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CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2022
November 8 and 10, 2022
Without limits, but not without the administration of justice
Legal consequences and pitfalls of trademark protection in the metaverse
A parallel world with potential?
Developments and challenges in the metaverse
Cohausz & Florack is “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year”
Global IP Awards 2022 for excellence in IP
Tips and tricks on how to obtain patent protection for polymorphs
Chemical compounds, if present as solids, may occur in different amorphous forms or in different crystalline modifications. Such polymorphs can be of importance in the pharmaceutical sector as regulatory authorities often tie regulatory approval to a single specific polymorph.
Double patenting and double protection in the unitary patent system
The advantages of the “German-European tandem”
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.
Messenger RNA pioneer Katalin Karikó receives European Inventor Award 2022 for Lifetime achievement
European Patent Office (EPO) distinguishes Hungarian-born biochemist Katalin Karikó with the European Inventor Award for her life's work
Major steps towards setting up of the UPC
Following its inaugural meeting in February 2022, the UPC’s Administrative Committee has now held its second meeting.
Wonder gas of the future?
Hydrogen and its importance for the climate and economy
UPC is on track
At EPLIT's 9th Annual Meeting on May 12, 2022, Alexander Ramsay, chair of the UPC's Administrative Committee, gave an update on the progress of the UPC's preparatory work.
DPMA Annual Report 2021: China ever more innovative in digital technologies
Analysis of digitisation shows a marked increase in Chinese patent applications – DPMA President: China is making progress with its plan to gain technology leadership – Annual Report contains technology and trade mark trends – New digital version offers additional functions and particular user-friendliness on mobile devices
EPO practice on adapting the description to amended claims – recent developments in case law and EPO Guidelines
It is common practice at the European Patent Office (EPO) that, after Examining Divisions and applicants agree on a grantable set of patent claims, the description is adapted to the grantable claims, which usually have been amended compared to their originally filed form.
Anti-counterfeiting and online brand enforcement
IP protection in Germany for Japanese companies
In late 2021, a German-Japanese symposium attended by 400 international guests was held at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO). The symposium titled “Patent infringement proceedings in Japan and Germany” demonstrated the close partnership between Japan and Germany in IP protection, with speakers including the former president of the…
New report: Despite impressive patent activity, Europe’s small deep tech businesses lag behind their US counterparts
EPA press release 04/28/2022
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.
Avoid, reduce, improve
In the discussion about sustainable business, the packaging industry is also called upon to be - and remain - innovative.
World Intellectual Property Day 2022: DPMA President praises young inventors’ eagerness for innovation
World Intellectual Property Day focuses on young innovators – In the past ten years, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office saw approximately 70 patent applications by young people – DPMA President: “IP knowledge offers young people true future prospects.”
New regulations for patent applicants coming along with the UPC
DE simultaneous protection and extended deadline for initiation of national DE phase strengthen Germany as court venue
Samsung Sued for Infringement of HEVC Essential Patents
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MPEG LA announced today that enforcement actions have been brought in Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against Samsung Electronics GmbH ("Samsung") for infringement of patents in MPEG LA’s HEVC Patent Portfolio License.
Number of patent grants at record level
In 2021, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office concluded more patent and trade mark procedures than at any time in more than 30 years – DPMA President: High number of granted patents strengthens companies in the crisis – decline in patent applications, trade mark applications at highest level in 22 years
UPC’s Administrative Committee holds inaugural meeting
On February 22, 2022, the UPC’s Administrative Committee responsible for appointing judges and adopting rules and regulations of the Court held its inaugural meeting.
Anti-Suit Injunctions: Legal Instrument or Political Tactic?
On the lack of relevance of ASIs for Germany as a court location
Recording CFWebinar: UPC Litigation - Pressing Issues?
Recording of February 17, 2022
More foresight, please!
Those who call for the suspension of vaccine patents fail to recognize an important role of intellectual property rights.
Kitchen gadgets in dispute
In the lawsuit against Vorwerk, the Lidl company collects a sales ban.
EPO examines applicability of the "Joint Applicants Approach" in PCT applications
C&F: "Prospects for improved opportunities to maintain property rights and protect innovations"
Hard, but promising: CO2-reduced steel
Reducing CO2 emissions has also become a quality criterion in steel production. The industry is coming up with innovative solutions here.
EPO provides transitional measures for obtaining Unitary Patents
In view of the forthcoming entry into force of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) and the accompanying introduction of the Unitary Patent system, the EPO will provide two transitional measures in order to obtain unitary effect for European patents.
Salipro Biotech Receives European Patent for Antigen production
Approvals in this patent family both in Europe as well as in the US further strengthen Salipro Biotech’s proprietary platform technologies to enable drug discovery programs for therapeutic antibodies against challenging drug targets.
Video: The Unified Patent Court
The UPC will have binding jurisdiction over all disputes concerning European unitary patents and European patents, meaning that what the UPC decides is valid all across Europe without further national proceedings being necessary.
Video: The Unitary Patent
In the not too distant future, the unitary patent will make it much easier to apply for a patent, which will automatically have uniform validity in almost all EU countries.
Financial injection for securing and exploiting intellectual property rights
By effectively protecting their intellectual property, innovative companies can skillfully place their ideas on the market, secure financing, grow and create value.
After more than 30 instrumental years at the firm: Farewell to C&F partner Johannes Simons
Düsseldorf, January 28, 2022 – At the start of the new year, Johannes Simons’ time as active partner and patent attorney at Cohausz & Florack (C&F) came to an end.
JUVE Patent takes a look back: The 10 best patent cases of 2021 in Europe
Cohausz & Florack represented as law firm in 3 out of the 10 cases
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.
Austria triggers start of UPC Provisional Application Period
With the deposit of its instrument of ratification on January 18, 2022, Austria triggered the start of the Provisional Application Period (PAP) of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) on January 19, 2022.
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:
Dr. Reinhard Fischer makes partner at Cohausz & Florack
Düsseldorf, January 11, 2022 - Cohausz & Florack (C&F) has appointed Dr. Reinhard Fischer as a new partner of its firm.
First FRAND defeat for an SEP joint licensing program
On December 21, 2021, the Düsseldorf District Court either dismissed or stayed all six patent infringement claims brought by members of a joint HEVC licensing program administered by Access Advance.
Cohausz & Florack successful in defending Fibrant’s patent on the catalytic hydrogenation of phenol
Düsseldorf, December 21, 2021 – Following oral proceedings on December 14, 2021, Board of Appeal 3.3.10 of the European Patent Office (EPO) upheld patent EP 2 513 025 B1 in amended form. The patent stands in the name of Fibrant’s IP-holding company CAP III B.V. and had been opposed by Versalis, S.p.A., a competitor of Fibrant in the field of…
Computer-Implemented Simulations: Patentable in Europe?
Patents are granted at the European Patent Office (EPO) for inventions in all fields of technology, provided that they are new, involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application, Art. 52(1) EPC.
Plan to relocate Boards of Appeal presented to EPO member states
Munich, 14 December 2021 -EPO President António Campinos and President of the Boards of Appeal Carl Josefsson have made a joint proposal today to the EPO's member states to relocate the Boards of Appeal from the Munich district of Haar to the city centre. President Campinos has invited the Boards of Appeal to occupy one of the EPO's buildings in…
Hisense Enters into MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License
(DENVER, CO, US – 13 December 2021) – MPEG LA announced today that Hisense International Co., Ltd. (“Hisense”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”).
Standard Essential UNITARY Patents
The Unitary Patent may become a standard choice for SEPs - the decision on simultaneous protection in Germany (UP+DE) should already be considered now
IP, contested technologies and the freedom to grow
As your growth takes off, IP attacks from direct competitors and indirect prospectors will intensify. So don’t let them take you by surprise and disrupt your competitive strategy, says Mathias Karlhuber at Cohausz & Florack in a book about how today’s winners are now lining up their IP
Ready for the virtual world?
For most of us, the metaverse is still a mystery and its acceptance and popularity unknown. For brand owners, it is advisable to act as early as possible to be on the cutting edge.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2021 - Chemistry, Pharma and Life Sciences
Webinar Recording from December 2, 2021
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.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2020/2021- Engineering, physics and digital innovations
Webinar Recording from November 30, 2021
Germany revises Patent Act and clears way for UPC
Despite the pandemic bringing the world to a standstill in 2020-2021, Germany has worked hard at both the legislative and judicial level to continue protecting IP rights. The past 18 months has seen the first legislative reform to its patent law in more than a decade, and the plentiful rulings of the Federal Supreme Court have provided clarity, not…
UPC – User Expectations
The UPC is being widely welcomed by users, but shortly before its launch, it is foreseeable that users will likely proceed with caution at first.
Recording CFWebinar: Unified Patent Court & Unitary Patent
Webinar Recording from November 16, 2021
UNITARY PATENT - Simultaneous Protection in DE
National German law introduces simultaneous protection by a UP or a classic EP patent on the one hand and a national DE Patent on the other hand
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®…
FRAND history in the European Union
A FRAND case is a patent infringement case based on an SEP.
Litigation in Germany
Global Patent Litigation Guide
UPC is a Court
As of October 27, 2021 the UPC has the Status of a Court
Federal Patent Court makes important decision on transfer of priority right
C&F: "Enhanced chances for the maintenance of property rights of innovative companies".
Trade Secrets 2022
About protection, misappropriation, enforcement proceedings, remedies and trends
Patent attorney Dr. Martin Rütten joins Cohausz & Florack
Further reinforcement for the areas of IT and communication technology
Presiding Federal Court of Justice judge Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck retires
C&F: “A judge influential in patent law around the world”
The Unified Patent Court is coming
Press release of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
The future of the automotive industry
Surge in electric drive patents
Copyright infringement through framing
Judgment of September 9, 2021 - I ZR 113/18 - Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek II
Three new patent attorneys join the Cohausz & Florack team
Dr. Soizic Grote, Dr. Eva Hasenhütl, and Florian Dietzler bolster the firm in the fields of physics and mechanical engineering
Recording CFWebinar: Life Sciences 4.0 – IP protection in Europe for Digital Innovations in the Life Sciences
Recording from August 24, 2021
Trademarks in Germany 2021/2022
A global guide for practitioners (World Trademark Review Yearbook)
Copyright claims of a designer of Porsche AG
Hearing date on December 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in case I ZR 222/20 (copyright claims of a designer of Porsche AG for further equitable participation pursuant to Sec. 32a UrhG)
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.
Recording Webinar: Benefits and risks of arbitration – a walk through Europe (ES)
An event organized by the Club Español del Arbitraje and the Asociación Venezolana de Arbitraje with the participation of attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer (C&F)
New patent litigation chamber at Munich Regional Court I
Düsseldorf, July 14, 2021 – The District Court of Munich I will establish a third half patent litigation chamber come August 16, 2021. The reason given by the Court is the steadily increasing number of patent litigation cases. The new patent litigation chamber will be chaired by presiding judge Dr. Georg Werner. Information on the further staffing…
Path cleared for Unified Patent Court and European Unitary Patent
Federal Constitutional Court rejects urgent request against the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
Patenting plant inventions via the EPO after G 3/19
Over the past decade, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has changed its case law on the patentability of plants (and animals) produced by essentially biological processes according to Article 53(b) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) several times.
Parliament passes bill to modernize German Patent Act
C&F considers significant changes in practice unlikely
EPO: Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal on double patenting
C&F doubts significant impact on practice
EUIPO sees significant rise in EU trademark applications in 2021
C&F hopeful for economic recovery and new innovative spirit
Cohausz & Florack welcomes two new patent attorneys
Svenja Schwandt and Dr. Lauren Schweizer bolster the firm in the fields of Physics and Chemistry, Pharma & Life Sciences
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…
Second medical use patents and their potential for society and research
Joint publication by Cohausz & Florack and JUVE Patent
EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal postpones decision on video-hearings
Düsseldorf, June 1, 2021 – The decision on the legality of the European Patent Office’s (EPO) regulation on video-hearings was postponed on May 28, 2021 by the Enlarged Board of Appeal after several hours of proceedings. At the core of the proceedings is the question of whether holding video-hearings without the consent of the parties is compatible…
EPO video-hearings: Enlarged Board of Appeal reviews challenges on grounds of suspected partiality and exchanges board members
Düsseldorf, May 27, 2021 – Is it lawful to conduct oral hearings before the European Patent Office (EPO) by video conference without the parties having to give consent?
Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement 2021
An overview of the enforcement of anti-counterfeiting in Germany
Cohausz & Florack criticizes draft law to amend the Patent Costs Act
C&F: “A step backwards for the German patent system”
No special rules for computer simulations (G 1/19 “Simulations”)
In the digital age, software solutions, algorithms, and computer-implemented simulations are a matter of course – and have long preoccupied the legal community:
Dr. Regina Hock is the new President of the Federal Patent Court
Düsseldorf, May 5, 2021 – The Federal Patent Court (BPatG) has a new President: Dr. Regina Hock was inaugurated into office on April 30, 2021 by Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht and State Secretary Dr. Margaretha Sudhof. She succeeds Beate Schmidt, who headed the Federal Patent Court for ten years. Due to the pandemic, the transfer…
Comment on oral hearings at the EPO: Leading patent attorney firms consider compulsory video conferences unlawful
Düsseldorf, April 26, 2021 – The question as to whether oral hearings at the European Patent Office (EPO) may be held by video conference without the consent of the parties is still preoccupying the legal community (see C&F Press Release of March 24, 2021). The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest court of the EPO, has now scheduled a hearing on…
Self-promotion – but with others’ products?
About the use of other brands and products for a company’s own advertising
CFPodcast - Ideas in the spotlight, episode 1
About Greek culinary arts, ideas "Made in Germany" and the cultivation and care of intellectual property rights
Opposition to the video-conference rule of the EPO: Board of Appeal questions lawfulness
Düsseldorf, March 24, 2021 – The European Patent Office (EPO) announced on November 10, 2020 that oral proceedings before the boards of appeal can be organized as video conferences even without the consent of the parties (cf. C&F Press Release of December 22, 2020). One board of appeal of the EPO has meanwhile called this new procedure into…
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)
EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal to review new compulsory videoconferencing practice
C&F continues to strongly question legal basis
Long process around the UPC: a danger to democracy?
C&F criticises UPC supporters' accusations against the Federal Constitutional Court
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.
Further constitutional complaints against Unified Patent Court
C&F: "Standstill in the ratification process hardly surprising"
On course for growth with IP
Book "Winning with IP" with contribution from C&F patent attorney Mathias Karlhuber
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.
IP scenarios for fast growth
Trendsetter or newcomer? IP is a key asset for fast-growing tech, but can often find itself outpaced, says Mathias Karlhuber at Cohausz & Florack in a book inspired by the EPO’s and LESI’s High Growth Enterprise Taskforce
EPO Boards of Appeal to apply video conferencing rule as early as January 1, 2021
C&F criticizes new stricter rules of procedure
Order for reference to the European Court of Justice in the patent infringement action Nokia ./. Daimler
Press release of the LG Düsseldorf from 26.11.2020
ICC IP Roadmap 2020 published
International Intellectual Property Guide under the leadership of C&F
What will happen to IP rights as a result of Brexit?
New publication in Cohausz & Florack's "CFUpdate" series
After 26 years of partnership: Dr. Ralph Minderop is retiring from Cohausz & FlorackRead more
Cohausz & Florack moves into new office in Munich
"More space for increasing demand for IP consulting"
Björn Brouwers becomes partner at Cohausz & Florack
Düsseldorf, 02 December 2020 – Cohausz & Florack (C&F) is further expanding its team of partners: Björn Brouwers, a patent attorney at C&F since 2017, will become partner at the Düsseldorf office effective 1 January 2021.
Computer Implemented Inventions at the EPO and at the GPTO
Developments in many fields of technology are software based. For example, tools based on artificial intelligence can provide assistance in analysis of complicated technological data. Blockchain based database technology can provide a high degree of data security in distributed database systems. But – given that software as such is excluded from…
CJEU and German courts shape FRAND
The Düsseldorf Regional Court today submitted certain issues in the connected cars case Nokia vs. Daimler to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for clarification. By these proceedings the European venue continues to shape the jurisdiction in the field of SEPs with global effect.
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.
Second medical use claims in pharmaceutical patents – sharp sword or toothless tiger?
Discovering a previously unknown indication for a known drug is a common pattern in pharmaceutical research and development. Perhaps the most widely known example for the repurposing of a known drug is acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin. Originally developed by Bayer in 1897 as a pain and fever medication, long-term low dosing of aspirin…
Oral proceedings via video conference: The EPO Boards of Appeal propose to amend the Rules of Procedure
C&F still critical of mandatory participation in video conferencing
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.
Recording CFWebinar: EPO Case Law Update 2020
November 11, 2020
EPO decision on compulsory oral proceedings by videoconference
Criticism from C&F: "There is no substitute for in-person oral proceedings".
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.
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.
Government bill for the modernization of patent law finalized
C&F expecting further changes in the legislative process
Patent pools under the microscope
A patent pool is a joint licensing programme enabling one or more licensors to license a plurality – a pool – of patents to a plurality of licensees. Such a patent pool can be a considerably useful instrument to promote innovation and simultaneously induce competition on the market of the licensed products.
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).
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.
New WIPO Lex-Judgments database now online
WIPO platform provides comprehensive IP information from around the world
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier win the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for CRISPR/Cas
"This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry is about rewriting the code of life".
KPN wins patent dispute against HTC
German Federal Supreme Court announced verdict
A spotlight on innovation
Cohausz & Florack relaunches online platform "Daidalos"
Specialisation in life sciences, pharma and chemical disputes
Arbitrating IP or know-how related disputes in the life sciences, pharma and chemical industries can be a challenge. Erik Schäfer and Natalie Kirchhofer of Cohausz & Florack ask who is up to the task of counsel or arbitrator.
Business success with IP management
Can DIN 77006 for the protection of intellectual property rights help to meet the challenges of digitalization?
200 years of Düsseldorf Regional Court
C&F: "A patent court location with outstanding international importance"
New EU trademark directive implemented in all countries
C&F: "Important step towards promoting innovative businesses in Europe"
Great Britain withdraws ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement
C&F sees new possibilities for implementation of the EU Community Patent
Sisvel vs. Haier: Federal Supreme Court specifies FRAND criteria
More leeway for SEP holders in the granting of licenses
New draft legislation in Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court
Federal Ministry of Justice continues to support the Unified Patent Court despite constitutional concerns and Brexit
Dr. Tim Crummenerl appointed as judge at the German Federal Supreme Court
Düsseldorf Regional Court again sends one of its presiding judges to Karlsruhe
Recording CFWebinar: The New Rules of Procedure of the EPO Boards of Appeal
Recording of our webinar, June 22, 2020
District Court of Düsseldorf: Major patent infringement proceedings in 2019 and 2020 with participation of Cohausz & Florack
In 2019, major infringement proceedings were conducted at the civil chambers 4a, 4b and 4c of Düsseldorf District Court. C&F participated in many of them in court or was involved with them.
CFWebinar: EPO Case Law on Priority
Recording of our Webinars on 9 June 2020
Deadly pitfalls and lessons learned - claiming priority at the EPO
In a recent high stakes CRISPR/Cas patent opposition case, the EPO Boards of Appeal have once again confirmed their strict and formalistic approach towards the (in)validity of priority claims. It is essential to know the EPO’s strict requirements for validly assigning the priority right.
Recording CFWebinar: Claiming Priority Rights for European Patents
Recording of our Webinars on 4 June 2020
Recording CFWebinar: Co-ownership of Intellectual Property
Recording of our webinar from may, 28 2020.
European Patent Office denies patentability of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes (G 3/19 "Pepper")
Reversal of previous case law with far-reaching consequences
Position of SEP Owners in Germany Strengthened and Clarified
Düsseldorf, 06.05.2020 – In the long running case Sisvel vs. Haier the Federal Supreme Court Germany (Bundesgerichtshof) on May 5, 2020 confirmed an injunction claim of Sisvel against Haier (File No. K ZR 36/17).
BGH: Successful first hearing of the Xth Civil Senate by video conference
C&F: "Important step to remain functional in the corona crisis"
Two new patent attorneys at C&F
With the addition of Dr. Melanie Lödige and Felipe von Heereman, the firm gains further expertise in the fields of pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering
Act on the Convention Establishing a Unified Patent Court Declared Invalid
C&F: "Unification of European patent law has failed"
The end of the Unified Patent Court?
Great Britain rejects further participation
Inventions are a part of our nature
Our world is full of small and big miracles. Nature is often an inspiration for research. But what would happen if research and development were no longer worthwhile because there is no system to protect investments in inventions and new products? What would our world look like then?
Bloomberg Innovation Index: Germany leading in innovation
Top results in value-added manufacturing, high-tech density and patent activity
Federal government planning modernization of patent law
C&F: "Personnel situation of the Federal Patent Court must be significantly improved."
Patent battle over CRISPR
EPO revokes foundational patent of the Broad Institute in last instance for formal priority defects
New Publication: "Handbuch Europäischer Patentprozess" (Handbook of European Patent Procedures)
Reference book written with the participation of experts from Cohausz & Florack
MDSEPs, FRAND and MPEG-4 procedures – The latest trends in case law
Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are patents that are implemented when a technical standard is used. The enforcement of SEPs is currently one of the most stimulating topics in patent law.
The IAM global injunction tracker
Trespassing prohibited - The availability of injunctive relief varies widely around the world. In our first analysis of the global injunction landscape we lift the lid on which jurisdictions provide the best opportunity for a sales ban
New Rules of Procedure of EPO Boards of Appeal Entering into Force on January 1, 2020
C&F informs about changes and challenges for patentees and opponents
Valuable, secret, protected
Cohausz & Florack informs about the handling of information according to the new Trade Secret Law
ECJ ruling on the international jurisdiction of judges for cases regarding the infringement of Union trademarks
Relief for German companies filing infringement action
Hahlbrock Permitted to Continue Using G+H Patent for Construction Components for Radio Equipment
Judgment of the Federal Court of Justice from May 14, 2019
Clinical trial disclosures – an obstacle to patentability in Europe
Innovative pharmaceutical companies are faced with a dilemma when seeking patent protection at the European Patent Office (EPO) for novel medical use or compound claims.
Cohausz & Florack nominated for JUVE Awards 2019
Possible distinction as "Law Firm of the Year for IP"
EPO Administrative Council adopts new Rules of Procedure for the Boards of Appeal
Stricter rules enter into force on 1 January 2020
The ECJ judgment Huawei vs. ZTE – with FRAND conditions for rapid agreement on SEPs?
Will the publication of the ECJ ruling Huawei vs. ZTE lead to the expected progress in clarifying the fronts between SEP holders and users of SEPs? In order to be able to answer this, it is necessary to first approach the matter in principle.
Shaping technological progress with a global IP system
C&F supports cooperation between the world’s five largest patent offices
Good Prospects for Companies Investing in IP
EPA-EUIPO study on the links between intellectual property rights and growth opportunities in the EU
New patent attorney at Cohausz & Florack
Dr. Peter Reckenthäler joins the firm's electrical engineering team
Structural reform at the EPO shows first positive results
Annual Report 2018 of the EPO Boards of Appeal
Patents in Germany
About the German patent landscape
New Trade Secrets Act enters into Force
Companies are obliged to implement measures to maintain secrecy
The need-to-know facts about patent term extensions in Europe
Patent term extensions via supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) play a key role in the protection of drugs and plant protection products in Europe. Understanding their complex legal framework is just as crucial.
Growing interest in patent protection in Europe
Annual Report 2018 of the European Patent Office
Huawei acquires license from MPEG LA
Licensing confirms Düsseldorf's leading role in patent infringement proceedings
"No-Deal-Brexit" and the Consequences for German Property Rights Holders
C&F on the continued validity of intellectual property rights in the United Kingdom
Changes in German Trademark Law
Trademark Law Modernization Act (MaMoG) expected to come into force on January 14, 2019
Licensing practice for standard essential patents confirmed
LG Düsseldorf expands its own judgments on FRAND conditions
Constructive Discussion Between EPO President, Patent Attorneys, and Attorneys at Law
14 German law firms advocate reliable patent protection for inventors and companies at the EPO
Court of appeal confirms judgement of Düsseldorf district court of Düsseldorf’s judgement on standard essential patents
London Court of Appeal makes decision judgement in case of Unwired Planet v. Huawei
SEPs in German courts: implications of the largest joint development processes ever
Present days are seeing the largest joint development processes ever, and the incentives to make use of these joint developments without intellectual or financial contribution are extraordinary
Recording CFWebinar – Structuring international patent portfolios
Recording of our webinar on 11.10.2018 in cooperation with Management Circle
Proven innovation: Germany ranks 9th internationally
Results of the Global Innovation Index 2018
For a Strong Economy: The Work of German Customs
Border seizure and further measures against counterfeiting and piracy
Cohausz & Florack takes top positions in renowned rankings
C&F team consolidates its successes from previous years
Düsseldorf Regional Court the leading location for patent cases
Case figures published for 2017
"High time for labor jurisdiction at the European Patent Office"
Statement by Cohausz & Florack on the conditions at the EPO
Labor jurisdiction at the EPO, now!
The European Patent Office (EPO) has been facing serious accusations of bullying and human rights violations for years. An article from the debate magazine Cicero once again describes concerning details.
Sprycel – new plausibility threshold for life sciences patents?
The Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) decision (February 1 2017) upholding the revocation of Bristol-Myer Squibb’s (BMS) European Patent 1169038 for lack of inventive step came as a shock and a surprise for many in the pharmaceutical sector.
BGH Decision "Drum Unit"
Replacing the drum is a permissible maintenance measure
“Companies are keen to innovate”
Hanover Trade Fair 2018: C&F draws positive conclusion
Harmonizing case law on the doctrine of equivalence across Europe
Important decisions of the supreme courts of Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland
Hahlbrock Permitted to Continue Using G+H Patent for Construction Components for Radio Equipment
Judgment of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf from March 14, 2018
Patents Strengthen Economy and Job Market
Current publications underline the importance of intellectual property rights and Germany’s top position in IP
New Technologies – New Paths for Arbitration
Book Arbitration in the Digital Age with contribution by C&F attorney Erik Schäfer
Creative Ideas Instead of Brazen Copies
Infamous award “Plagiarius”: advocating fairness and protection of intellectual property rights
Strengthening Employee Rights in International Organizations
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Broß talks to C&F
New Partners and Associates at Cohausz & Florack
New appointments in the fields of Life Sciences, IT, Physics
“Encouraging and Promoting Young People”
RWTH Training Fund / BMBF Scholarship: C&F is supporting six students at the RWTH Aachen
Obstacles and failures on the way to the UPC
C&F interview with Prof. Dr. Siegfried Broß
“The modern constitutional state becomes a farce”
The structure of the European Patent Convention (EPC) is incompatible with the German Basic Law (“Grundgesetz”) in many ways, says Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bross, former judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court. An interview about obstacles and failures on the way to a Unified Patent Court.
European Patent Convention, Unified Patent Court and the German Basic Law
Speech at the opening ceremony of the office of the patent attorneys and lawyers Cohausz und Florack in Munich on 28 November 2017
EPO fees to be reduced
Member States of the EPO to decide on measures to reduce costs and increase efficiency
Cohausz & Florack opens new office in Munich
Opening ceremony with representatives from the fields of law and economics
Ritter Sport and Dextro Energy maintain trademark protection for their square shape marks
Federal Court of Justice suspends decisions of the Federal Patent Court for the time being.
Head of EUIPO Campinos New President of the European Patent Office
Cohausz & Florack (C&F): “The right person at the head of the EPO to solve personnel-related and structural challenges.”
The need-to-know facts about patent term extensions in Europe
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has seen an overwhelming number of referrals regarding patent term extensions in recent years, the interpretation of the law in this area has become increasingly complex. This chapter provides up-to-date answers to the most frequently asked questions on supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).
IAM Patent 1000 2017
In the current IAM Patent 1000 ranking, the firm continues to be ranked at the top.
COHAUSZ & FLORACK with top positions
in the rankings of Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche
Patent pools in the life sciences: a potential facilitator of CRISPR commercialisation
Patent pools are agreements between two or more patent owners to aggregate a number of patents and then license these to each other or third parties.
Sale of HIV drug in Germany still permitted
BGH confirms compulsory license for Isentress in Germany
Another Obstacle for the Unified Patent Court
Ratification a far-off prospect for the time being
Cohausz & Florack Opens Office in Munich
Location with high relevance for intellectual property rights
Better Conditions for Software Patents in China
C&F seminar "Spotlight on China" on May 16, 2017 in Düsseldorf
How arbitration procedures benefit more from IT
New ICC Commission report “Information Technology in International Arbitration” released
COHAUSZ & FLORACK at Hannover Messe
Solutions of our competitions
Creating and Protecting Innovation
C&F at the Hannover Trade Fair from April 24 to 28, 2017
“Secure basis for research and development"
DPMA and EPA statistics 2016: German and European property rights on the upswing
Submitting new grounds for revocation in opposition appeal proceedings permitted
C&F: “BGH decision is welcomed”
New edition of “Handbuch Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit” (“Handbook Arbitration”)
Second, fully revised edition of the standard reference book – again with the participation of attorney-at-law Erik Schäfer, Cohausz & Florack
Italy ratifies UPC convention
C&F: “Strong signal for functioning cooperation in Europe”
AVC patentees file suit against ZTE and Huawei
Cohausz & Florack representing the plaintiffs before Düsseldorf District Court
The UPC springs back to life
The Unified Patent Court received an unexpected boost in November 2016, when the UK government committed to ratifying the agreement despite Brexit. Private practice experts from three leading European law firms discuss the implications.
UPC could open as early as December 2017, if not blocked by a “hard” Brexit
Unitary Patent Court: New options for patentees
Europe’s patent landscape post-Brexit
The decision by UK voters to leave the European Union has thrown plans for the Unified Patent Court into chaos. Specialists from three top European law firms discuss what is likely to happen now, as well as other key issues.
Software patents and red pigeons
Software is a field of technology that is closely akin to mechanical engineering, mining, chemistry and pharmacy, as there are few differences between these fields in terms of patenting.
Cohausz & Florack appoints two new partners
Firm strengthened by Hendrik Bücker and Jan Ackermann.
EPO decision on prejudice to novelty of parent and divisional applications
Relief for patentees and applicants with regard to so-called “poisonous divisionals”.
British government wishes to hold on to UPC ratification
C&F sees possible break-through for European court system.
France Brevets grants licenses to HTC
NFC licensing program to be further expanded
Transaction report and interview: France Brevets and Samsung conclude license agreement
The French investment fund France Brevets has recently granted the electronics provider Samsung important patent licenses for the use of NFC technology. The companies agreed on a contract, according to which Samsung is permitted to use NFC patents for contactless data transmission over a very short distance in its products.
Germany among the Top 10 most innovative countries for the first time – and a leader in terms of patent applications
Global Innovation Index 2016
Brexit: “Business as usual? Not quite!”
C&F points out increased investment risk concerning IP litigation in Great Britain
Using the UPC to your benefit in pharmaceuticals and life sciences
The proposed Unified Patent Court (UPC) is expected to have a strong impact on patent filing and enforcement strategy in the pharmaceutical sector, because pan-European patent coverage and cross-border patent enforcement are of primary importance to pharmaceuticals.
France Brevets and Samsung conclude license agreement
Repeatedly successful marketing of NFC patent portfolio
Good places for resolving IP conflicts
ICC study on specialized courts for intellectual property rights
Proposed structure of the Unified Patent Court
The proposed Unified Patent Court (UPC) has long attracted the attention of both enthusiasts and critics. Whatever your opinion of the new system, now is the time to get acquainted with it: preparations for the UPC are in their final stages and legislators and organisational committees are working hard to ensure that the long-anticipated new system…
Ready for the future in 3D – with clever intellectual property rights strategies
C&F at Hannover Messe from 25 to 29 April 2016
New partner at Cohausz & Florack
Dr. Henning Sternemann now supporting the firm with interdisciplinary expertise
New EU Trademark Directive in Force
Trademark reform simplifies and speeds up registration procedures in the EU
Second edition of standard textbook on ICC arbitration rules published
“ICC Arbitration in Practice” provides orientation and guidance in the area of international arbitration
Germany leads the way in climate-friendly innovation
EPO study shows strong growth in green technologies
“Quick and unbureaucratic information”
PMA arbitration board provides new online database for rulings concerning the German Employee Invention Act
Protection against loss of know-how: legal and technical measures
C&F seminar: “Losing know-how – a new challenge” on 1st December 2015 in Düsseldorf
Getting to grips with the UPC ‘patent zoo’
All EU member states will be able to use the proposed common European patent court, the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UPC will hear infringement and revocation proceedings for European patents that are valid in the territories of the participating states.
Protection against imitation possible even after expiry of patent
Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruling strengthens innovative companies
“Awareness for intellectual property rights in Europe is growing"
EPA Social Report 2014: more personnel for the protection of inventions
European Court of Justice establishes clear rules for SEP actions
Judgment in patent proceedings Huawei vs. ZTE
Faster patent protection
German PTO joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) and expands its network of partner offices
New edition of “Das Patentassessorexamen” (German patent bar exam) now available
Guidance and manual for prospective patent attorneys
“EU patent creates a good climate for innovation”
C&F welcomes the ECJ's decisions on the “EU patent package”
Two new patent attorneys at C&F
Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer and Michel Kaminsky reinforce the firm in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals & life sciences, engineering and technology
Great amount of interest in innovations from North Rhine-Westphalia
C&F informed about the economic importance of intellectual property rights at Hannover Messe
“Many not aware of fiscal risks associated with IP-rights”
C&F seminar: “Intellectual Property rights in corporate groups” on May 7, 2015 in Düsseldorf
C&F presents inventions from North Rhine-Westphalia
Special exhibition for innovative products and technologies
FRAND conditions not bound to SEPs in all cases
Judgment by the District Court of Düsseldorf in patent proceedings of France Brevets versus HTC
Intellectual property rights secure the business location of North Rhine-Westphalia
C&F at the Hannover Messe from 13 to 17 April 2015
Mathias Karlhuber appointed ICC Patent Rapporteur
ICC Commission on Intellectual Property Rights is considered an important mouthpiece for innovative industries
“Clients appreciate arbitration and technical expertise”
C&F strengthens its presence in national and international arbitration institutions
Norway now more interesting for patent applicants
Norway's accession to the London Convention provides for simplified patent protection
Further success for Topfield in litigation against Grundig patent utiliser IGR
BGH rules on the long-time patent procedure concerning TV technology
China to introduce special IP-Courts
An Important Step for a Better IP Protection
60 Years at the Service of Intellectual Property
Cohausz & Florack to celebrate the Law Firm’s Jubilee
New IP Roadmap released
C&F takes a share in international guidelines for intellectual property
„Approach your Staff! Be offensively-minded!”
How employers and inventors communicate successfully with each other
Accelerated Patent Application Examinations
Cohausz & Florack welcomes PPH Pilot Project with Austria
EU Patent Court Rules refined
Cohausz & Florack’s proposals considered
Cohausz & Florack to enhance its electrical engineering section
Cohausz & Florack (C&F) continually enhances its electrical engineering section: On January 1 2014 Dr. Fabian Vogelbruch was appointed partner.
Cohausz & Florack to further Junior Engineers in Germany
16 scholarships for talented RWTH Aachen students since 2010