Lea Tochtermann has been a Junior professor for Civil Law and European Patent Law since September 2016 (Team). She studied law in Heidelberg and Paris (Sciences Po), completed her legal clerkship in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and received a doctorate degree from the University of Mannheim with a thesis on the topic of “Sukzessionsschutz im Recht des Geistigen Eigentums” (‘Effects vis-à-vis third parties in Intellectual Property Law’). In her research she focuses on intellectual property protection – in particular patent law and the interrelations with private international law and international civil procedure – trade secret protection and arbitration law (research). Prof. Tochtermann teaches general civil law, arbitration law and international sale of goods (CISG), as well as patent and competition law (teaching). The junior professorship is supported by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Intellectual Property at the University of Mannheim e.V. (IZG).