Thomas L. Lederer

Thomas L. Lederer

Patent Attorney, Computer Scientist, and Geek.

Patent Attorney in Munich at
ABP Burger Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

specialized in patents for artificial intelligence and "software patents" for computer-implemented inventions

"Change is the essential process of all existence."


About me

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 in 2007.

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).

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

Legal Qualifications (in IP since 2007)

  • – European Patent Attorney (EPO)
  • – German Patent Attorney (DPMA, BPatG)
  • – European Trademark and Design Attorney (EUIPO)
  • – Licensed for secret patents in Germany


Technical Qualifications

– Academic Education in Physics and Mechanics

– Master's Level degree in Computer Science

– Focus areas include: Networks and Network Protocols, Databases, Information Science and Ontologies, Programming and Theoretical Informatics


  • – Trained and worked at several Law Firms
  • – Patent and Trademark experience as In-House Counsel
  • – Acted before WIPO, EPO, and national offices of DE, AT, UK, and CH
  • – Co-Author of KLEY compendium
  • – CEIPI Tutor for EQE preparation courses

"Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead."

Morihei Ueshiba 植芝 盛平

Articles and Speaking Engagements

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

Speaking Engagements

Date Document Event, Location/Title
19 May 2022 PDF  
Video (YouTube) 
AI for Startups: Patenting Artificial Intelligence and Software
Organized by Technologie- und Innovationszentrum Gießen
17 Feb 2022 PDF   Fireside-Chat: Patent law, IP and copyright in an AI driven context. (PDF is only my part)
Organized by the Digital Entrepreneurship Hub of the Freie Universität Berlin
02 Oct 2021 PDF   LES-CH Rigi seminar: Presentation and discussion: "`AI´ patents"
29 Sept 2021 PDF   Helmholtz Zentrum München: Presentation and discussion: "Patents for Computer Implemented Inventions" (Slides are available for participants upon request )
23 Sept 2021 PDF   ABP perfect days | uptoIP® USER DAYS 2021: Presentation at the event: "Patents and Software" (Slides are available for participants upon request )
22 Juli 2021 PDF   AUTM Central Meeting: Presentation and Discussion Panel: "Artificial Intelligence: Current state of patentability issues"
29 June 2021 Podcast   POCKET GUIDE AI Podcast: Interview on the topic of patents ans AI: "How to patent artificial intelligence?"
06 May 2021 PDF   Stellwerk18 Presentation, Rosenheim: Patents and computerimplemented Inventions
30 Mar 2021 Report & Video  DPMAnutzerforum: Panel discussion: Patentability of Artificial Intelligence
06 May 2019 Podcast   KI-Podcast: Interview on the topic of patents and AI
29 Mar 2019 PDF   AI theme night of the Munich AI "Stammtisch": Patenting in die field of "AI"
27 Mar 2019 PDF   What is AI? meetup, Munich: AI and Patent Law - Friends or Foes? Frenemies? (PDF is only my part)
Organized by Charlotte Han
29 Nov 2018 PDF  
TechDivision meetup, Rosenheim: Patents and Computer Implemented Inventions
07 Nov 2018 PDF   Bayern Innovativ: "Artificial Intelligence: Effects and Challenges", DPMA, Munich: Practical Tips for Patenting of Inventions in Artificial Intelligence
19 Apr 2018 PDF   Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Summit, Amsterdam: IP and Patents: Do’s & Don’ts
20 July 2016 PDF   Workshop in Munich together with Dr. Thomas Buchholz (BSH), Munich: Internet of Things (PDF is only my part)
02 June 2014 IP Law Europe Summit 2014, Monte Carlo: Opting In or Opting Out: Weighing the Benefits and Dangers of the Unitary Patent Court System
10 Dec 2013 PDF   Bayern Innovativ: "IP-Management - Strategien und Lösungen für den Know-How-Schutz", DPMA, Munich: Aufbau eines globalen IP-Managements in einem mittelständischen luK-Unternehmen


Date Document Publication/Title
Mar 2019 PDF   GRUR-PRAX No. 7/2019: Patenting in the field of artificial intelligence, GRUR-Prax 2019, 152 (PDF contains only the summary, full article only in GRUR PRAX)
Dec 2016 PDF   Patent Lawyer Magazine: Global considerations for PCT applications in the field of computer science
Dec 2015 Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte: Review of Claus Färber, Patentierung angewandter Algorithmen, Lederer, Mitt. 2015, 576
Sept 2015 PDF   Patent Lawyer Magazine: Tiny advances
Sept 2014 PDF   World Intellectual Property Review: Computer-implemented inventions: recent changes in case law
May 2007 PDF   Diploma Thesis at LMU München: Ontology-Based Development and Promotion of Acceptance of an Intranet Infrastructure

"In short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity."

Stephen Hawking