Tag Archives: Germany

Breaking News from Karlsruhe: Progress on the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

The progress on the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC Agreement) had been delayed due to two constitutional complaints filed before the Constitutional Court in Germany. It was not the first attack on German UPC legislation. A first act of approval had been adopted by the Bundestag in March 2017, but … Continue Reading

Underestimated Risks: M&A and German Employee Inventions

American and Asian companies considering investments in Europe often focus on targets based in Germany, Europe’s largest national economy. Many buyers are not aware that due to the particularities of German employee invention law the patent portfolio of the target may contain considerable risks with regard to patent ownership. In the worst case, such “skeletons … Continue Reading

Germany introduces design invalidity proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office

On 1 January 2014, a new Design Act came into force in Germany – Gesetz über den rechtlichen Schutz von Design (Designgesetz – DesignG).  In a major change to the former system, the German legislator introduced design invalidity proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO).  This will significantly reduce the costs of invalidity … Continue Reading
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