Reta Schinkel

M.A. (Cantab) ∙ Dr. phil. · Physicist
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
2008  Partner at Müller Schupfner & Partner
2003  Admission as professional representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
2003  Admission as German and European Patent Attorney
1999  Ph.D. in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Basel University
1995  M.A. in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Cambridge, UK


Reta has been working in Intellectual Property for 20 years and advises clients in both patent and trademark law. Her focus is on portfolio counseling, handling patent applications in the fields of software, medical imaging and artificial intelligence, conducting opposition and appeal proceedings, and drafting contracts. She also advises on trademark filing strategies and conflicts, and negotiates coexistence agreements.

After studying physics at the University of Cambridge, where she achieved First Class Honours, Reta did her Ph.D. in Basel on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She completed her training as a patent attorney in 2003 and joined Müller Schupfner & Partner a year later.

Technical Expertise

  • Medical Technology
  • Information Technology
  • IoT
  • AI and Neural Networks
  • Energy technology
  • Imaging, especially magnetic resonance, CT and ultrasound
  • Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Electrical machines

Legal Expertise

  • Patent opposition and appeal proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices
  • Drafting patent applications and coordinating examination procedures worldwide
  • Trademark portfolio management
  • Trademark applications and oppositions
  • Coexistence agreements
  • Infringement opinions


  • FICPIFédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle
  • EPIEuropean Patent Institute
  • VPPVereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes
  • INTAInternational Trademark Association
  • LESLicensing Executives Society


„Frontocortical N-acetylaspartate reduction associated with long-term i.v. heroin use”

R. Haselhorst, K.M. Dursteler-MacFarland, K. Scheffler, D. Ladewig, F. Muller-Spahn, R. Stohler, J. Seelig, E. Seifritz. Neurology 58: 305-307 (2002)

„Preliminary experience with dynamic MR projection angiography in the evaluation of cervicocranial steno-occlusive disease”

S. Wetzel, R. Haselhorst, D. Bilecen, P.A. Lyrer, E. Seifritz, G. Bongartz, E.W: Radue, K. Scheffler. Eur Radiol. 11(2): 295-302 (2001)

„Arterial first pass gadolinium-CM dynamics as a function of several intravenous saline flush and Gd volumes”

M. Boos, K. Scheffler, R. Haselhorst, E. Reese, J. Fröhlich, G. M. Bongartz, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 13: 568-576 (2001)

„Dynamic susceptibility contrast MR imaging of plaque development in multiple sclerosis: Application of an extended blood-brain barrier leakage correction”

R. Haselhorst, L. Kappos, D. Bilecen, K. Scheffler, D. Möri, E. W. Radü, J. Seelig. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 11: 495-505 (2000)

„Si imaging of silicone breast implants and interocular silicone oil”

R. Haselhorst, K. Scheffler, L. Faletti, A. Kaspar, C. Prünte, J. Seelig. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 40: 170-174 (1998)