F. Peter Müller

Electrical Engineer ∙ Mediator
German Patent Attorney
European Patent and Trademark Attorney
Professional Representative before the Unified Patent Court
Managing Partner




2023  Admission as Professional Representative before the Unified Patent Court
2016  Special Adviser to the Executive Director of the EUIPO and the ECEAB, employed by the European Commission
2014  President of ECTA
2009  Member of Board of Directors of INTA
2003  Mediation studies at University of Hagen
1999  Partner at Müller Schupfner & Partner
1999  Admission as European Patent Attorney
1998  Admission as professional representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
1998  Admission as German Patent Attorney
1994  Graduated in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing. Univ.) from Technical University of Munich, Germany


Peter is a managing partner of MSP in Munich and a patent and trademark attorney since 1998. His specialties include contentious proceedings such as opposition proceedings and the judicial enforcement of patent and trademark rights, as well as strategic advice on large portfolios. He also plays a leading role in grant proceedings.

He has been serving as Special Adviser to the President of the EUIPO in between 2016 and 2020. Before, Peter served as President and Council Member of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Presently he is a member of the Supervisory Board of ECTA and chairs the Mediation Association of German Patent and Trademark Attorneys.

Peter is frequently invited to speak on IP issues and the growing importance of international mediation in intellectual property disputes. Peter has been the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee of INTA and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of INTA, New York, a member of the Panel of Neutrals of WIPO, Geneva, a member of the Panel of Neutrals of CPR, New York and certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague.

After finishing his master in Electrical Engineering at the Technical Universities of Munich and Lund (Sweden) in 1994, Peter attended law studies for two years for Patent Attorneys at the University of Hagen and was admitted as German Patent and Trademark Attorney in 1998. In 1999 he passed the European Qualifying Examination and was admitted as European Patent Attorney. Between 2002 and 2003 Peter also studied mediation at the University of Hagen.


  • F. Peter Müller is amongst the highest-ranked Lawyers in Who’s Who Legal (WWL) 2023
  • IP Stars – Trade mark star 2022 & 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany 2022
  • AI acquisition international 2021
    Leading Medical Technology Patent and Trademark Attorney of the Year, Austria
    Mueller Schupfner & Partner – Peter Mueller
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018
    Peter Müller manages a diverse trademark portfolio for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. He is described by sources as “a highly respected leader of profession”.
  • International Advisory Experts 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany 2015
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal Germany 2013

Technical Areas

  • Medical devices
  • Automatic control systems
  • Information technology
  • Telecommunication and semiconductor technology
  • Packaging technology
  • Metal alloys
  • Construction technology
  • Electronic systems and integrated circuits
  • Machinery
  • Ultrasonic technology and software patents
  • E-licensing
  • Software protection and internet issues

Legal Expertise

Besides Peter’s extensive experience in international trademark prosecution and litigation, he is specialized in patent prosecution and litigation as well as global portfolio management, contracting and mediation.


  • FICPIFédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle
  • EPIEuropean Patent Institute
  • ECTAEuropean Communities Trademark Association
  • KAS – Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
  • BPVBayerischer Patentanwaltsverein
  • INTAInternational Trademark Association
  • BDPA – Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte e.V.
  • GRURGewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht
  • AIPPIThe International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • MAP – Mediation association of german patent & trademark attorneys
  • INGRESInstitut für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz


„Mediation: Creating Value in International Intellectual Property Disputes”
Edited by Théophile Margellos, Sophia Bonne, Gordon Humphreys, Sven Stürmann, ISBN 978-90-411-6736-1, Author of two sections

„Control of Systems with Backlash”
Department of Automatic Control, Lund Intitute of Technology, ISSN 0280-5316,1994

„Die Patent- und Markenabteilung im Unternehmen”
F.P. Müller, Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte 1999, S. 422 – 427

An Educational Mediation Video „Resolution Through Mediation: Solving a Complex International Business Problem”; F. Peter Müller as the Mediator;
Released at INTA’s 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Amsterdam, in cooperation with CPR – International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. 2003.

„The Community Trademark and the National Trademark. Are they in Harmony? The German point of view”
ECTA Gazette, March 31, 2010

International Speaking Engagements

Regular IP Seminar, „Introduction in Intellectual Property Rights”
University for Applied Science in Weihenstephan, Germany, frequently

Seminar of the Department for Criminal Law, Law Philosophy and IT-Law, University of Tübingen, „Negotiating and Mediating in IP Disputes”
Blaubeuren, December 11/12, 1999

125th Annual Meeting of INTA, „International Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Mock Demonstration”
Amsterdam, May 7, 2003

Seminar on Mediation at the German Federal Patent Court
Munich, July 21, 2003

Seminar of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, „Patents and Trade Marks as an effective Tool to Protect Innovations”
Munich, November 24, 2005

IBC UK Conference, Mediation of IP Disputes, „A view from the IP profession”
London, May 22, 2006

Mediation Interest Group Meeting, (WIPO), „The Role of Counsel in Mediation”
Geneva, September 1, 2006

129th Annual Meeting of INTA: „Mediation Workshop”, Introduction to Mediation in IP Disputes
Chicago, April 30, 2007

IBC UK Conference „Early Resolution in IP”, IP mediation – insights into cases that have worked and cases that haven`t
London, May 18, 2007

IBC UK Conference, IP Leaders Forum, „How to efficiently manage IP and technology disputes”
Montreux, September 18, 2007

IBC Euroforum Sweden, Varumärkesdagen 2008, „Generating Outcomes in Impossible Situations – The Power of Mediation”
Stockholm, January 18, 2008

ECTA Council Meeting, „Effective Dispute Resolution – What are the Alternatives?”
Munich, October 17, 2008

131th Annual Meeting of INTA, „Effective Dispute Resolution –What are the Alternatives”
Seattle, May 20, 2009

ECTA Annual Meeting, „Enforcement of Community Trademarks in the EU”
Barcelona, June 17, 2010

134th Annual Meeting of INTA,„SENIORITY MANAGEMENT – Why dropping national trademarks might harm your brand”
Washington, May 07, 2012

AIPPI Baltic Conference, „Authorship rights and IP rights – How to avoid disputes between the authors and the applicants”
Riga, April 20, 2011

IBC UK Conference, „Enforcement Strategies & Pitfalls emerging from Seniority Claims and Older National Trademark Termination”
London, July 3, 2012

INGRES, „Die Revision des EU Markenrechts”
Zürich, Januar 27, 2014

Lions Club München-Bavaria, „Intellektuelle Wegelagerei! Wie mit Schutzrechten „abgezockt” wird”
Munich, February 17, 2014

European Commission, IPKey – Celebrating 10 years of the EU-China IP Dialogue Mechanism, „Future reinforced cooperation activities between the EU and China on IP matters”
Brussels, June 29, 2015

VPP – Association of Intellectual Property Experts, Regional Group Mid-South, „The EU Trade Mark Reform”
BASF-Ludwigshafen, September 30, 2015

FORUM – 15th International Trademark Conference, „The harmonization of basic procedures in national trademark law: Overview of the new TM Directive – Chances and Pitfalls”
Alicante, March 9, 2016

IPDR Munich IP Dispute Resolution Formum at the Max Planck Institute – Mediation in IP Disputes FRAND and other challenges for IP ADR Institutions: „WIPO ADR Procedures for the Resolution of IP Disputes, including FRAND”
Munich, June 28, 2016

CITMA – Spring Conference 2017, „The UK out – combatant or cooperator – a German perspective”
London, March 16, 2017

WIPO Mediators Meeting – Exchange of Best Practices – „Caucus Sessions”
Geneva, March 24, 2017

ECTA Annual Meeting, „20 years of Case Law – A review of the most important EUCJ trade mark cases during the past 20 years”
Budapest, June 30, 2017

FORUM – 16th International Trademark Conference, „Brexit: practical consequences for trademark owners – recommendations”
Alicante, November 8, 2017

German Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Assembly of the Chamber – „The Procedure at the Court of the European Union – Overview of the Practice Rules for the Implementation of the Rules of the Procedure of the General Court”
Munich, November 21, 2017

EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office) – 4th IP Mediation Conference 2023: “Can Europe become a global IP ADR hub?”
Alicante, October 19, 2023