Region: Germany

BioNTech’s IP team leaders on their role in the race to develop the first covid vaccine

The long read: In an exclusive interview, the German company's James Ryan and Julie Anne Gillespie talk about their once-in-a-career experience of working on a project that will help change the world

24 March 2021

We worked at triple speed on vaccine patent strategy to help the world, says BioNTech IP chief

“You could go through a practice of 30 years, never experiencing what we have just been through in a year,” says Julie Anne Gillespie in exclusive interview alongside colleague James Ryan

16 March 2021

In a second Sisvel v Haier ruling, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice provides more cheer for SEP owners

The country’s highest court further defines the obligations of both licensors and licensees in FRAND licensing negotiations

08 March 2021

Top EPO representatives 2020

Featured in Prosecution data

Hoffmann Eitle filed more applications on behalf of clients than anyone else last year, followed by Grünecker and Dehns

04 March 2021

CJEU must clear up German patent mess on interim injunctions

A referral from the District of Court of Munich may end current practice which makes it very tough for certain kinds of rights owners to secure preliminary relief

01 February 2021

Irish NPE has German injunction upheld against LG and Sony

Solas OLED wins valuable court ruling in its multi-front assertion campaign against the Asian giants and a host of other big names

17 December 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes

04 December 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe

27 November 2020

More hold-out on the cards after Dusseldorf court calls in CJEU on SEP licensing

Judges referral of a series of questions on supply chain licensing, FRAND and willing licensee issues have potential to delay dealmaking, not only in Germany but across the EU

26 November 2020

European champions: the private practice patent teams that dominate EPO oppositions

While Hoffmann Eitle sits at the top of the table, overall UK firms are beginning to supplant those from Germany

25 November 2020

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