Dr. Markus Grammel

German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

grammel@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: Munich

Languages: German, English


Markus Grammel is an expert in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. As a partner at Grünecker, he advises clients on protecting their intellectual property, focusing strongly on all aspects of patent law.

His extensive technical knowledge in chemistry and biology, analytical approach, years of experience in complex litigation, and quick-wittedness in oral proceedings make Markus a highly valued advisor who provides tangible benefits to his clients.

His responsibilities include drafting patent applications, managing global patent portfolios, and representing clients before the Examining Divisions of the European Patent Office. He handles complex opposition and validity proceedings, appeal cases, and supports his clients in patent infringement matters. In recent years, he has successfully defended crucial intellectual property rights for clients and secured freedom to operate in key markets.

During his doctoral studies at Rockefeller University in New York, Markus gained his technical expertise in chemical biology. Before this, he completed his studies at the Technical University of Munich and spent time at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne.

In his leisure time, Markus enjoys mountain activities and cycling with his family.


  • Patent Law
  • Patent Infringement
  • Due Diligence

Technical fields

  • Life Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Diagnostics
  • Food industry
  • Agricultural industry


  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2005
  • Technical University of Munich, Diploma in Biology, 2007
  • Diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, 2007
  • The Rockefeller University, Ph.D., 2012
  • Patent Attorney, 2016
  • European Patent Attorney, 2017


How to take advantage of both EPO prosecution and German enforcement.
IAM The Guide to Life Sciences: Key Issues for senior life sciences executives
Grammel M, Ochs S and Biselli E., iam-media.com, 2023

Protecting second medical use inventions in Europe.
IAM Life Sciences: Key issues for senior life science executives
Grammel M and Biselli E., iam-media.com, 2022

Sometimes Less Is More—Disclaimer Practice in the European Patent Office
Zimmer FJ and Grammel M., Biotechnology Law Rep., 2018

Protection and enforcement of second medical use claims.
IAM Life Sciences: Key issues for senior life sciences executives
Grammel M and Vogelsang-Wenke H., iam-media.com, 2017

Mind your language
Life Science Intellectual Property Review, 2016
Japanese translation in A.I.P.P.I., 62, 6, 2017

Chemical reporters for biological discovery
Grammel M, Hang HC., Nat Chem Biol. 2013 Aug; 9(8):475-84

Awards & Rankings

Core Attorney – Prosecution and official Proceedings (Tier 1); Litigation (Tier 2), Legal500, 2023

Rising Star – Germany, IP Stars, 2023