In the year 2016 the highly discussed EU unitary patent shall take effect. Here, we?ve already discussed about the problems which still hinder the realization. A major point for discussion are the costs of such an EU patent. For a long time the states of the EU haven?t agreed about the height of the costs.
The implementation of a European unitary patent, in contrast to the already existing EP patent, has been a much discussed topic for years. In 2011, 25 member states of the EU declared that the unitary patent should be introduced (Spain and Italy haven?t joined). But since then, the final implementation is prevented by
Our last blog post was about everything that happens between the filing of your application and the substantive examination, which means the ultimate evaluation of your invention's novelty. With the latter and all other remaining steps, including granting and validating your European patent, we'll deal today. We'll
In our last blog post we dealt with some preliminary considerations, with the importance of a thorough patent research and informed you about some crucial aspects of filing your application for a European patent with the EPO.
In our last blog post we informed you about some preliminary considerations and outlined some important definitions. Now it should be clear where we're heading. So today let's have a look at some research you'll have to do before actually applying and how to file the application properly. This is part 2 of our
Have you just invented a technical product, device or process? Of course you want to protect your invention and benefit from it in the long run. If your invention meets all necessary conditions, you can apply for a patent. Today and in the next three blog articles we?ll deal with the application process for a European
Applying for a patent might seem wonderfully easy at first sight. As soon as applicants have developed their invention, they approach the patent office all on their own, download all available documents and how-to?s, write their patent application and off they go. ?Why should I ask a patent attorney, who takes a lot of
If your company?s IP is infringed by Chinese counterfeits, both revenue and reputation might be in serious danger. But how should you react in this situation? To help you shed light on what might only be an uncertain guess until now, we have listed 8 striking clues. We also provide some first aid tips on how to take
Many people believe that in China intellectual property is rather a paper tiger than a serious method to protect a company?s innovation. Measures and strategies to register a brand, patent or design are assumed to involve more risks for the own invention than protection. This particularly includes the widespread fear
Have you received a warning letter due to a patent- or trademark infringement? Then probably there is a pre-formulated cease-and-desist declaration with penalty clause enclosed. This is sometimes also referred to as ?declaration of discontinuance?. At the first moment this might seem inviting for you: Just an easy
Product and brand piracy, also known as counterfeiting, are a serious problem for innovative companies exhibiting and selling in the EU. To protect your revenues on the European market and to shield your business against counterfeiting, you should consider applying for customs seizures. They are a proven method to get
What does a patent cost? Every innovator may have asked himself this question. Not many things in life are for free and also not the application for a patent. Unfortunately there are no fixed prices. Therefore today we will inform you about the factors which influence the costs of a patent.
Today we will travel back to the beginning of patents. Did you know how the patent system developed? When was the first patent applied for? And how did patents look like in their time of creation?
Brands influence our daily buying behavior, as they achieve an optimal recognition value for a product or service. Therefore brands are protected by trade mark law. For the purpose of differentiating between companies, a trademark enables the customer to connect a particular product or service with a certain company on
The interest has risen in preventative protective measures against counterfeiting and product piracy. To make sure nobody steals your ideas and innovations, applying for a patent on time is an effective solution. But before preparing the application, it?s important to collect information to avoid problems and eliminate