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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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Revocation and invalidity proceedings for German trademarks before the office since 01.05.2020

Revocation and invalidity proceedings for German trademarks before the office since 01.05.2020

In the course of the German Trademark Law Modernization Act (Markenrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz, short: MaMoG), a number of amendments to the German trade mark law have come into force on January 14, 2019. As the MaMoG implements an EU trade mark directive from 2015 in Germany, many of the changes made are already known from the EUIPO…

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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 29.11.2020)

Corona regulations of the patent and trade mark offices (as of 29.11.2020)

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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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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