Patents and utility models
67898 patent applications have been filed at the German Patent and Trademark Office in 2016. Each of these patent applications had their own motivation. Protection of technological progress. Basis for technology sales. Protection of the investment for the development costs. Employee Inventions. One thing is in common to all of these patent applications: Due diligence needed in the preparation thereof, because the possibilities for amendments are limited to the disclosure at the filing date.
We advise creative minds and innovative companies to possibilities for protection of their inventions and outline the appropriate filing strategies. So it may be advisable from an economic viewpoint, to register a utility model instead of a patent.
A core task are searches for the state of the art documents and the assessment of search results. We also perform as part of the portfolio management extensions and monitor the patent activities of the competition. The defense and enforcement of patents, we take over in all warning letter, interim disposal as well as in litigation. We are glad to advise on the layout of license agreements and contracts relating to research and development collaborations, etc.