IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Germany

In November 2020 the Bundestag reconfirmed Germany’s involvement in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) through an overwhelming vote in favour, marking 2022 as a possible target date for the establishment of the new court; however, details remain sparse and its future is still unclear. In the meantime, most practitioners remain...

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In November 2020 the Bundestag reconfirmed Germany’s involvement in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) through an overwhelming vote in favour, marking 2022 as a possible target date for the establishment of the new court; however, details remain sparse and its future is still unclear. In the meantime, most practitioners remain optimistic about Germany’s continued status as a patent litigation hub – although the market is split on whether Brexit’s long-term effects (and in turn, the effects of the United Kingdom’s exclusion from the UPC) will give a boost to the European IP scene or render the continent weaker as a whole. SEP and FRAND issues continue to dominate the courts: the seminal dispute between Nokia, Daimler and a range of intervenors on both the automotive and telecommunications sides is still attracting headlines; while the Federal Court of Justice’s ruling in Sisvel v Haier points to a positive future for SEP owners. Meanwhile, the patent office has been typically busy despite having pivoted to a virtual model; and the volume of patents filed in Germany by both domestic and international players confirms that, whatever the global challenges, innovation in the country is not slowing down.

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