Martin Wirtz studied law and ancient and modern history at the universities of Passau, Freiburg and Cologne. After passing the first state examination, he did research on the law of the collecting society in Europe as part of a diploma course under the supervision of Professor Bill Cornish at the University of Cambridge. During his legal clerkship he worked for an international law firm in Paris. He completed his doctorate after passing the second state examination. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Cologne on the German and European control of collecting societies.
Martin Wirtz regularly publishes articles dealing with trade mark and copyright law as well as competition law. Since 2008, he has published the case law overview “Aktuelles aus dem Markenrecht” twice a year in the Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte (Mitt.), and thus has already published more than 30 articles for 15 years. Furthermore, he is co-author of the commentary on copyright law, Fromm/Nordemann since the 3rd edition and Götting/Nordemann commentary on UWG. He contributes to the commentary “Markengesetz: MarkenG” by Ingerl/Rohnke/Nordemann, published in the fourth edition in 2023, as well as to the practice handbook “Intellectual Property on the Internet”.
JUVE has ranked Martin Wirtz constructively among the recommended attorneys in intellectual property law since 2009. In the 2020/21 edition of The Legal 500 Germany, he is listed as a trademark and design expert. Best Lawyers has recognized him in the field of intellectual property annually since the 2020/21 edition.
He is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). Since 2007, he has held teaching positions at the Continuing Education Center of the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden.