Prof. Thomas Eder has been a partner of the patent law firm Eder Schieschke & Partner mbB since 1994. He has been an authorized professional representative before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office since 1993. In addition, he has been an authorized European Trademark and Design Attorney before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) ever since it took up its duties in 1995.
Practice as Attorney
Prof. Eder provides consulting services to nationally and internationally operating companies based in Germany and abroad in the entire field of intellectual property rights, particularly relating to patent and utility model law as well as trademark and design law.
His practice includes application and examination proceedings, (patent) opposition and nullity proceedings as well as (trademark) opposition and cancellation proceedings. His activities further include providing support in the enforcement of protective rights in infringement proceedings as well as strategically advising on developing and managing protective rights portfolios. Prof. Eder also provides consulting services to clients with respect to concluding license agreements and other contractual matters in the field of intellectual property rights.
Since 2005, Prof. Eder has been active as a visiting lecturer for intellectual property rights and the basics of patent law at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany. In April 2019, he was appointed Honorary Professor by the University.
Since 2006, Prof. Eder has been a member of the board of the Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys (Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte – BDPA), which has been representing the interests of German patent attorneys– particularly freelance professionals – since 1974.
Technological Background und Career
Prof. Eder completed his studies of electrical engineering with an emphasis on communications engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1984.
From 1984 to late 1989, he worked at Siemens AG as a development engineer in the field of optical measurement and optical splicing. During this time, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, as an external doctoral candidate at the chair of theoretical communications engineering and optical communications engineering.
In 1990, Prof. Eder began his training to become a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney and successfully passed both examinations in 1993.