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  • Bundeskartellamt

BMW, Mercedes, Thyssenkrupp and VW can negotiate jointly for the acquisition of certain technology licences

The Bundeskartellamt tolerates the launch of the “Automotive Licensing Negotiation Group” (ALNG). The ALNG is a cooperation planned by the companies BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Thyssenkrupp and VW with the aim to negotiate jointly conditions for the acquisition of licences for so-called standard essential patents (SEPs). The cooperation is to be open to…

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Consideration of new embodiments in the appeal proceedings (Düsseldorf Court of Appeal (OLG))

Düsseldorf Court of Appeal (OLG), Judgment of November 23, 2023 – 2 U 36/17

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Scope of the judicial duty to inform “Cup dispenser II” (Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court) (OLG))

Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (OLG), Judgment of November 23, 2023 – 2 U 138/22

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Sorafenib Tosylate (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Decision of 28 November 2023 – X ZR 83/21

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Upholstery converting machine (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of 14 November 2023 - X ZR 30/21

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Plastic bag (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of 14 November 2023 - X ZR 75/21

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Table-top Grill (Federal Supreme Court (BGH))

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Decision of September 12, 2023 – X ZB 12/20

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Preliminary injunction based on a patent granted only during appeal proceedings (District Court Düsseldorf)

District Court Düsseldorf, Judgment of January 26, 2023 – 4a O 83/22

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Memory Device (Federal Supreme Court (BGH))

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgement of August 29, 2023 – X ZR 129/21

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KÖLNER DOM (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Decision of 12 October 2023 – I ZB 28/23

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Color and brightness adjustment (Federal Supreme Court (BGH))

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of September 26, 2023 - X ZR 76/21

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Differentiation between refusal of access and price abuse (Munich Regional Court)

Munich Regional Court I, final judgment of 19.04.2023 - 21 O 1890/22

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Extension of time limit for a statement of claim submitted without annexes (UPC)

Unified Patent Court (UPC), Court of Appeal, Order issued on 13 October 2023 – UPC_CoA_320/2023

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Ultrasonic converter (Federal Supreme Court (BGH))

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of June 8, 2021 – X ZR 47/19

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Imposing of a penalty payment for breach of an injunction (UPC)

Unified Patent Court (UPC), Düsseldorf Local Division, Order of 18 October 2023 – UPC_CFI_177/2023

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Judicial protection of secrets even in the case of a contractual confidentiality agreement (OLG Karlsruhe)

Court of Appeal (OLG) Karlsruhe, Decision of October 4, 2023 - 6 U 122/22

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Aesthetic treatment (Federal Supreme Court (BGH))

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Decision of August 1, 2023 - X ZB 9/21

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Disc brake II (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment dated November 8, 2022 - X ZR 10/20

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Connecting terminal (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, judgment dated June 13, 2023 - X ZR 47/21

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Display monitor (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), judgment of 27.6.2023 - X ZR 59/21

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Insecticide compositions/Sumitomo (EPA)

EPA, Decision of 23 March 2023 - G 0002/21 -

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Lock housing (BGH)

BGH, judgment of June 13, 2023 - X ZR 51/21 –

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Fiber web (BGH)

BGH, Judgment of June 20, 2023 - X ZR 61/21

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Enforcement of the recall claim (OLG Karlsruhe)

OLG Karlsruhe, Decision of July 18, 2023 - 6 W 30/23

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No obviousness in the absence of excitation “Bulk Connection” (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment dated March 16, 2023 - X ZR 26/21

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Executable disclosure in case of mere target specification in the claim (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of March 14, 2023 - X ZR 17/21

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Patentability of the subject matter defended by an auxiliary request “Actuator” (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of March 7, 2023 - X ZR 37/21

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Fumaric acid ester (Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf)

Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, Judgment dated February 23, 2023 - 2 U 116/22

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CQI Report II (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 24, 2023 - X ZR 123/20

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Vacuum Cleaner (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 31, 2023 - X ZR 19/21

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Content of disclosure of a pre-publication "Inverter" (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 24, 2023 - X ZR 10/21

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Digital Book III (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 17, 2023 - X ZR 112/20

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LTE-Standard (OLG Karlsruhe)

Court of Appeals (OLG) Karlsruhe, Judgment of September 14, 2022 - 6 U 212/22

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"Aminopyridine" (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of December 6, 2022 - X ZR 47/22

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Locking Device (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 17, 2023 - X ZR 15/21

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Light-emitting device (Court of Appeals Düsseldorf)

Court of Appeals Düsseldorf Judgement of December 14, 2022 - 2 U 2/17

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Assessment of facts in nullity proceedings "Electromigration“ (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 10, 2023 – X ZR 6/21

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Willingness of the license seeker in SEP cases " Signal Synthesis" (LG Düsseldorf)

Düsseldorf District Court, Judgment of May 11, 2021 – 4b O 83/19

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No inventive step in case of obviousness of the claimed subject matter "planar element" (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of October 18, 2022 - X ZR 32/21

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Audio signal coding (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of November 15, 2022 – X ZR 119/20

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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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  • 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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Wound cleansing cloth (BGH)

BGH, judgment of October 13, 2022 - X ZR 113/20

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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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  • 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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Composite element (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of April 26, 2022 - X ZR 44/20

 

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Transfer power control method (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of March 29, 2022 – X ZR 16/20

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Driverless transport device (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of March 15, 2022 – X ZR 18/20

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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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Bacteria cultivation (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of February 22, 2022 – X ZR 103/19

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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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Infection Diagnostics (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of February 8, 2022 – X ZR 22/20

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Protective order against a foreign litigation ban - Anti-Anti-Suit Injunction (Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf)

Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf, Judgment of February 7, 2022 – I-2 U 27/21

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Feasibility of an invention "Child Restraint System" (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of January 25, 2022 – X ZR 27/20

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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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CQI-Report (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of January 18, 2022 – X ZR 14/20

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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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Need for a compensation clause in the event of double licensing by pool licenses (Distict Court Düsseldorf)

District Court Düsseldorf, Judgment of December 21, 2021 – 4c O 42/20

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Dispenser housing (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), judgment of December 7, 2021 - X ZR 111/19

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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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Disclosure content of a pre-publication - "molding device" (BGH)

Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Judgment of November 9, 2021 – X ZR 88/19

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Readiness of the License Seeker in SEP Cases- "Signal Synthesis II" (Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court)

Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, decision dated July 20, 2021 - 15 U 39/21

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Grant of a preliminary injunction - Anti-Suit Injunction (District Court Düsseldorf)

District Court Düsseldorf, Judgment of June 29, 2021 – 4c O 73/20

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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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  • 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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FRAND Objection II (Federal Supreme Court)

Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of November 24, 2020 - KZR 35/17

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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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  • 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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  • Gottfried Schüll

Market accepted license defines FRAND conditions

If there is a market acceptance for granting a worldwide license to all affiliated companies, this is decisive for the assessment of FRAND.

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  • Gottfried Schüll

FRAND conditions are linked to market dominance of SEPs

The fact that a standard essential patent (SEP) is licensed only requires FRAND licensing conditions if this patent provides market dominance (MDSEP).

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  • Gottfried Schüll

Decision of the FCJ on auxiliary requests and the interest to take legal action in nullity proceedings

In this judgment, the FCJ (BGH) clarifies the requirements for new auxiliary requests in nullity appeal proceedings and for the infringement defendant's legitimate interest to take legal action after expiry of the patent.

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Unwired Planet (UK Supreme Court)

Supreme Court, judgment of August 26, 2020 - [2020] UKSC 37

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  • Dr. Reinhard Fischer

ECJ ruling on the international jurisdiction of judges for cases regarding the infringement of Union trademarks

Relief for German companies filing infringement action

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Decoding method (Düsseldorf District Court)

Düsseldorf District Court, judgment of 12.12.2018 - 4b O 4/17

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Huawei vs. ZTE (ECJ)

ECJ, Judgment of July 16, 2015 - C-170/13

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Orange-Book-Standard (Federal Supreme Court)

BGH, Judgment of May 06, 2009 - KZR 39/06

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Video signal coding III (LG Düsseldorf)

District Court Düsseldorf, judgment of 11.09.2008 - 4b O 78/07

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Video signal coding I (District Court Düsseldorf)

District Court Düsseldorf, judgment of November 30, 2006 - 4b O 508/05

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