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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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Oral proceedings at the EPO: videoconferencing as the “new normal” also at the Boards of Appeal?

Last November, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided that all oral proceedings before the Examining Divisions and Opposition Divisions (commonly referred to as “first instance proceedings”) are to be held by videoconference, unless a party requests an in-person hearing (European Patent Office ( For such request, serious reasons must be provided, […]

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Start of the Unified Patent Court postponed again

Only weeks before the intended start of the Sunrise Period on 1 January 2023 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has announced that the start of the Sunrise Period for the new UPC is postponed by two months to 1 March 2023, i.e. the Court itself will start its work on 1 June 2023. As indicated […]

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Weickmann partners contribute to new edition of “Winning with IP”

A brand-new book from Newsdesk Global Communications with Novaro Publishing titled “Winning with IP: Managing intellectual property today” has been published today, 31 October 2022. Inspired by the High-growth Technology Business Initiative of the European Patent Office and Licensing Executives Society International, it is highlighting 15 routes to growth that IP may be creating. Among […]

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From ST.25 to ST.26: Small increment – big change for sequence listings 

On 1 July 2022, the new WIPO Standard ST.26 on the filing of sequence listings for patent applications has entered into force. The new regulations replace the current standard ST.25 and will implement XML as the standard format for sequence listings instead of the current TXT format.  It is important to note for all applicants […]

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TCI wins with WEICKMANN in invalidity proceedings on LED technology against Signify before Federal Patent Court

Munich, 19.05.2022: The Italian electronics group TCI Telecomunicazioni Italia S.r.L. has prevailed in further patent nullity proceedings before the Federal Patent Court (BPatG) against Signify Holding B.V. concerning a core technology for LED lighting systems. Following an oral hearing on May 17, 2022, the 4th Senate (Nullity Senate) of the Federal Patent Court declared the […]

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