European Parliament approves AI Act

On 13 March 2024, the European Parliament approved the EU's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act. The text was agreed in negotiations with EU member states in December 2023 and has now been endorsed by members of the European Parliament. The new law aims to protect fundamental rights, democracy, the rule of law and...

Kilian Müller joins INTA’s ADR Committee

We are proud to announce that our colleague Kilian Müller has become a member of the International Trademark Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, serving for a two-year term as of 2024. The ADR Committee develops programming and resources on arbitration, mediation, online dispute resolution, and other methods of dispute...

Fee Reductions at European Patent Office for Small Entities

The European Patent Office has announced a new fee reduction scheme, specifically designed for micro-entities, effective April 1, 2024. This scheme aims to support smaller and less experienced entities in Europe by easing access to the European patent system. It introduces a 30% fee reduction for various patent-related fees for...

EPO – Acceleration of Oppositions

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced on 7 November 2023 a new policy concerning accelerated processing of oppositions where an infringement or revocation action has been instituted before the Unified Patent Court or a national court or competent authority of a contracting state. This is a change to the current...

Merger of Staudt IP and Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft

The IP boutique firms of Staudt IP from Ingolstadt and Sonnenberg Harrison from Munich are delighted to announce their merger with effect from 1 January 2024. This strategic alliance combines Peter Staudt's expertise in intellectual property with Sonnenberg Harrison's extensive expertise in technology, trademark, and patent law. Peter Staudt, founder...

Fusion von Staudt IP Law und Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft

Mit großer Freude geben die Kanzleien Staudt IP Law aus Ingolstadt und Sonnenberg Harrison aus München ihre bevorstehende Fusion bekannt. Dieser strategische Zusammenschluss vereint die Kompetenzen von Peter Staudt im Bereich des geistigen Eigentums mit der umfassenden Expertise von Sonnenberg Harrison im Technologie-, Marken- und Patentrecht. Herr Peter Staudt, Gründer...

Staying Proceedings at the Unitary Patent Court

Under what conditions can the Unified Patent Court (UPC) stay a decision when opposition proceedings are pending in the European Patent Office (EPO)? That question faced the Central Division (Munich) of the European UPC in Astellas ./. Healios (Case No. UPC_CFI_80/2023). Under Article 33(10) UPCA and Rule 295 sub a...

Was passiert bei dem Tod eines Erfinders?

Für angestellte Erfinder regelt das sogenannte Gesetz über Arbeitnehmererfindungen die Rechte und die Pflichten eines angestellten Erfinders gegenüber seinem Arbeitgeber. Diese Rechte und Pflichten ergeben sich aus dem Wunsch heraus, einen möglichst gerechten Interessensausgleich zwischen dem Arbeitgeber und dem Arbeitenden herzustellen. Der Arbeitende soll dafür belohnt werden, erfinderische Ideen im...

Searching and Classifying Quantum Patents

Quantum technologies are a rapidly developing field of science and engineering that exploits the properties of quantum physics to perform tasks that would be impossible or impractical with classical physics. Quantum technologies include quantum simulation, quantum sensing and metrology, quantum computation, and quantum communication. However, quantum technologies also pose significant...