Michael Schneider

Dr. iur.

Michael Schneider

Representative before the UPC

Dr. iur.

Michael Schneider

Representative before the UPC

Michael Schneider represents clients in patent infringement and nullity proceedings, including related licensing matters. He has long-term experience in conducting and coordinating cross-border patent litigation proceedings before the German courts, in particular for US and other international clients. The focus of his activities are mobile communications, medical device and chip technology. He has extensive experience in the enforcement and FRAND licensing of standard-essential patents (SEP) in the field of mobile communications and throughout the automotive value chain. Furthermore, Michael Schneider’s practice areas encompass patent portfolio analyses and patenting strategies, in particular for start-ups, as well as employee invention law issues and know-how protection.

Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers ranks Michael Schneider as one of Germany’s best lawyers 2024 in the fields of Intellectual Property Law and Litigation. IAM Patent 1000 lists him as a “Leading Patent Professional. As a “recommended individual, he is included in the 2022 ranking of JUVE Patent  (“very intelligent and experienced”).

Michael Schneider speaks German, English and French.


Studied law at the University of Passau and the Université de Tours (France). Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Munich. Doctorate at Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Copyright law in Munich and at LMU Munich on the topic of “European Patent Jurisdiction”; research stay at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Washington D.C.

Assistant to the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation.

At Eisenführ Speiser since 2021, previously Partner at international IP law firms.


  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Publications & Presentations

Locked-out Before the UPC’s doors: Temporal Scope of Art. 83(4) UPCA and R. 5.8 RoP

Case note to UPC Helsinki Local Division, Decision of 20 October 2023, UPC_CFI_214/2023, EPLP - European Patent Litigation in Practice 01/2021

"Inescapable Opt-Out-Trap? Scope of the blocking effect of former national proceedings with regard to the withdrawal of an Opt-out of the exclusive competence of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)"

Article in Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, Edition 01/2023, 4-7

Rezension zu Kühnen, Handbuch der Patentverletzung, 14. Auflage

Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, Ausgabe 11/2022, Seite 519

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