Whether patent, trademark or design, companies that are able to protect their inventions can secure important competitive advantages. Those who recognize the knowledge that exists in their company, how it can be promoted and how it can be utilized, will be a big step ahead of the competition. Often one’s own employees are a great source of knowledge. After all, they deal with a variety of issues on a daily basis and try to find solutions. And this can often lead to valuable ideas. These, in turn, should be protected in the form of property rights. Find out more about the property rights that might suit you!
Anyone who invests in technological developments wants to benefit from them. And that is what patents are for. They entitle the holder to forbid others from using the invention for a certain period of time. Patentees can thus secure their economic strength through licensing or by marketing their patented ideas themselves. Thus, patents are often a key incentive for companies to actually keep on innovating.
The big question when it comes to the patent application: How do I express a complex situation as precisely as possible? Because, the simpler the right to protection for an invention is formulated, the more far-reaching it will become—a tricky task. This is where experts can help to find the simple aspects in a complex issue. Experts like us. We’ve got the necessary expertise, a keen sense of the market and the experience to meet all the requirements regarding content and form that are needed for a patent.
Validation of European patents
In order for a European patent (EP patent) to be valid in the desired countries, it must be validated after being granted. This is where we can provide a full service in accordance with recognized compliance rules, as well as the professional guidelines for German patent attorneys and attorneys (confidentiality, liability, etc.). We facilitate your decision regarding the European States in which an EP patent should be validated after being granted, with a list from which to choose states. This list already contains a concrete indication of the expected costs per state. The costs are calculated by us individually for each patent that is to be validated. You will thus be able to determine the costs of the entire validation directly and prior to mandating. All necessary foreign powers of attorney are prepared by us centrally and then sent to you at the same time to be signed. Furthermore, you get only one invoice and one general report per mandate for all states. This saves you the burden of extensive filing and storage.
Brand names should awaken emotions and encourage consumers to buy. During the creation process, all kinds of proposals regarding these criteria are brought forward and checked. But the legal side of the matter is just as important. This is where it’s all about ensuring that the product can hold its own in the market and is given the best possible protection against counterfeiting. Trademark application is an important step to that end. We’ll support you with brand development and research and find out if your desired brand is sustainable and enforceable—even abroad.
You can rely on our expertise and experience. We are in charge of more than 12,000 brands on a national as well as international level. That makes us one of the leading German law firms in this area of intellectual property rights.
No doubt about it: The design of a product has a huge impact on the buying decision. Similar to a brand it often has an emotional effect on consumers and may even be the expression of one’s own identity. For companies, the design of their products is therefore also a customer retention tool. Which makes it all the more important that it is registered as a property right. This gives owners the exclusive right of usage for a certain period of time.
We’ll keep an eye on the protection of your design. In doing so, we’ll help you clarify the protective potential and develop an appropriate application strategy: important measures to help you protect yourself against competitors.