Patents, SPCs and utility models
Patents, supplementary protection certificates for pharmaceuticals, abbreviated as SPC, and utility models are the basis for the economic success of many companies. Technical inventions thus require comprehensive legal protection.
We represent you in all stages of a dispute and assert your interests in and out of court. We take charge of preservation of evidence and cease-and-desist letters, preliminary injunction proceedings, seizure at the border by the customs authorities as well as infringement and revocation proceedings. In such cases, we usually cooperate with experienced and technically versed patent lawyers.
If claims are asserted against you for an alleged infringement, we consult with you to develop a defence strategy and defend your interests in and out of court. To prevent conflicts beforehand, we clarify and define the existing leeway – keyword: freedom to operate – and evaluate solutions for circumvention.
We provide answers to your questions relating to the future European patent system with the Unified Patent Court and a concept of European patents having unified validity and effect, and we advise you on the consequences of this system for the protection strategy of your company.
In addition, we provide comprehensive advice on all related antitrust issues, on the licensing of industrial property rights and with regard to contract negotiations and contract drafting. Finally, together with our labour law experts we advise on all issues of the law governing employees’ inventions.