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Robert Börner

Director, Patents

Phone +49 (0) 89 309 071 100 Skype murgitroyd-robert.boerner

IP Specialties

IP Litigation
Opposition and Appeal Proceedings
Patents (Physics / Mechanical Engineering)
Trade Marks


Robert studied general physics at the Technical University of Munich with a special interest in non-linear physics and solid state physics. After having finished his diploma thesis in the field of electron spectroscopy using multi-photon absorption he worked as a research assistant at the Chemical Department of the University of York, York, UK. During his Phd studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Robert conducted research on chemical reactions on metal surfaces under high vacuum by means of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and various methods of electron spectroscopy.

In 2001 Robert joined a Munich based Patent Attorney Firm for his training as a German and European Patent Attorney. Due to the medium size of the firm he had the possibility to work on almost all technical fields besides chemistry, e.g. textile machinery, paper processing machinery, electron microscopy, sensors, submarine antenna systems and plugs. His daily work dealt with patent drafting and prosecution (including opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO and the German patent authorities) as well as litigation.

Additionally Robert can rely on a wide experience in trade mark matters including not only availability searches and prosecution but also opposition and appeal proceedings before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, CTM register) and the German authorities. Due to his work on a large international trade mark portfolio Robert also gained rather deep insights in proceedings before other European jurisdictions as well as in the United States and Canada.

Robert joined Murgitroyd in 2011 in order to lead the team of the German office, which has recently been relocated to Munich, and was appointed "Director, Patents" in 2013.


Dipl.-Phys. Univ. (equiv. to MSc Physics), Technical University of Munich, Munich
Docteur en science (equiv. to PhD), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
German Patent Attorney
European Patent , Trade Mark and Design Attorney

Practice Jurisdiction(s)

Europe (before European Patent Office)
Europe (before EU Trade Mark and EU Design before Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market)
Europe (before German Patent and Trade Mark Office, German Federal Patent Court, and German Supreme Court (for invalidity proceedings))



Personal Interests

travelling, reading, family



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