Patents typically represent the core of an intellectual property (IP) strategy, conferring protection for technical inventions – products, methods, and uses. Patent applications may be filed on national level, regional level (e.g., a European patent application), or as international PCT patent application. We reflect the individual case scenario with our clients in order to always find the most cost effective and straightforward solution. Our network with experienced colleagues worldwide ensures successful global patent protection. We have particular experience in preparing patent applications relating to computer hardware and software, electronics, nanotechnology, robotics, material sciences, semiconductor devices, renewal energies, automotive technologies (autonomous driving), digital farming and medical devices. Beyond, we assist our clients in defending and enforcing their patent rights, in particular in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European and German Patent Office as well as in infringement and nullity proceedings before German courts.
Utility models which are often also referred to as "petty patents" confer, much like a patent, protection for technical inventions, in many jurisdictions with the exception of methods and processes. However, utility models constitute cost-effective enforceable IP rights that may provide considerable strategic advantages, both in terms of prosecution and litigation, and thus become a valuable asset to an IP portfolio. We advise our clients on making use of this type of IP right and have experience in filing, defending, and enforcing utility model applications.
Trademarks are of fundamental importance for enterprise and product branding. Different trademark strategies – nationally or internationally – are instrumental for successful marketing strategies. We counsel our clients on filing options as well as of using trademarks as "flanking IP rights". A long term strategy for a development of a strong trademark portfolio is indispensable for our clients' long term marketing success.
Designs protect the outward appearance of products. Distinctive features may result from contours, colors, shapes, texture, and materials of the product itself or its ornamentation. A combination of trademarks and designs may result in a superb combination as part of an overall IP strategy, thus allowing the differentiation of products in addition to pure technical aspects. We have experience in preparing national or international design applications.