Rudolf Teschemacher

Dr. iur.

Rudolf Teschemacher is a recognized expert in all matters of procedural and substantive law relating to the European Patent Convention. His work currently focusses on the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court, a topic on which he regularly lectures and produces publications.

Rudolf Teschemacher has held important positions at the European Patent Office since the Office’s early days. As Director Patent Law, he was responsible for advising examiners, EPO top management and users of the European patent system on how to apply European patent law. In his years as a permanent member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, he drafted landmark decisions such as Novartis relating to the patentability of plants or PPG and Genetic Systems relating to the admissibility of disclaimers. Rudolf Teschemacher’s activities on the Technical Boards of Appeal mainly related to chemistry and, although he was a legally qualified member of the boards, he became chairman of a Technical Board of Appeal in the field of Chemistry. However, he also worked in other technical fields, particularly mechanical engineering. 

As a Senior Consultant with BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Rudolf Teschemacher passes on the benefit of his exceptional legal and technical experience in the interests of the firm's clients.


After some 50 years of working in the patent field, mainly within the EPO and its Boards of Appeal, I see my role in sharing my experience with our attorneys handling big cases.


In addition to the above activities, he has also made many contributions to the development of European patent law with his publications, the most prominent of which being the commentaries on the EPC Singer/Stauder and Münchner Gemeinschaftskommentar, which he co-authored.

2005 - today

Consultant at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich, Germany

1994 - 2005

Legally qualified member of the Boards of Appeal and the Enlarged Board of Appeal; since 2000, Chairman of Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.7 (Chemistry), European Patent Office, Munich Germany

1980 - 1994

Member/Head of Directorate Patent Law (DG5 - Legal and International Affairs), European Patent Office, Munich, Germany

1977 - 1980

Legal assistant to the Patent Senate, Federal Supreme Court, Karlsruhe, Germany


Doctor of Laws, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (Thesis on contributory patent infringement)

1972 - 1977

Member/Head of Department National Industrial Property Law, German Patent Office, Munich, Germany

1968 - 1972

Research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich, Germany

1968 - 1972

Post-graduate legal practice in the district of the Munich Court of Appeal, State Law Examination

1964 - 1968

Legal studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany