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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 and time limit regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 30.07.2020)

Corona and time limit regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 30.07.2020)

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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WIPANO – financial support for your property right

WIPANO – financial support for your property right

With the WIPANO funding measure, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) support in the patenting and exploitation of their innovative ideas by reimbursing the costs of patent consultation and registration in the form of a subsequent grant of 50% of the costs incurred. The grant is divided…

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