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  • Bar exam (State of Bavaria)

  • PhD (Dr. iur.) University of Munich (LMU)

  • Certified specialist for intellectual property (“Fachanwalt für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz”)


  • German Attorney-at-Law

Thomas Adam is a partner of the firm Peterreins Schley. He is a certified specialist for intellectual property (“Fachanwalt für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz”) whose main focus is on patent litigation and licensing agreements, though he has advised on the full range of IP-related issues in various industries. With a PhD thesis on patent infringement and the doctrine of equivalents in an international context (LMU Munich) and a substantial tenure with the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Thomas combines a thorough methodological understanding of IP law with more than 16 years of hands-on practice as a patent litigator in all the major venues in Germany. He supports clients in national and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation in all technical fields, including the electronics and mobile phones space as well as with regard to pharma and medical tools. His work, which has included coordinating cross-border litigation, has always been intertwined with opposition and nullity work.

Prior to joining Peterreins Schley, Thomas trained and made partner in a leading German IP firm of solicitors and worked at major US and UK law firms, for one of which he most recently was part of a team successfully setting up a new office in Munich. For about ten years, he was a frequent presenter in the framework of symposia for national IP judges organized by the European Patent Academy of the European Patent Organization. As part of his pro bono work, he is also a member of the expert committee on Intellectual Property of the Munich Bar. Thomas´ particular propensity to US companies goes back to a high-school year in Minnesota some 30+ years ago.

Thomas is a regular publisher on patent litigation and a co-author with a current and a former Justice of the Federal Patent Court of the leading German commentary on the European Patent Convention (Benkard, EPÜ, 3rd ed. forthcoming). German legal directory JUVE labels him as “frequently recommended”. He is a member of numerous IP organizations as the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO; member of European Practice and Standards Setting Committees). Among other accolades, Thomas was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of 'Best Lawyers in Germany' in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

Among others, Thomas has been quoted on FRAND/standard essential patents litigation and arising patent disputes in the automotive sector by major German media outlets, including Handelsblatt, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Börsen-Zeitung and Automobilzeitung.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES (comprising in legacy firms)

  • advising a German client in the telecoms and smart card sector on strategic issues concerning litigation brought by a non-practicing entity against a big customer in the District Court of Nebraska
  • advising a client in the medical devices sector on a preliminary injunction prior to a main trade fair against the client´s former distributor who founded a separate entity to continue marketing components that were identical to the ones of the client
  • acting for a TMT client before the German Constitutional Court in order to clarify basic issues concerning the treatment of expert evidence by the Federal Supreme Court in a patent nullity action re voice over IP technology
  • advising a pharma client on the defense of its German patent and SPC on a blockbuster HIV drug and on enforcing the SPC vis preliminary injunction proceedings against generics
  • advising a client in the apparel field defending against a patent attack of a big Turkish fabric manufacturer
  • advising a client in patent opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office, helping to revoke a core patent of a non-practicing entity holding the whole German telecoms industry hostage
  • advising one of the world leaders in energy infrastructure in infringement proceedings and a patent nullity appeal before the German Federal Supreme Court leading to the successful defense of one of their core patents
  • filing protective writs with regard to potential preliminary injunction attacks concerning tools for spinal surgery of a Swiss client
  • advising international fruit growers on licensing strategies and infringement cases concerning trademarks and plant variety rights (apples; strawberries; kiwis).

Patent- und Rechtsanwälte