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WIPO Proof – digital preservation of evidence for your know-how

WIPO Proof – digital preservation of evidence for your know-how

Since the end of May 2020, the WIPO Proof tool has made it possible to create forgery-proof evidence that can be used to prove the existence of your intellectual property in the form of a digital file at a given time without having to publish it. This proof is based on a uniquely generated and…

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Patentability of plants and animals at the European Patent Office – the decision G 3/19 “Pepper

Patentability of plants and animals at the European Patent Office – the decision G 3/19 “Pepper

In its decision G 3/19 “Pepper” of 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office decided that European patents will no longer be granted on plants and animals exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process (such as breeding and crossing). This is a remarkable departure from its own…

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Using the corona crisis as an opportunity for realignment

Using the corona crisis as an opportunity for realignment

The corona pandemic has a strong impact on economic processes and is leading to a recognisable recession. Governments are currently offering assistance in the form of loans and short-time working to ensure the liquidity of the affected companies. Due to the decline in sales, many companies are forced to budget heavily for their expenditures in…

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Covid-19 – current situation in our office

Covid-19 – current situation in our office

Dear clients, we follow the current developments in the spread of the Corona virus with due attention. At the moment, our entire team is in good health. We have set up the possibility for our employees to work in the home office. Our attorneys, patent professionals and paralegals are equipped with laptops with secure online…

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Effects of Brexit on European intellectual property rights in the UK

Effects of Brexit on European intellectual property rights in the UK

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) took place on 31 January 2020, which in part has implications on property rights. Patents With regard to European patents, nothing changes, since the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Patent Convention, which is not Union law but an international treaty to which, for example,…

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Setback for the European single patent and the European Unified Patent Court (UPC)

Setback for the European single patent and the European Unified Patent Court (UPC)

The European Unitary Patent is intended to save effort, time and money for inventors and companies when applying for patents in Europe. Part of the reform of patents in Europe is an international court, the European Unified Patent Court (UPC), which as a common court of the majority of member states decides disputes on European…

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Corona and time limit regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 17.09.2020)

Corona and time limit regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 17.09.2020)

In connection with the spread of COVID-19, the offices have issued corresponding regulations concerning the observance of time limits. German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) Time limits set by the DPMA in ongoing proceedings (e.g. for responses to office actions) were extended until 4 May 2020. Time limits set by law (e.g. filing of…

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