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Weickmann is one of the oldest firms in Germany to specialize in the field of
intellectual property law. Since 1882, we have been assisting our clients in all
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The patent grants its proprietor a right of prohibition. If a third party uses the protected invention without authorization, the patent proprietor can take action against the infringer. Typical claims asserted in court are injunctive relief and damages (see patent infringement). In several countries, including Germany, it is possible to apply for a utility model alongside or in addition to a patent. This is also a technical property right, but it is registered without substantive examination. The protectability of a utility model is only assessed in infringement proceedings before a court or cancellation proceedings before the Patent Office. […]
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Utility Models

The term of a utility model is a maximum of ten years. Utility models can be used to protect products, but not processes. It is also possible to protect certain medical uses known as a pharmaceutical utility model. The utility model can be obtained quickly and inexpensively. After a formal examination, the patent office registers it without substantive examination for protectability. […]
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Supplementary Protection Certificates

This means that a patent proprietor cannot fully exploit the patent. In such cases, the legislator provides compensation in the form of Supplementary Protection Certificates. In the countries of the European Union (EU), a Supplementary Protection Certificate extends the term of patent protection by a maximum of 5 years. […]
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We are always looking for motivated and qualified patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law to join our specialist teams.

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Recognized! Financial Times ranks WEICKMANN among the leading patent law firms 2023

Munich, August 18, 2023: WEICKMANN has again been included in the list of “Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2023” by the Financial Times. WEICKMANN was honored for its special expertise in the field of Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals. The Financial Times ranking is based on a study by Statista, for which more than 10,000 patent attorneys and […]

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Patent Index 2022 published by the EPO today

The European Patent Office has published its patent index for the year 2022 today. Despite the pandemic situation that was still ongoing in 2022, the number of EP filings increased by about 2.5%. Particularly in the technical fields of digital communication, electrical machinery/energy (in particular batteries) and biotechnology growth rates in the range of about […]

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Prove of a Technical Effect by Post-Filed Data Allowable (G 2/21)

The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) cited in its recently published decision G 2/21 that experimental evidence after filing an application can be used to prove a technical effect for patentability. Due to the possible effects, in particular for parties filing second medical use application, this decision has been awaited quite excitedly. The EBA dealt […]

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