Christine Cirl

Dipl.-Biol. Dr. rer. nat.

Christine Cirl, LL.M.

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney

Dipl.-Biol. Dr. rer. nat.

Christine Cirl, LL.M.

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney

As a patent attorney, Christine Cirl has special professional experience in drafting and managing German, European and international patent applications, drafting oppositions and nullity suits and preparing expertises, including extensive searches in relation to FTO expertises, IP landscaping and portfolio analyses.

According to Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, Christine Cirl ranks as one of Germany’s best lawyers in 2020 in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

She speaks German, English, French (basic skills) and Japanese (basic skills).

Technical focus

  • Biotechnology
  • Genome editing
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Food chemistry


Studied Biology with focus on Technical Biology at Technical University (TU) Munich, Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, and at GSF (Helmholtz Center Munich, department: Gene vectors), specializing on Rational Protein Engineering; post-gradual studies and PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) and PostDoc at Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, TU Munich; professional experience in the (re)insurance business (MunichRe and Allianz; areas: risk management, sustainability, due-diligence).

Legal training at an international law firm with accompanying legal studies at the Distance-Learning University of Hagen, at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court in Munich. Distance-Learning University of Hagen: Master's degree in European Intellectual Property, LL.M. 2019. Patent Attorney (Germany) since 2014, European Patent Attorney since 2015. At Eisenführ Speiser since 2015.


  • Patent Attorneys Association (PAK)
  • Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi)
  • Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)

Publications & Presentations

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2019

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Uropathogenic Escherichia coli strain CFT073 disrupts NLRP3 inflammasome activation

J. Clin. Invest, 126(7): 2425-36

Weitere Autoren: Waldhuber A., Puthia M., Wieser A, Dürr S., Neumann-Pfeifer S., Albrecht S.

Beitrag zum Tagungsband sowie Vortrag zum Thema "Analyse von Patentportfolios: Generierung aussagekräftiger Ergebnisse als Entscheidungshilfe für die strategische Planung"

im Rahmen der PATINFO 2016 "Big Data - Chancen und Herausforderungen", 8. bis 10. Juni 2016, Ilmenau

A Comparative Analysis of the Mechanism of Toll-Like Receptor-Disruption by TIR-Containing Protein C from Uropathogenic Escherichia coli

Pathogens, 5(1): pii: E25

Weitere Autoren/Further authors: Waldhuber A., Snyder G.A.

Crystal structures of the Toll/Interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domains from the Brucella protein TcpB and host adaptor TIRAP reveal mechanisms of molecular mimicry

J. Biol. Chem., 2014, Jan. 10, 289(2), 669-79

Weitere Autoren: Snyder, G.A., Deredge, D., Waldhuber, A., Fresquez, T., Wilkins, D.Z., Smith, P.T., Duerr, S., Jiang, J., Jennings, W., Luchetti, T., Snyder, N., Sundberg, E.J., Wintrode, P., Miethke, T., Xiao, T.S

Molecular mechanisms for the subversion of MyD88 signaling by TcpC from virulent uropathogenic E. coli

PNAS, 2013, 110 (17), 6985-6990. Weitere Autoren: Snyder, G. A., Jiang, J., Chen, K., Waldhuber, A., Smith, P., Römmler, F., Snyder, N., Fresquez, T., Dürr, S., Tjandra, N., Miethke, T., Xiao, T.S.

Toll-like receptors 2 and 4 regulate the frequency of IFNγ-producing CD4+ T-cells during pulmonary infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae

PLoS One, 2011, e26101

Weitere Autoren: Wantia, N., Rodriguez, N., Ertl, T., Dürr, S., Layland, L.E., Wagner, H., Miethke, T.

Inhibition of TIR domain signaling by TcpC: MyD88-dependent and independent effects on Escherichia coli virulence

PLoS Pathogens, 26 (9), e1001120

Weitere Autoren: Yadav, M., Zhang, J., Fischer, H., Huang, W., Lutay, N., Lum, J., Miethke, T., Svanborg, C.

Subversion of Toll-like receptor signaling by a unique family of bacterial ­Toll/interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing proteins

Nature Medicine, 14 (4), 399-406

Weitere Autoren: Wieser, A., Yadav, M., Duerr, S., Schubert, S., Fischer, H., Stappert, D., Wantia, N., Rodriguez, N., Wagner, H., Svanborg, C., Miethke, T.

Structural studies of Toll like receptor signalling adaptors

Journal of Immunology, 2010, 134, 136.45

Weitere Autoren/Further authors: Snyder, G., Jiang, J., Chen, K., Fresquez, T., Smith, P., Snyder, N., Luchetti, T., Miethke, M., Tjandra, N., Xiao, T.

Microbial Toll/Interleukin-1 receptor proteins: a new class of virulence factors

300 (6), 396-401

Weiterer Autor: Miethke, T.

Chlamydophila pneumoniae downregulates MHC-class II expression by two cell type-specific mechanisms

Mol. Microbiol., 76 (3), 648-661

Weitere Autoren: Peschel, G., Kernschmidt, L., Cirl, C., Wantia, N., Ertl, T., Dürr, S., Wagner, H., Miethke, T., Rodríguez, N.

Induction of iNOS by Chlamydophila pneumoniae requires MyD88-dependent activation of JNK

J. Leukoc. Biol. 84 (6), 1585-1593

Weitere Autoren: Rodriguez, N., Lang, R., Wantia, N., Ertl, T., Dürr, S., Wagner, H., Miethke, T.

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