Tilman Müller-Stoy

Prof. Dr. jur.

Tilman Müller-Stoy's main areas of practice include providing advice and conducting patent litigation (including entitlement proceedings) in all technical fields, as well as handling cases relating to utility models, trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent-related anti-trust law. He has extensive experience in not only defending against, but also creating, evaluating, and enforcing extensive licensing programs, particularly in the area of SEPs, including FRAND issues. His further areas of practice include IP-related contractual matters, particularly technology transfer / licensing, employee invention law and IP-related mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Tilman Müller-Stoy, having handled several hundreds of adversarial patent disputes in courts and patent offices, has experience in numerous sectors, including the sectors of telecommunications, IT (hardware and software), consumer electronics, medical devices, automotive engineering, sports equipment, machinery and engineering, glass coating, brewing and food processing technology, packaging and abrasive engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, also relating to compulsory license proceedings.

He represents clients in patent infringement suits, and in nullity, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the various infringement courts, the German Federal Patent Court, the German Federal Court of Justice, the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office. He has extensive experience in conducting and coordinating cross-border patent litigation (frequently in relation to the USA, Japan and the core European markets — UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) His clients are major multinational corporations but also include highly innovative SMEs.

Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Certified IP lawyer, Commercial Mediator (MuCDR), Partner

Location: Munich

Languages: German, English

+49 89 928 05-581


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He publishes articles on issues relating to intellectual property law, alongside his work as editor of the EPLAW Patent Blog. He is the LESI Chair of the External Relations Committee (and has been actively involved with LESI and LES Deutschland in various positions for a number of years).

Lectures & Seminars

Since 2009, Tilman Müller-Stoy has been working as a visiting lecturer in IP Law at the Technical University of Munich and was a docent for trainee lawyers at the Higher Regional Court of Munich for many years. He teaches patent law at the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) of the University of Washington School of Law and as part of Dresden University of Technology’s LL.M. program “International Studies in Intellectual Property Law”. He regularly gives presentations at German and international IP Conferences.


Tilman Müller-Stoy is also a qualified commercial mediator (MuCDR).

2017 - today

Honorary Professor for Patent Law at the Technical University of Munich

2010 - today

Partner at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG in Munich, Germany


Certified as a specialist IP lawyer by the Munich Bar Council

2006 - 2007

Commercial mediator (MuCDR)



Visiting attorney at the law firm East IP Legal Services in Beijing, China

2005 - 2008

Ph.D. (“Dr. iur.”) in Law with summa cum laude, University of Augsburg, Germany (thesis: “Proving and Inspecting the Object of Infringement according to German Patent Law”)

2004 - 2009

Associate at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG in Munich, Germany


Licensed to practice as an attorney-at-law


Second State Law Examination (bar admission exam)


First State Law Examination (degree-level qualification)

1998 - 2004

Trainee at various international law firms in Germany and at the US law firms Leydig, Voit & Mayer in Chicago, Illinois, and Baker Botts in Austin

1997 - 2002

Legal studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and the University of Aberdeen