Expertise

From the legal point of view, we are primarily concerned with inventions and the technical property rights of patents and utility models as well as with trademarks and designs. We act in the fields of patent law, utility model law, trademark law, design law, employee invention law and licensing law. In this area we offer:

 

Patents and Utility models
  • Preparing and filing of German, European and International patent applications
  • Preparing and filing of German utility models
  • Conducting application procedures und examination procedures
  • Validating, nationalising and regionalising of property rights
Trademarks
  • Preparing and filing of German, European and International trademark applications
  • Conducting registration procedures for German, European and International trademarks
Registered Designs
  • Preparing and filing of German registered design applications
  • Preparing and filing of European registered design applications
  • Conducting application procedures and examination procedures
Oppositions, Nullity and Cancellation
  • Representation and filing of oppositions and appeals
  • Representation and filing of nullity actions
  • Representation and filing of cancellations
  • Defending and contesting intellectual property rights
Contracts, Agreements and Licenses
  • Negotiation and preparing license agreements
  • Preparing cooperation agreements
  • Preparing non-disclosure agreements
German Act on Employees’ Inventions
  • Advice on issues of the employee invention law, for example the transfer of rights
  • Advice for and assisting of employers regarding inventor remuneration and their rights and obligations
  • Advice for and assisting of employees regarding inventor remuneration and their rights and obligations
Searches and Opinions
  • Performing and evaluating prior art searches for new patent applications, Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) and Due-Diligence
  • Preparing opinions, such as validity opinions and infringement opinions
  • Monitoring and examination of intellectual property rights
Litigation
  • Clarification of usage aspects and property rights infringements
  • Assisting in infringement proceedings and mediations
Strategy
  • Advice on intellectual property strategy
  • Preparing patent strategies and trademark strategies including respective searches
  • Preparation, control and administration of property rights portfolios in Germany, Europe and international
  • Advice for the funding programme WIPANO