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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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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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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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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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Corona regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 14.06.2021)

Corona regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 14.06.2021)

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

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