Utility Model or Patent: Things To Know Before Applying

Are you thinking about a legal protection for you invention but you are not sure, which option is it going to serve you better? Patent or Utility Model? What shall you choose? General Infos: Patents and utility models protect technical inventions that are new, based on an inventive step and commercially applicable. Such technical property […]

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Double Invention: And Now?

What happens if you think you have invented something and in fact, there is someone else claiming to have invented the same at the same time? First of all, how would you recognize if you have discovered or invented something? Let’s start from the definition. A discovery… concerns something that already existed at the time […]

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Financing the protection of IP-Right

We have the plan you are thinking about If you are a young entrepreneur or if you are just about to start your business you may be wondering how is it possible to financially sustain the expenses of protection of your brand, idea or invention. We would recommend you to book a first consultation at […]

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Intellectual Property: News from China

News from the Eastern Countries  China accesses to the Hague Agreement for International Registrations of Intellectual  Designs: let’s get to know more about it.  As you already know, dear readers, we are patent experts, we are located in Germany but we act internationally. Chinese Products are very often protected also under European or German Law. The […]

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UPC – Einheitliches Patentgericht: What is it?

What is the Unified Patent Court (UPC)? The Unified Patent Court, or UPC for short, is a new court with its own rules of procedure, which have elements of both continental European and Anglo-Saxon legal traditions. It has jurisdiction over disputes concerning unitary patents and existing and newly granted European patents. The owner of a […]

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Patent or utility model? What’s the difference?

Let us make it clear for you. Patent and utility models are not the same thing, even if you have probably heard sometimes that utility models are just “small patents”.  Patents and utility models protect technical inventions that are new, based on an inventive step and commercially applicable. They confer on their owner the privilege, […]

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German patent application fees

Overview of fees Type of Fee Euro Application fee for online filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 40 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 20 Application fee for paper filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 60 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 30 Fee for search request EUR 300 Examination fee […]

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Patent application proceedings in Germany

In the examination procedure, the patent examiners of the DPMA check if your invention meets the following criteria: novelty inventive step industrial applicability Furthermore, the invention must have a technical character. The patent is the only IP right granted by the DPMA after a very extensive examination for novelty. Preliminary examination of the application By […]

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Applying for a patent in Germany

Request for the grant of a patent Please bear in mind that the patent system is a very complex field of law. It may be advisable to retain the services of a patent attorney for preparing and filing a patent application. If you are not residing in Germany, you are legally required to be represented […]

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