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German Constitutional Complaint Against the UPC Agreement

February 4 2019 While the United Kingdom ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement in April 2018, Germany remains the only member state of the European Union…

Geographical indications as a trademark

February 4 2019 Descriptive indications cannot actually be registered as trademarks. This also applies to designations that refer to the geographical origin of the…

Possible Coverage of European patents is still expanding

January 8 2019 The following drawing presented by the European Patent Office (EPO) is showing in red the geographic coverage of a European patent if nationalized in…

Patenting stem cells and genes in Europe

June 13 2017 The past few decades have seen major progress in the fields of medicine and molecular biology, leading to the filing of numerous patent applications…

The EPC vegetable stall - from broccoli and tomato to green blocky peppers (T 1063/18)

February 14 2019 On February 5, 2019, the written decision in case T 1063/18 on the patentability of plants has been issued by the EPO Boards of Appeal. With the…

Brexit and UPC Agreement

March 2 2020 A few days ago the British government made clear that the UK will not participate in the Unified Patent Court system…

UPC Agreement

December 16 2019 The Next Chapter of a Never-Ending Story - See my earlier newsletter “German Constitutional Complaint Against The UPC Agreement - A Look in the…

Clinical trials and personalised medicines - life sciences patentability issues in Europe

October 10 2019 In addition to the conventional subject matter for obtaining pharmaceutical patent protection (eg, for a new therapeutic drug or new use of a known…

Guideline for Validly Claiming Priorities

October 7 2019 Losing priority may cause the loss of a protective right. In the following, we provide guidelines to prevent priority being lost for mere formal…

Preliminary Injunction on the Basis of a German Utility Model

September 23 2019 A request for Preliminary Injunction based on a utility is the fastest way to take action against a potential infringer. Many courts in Germany…