Tho­mas Mus­mann Partner

Thomas Musmann is a Crè­me de la Crè­me IP-lawyer.

Mana­ging IP Awards 2021

Thomas Musmann is a very experienced lawyer with extensive knowledge of enforcement options and an excellent advisor in the client’s interest.

Chambers Global 2024


Thomas is an IP litigator with more than 25 years of experience. He has advised and represented clients in IP disputes relating to a broad range of technological areas and industry sectors.

Thomas is particularly known for his expertise in advising and representing clients in complex and often multinational patent disputes. He has acted for a variety of clients in the fields of pharma, biotechnology, life sciences, chemistry, automotive, electronics and engineering. 

In addition to representing clients before the German courts, Thomas has experience of European Patent Office opposition proceedings. He also practiced in proceedings before the European Court of Justice and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings relating to technology contract disputes. Thomas has been involved in many multi-jurisdictional disputes, working with advisors and practitioners from across Europe, North America, China, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Other major fields of activity for Thomas are the law of unfair competition and license agreements. He has also assisted clients in the course of IP-related M&A negotiations and transactions.

Thomas was called to the bar as lawyer (Germany) in 1995 and became a Partner in 2000.

Key cases

  • AMO (J&J Vision) ./. Alcon (ophthalmic laser systems)
  • BASF ./. Bayer (crop protection)
  • BASF ./. Realchemie (crop protection)
  • Bayer ./. Ceva (animal nutrition)
  • Biogen ./. ratiopharm et al (MS-drugs)
  • Bombardier ./. Siemens (tram)
  • DSM ./. Novozymes (enzymes, biotechnology)
  • Ford ./. Opel (engine)
  • GAT ./. LuK dual mass flywheels)
  • Honda ./. Kipor (design)
  • Karmann ./. Porsche (roof)
  • Leo Pharma ./. Hexal (psoriasis ointment)
  • Medinol ./. Cordis (stents)
  • Mundipharma ./. Ratiopharm et al (pain relief drug)
  • Novartis ./. Johnson & Johnson (contact lenses)
  • Osram ./. Philips (arbitration, cross license)
  • Osram ./. Samsung (LEDs)
  • Osram ./. Asus
  • Sanofi ./. Actavis (diabetis medicament)
  • Shire ./. CSL Behring (HAE (orphan) drug)
  • Swedish Biofuels ./. Aral and BP (fuel)
  • UCB Pharma ./. Nectar Therapeutics (reagents)


19841990 Universities of Saarbrücken and Cologne

1990 Teaching Administrative and Constitutional Law in Eastern Germany in preparation for German Unification 

19901991 Assisting sales of East German refineries (Schwedt)

19921995 internship at the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal

Connections & Networks 


Awards & Recognitions

IAM Patent 1000: Gold for Patent Infringement

MIP: Patent Star 2022, Patent Star 2023

JUVE Patent Germany: Recommended Individual

Legal 500: Key Lawyer Patent Litigation: Solicitors

Chambers & Partners: Notable Practitioner in Intellectual Property

WWL: Global Leader IP – Patents 2022; National Leader Germany IP- Trademarks 2023 and Patents 2023

Motorcycling …
… requires concentration, determination and control and: It's fun! Just like my job!
My classic cars …
… epitomise that our achievements are based on the efforts of past generations.
Hiking …
… teaches me perseverance and patience.

The Rospatt Team

Our reputation and success have been built on a team of lawyers committed to excellence and perfection in their work. All of us specialized in IP law from the beginning of our careers. For this reason, every year of our combined IP law experience is directly relevant to your needs.