The silver bullet is an infringement action onthe merits to be filed with one of the German‘Ivy League’ courts for patent infringement.The choice of venue must be made in view ofcomplexity of the case and time constraints.The ‘big four’ patent infringement courts –Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Hamburg and Munich(with Dusseldorf taking a clear lead) – handleabout 1,000 patent litigation actions every year.


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