Dipl.Biol. Ralf D. Kirsch, Ph.D.

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

kirsch@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: Munich

Languages: German, English


Ralf D. Kirsch specialises in patent law, particularly in life sciences, including biotechnology, molecular and cellular immunology, and molecular biology.

He actively participates in complex opposition and appeal proceedings, advocating for clients before the European Patent Office (EPO) ‘s opposition divisions and boards of appeal.

Additionally, he has extensive experience in preparing expert opinions, conducting infringement analysis, and performing due diligence.

Ralf is a member of FICPI.


  • Patent Law
  • Patent Infringement

Technical fields

  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology


  • Study of Biology at the University of Konstanz, Diploma in 1994
  • Doctorate in Immunology at the University of Cambridge (UK), PhD in 2000
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, 2001-2003
  • Patent attorney training
  • Admission as German Patent Attorney, 2006
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney, 2006
  • European Patent Attorney, 2012
  • Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC), 2023