Michiel Cramwinckel graduated from the Delft University of Technology with a degree in chemical technology engineering.

From 1990 to 1997 he worked for Koninklijke DSM NV as a registered Dutch and European patent attorney.

From 1998 to 2009 he worked for Shell International BV as a patent attorney and patent portfolio manager.

From 2010 to 2013 he founded the Dutch branch of UK based patent firm Haseltine Lake LLP.

Since 2013 he has worked as an independent patent attorney under the Cramwinckel Consultancy banner.