Germany Michael Platzoeder


Michael Platzoeder is a partner of WALLINGER RICKER SCHLOTTER TOSTMANN – a renowned German law firm covering all fields of IP law – and chair of the firm’s high-tech practice group. He is qualified as a European and German patent attorney and a European trademark and design attorney.

Mr Platzoeder represents international and national clients in all areas of patent law, particularly patent prosecution, litigation, oppositions and IP-related transactions such as patent and technology licensing and transfers, R&D co-operations and intellectual property in M&A, predominantly in the fields of information and communication technology, electronics, software, security solutions, semiconductor technology, physics and medical devices. His services also cover comprehensive consulting relating to strategic IP management such as innovation and patent portfolio management, IP exploitation, risk management, internal company IP processes and structures.

Mr Platzoeder holds a master’s in physics and has extensive international hands-on experience both as a long-time head of an IP department in the IT/telecoms and semiconductor industries and as outside counsel. He started his IP career in 1995 as a patent engineer at Siemens AG in the field of telecommunications and computer technology. Between 1999 and 2008 he served as the head of the IP department of the telecommunications business group at Infineon Technologies AG – a leading global semiconductor supplier – and the senior director of intellectual property and standards.

Before joining WALLINGER RICKER SCHLOTTER TOSTMANN, between 2008 and 2012 Mr Platzoeder practised law in another German IP law firm with a focus on building and defending several high-tech patent portfolios and on patent litigation, including several high-profile disputes during the so-called ‘smartphone patent wars’ and multiple cases involving standard-essential patents in the field of wireless technologies.

Located in Munich, WALLINGER RICKER SCHLOTTER TOSTMANN started with five attorneys in 2007 and has grown to include more than 20 patent attorneys and attorneys at law.

Professional associations

  • IEEE
  • LES
  • VPP

Sample client list

  • BMW
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Merck KGaA

Firm details

Zweibrueckenstrasse 5-7
Munich 80331

Contact details

T: +49 89 210 2320
F: +49 89 2194 9408

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