Thomas L. Lederer, born 1975 in Rosenheim, studied Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Informatics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Technische Universität Berlin before turning to Intellectual Property.

He is one of very few (less than ca. 1%) German Patent Attorneys with a Master's level degree in Computer Science (Informatics (Diplom-Informatiker Univ.), from the LMU Munich).

  • Active in Intellectual Property since 2007
  • Qualified German & European Patent Attorney
  • Listed as Servicing Attorney in Austria
  • Experience in Law Firms as well as In-House
  • Licensed in Germany for secret patents
  • Prosecuted Patent Applications also in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland

Tom is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge in Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese.

Since 2017 he is the Director of the Munich office of Chapman IP - Patent and Trademark Attorneys.


LMU MunichPhysics (Astrophysics); Informatics (Minor: Statistics)
TU BerlinMechanical Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
URS Strasbourg (CEIPI)European Patent Law
FU HagenLaw for Patent Attorneys

Note: The links below were created close to the publication of the articles and events.


Dec 2016: Patent Lawyer Magazin: Global considerations for PCT applications in the field of computer science - Patent Lawyer | PDF

Sept 2015: Patent Lawyer Magazine: Tiny advances - Patent Lawyer | PDF

Sept 2014: World Intellectual Property Review: Computer-implemented inventions: recent changes in case law - WIPR website | PDF

Speaking Engagements

19 Apr 2018: IP and Patents: Do’s & Don’ts PDF - Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Summit in Amsterdam

20 July 2016: Internet of Things PDF (own part - in German) - Workshop in Munich together with Dr. Thomas Buchholz, BSH

02 June 2014: Opting In or Opting Out: Weighing the Benefits and Dangers of the Unitary Patent Court System - IP Law Europe Summit 2014, Monte Carlo MC

10 Dec 2013: Aufbau eines globalen IP-Managements in einem mittelständischen luK-Unternehmen - IP-Management - Strategien und Lösungen für den Know-How-Schutz, München DE - by Bayern Innovativ

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Thomas L. Lederer is admitted as Patent Attorney in Germany and a member of the German patent attorneys' chamber. The professional title "Patentanwalt" (Patent Attorney) was granted in the Federal Republic of Germany. The competent organisation is the German patent attorneys’ chamber (Patentanwaltskammer; address: Tal 29, 80331 Munich, Germany).

The following professional regulations are relevant:

  • German patent attorneys’ statute ("Patentanwaltsordnung") and Patent attorneys’ code of conduct ("Berufsordnung der Patentanwälte"), both available at Patentanwaltskammer
  • FICPI professional regulations, available at FICPI

Following valid registrations are made:

  • European Patent Attorney with the European Patent Office and as a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) (phone: +49 89 242052-0, webpage:
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney with the EUIPO (trademarks, designs and models). The Council Regulation on the Community Trademark apply
  • Servicing Patent Attorney in Austria, listed according to §16a PatAnwG with the Austrian patent attorneys' chamber

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