Mr. Schlee graduated from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, as a mechanical engineer (Dipl.-Ing.) with emphasis in the field of automotive engineering, machine tools and the mechanics of flight. His German engineering degree is the equivalent of a U.S. masters degree of mechanical engineering. While pursuing his college education he worked as a technical designer in the fields of laboratory fittings, machine tools and in the automotive industry.

Mr. Schlee’s many years of experience in intellectual property rights includes domestic and foreign patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs. However, he deals mainly with International patent applications (PCT), European patents, German patents and utility models, as well as U.S. patents. Mr. Schlee has represented numerous clients before various National and International Authorities for more than 25 years, specifically clients from the United States and Germany, but also from many other countries. This specific expertise makes him an expert in understanding the discrepancies and alignments between various Intellectual Property systems.

After working mainly out of the Viering, Jentschura & Partners (VJP) head office in Munich, Germany for 13 years, Mr. Schlee founded VJP’s Los Angles Office in 2000. The VJP Los Angeles office was reconfigured in January of 2007 and became Schlee IP International, P.C. working in association with VJP.

Bar admissions/Court admissions:

  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trademark & Design Attorney
  • US Attorney at law (California)
  • US Patent Attorney

Board Positions:

  • 2005 – 2012 : Board of Directors, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA)
  • 2007 – 2011 : Officer, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA)
  • 2010 – 2011 : President, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA)
  • 2008 -2009 : Chairman, International IP Practice Committee of the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association (OCIPLA)
  • 2002 – 2007 : Executive Committee, International Law Section (ILS), State Bar of California
  • 2002 – 2004 : Advisor, Executive Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of California
  • 2004 – 2007 : Member, Executive Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of California

Memberships:

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association AIPLA
  • American Bar Association ABA
  • International Trademark Association INTA
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association LAIPLA
  • Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association OCIPLA
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association SDIPLA
  • International Law Section State Bar of California ILS
  • Intellectual Property Law Section State Bar of California
  • Law Practice Management Section State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association LACBA
  • International Law Section Los Angeles County Bar Association LACBA
  • Deutscher Verband der Patentingenieure und Patentassessoren VPP
  • German American Business Association GABA