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Second law on the modernization of patent law passed

Second law on the modernization of patent law passed

On June 10, 2021, the German Federal Cabinet approved the draft of a second law for the “simplification and modernization” of patent law. Among other things, the bill provides for an amendment to Section 139 of the Patent Act, which governs the right to injunctive relief by the patent proprietor in the event of patent…

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RKW-Seminars on patent law and other property rights

RKW-Seminars on patent law and other property rights

Patent attorney Gerd Stötter – partner in our patent law firm – is a regular lecturer at RKW Campus. The next seminar will take place on 15.10.2021 in Chemnitz. A basic knowledge of patents and other intellectual property rights is indispensable if a company develops new products or brings them to market. Otherwise there is…

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KU is now a member of the AIF InnovatorsNet

KU is now a member of the AIF InnovatorsNet

Our patent law firm has been accepted as a member of the AIF InnovatorsNet. AiF InnovatorsNet is an association of companies, universities, research institutions, associations and start-ups that strive for innovation. AiF InnovatorsNet provides access to the innovation resources of the AiF network and creates opportunities for networking in specific innovation and research projects. The…

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Attention in case of claiming a priority of a previous application by only some of the previous applicants

Attention in case of claiming a priority of a previous application by only some of the previous applicants

The Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has commented on this in its decision T 844/18 (Crispr/Cas) and continues its previous line: For an effective claim of priority of an earlier application (with several applicants) by only some of the applicants of this earlier application in the form of a subsequent application,…

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Presentation by Carina Ehrig at the Dresden Industry Talks of the DPG

Presentation by Carina Ehrig at the Dresden Industry Talks of the DPG

Carina Ehrig has given a talk on “From the idea to the property right – patent strategies for SMEs and scientists” at the Dresden Industry Talks on March 25, 2021. The Industry Talks are organized by the DPG’s Arbeitskreis Industrie und Wirtschaft (AIW) of the German Physical Society (DPG).  The series of DPG Industry Talks events is…

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EUIPO SME Fund to promote intellectual property protection

EUIPO SME Fund to promote intellectual property protection

99% of all companies in the EU are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, only 9% of SMEs own registered intellectual property rights. The “Ideas Powered for Business – SME Fund” is a funding program worth a total of 20 million euros that aims to make it easier for SMEs in Europe to access their…

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Federal Patent Court considers the design of the underside of a bicycle saddle not to be protectable by a design

Federal Patent Court considers the design of the underside of a bicycle saddle not to be protectable by a design

In its decision BPatG 30 W (pat) 809/18 of February 27, 2020, the German Federal Patent Court (BPatG) ruled on the question of the visibility of a design in the form of the underside of a bicycle saddle and its intended use and deleted the design reproduced below. These were so-called components of complex products,…

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Protection of know-how and trade secrets in the company

Protection of know-how and trade secrets in the company

On April 26, 2019, the German Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (GeschGehG) came into force. The law is based on the EU know-how Directive 2016/943 of 08.06.2016. The law strengthens the protection of trade secrets. A very important innovation, however, is that “appropriate secrecy measures” must be taken to ensure that know-how actually…

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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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