Dr. Thomas Eickelkamp

German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

eickelkamp@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: Munich

Languages: German, English


Thomas Eickelkamp is a renowned expert in patent law, specialising in software and information technology. With decades of experience, he has successfully represented leading global companies in these specialised domains.

A key focus of his practice is providing guidance on complex technical matters, particularly concerning inventions utilising artificial intelligence. Furthermore, Thomas possesses substantial knowledge in telecommunications and audio-video coding, along with extensive experience in securing standard essential patents.

Notably, Thomas has significant expertise in industrial automation technology. Accrued over more than 20 years, his skills include preparing and defending patent applications and navigating challenging appeal proceedings.

Backed by his comprehensive technical proficiency and academic background in electrical engineering and physics, Thomas is highly regarded as a trusted resource in his field.

Thomas is a member of EPI, FICPI, DPG.


  • Patent Law

Technical fields

  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Automation Technology
  • Computer Technology


  • Study of electrical engineering at the TU Berlin, graduated in 1992
  • Doctorate in physics at the Max Planck Institute and the University of Stuttgart, 1996
  • Postdoc at CEMES/CNRS, Toulouse, France, 1996-1997
  • German Patent Attorney, 2001
  • European Patent Attorney, 2001
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney, 2001
  • Partner at Grünecker, since 2004
  • Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC), 2023

Awards & Rankings

Leading Patent Attorney in his field, Best Lawyers, since 2021

Silver – Germany – Individuals – Prosecution and Nullity
“After a postdoc at CEMES/CNRS in Toulouse, Eickelkamp qualified as an attorney in 2000. He has since provided expert insight to clients with inventions in electrical engineering, software, nanotechnology and communication technologies.”, IAM 1000, 2023

Leading Patent Attorney in his field, Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, edition 2024