Michael Fischer

Patent Attorney, Of Counsel


Michael is a German and European patent attorney based in our Munich office, and is part of our Electronics and Engineering team.

Before joining Venner Shipley, Michael was in-house for a multinational company in Switzerland where he was not only responsible for the development of their patent portfolio but also represented the company successfully in opposition cases before the EPO as well as handling some cross-border litigation cases. Before that, he was involved in building up a patent practice for an English full service law firm in Munich.

Michael specialises in protecting computer-implemented inventions, including inventions in the field of computer networks, telecommunications, printing technology, games consoles, cryptography, Bitcoin and AI. He has also dealt with many inventions from the field of electrical engineering (such as HVDC systems) and mechanics (e.g. gas turbines, wind turbines, as well as household appliances). He has extensive experience in preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office with a special focus on interdisciplinary inventions where AI meets other sectors such as chemistry and biology. He is also an EUIPO representative.

He is an expert on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in different jurisdictions and launched the largest German speaking conference on this topic in 2018 which is annually repeated since then. He regularly publishes articles on this topic and is invited as a speaker by WIPO Academy, EPO Academy, national patent offices and different think tanks. He is an associate member of EPI's ICT group and represented EPI at WIPO's global conference on AI and IP in September 2019 in Geneva. He is a member of one of the EQE committees.


Michael graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a MSc in Computer Science with focus on AI, telecommunications, theoretical computer science and cryptography and minors in Mathematics and Computational Linguistics. He holds a certificate for European Patent Litigation from CEIPI of the University of Strasbourg.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute