We have often reported why you should protect your invention with a patent application. A patent gives you the permission to utilize your invention and enables you to forbid others the use. This is a good thing as a patent protects your investments and achievements against infringers and counterfeiters.
In April this year the president of the European Council and representatives of the European Parliament have reached a preliminary agreement on the reform of the European trademark system. In June the European council?s permanent representatives have confirmed this agreement. Thus the reform might finally come into
Descriptions, sketches and diagrams ? all those items belong to an invention in order to make it comprehensible especially for the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO). Indeed the GPTO charges fees for the application. And once the patent rights are granted, there will arise further costs. In the following article
The patent research is an essential step in the process of the patent application. It serves to determine whether your invention does already exist or not and thus whether it would actually be worthwhile. It doesn?t matter if you?re doing the patent research autonomously or if you dedicate the task to an attorney ? in
Did you receive a warning letter because someone accuses you of having infringed a European or German patent? Sometimes this nasty surprise comes faster than you might think: Not only those who have actively counterfeited an invention have to fear certain consequences such as warning letters, compensation claims or
Contrary to popular opinion, the success of a patent is mainly decided during the very first steps of the patent application. In order for your application to be successful there are a few things you should know, otherwise all the hard work might have been in vain.
China seems to be a commercial wonderland these days, offering a giant market for foreign companies. In any case the future of the world economy can no longer be imagined without China. But inventors pushing onto the Chinese market must be careful when they apply for patents, because the country tries to counter the
Before you have an invention patented, it is important to find out in which countries a patent application would be the most worthwhile. Indeed this question can?t be answered that easily since not every patent is similarly useful in certain countries. Consequently it is not possible to give a general answer to this
From 2016 there shall be a new EU-wide method of applying for patents: We?re talking about the new EU unitary patent that has been an object of controversial discussions for a long time now. At the same time the establishment of the so-called unified patent court has been planned. We?ve already informed you about the
Software patents have been a controversial topic for years. Often people say that it is not possible to patent software in Germany. We would like to explain you in detail, what it?s all about.
Recently the SIPO (State Intellectual Property Office of the People?s Republic of China) published a draft with modifications to the present Chinese patent law. These changes affect not only businesses who are already investing in the Chinese market, but also companies or inventors who want to apply for a patent. We
Anybody who received a warning letter due to the infringement of a European patent is threatened by serious consequences. In the worst case it may even happen that you get imprisoned. Indeed this is the last means which is used against patent infringers. And if you react to previous claims in an adequate manner and
Have you infringed a patent with a supposed new invention? A warning letter is an established mean for patent holders to proceed against patent infringements. Even if the warning letter is an extra-judicial procedure, it is nevertheless made to prevent the patent infringement permanently like for instance a preliminary
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