Michael Platzoeder

Partner at Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann, Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Michael Platzoeder is a partner at Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann – a renowned German law firm that covers 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 prosecution, litigation, oppositions and legal opinions. He also represents clients in IP-related transactions, such as patent and technology licensing and transfers, R&D cooperations and intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions, 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, and employee invention law.

Mr Platzoeder has a master’s in physics and 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 fields of telecoms and computer technology. Between 1999 and 2008 he served as the head of the IP department of the telecoms business group at Infineon Technologies AG – a leading global semiconductor supplier – and senior director of intellectual property and standards.

Before joining Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann, between 2008 and 2012 Mr Platzoeder practised law at another German IP firm with a focus on building and defending several high-tech patent portfolios and on patent litigation, including several high-profile disputes during the ‘smartphone patent wars’ and multiple cases involving SEPs in the field of wireless technologies.

Located in Munich, Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann started with five attorneys in 2007 and has grown to include over 20 patent attorneys and attorneys at law, representing clients from all over the world and across the full spectrum of industries.

Professional associations

  • IEEE
  • LES
  • VPP

Sample client list

  • Axell Wireless
  • BMW
  • Cobham
  • Fresenius Med Care
  • KUKA
  • Merck
  • Valeo Schalter u Sensoren
  • Volkswagen

Firm details

Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann, Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
Zweibrueckenstrasse 5-7
Munich 80331

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