The silver bullet of patent enforcement inGermany is an infringement action on themerits to be filed with one of the German“Ivy League” patent infringement courts. Thechoice of venue must be made in view of thecomplexity of the case and time constraints.The “big four” patent infringement courts –Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Hamburg andMunich (with Dusseldorf taking a clear lead)– handle about 1,000 patent litigationactions each year.


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