Dr. Ulrich Storz
“The rapid development of life sciences affects patent law issues, too. This is both a blessing and curse for IP lawyers — but it keeps things interesting at any rate.”
Ulrich Storz was born in Münster, Germany in 1969 and now lives with his family in the Rhineland, halfway between Cologne and Düsseldorf. He speaks German, English and French fluently. His hobbies include mountain biking and sailing, and every once in a while, he picks up the guitar.
Ulrich Storz received his PhD from the University of Münster in 2002 with a thesis in neurobiology.
He then completed his training to become a German patent attorney, and joined the list of professional representatives before the European Patent Office in 2006.
Dr. Storz’s main areas of practice are managing and enforcing patents and patent applications as well as drafting FTO analyses and opinions. He also provides advice on strategic patent issues, notably in life sciences (biotechnology, biophysics, biochemistry and microbiology), above all in the field of therapeutic antibodies.
Ulrich Storz is regularly involved in major antibody opposition cases before the European Patent Office. He has also significant expertise in gene editing technologies including CRISPR, TALEN und ZFN, and also works in the field of CAR T cells, stem cell technologies, plant biosciences and enzymes.
In recent years, he has also provided representation in a large number of sizeable due diligence projects in the field of pharmaceuticals and life sciences with a volume of EUR 500,000 to EUR 100m.
Dr. Storz organizes the annual Rhineland Biopatent Forum and regularly publishes articles on patent issues relating to therapeutic antibodies in the magazine mAbs.
“Michalski Hüttermann (…) are among the best-known patent law firms for biotech patents in Germany”
“Cases concerning therapeutic antibodies at the EPO are likely to carry Ulrich Storz’s name.”
Mentioned as an IP Star in MIP Handbook.