HEVC Patent Enforcement Actions Settled
(DENVER, CO, US – 20 April 2023) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that the HEVC enforcement actions brought in Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against Samsung Electronics GmbH ("Samsung") announced on 28 March 2022 have been settled with the taking of licenses.
EU filing strategies for standard essential patents (SEPs) under the UPC
Using the German legal system to avoid risks
Innovation stays strong
Patent applications in Europe continue to grow in 2022
Considerable increase in innovations in battery technology
DPMAnutzerforum 2023: Analysis shows a leap in the number of patent applications concerning battery technology, a key technology, especially from Asia and the United States
The countdown to the UPC launch is on - current and proven
COHAUSZ & FLORACK answers your questions
Authorities warn of misleading payment requests
Federal Court of Justice confirms obvious prior use in required reverse engineering
C&F: “Greater clarity for innovative mobile communications companies”
How is Germany’s innovative strength looking?
Study on disruptive changes in science / C&F rates current IP activities positively
“IPR-intensive industries are drivers of growth, competition, and employment in the EU”
Joint study by EPO and EUIPO confirms positive economic effects of IP rights
German constitutional complaints against the European Patent Office are unsuccessful
Constitutional Court confirms the required legal protection
Fight against product piracy: G7 IP leaders intend to intensify cooperation
Patent and trade mark offices of the leading economies deliberate under Germany’s presidency of the G7 – counterfeiting causes damage to all industries – consumers can help fight counterfeiting and product piracy
UPC ready to launch
Cohausz & Florack offers comprehensive information and support for the transition
Egger comes out on top again with C&F and Heuking
BGH revokes Rehau’s European patent 2 247 451
New staff additions in 2022: Cohausz & Florack builds up its patent and legal expertise
Dr. Julia Konrad (neé Sauerwald), Tamara Moll, Dr. Christoph Genreith, and Georg Tully strengthen the team
EPO announces start date of transitional measures for obtaining Unitary Patents
As of January 1, 2023, the EPO will provide two transitional measures in order to obtain unitary effect for European patents.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2022 - Engineering, Physics and digital Innovations
Webinar Recording from November 10, 2022
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2022 - Chemistry, Pharma and Life Sciences
Webinar Recording from November, 8, 2022
Trademark procedures and strategies in Germany
A global guide for practitioners
Patent Litigation in Germany 2023
from: Global Patent Litigation Guide
Key questions for patent owners to ask their law firms before asserting their rights
When it comes to patent owners asserting their patent rights, there is a wide spectrum of possibilities. On one hand, patent owners may, as a basis for negotiation, aim to obtain a decision by an independent institution regarding whether their patents have been infringed, and their schedule may not be time-sensitive.
IP Risks for Investors
Intellectual property is a prime asset for investors in tech ventures, but few realize how vulnerable it is to attack as growth starts to happen. So explore these five questions first with potential targets, says Mathias Karlhuber at Cohausz & Florack in a book IP and the next wave of growth
Germany becomes ready for the UPC and revises Patent Act
Despite the worldwide economic challenges caused by the war in the Ukraine and the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Germany has worked hard at both the legislative and judicial level to continue protecting IP rights.
Germany a front-runner for innovation
Germany ranks 8th in the “Global Innovation Index 2022”
UPC takes significant step forward – judges announced
Last week, the UPC Administrative Committee published the list of the judges appointed to the Court.
Trade secrets in Germany
About protection, misappropriation, enforcement proceedings, remedies and trends
Launch of the UPC planned for April 1, 2023
The UPC Preparatory team recently published an implementation roadmap outlining key activities and milestones for the UPC in the upcoming six month.
C&F at the IP Service World
from 21-22 November 2022 in Munich
A parallel world with potential?
Developments and challenges in the metaverse
Without limits, but not without the administration of justice
Legal consequences and pitfalls of trademark protection in the metaverse
Cohausz & Florack is “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year”
Global IP Awards 2022 for excellence in IP
Tips and tricks on how to obtain patent protection for polymorphs
Chemical compounds, if present as solids, may occur in different amorphous forms or in different crystalline modifications. Such polymorphs can be of importance in the pharmaceutical sector as regulatory authorities often tie regulatory approval to a single specific polymorph.
Double patenting and double protection in the unitary patent system
The advantages of the “German-European tandem”
No disproportionality: First decision on new injunctive relief in Germany (Sunroof)
In Case 4b O 7/22, the Düsseldorf District Court dealt with the application of the new amended injunctive relief (Section 139, Paragraph 1, Sentence 3) under the German Patent Act.
Messenger RNA pioneer Katalin Karikó receives European Inventor Award 2022 for Lifetime achievement
European Patent Office (EPO) distinguishes Hungarian-born biochemist Katalin Karikó with the European Inventor Award for her life's work
Major steps towards setting up of the UPC
Following its inaugural meeting in February 2022, the UPC’s Administrative Committee has now held its second meeting.
Wonder gas of the future?
Hydrogen and its importance for the climate and economy
UPC is on track
At EPLIT's 9th Annual Meeting on May 12, 2022, Alexander Ramsay, chair of the UPC's Administrative Committee, gave an update on the progress of the UPC's preparatory work.
DPMA Annual Report 2021: China ever more innovative in digital technologies
Analysis of digitisation shows a marked increase in Chinese patent applications – DPMA President: China is making progress with its plan to gain technology leadership – Annual Report contains technology and trade mark trends – New digital version offers additional functions and particular user-friendliness on mobile devices
EPO practice on adapting the description to amended claims – recent developments in case law and EPO Guidelines
It is common practice at the European Patent Office (EPO) that, after Examining Divisions and applicants agree on a grantable set of patent claims, the description is adapted to the grantable claims, which usually have been amended compared to their originally filed form.
IP protection in Germany for Japanese companies
In late 2021, a German-Japanese symposium attended by 400 international guests was held at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO). The symposium titled “Patent infringement proceedings in Japan and Germany” demonstrated the close partnership between Japan and Germany in IP protection, with speakers including the former president of the…
Double Licensing Coverage - First FRAND defeat for a SEP joint licensing program
According to the reasons of one verdict exemplary published on May 3, 2022, the Düsseldorf District Court found that the un-FRAND license offered by the plaintiff justifies dismissing the injunction claim of the plaintiff despite confirming patent infringement.
Avoid, reduce, improve
In the discussion about sustainable business, the packaging industry is also called upon to be - and remain - innovative.
World Intellectual Property Day 2022: DPMA President praises young inventors’ eagerness for innovation
World Intellectual Property Day focuses on young innovators – In the past ten years, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office saw approximately 70 patent applications by young people – DPMA President: “IP knowledge offers young people true future prospects.”
New regulations for patent applicants coming along with the UPC
DE simultaneous protection and extended deadline for initiation of national DE phase strengthen Germany as court venue
Samsung Sued for Infringement of HEVC Essential Patents
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MPEG LA announced today that enforcement actions have been brought in Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against Samsung Electronics GmbH ("Samsung") for infringement of patents in MPEG LA’s HEVC Patent Portfolio License.
Number of patent grants at record level
In 2021, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office concluded more patent and trade mark procedures than at any time in more than 30 years – DPMA President: High number of granted patents strengthens companies in the crisis – decline in patent applications, trade mark applications at highest level in 22 years
UPC’s Administrative Committee holds inaugural meeting
On February 22, 2022, the UPC’s Administrative Committee responsible for appointing judges and adopting rules and regulations of the Court held its inaugural meeting.
Anti-Suit Injunctions: Legal Instrument or Political Tactic?
On the lack of relevance of ASIs for Germany as a court location
Recording CFWebinar: UPC Litigation - Pressing Issues?
Recording of February 17, 2022
More foresight, please!
Those who call for the suspension of vaccine patents fail to recognize an important role of intellectual property rights.
Kitchen gadgets in dispute
In the lawsuit against Vorwerk, the Lidl company collects a sales ban.
EPO examines applicability of the "Joint Applicants Approach" in PCT applications
C&F: "Prospects for improved opportunities to maintain property rights and protect innovations"
Hard, but promising: CO2-reduced steel
Reducing CO2 emissions has also become a quality criterion in steel production. The industry is coming up with innovative solutions here.
EPO provides transitional measures for obtaining Unitary Patents
In view of the forthcoming entry into force of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) and the accompanying introduction of the Unitary Patent system, the EPO will provide two transitional measures in order to obtain unitary effect for European patents.
Salipro Biotech Receives European Patent for Antigen production
Approvals in this patent family both in Europe as well as in the US further strengthen Salipro Biotech’s proprietary platform technologies to enable drug discovery programs for therapeutic antibodies against challenging drug targets.
Video: The Unified Patent Court
The UPC will have binding jurisdiction over all disputes concerning European unitary patents and European patents, meaning that what the UPC decides is valid all across Europe without further national proceedings being necessary.
Video: The Unitary Patent
In the not too distant future, the unitary patent will make it much easier to apply for a patent, which will automatically have uniform validity in almost all EU countries.
Financial injection for securing and exploiting intellectual property rights
By effectively protecting their intellectual property, innovative companies can skillfully place their ideas on the market, secure financing, grow and create value.
After more than 30 instrumental years at the firm: Farewell to C&F partner Johannes Simons
Düsseldorf, January 28, 2022 – At the start of the new year, Johannes Simons’ time as active partner and patent attorney at Cohausz & Florack (C&F) came to an end.
JUVE Patent takes a look back: The 10 best patent cases of 2021 in Europe
Cohausz & Florack represented as law firm in 3 out of the 10 cases
Federal Patent Court concretizes deviation from cost principles for reasons of equity
In a recent decision of the Federal Patent Court (AZ: 6 Ni 57/19), the 6th Senate ruled on the partial nullity of the patent in suit and thus declared an auxiliary request admissible and patentable, which the plaintiff had already agreed to immediately after the defendant had submitted it.
Austria triggers start of UPC Provisional Application Period
With the deposit of its instrument of ratification on January 18, 2022, Austria triggered the start of the Provisional Application Period (PAP) of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) on January 19, 2022.
EPO Board of Appeal disagrees with rule on mandatory amendment of patent descriptions
Düsseldorf, Jan. 13, 2022 - In a decision dated Dec. 16, 2021 (T 1989/18), a Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has contradicted the EPO Guidelines for Examination on a fundamental point:
Dr. Reinhard Fischer makes partner at Cohausz & Florack
Düsseldorf, January 11, 2022 - Cohausz & Florack (C&F) has appointed Dr. Reinhard Fischer as a new partner of its firm.
First FRAND defeat for an SEP joint licensing program
On December 21, 2021, the Düsseldorf District Court either dismissed or stayed all six patent infringement claims brought by members of a joint HEVC licensing program administered by Access Advance.
Cohausz & Florack successful in defending Fibrant’s patent on the catalytic hydrogenation of phenol
Düsseldorf, December 21, 2021 – Following oral proceedings on December 14, 2021, Board of Appeal 3.3.10 of the European Patent Office (EPO) upheld patent EP 2 513 025 B1 in amended form. The patent stands in the name of Fibrant’s IP-holding company CAP III B.V. and had been opposed by Versalis, S.p.A., a competitor of Fibrant in the field of…
Computer-Implemented Simulations: Patentable in Europe?
Patents are granted at the European Patent Office (EPO) for inventions in all fields of technology, provided that they are new, involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application, Art. 52(1) EPC.
Plan to relocate Boards of Appeal presented to EPO member states
Munich, 14 December 2021 -EPO President António Campinos and President of the Boards of Appeal Carl Josefsson have made a joint proposal today to the EPO's member states to relocate the Boards of Appeal from the Munich district of Haar to the city centre. President Campinos has invited the Boards of Appeal to occupy one of the EPO's buildings in…
Hisense Enters into MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License
(DENVER, CO, US – 13 December 2021) – MPEG LA announced today that Hisense International Co., Ltd. (“Hisense”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”).
Standard Essential UNITARY Patents
The Unitary Patent may become a standard choice for SEPs - the decision on simultaneous protection in Germany (UP+DE) should already be considered now
IP, contested technologies and the freedom to grow
As your growth takes off, IP attacks from direct competitors and indirect prospectors will intensify. So don’t let them take you by surprise and disrupt your competitive strategy, says Mathias Karlhuber at Cohausz & Florack in a book about how today’s winners are now lining up their IP
Ready for the virtual world?
For most of us, the metaverse is still a mystery and its acceptance and popularity unknown. For brand owners, it is advisable to act as early as possible to be on the cutting edge.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2021 - Chemistry, Pharma and Life Sciences
Webinar Recording from December 2, 2021
Judgment of the Federal Patent Court on the right to claim priority
The priority claim of an international patent application by several applicants is formally valid as long as all applicants of the priority application are among the applicants of the international patent application - even if the applicants of the international patent application include applicants for different states.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2020/2021- Engineering, physics and digital innovations
Webinar Recording from November 30, 2021
Germany revises Patent Act and clears way for UPC
Despite the pandemic bringing the world to a standstill in 2020-2021, Germany has worked hard at both the legislative and judicial level to continue protecting IP rights. The past 18 months has seen the first legislative reform to its patent law in more than a decade, and the plentiful rulings of the Federal Supreme Court have provided clarity, not…
UPC – User Expectations
The UPC is being widely welcomed by users, but shortly before its launch, it is foreseeable that users will likely proceed with caution at first.
Recording CFWebinar: Unified Patent Court & Unitary Patent
Webinar Recording from 16.11.2021
UNITARY PATENT - Simultaneous Protection in DE
National German law introduces simultaneous protection by a UP or a classic EP patent on the one hand and a national DE Patent on the other hand
COHAUZ & FLORACK successful in defending Bayer’s patent on the once-daily administration of rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)
Düsseldorf, November 4, 2021 – Following two-day oral proceedings in Munich, Board of Appeal 3.3.01 of the European Patent Office (EPO) on October 27, 2021 reversed the first instance decision and maintained Bayer’s patent EP 1 845 961 B1 on the once-daily administration of its best-selling anticoagulant and stroke prevention drug Xarelto®…
FRAND history in the European Union
A FRAND case is a patent infringement case based on an SEP.
UPC is a Court
As of October 27, 2021 the UPC has the Status of a Court
Federal Patent Court makes important decision on transfer of priority right
C&F: "Enhanced chances for the maintenance of property rights of innovative companies".
Trade Secrets 2022
About protection, misappropriation, enforcement proceedings, remedies and trends
Patent attorney Dr. Martin Rütten joins Cohausz & Florack
Further reinforcement for the areas of IT and communication technology
Presiding Federal Court of Justice judge Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck retires
C&F: “A judge influential in patent law around the world”
The Unified Patent Court is coming
Press release of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
The future of the automotive industry
Surge in electric drive patents
Copyright infringement through framing
Judgment of September 9, 2021 - I ZR 113/18 - Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek II
Three new patent attorneys join the Cohausz & Florack team
Dr. Soizic Grote, Dr. Eva Hasenhütl, and Florian Dietzler bolster the firm in the fields of physics and mechanical engineering
Recording CFWebinar: Life Sciences 4.0 – IP protection in Europe for Digital Innovations in the Life Sciences
Recording from August 24, 2021
Copyright claims of a designer of Porsche AG
Hearing date on December 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in case I ZR 222/20 (copyright claims of a designer of Porsche AG for further equitable participation pursuant to Sec. 32a UrhG)
On the trademark protection of the gold tone of the "Lindt-Goldhasen“ (Lindt Gold Bunny)
Ruling: The I. Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice, which is responsible among other things for trademark law, has ruled that the gold tone of the "Lindt-Goldhase" (Lindt Gold Bunny) enjoys trademark protection.
Recording Webinar: Benefits and risks of arbitration – a walk through Europe (ES)
An event organized by the Club Español del Arbitraje and the Asociación Venezolana de Arbitraje with the participation of attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer (C&F)
New patent litigation chamber at Munich Regional Court I
Düsseldorf, July 14, 2021 – The District Court of Munich I will establish a third half patent litigation chamber come August 16, 2021. The reason given by the Court is the steadily increasing number of patent litigation cases. The new patent litigation chamber will be chaired by presiding judge Dr. Georg Werner. Information on the further staffing…
Path cleared for Unified Patent Court and European Unitary Patent
Federal Constitutional Court rejects urgent request against the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
Patenting plant inventions via the EPO after G 3/19
Over the past decade, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has changed its case law on the patentability of plants (and animals) produced by essentially biological processes according to Article 53(b) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) several times.
Parliament passes bill to modernize German Patent Act
C&F considers significant changes in practice unlikely
EPO: Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal on double patenting
C&F doubts significant impact on practice
EUIPO sees significant rise in EU trademark applications in 2021
C&F hopeful for economic recovery and new innovative spirit
Cohausz & Florack welcomes two new patent attorneys
Svenja Schwandt and Dr. Lauren Schweizer bolster the firm in the fields of Physics and Chemistry, Pharma & Life Sciences
Double patenting – Art. 125 EPC provides legal basis for refusing a European patent application
The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has ruled in its G 4/19 decision this week that a European patent application can be refused during prosecution under Art. 97(2) EPC on the basis of double patenting under the European Patent Convention (EPC) and that this also applies to cases concerning double patenting…
Second medical use patents and their potential for society and research
Joint publication by Cohausz & Florack and JUVE Patent
EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal postpones decision on video-hearings
Düsseldorf, June 1, 2021 – The decision on the legality of the European Patent Office’s (EPO) regulation on video-hearings was postponed on May 28, 2021 by the Enlarged Board of Appeal after several hours of proceedings. At the core of the proceedings is the question of whether holding video-hearings without the consent of the parties is compatible…
EPO video-hearings: Enlarged Board of Appeal reviews challenges on grounds of suspected partiality and exchanges board members
Düsseldorf, May 27, 2021 – Is it lawful to conduct oral hearings before the European Patent Office (EPO) by video conference without the parties having to give consent?
Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement 2021
An overview of the enforcement of anti-counterfeiting in Germany
Cohausz & Florack criticizes draft law to amend the Patent Costs Act
C&F: “A step backwards for the German patent system”
Dr. Regina Hock is the new President of the Federal Patent Court
Düsseldorf, May 5, 2021 – The Federal Patent Court (BPatG) has a new President: Dr. Regina Hock was inaugurated into office on April 30, 2021 by Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht and State Secretary Dr. Margaretha Sudhof. She succeeds Beate Schmidt, who headed the Federal Patent Court for ten years. Due to the pandemic, the transfer…
Comment on oral hearings at the EPO: Leading patent attorney firms consider compulsory video conferences unlawful
Düsseldorf, April 26, 2021 – The question as to whether oral hearings at the European Patent Office (EPO) may be held by video conference without the consent of the parties is still preoccupying the legal community (see C&F Press Release of March 24, 2021). The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest court of the EPO, has now scheduled a hearing on…
Self-promotion – but with others’ products?
About the use of other brands and products for a company’s own advertising
CFPodcast - Ideas in the spotlight, episode 1
About Greek culinary arts, ideas "Made in Germany" and the cultivation and care of intellectual property rights
Opposition to the video-conference rule of the EPO: Board of Appeal questions lawfulness
Düsseldorf, March 24, 2021 – The European Patent Office (EPO) announced on November 10, 2020 that oral proceedings before the boards of appeal can be organized as video conferences even without the consent of the parties (cf. C&F Press Release of December 22, 2020). One board of appeal of the EPO has meanwhile called this new procedure into…
New developments in case law: assignment of priority right, publication date of documents
German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decision: Drahtloses Kommunikationsnetz (wireless communication network)
EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal to review new compulsory videoconferencing practice
C&F continues to strongly question legal basis
Long process around the UPC: a danger to democracy?
C&F criticises UPC supporters' accusations against the Federal Constitutional Court
Patent infringement in the use of a protected video signal by a video decoder
By playing a video signal encoded according to the patent, this is used as a protected direct process product, e.g. by a cell phone.
Further constitutional complaints against Unified Patent Court
C&F: "Standstill in the ratification process hardly surprising"
On course for growth with IP
Book "Winning with IP" with contribution from C&F patent attorney Mathias Karlhuber
LG Düsseldorf submits issues to CJEU on FRAND requirements in the supply chain – Nokia vs. Daimler
The issues concern the effects of FRAND requirements with regard to licensing at different economic levels in a supply chain, the possibility of catching up on prelitigation conduct obligations, and the requirements for a licensing request.
IP scenarios for fast growth
Trendsetter or newcomer? IP is a key asset for fast-growing tech, but can often find itself outpaced, says Mathias Karlhuber at Cohausz & Florack in a book inspired by the EPO’s and LESI’s High Growth Enterprise Taskforce
EPO Boards of Appeal to apply video conferencing rule as early as January 1, 2021
C&F criticizes new stricter rules of procedure
Order for reference to the European Court of Justice in the patent infringement action Nokia ./. Daimler
Press release of the LG Düsseldorf from 26.11.2020
ICC IP Roadmap 2020 published
International Intellectual Property Guide under the leadership of C&F