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EPO Opposition and UPC Revocation Action

With the UPC coming into force soon, a new option to attack the validity of a bundle patent will…

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Supplementary protection certificates in the system of the Unified Patent Court

Same same but different – Supplementary protection certificates in the system of the Unified Patent…

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Period of limitation under the UPCA

Who has not heard the saying: “Those who are late, will be punished by life itself.”? This phrase,…

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Jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court

The proverb says: “All roads lead to Rome.” This is probably meant to allude to the fact that Rome…

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UPC: Court fees and cost reimbursement

During the transitional period, owners of European Patents have the choice whether to assert their…

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The UPC and license agreements

With the imminent start of the new European court system, the underlying legal framework will also…

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Amending the description prior to grant of a European patent – recent developments (EPO, Boards of Appeal, Decisions T 1989/18 and T 1444/20)

The two recent decisions may help applicants in avoiding extensive adaptations of the description…

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Don't remain a fool forever – information and accounting under the UPCA

Article 67 UPCA regulates the power of the Court (Unified Patent Court, UPC) to order, upon a…

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Means of evidence before the UPC: something old, something new, something borrowed

The rules on evidence before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) provide for an interesting mélange of…

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IP Reports, IP in general, Patent Protection: Procedural Law, Patent Litigation, Oppositions and Nullity
The ECJ on the interpretation in line with European Law of the legal validity of a patent-in-suit

On April 28, 2022, the European Court of Justice rendered its quite long-awaited preliminary ruling…

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Bifurcation at the UPC

One of the most fundamental decisions to be made during the development of the Unified Patent Court…

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The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court – What applicants and patent proprietors need to know already now

What will change and what will be the timeline? Currently, it is expected that the first Unitary…

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How and when can you get a Unitary Patent

According to the currently expected timeline, the first Unitary Patents may be granted already by…

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Unitary Patents – Differences to regular EP patents

The unitary patent is a new option after a grant of a regular EP patent. The grant procedure for the…

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Current revocation rates in German patent nullity proceedings

It is time to collect and analyze current data on the revocation rates in German nullity proceedings…

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Act on the Ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court promulgated after unsuccessful constitutional complaints regarding UPC (German Federal Constitutional Court, order dated June 23, 2021 – docket nos. 2 BvR 2216/20 and 2217/20 –)

The German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) rejected the requests for a preliminary injunction,…

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Unreasonable counter-offer in FRAND negotiations – Mannheim District Court, judgment dated March 2, 2021 – docket no. 2 O 131/19

The Mannheim District Court applies decisions “FRAND-Einwand” and “FRAND-Einwand II” of the German…

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The German parliament adopts government bill for a Second Act concerning the Simplification and Modernization of German Patent Law

The German parliament adopted the version of the government bill for a Second Act concerning the…