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  • Gottfried Schüll

“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

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  • Gottfried Schüll

German constitutional complaints against the European Patent Office are unsuccessful

Constitutional Court confirms the required legal protection

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  • DPMA

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

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  • Hendrik Bücker

UPC ready to launch

Cohausz & Florack offers comprehensive information and support for the transition

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  • Dr. Thomas Rox & Dr. Henning Sternemann

Egger comes out on top again with C&F and Heuking

BGH revokes Rehau’s European patent 2 247 451

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  • C&F

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

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Mathias Karlhuber, Michel Kaminsky & Svenja Schwandt

Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2022 - Engineering, Physics and digital Innovations

Webinar Recording from November 10, 2022

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2022 - Chemistry, Pharma and Life Sciences

Webinar Recording from November, 8, 2022

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  • Erik Schäfer & Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Trademark procedures and strategies in Germany

A global guide for practitioners

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Patent Litigation in Germany 2023

from: Global Patent Litigation Guide

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

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

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer and Dr. Andreas Spinnrock

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Germany a front-runner for innovation

Germany ranks 8th in the “Global Innovation Index 2022”

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  • Florian Dietzler

UPC takes significant step forward – judges announced

Last week, the UPC Administrative Committee published the list of the judges appointed to the Court.

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  • Erik Schäfer & Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Trade secrets in Germany

About protection, misappropriation, enforcement proceedings, remedies and trends

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Christiane Hering

C&F at the IP Service World

from 21-22 November 2022 in Munich

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  • Tamara Moll

A parallel world with potential?

Developments and challenges in the metaverse

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  • Tamara Moll

Without limits, but not without the administration of justice

Legal consequences and pitfalls of trademark protection in the metaverse

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  • COHAUSZ & FLORACK

Cohausz & Florack is “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year”

Global IP Awards 2022 for excellence in IP

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer & Dr. Melanie Lödige

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.

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  • Dr. Carl Henning Lubba

Double patenting and double protection in the unitary patent system

The advantages of the “German-European tandem”

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Europäisches Patentamt

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

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Jan Ackermann

Wonder gas of the future?

Hydrogen and its importance for the climate and economy

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • DPMA

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

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Peter Reckenthäler & Dr. Frederik Tenholt

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.

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  • Erik Schäfer & Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Anti-counterfeiting and online brand enforcement

in Germany

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  • Gottfried Schüll & Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

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…

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Andreas Thielmann

Avoid, reduce, improve

In the discussion about sustainable business, the packaging industry is also called upon to be - and remain - innovative.

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  • DPMA

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.”

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  • Svenja Schwandt & Florian Dietzler

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

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  • MPEG LA

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.

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  • DPMA

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

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Anti-Suit Injunctions: Legal Instrument or Political Tactic?

On the lack of relevance of ASIs for Germany as a court location

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  • Gottfried Schüll & Mathias Karlhuber

Recording CFWebinar: UPC Litigation - Pressing Issues?

Recording of February 17, 2022

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer, Svenja Schwandt & Dr. Lauren Schweizer

More foresight, please!

Those who call for the suspension of vaccine patents fail to recognize an important role of intellectual property rights.

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  • C&F

Kitchen gadgets in dispute

In the lawsuit against Vorwerk, the Lidl company collects a sales ban.

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  • Dr. Fabian Vogelbruch & Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

EPO examines applicability of the "Joint Applicants Approach" in PCT applications

C&F: "Prospects for improved opportunities to maintain property rights and protect innovations"

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  • Dr. Romina Kühnle

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.

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Salipro Biotech AB

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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.

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  • Rebekka Schiffer & Svenja Schwandt

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll & Dr. Arwed Burrichter

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.

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  • COHAUSZ & FLORACK

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

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  • Dr. Christoph Walke & Dr. Martin Rütten

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.

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  • Florian Dietzler

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.

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  • Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

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:

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  • Erik Schäfer & Ulrike Alice Ulrich

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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…

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  • Dr. Christoph Walke & Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

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.

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  • European Patent Offce

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…

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  • MPEG LA, LLC

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”).

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

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

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  • Rebekka Schiffer, LL.M. & Svenja Schwandt

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.

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2021 - Chemistry, Pharma and Life Sciences

Webinar Recording from December 2, 2021

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  • Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

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.

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  • Mathias Karlhuber & Svenja Schwandt

Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2020/2021- Engineering, physics and digital innovations

Webinar Recording from November 30, 2021

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer & Dr. Lauren Schweizer

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…

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Arwed Burrichter & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Recording CFWebinar: Unified Patent Court & Unitary Patent

Webinar Recording from 16.11.2021

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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®

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  • Gottfried Schüll

FRAND history in the European Union

A FRAND case is a patent infringement case based on an SEP.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

UPC is a Court

As of October 27, 2021 the UPC has the Status of a Court

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  • Dr. Fabian Vogelbruch & Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

Federal Patent Court makes important decision on transfer of priority right

C&F: "Enhanced chances for the maintenance of property rights of innovative companies".

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  • Erik Schäfer & Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Trade Secrets 2022

About protection, misappropriation, enforcement proceedings, remedies and trends

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  • Dr. Christoph Walke & Matthias Waters

Patent attorney Dr. Martin Rütten joins Cohausz & Florack

Further reinforcement for the areas of IT and communication technology

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Presiding Federal Court of Justice judge Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck retires

C&F: “A judge influential in patent law around the world”

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  • Bundesministerium für Justiz und Verbraucherschutz

The Unified Patent Court is coming

Press release of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

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  • Gottfried Schüll

The future of the automotive industry

Surge in electric drive patents

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  • Bundesgerichtshof

Copyright infringement through framing

Judgment of September 9, 2021 - I ZR 113/18 - Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek II

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  • Dr. Thomas Rox, Mathias Karlhuber, Dr. Jochen Kapfenberger, Jan Ackermann

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

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer, Björn Brouwers, Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Recording CFWebinar: Life Sciences 4.0 – IP protection in Europe for Digital Innovations in the Life Sciences

Recording from August 24, 2021

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  • German Federal Court of Justice

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)

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  • German Federal Court of Justice

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.

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  • Club Español del Arbitraje

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)

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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…

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Path cleared for Unified Patent Court and European Unitary Patent

Federal Constitutional Court rejects urgent request against the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer, Dr. Julia Sauerwald, Jan Desomer (Bayer)

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Parliament passes bill to modernize German Patent Act

C&F considers significant changes in practice unlikely

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer and Dr. Lauren Schweizer

EPO: Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal on double patenting

C&F doubts significant impact on practice

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  • Rebekka Schiffer, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

EUIPO sees significant rise in EU trademark applications in 2021

C&F hopeful for economic recovery and new innovative spirit

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  • Arnd Ziebell, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer, Michel Kaminsky

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

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer and Dr. Lauren Schweizer

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…

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Second medical use patents and their potential for society and research

Joint publication by Cohausz & Florack and JUVE Patent

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Henning Sternemann, Jan Ackermann, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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…

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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?

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  • Erik Schäfer, Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement 2021

An overview of the enforcement of anti-counterfeiting in Germany

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Cohausz & Florack criticizes draft law to amend the Patent Costs Act

C&F: “A step backwards for the German patent system”

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  • Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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…

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Mathias Karlhuber, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

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…

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  • Dr. Reinhard Fischer

Self-promotion – but with others’ products?

About the use of other brands and products for a company’s own advertising

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  • Gottfried Schüll

CFPodcast - Ideas in the spotlight, episode 1

About Greek culinary arts, ideas "Made in Germany" and the cultivation and care of intellectual property rights

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  • Jan Ackermann

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…

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  • Matthias Rottmann

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)

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  • Mathias Karlhuber, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal to review new compulsory videoconferencing practice

C&F continues to strongly question legal basis

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Long process around the UPC: a danger to democracy?

C&F criticises UPC supporters' accusations against the Federal Constitutional Court

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Further constitutional complaints against Unified Patent Court

C&F: "Standstill in the ratification process hardly surprising"

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

On course for growth with IP

Book "Winning with IP" with contribution from C&F patent attorney Mathias Karlhuber

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  • Gottfried Schüll

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.

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

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

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  • Mathias Karlhuber and Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

EPO Boards of Appeal to apply video conferencing rule as early as January 1, 2021

C&F criticizes new stricter rules of procedure

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

ICC IP Roadmap 2020 published

International Intellectual Property Guide under the leadership of C&F

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  • Dr. Reinhard Fischer

What will happen to IP rights as a result of Brexit?

New publication in Cohausz & Florack's "CFUpdate" series

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  • Mathias Karlhuber

Cohausz & Florack moves into new office in Munich

"More space for increasing demand for IP consulting"

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  • Gottfried Schüll, Dr. Fabian Vogelbruch

Björn Brouwers becomes partner at Cohausz & Florack

Düsseldorf, 02 December 2020 – Cohausz & Florack (C&F) is further expanding its team of partners: Björn Brouwers, a patent attorney at C&F since 2017, will become partner at the Düsseldorf office effective 1 January 2021.

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  • Dr. Christoph Walke, Dr. Peter Reckenthäler

Computer Implemented Inventions at the EPO and at the GPTO

Developments in many fields of technology are software based. For example, tools based on artificial intelligence can provide assistance in analysis of complicated technological data. Blockchain based database technology can provide a high degree of data security in distributed database systems. But – given that software as such is excluded from…

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  • Gottfried Schüll

CJEU and German courts shape FRAND

The Düsseldorf Regional Court today submitted certain issues in the connected cars case Nokia vs. Daimler to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for clarification. By these proceedings the European venue continues to shape the jurisdiction in the field of SEPs with global effect.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

FRAND verdict based on AVC/H.264 SEP

No right to obtain a license restricted to Germany without taking a worldwide license. No adjustment of royalties for China required. Confirmation of FRAND compliance in case of 2000+ existing license agreements – injunction claim available.

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer and Dr. Melanie Lödige

Second medical use claims in pharmaceutical patents – sharp sword or toothless tiger?

Discovering a previously unknown indication for a known drug is a common pattern in pharmaceutical research and development. Perhaps the most widely known example for the repurposing of a known drug is acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin. Originally developed by Bayer in 1897 as a pain and fever medication, long-term low dosing of aspirin…

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Oral proceedings via video conference: The EPO Boards of Appeal propose to amend the Rules of Procedure

C&F still critical of mandatory participation in video conferencing

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Verdict of the FCJ concerning the rules for examination for the FPC

The FPC (BPatG) is neither obliged nor entitled to check the relevance of the state of the art that was submitted by the nullity plaintiff without comment.

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  • Mathias Karlhuber & Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2020

November 11, 2020

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  • Dr. Arwed Burrichter, Mathias Karlhuber, Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

EPO decision on compulsory oral proceedings by videoconference

Criticism from C&F: "There is no substitute for in-person oral proceedings".

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  • Gottfried Schüll

A data sequence produced in accordance with a patented video compression process enjoys protection as a direct product of the process (MPEG-2 video signal coding)

The FCJ (BGH) ruled that a data sequence as a process product of a patented video compression process enjoys product protection. If such a data sequence is stored on a data carrier, the protection also extends to this data carrier.

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