The protection of innovations in the automotive industry is marked by the special relationships between automobile manufacturers on the one hand and their suppliers on the other. In the past, automobile manufacturers were rarely involved in direct litigation and used their extensive patent portfolios to settle disputes out of court. On the other hand, when acquiring and enforcing their intellectual property rights, automotive suppliers must take into account the fact that the final users of their products are always customers as well, so that disputes are often fought out between the suppliers themselves. However, with the ever-greater use of mobile telecommunication means in vehicles, manufacturers have increasingly come under the spotlight of rights holders from other industries who are breaking the mould.
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has been advising leading companies for many years, both on behalf of automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers. The firm's attorneys are therefore familiar with the particularities of the industry and the different needs of manufacturers, suppliers and the multi-layered interdependencies and can therefore provide targeted support in answering complex questions, both of a strategic and technical nature.
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