • Acting for Good Technology in a major international litigation against two competitors

Published articles

  • 7 August 2018
    Lawyer Monthly, Why is FRAND important for the automotive industry? (link)
  • 5 June 2018
    Lawyer Monthly, Why is FRAND Important for the Telecoms Industry? (link)
  • 2018
    GRUR-Prax, Verwechslungsgefahr zwischen BERG OUTDOOR und BERGHAUS
  • 2017
    GRUR-Prax, Groß- und Versandhandel sowie stationärer Einzelhandel erbringen ähnliche Dienstleistungen
  • December 2016
    PR Magazin, Bye, bye europäisches Markenrecht?
  • October 2016
    Absatzwirtschaft , Brexit - Auswirkungen auf Marken und Designs

Education and qualifications


  • 2016
    Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Fachanwalt für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz)
  • 2008 — 2010
    Law clerkship, Higher Regional Court of Cologne
  • 2003 — 2007
    Law studies, University of Cologne

Career history

  • January 2015 — present
    Attorney-at-law, EIP Europe LLP
  • July 2014 — December 2014
    Legal Counsel, ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG
  • July 2011 — June 2014
    Attorney-at-law, Nestlé Deutschland AG
  • September 2010 — June 2011
    Attorney-at-law, LLR Legerlotz Laschet
  • 2008 — 2010
    Research assistant, CMS Hasche Sigle

Awards and recognition

  • IAM Patent 1000, 2019. "Michael Munsch brings valuable in-house experience in fields from food to elevators; his involvement in high-profile litigation battles also marks him out as a stand-out practitioner on the German scene." (link)

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English

Additional information

Memberships: GRUR