Michael Groß is Head of the License Department at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich. He has extensive experience in licensing (> 12,000 License Agreements since 1988), research & development agreements, European (Block Exemption Regulations concerning Licensing and R & D) and German antitrust law. Michael is registered as an arbitrator at German Arbitration Association (DIS, Bonn), DGRI (Karlsruhe), ICC (Paris, France), TENOS AG and as an arbitrator and mediator at DIS, Chamber of Commerce (IHK) Munich, General Council of the Bar, Munich, WIPO (Geneva, Switzerland), FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT), New Delhi, India, and TENOS AG; as a conciliator at DGRI, Berlin. He also has experience in expert opinions by order of courts, European Commission or by order of private parties; legal study for the European Commission 1995: Block Exemption Regulation No 240/96 (EC) Technology Transfer Agreements; co-authorship: Model-License Agreement China – Germany (German Ministry of Economics), 1996 – 2003.
Michael Groß was admitted to the German bar in 1984 and joined the Munich Office of Bird & Bird at its opening in October 2003, where he works in addition to his activity as Head of the License Department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich. Prior to that he worked from 1984 until 1987 in a law firm in Münster. From April 1997 until September 2003 he was an attorney at Andersen Legal (EY Law-Luther Menold) in Munich. Michael studied law in Münster and Bielefeld and obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Bielefeld in 1987.
He has written several articles and books in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, e.g. Groß, The License Agreement, 11th edition, Frankfurt a. M. 2015; Groß/Strunk, License Fees, 4th edition, Frankfurt a. M. 2015; Groß, IP-/IT-Mediation, Frankfurt a. M. 2013; Groß, Handbook Technology Transfer, Frankfurt a. M. 2010
He has been a speaker at various seminars on topics of licensing and research & development contracts since 1991.