Dr. Dipl.-Ing., M. Eng.

Thorsten Last


Patentanwalt | European Patent Attorney | European Trademark and Design Attorney

Director of Chinese Desk

Dr Thorsten Last is a German Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney and is admitted to practice before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the European Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the European Unified Patent Court, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.


Patent law, in particular application, opposition and appeal proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the Federal Patent Court and the European Patent Office as well as nullity actions before the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Court of Justice as well as infringement proceedings, inter alia in the fields of electrical engineering (e.g. electrical circuits, communications engineering, renewable energies, household appliances), telecommunications, mechanical engineering (e.g. automotive engineering, plant engineering, technologies for indoor plant cultivation / vertical farming), software and artificial intelligence (AI);

Patent searches and opinions, in particular novelty searches, invalidity searches and freedom to operate searches;

Trade mark law, with a focus on trade mark application proceedings, trade mark strategy, trade mark oppositions;

Design law, in particular application procedures;

Licensing agreements;

Employee invention law;

Consultations on the WIPANO funding programme.


Dr Thorsten Last speaks German, English and French.


Studied electrical engineering with a specialisation in communications engineering at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences; graduated as Dipl.-Ing. in 2001.

Master’s degree in electrical engineering with specialisation in communications engineering at the University of Ulster in Belfast; graduated as M.Eng in 2001.

PhD in electrical engineering with the topic “Improvement of methods in the field of signal processing and automatic recognition of patterns in medical signals, especially in ECG signals” at the University of Ulster in Belfast; graduated as PhD in 2007.

Worked in a company in the semiconductor industry in various technical and managerial positions from 2001 to 2007 in Konstanz.

Worked for a company in the computer industry in a senior technical role from 2008 to 2009 in USA and Malaysia.

Started working in intellectual property law in 2010 at RGTH in Hamburg.

Studied “Law for Patent Attorneys” at the FernUniversität Hagen from 2010 to 2012.

Admitted as a German Patent Attorney since 2012 and as a European Patent Attorney since 2013.
Active at RGTH since 2010, partner since 2017.

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