Patents and Utility models↑ Top

The intellectual property team provides a full-service management of international, European and German patents. Specifically, we provide the following services:

  • Drafting and filing applications
  • Patent prosecution
  • Patent searches
  • Drafting and filing oppositions
  • Drafting and filing appeals
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis
  • Portfolio management
  • Patent litigation
  • Translations
  • Annuity payments
  • Post-grant validations of European patents
  • Market analysis

Trademarks↑ Top

Our intellectual property team prepares and files trademark applications in Germany, Europe as well as internationally. We provide the following services:

  • Registration of trademarks
  • Prosecuting trademark applications
  • Preparing and filing oppositions
  • Preparing and filing appeals
  • Conducting trademark watches
  • Providing legal opinions
  • Renewing trademark registrations
  • Litigation

Design↑ Top

We draft and file design applications and conduct design searches and watches in Germany, Europe and internationally. We provide service in the following areas:

  • Drafting and filing design applications
  • Prosecuting design applications
  • Drafting and filing applications of invalidity
  • Drafting and filing appeals
  • Litigation
  • Preparing renewals

Plant Variety Protection↑ Top

We provide intellectual property management of plant varieties in Germany, Europe, as well as internationally. Our services include:

  • Drafting and filing plant variety applications
  • Prosecuting plant applications
  • Drafting and filing appeals
  • Infringement

Where possible, your IP may also be protected with a patent.

Licensing and Technology Transfer↑ Top

Our team has hands-on experience in negotiating and drafting agreements needed to obtain, transfer, develop or license intellectual property for the purposes of commercializing technology. Our expertise includes:

  • Drafting licensing contracts
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis
  • Negotiations
  • Business strategy advice based on an intellectual property portfolio
  • Drafting agreements to protect trade secrets
  • Drafting confidentiality agreements

German Employee Inventions Act↑ Top

In most industrialized nations, employees are responsible for making the lion’s share of inventions. According to the German Employee Inventions Act, an employer may claim the rights to an invention developed by an employee.

  • Providing legal advice to employers and employees
  • Drafting agreements between employee and employer
  • Assistance in setting-up an employee invention reporting system in-house
  • Calculation of inventor’s compensations
  • Providing legal advice on cooperation agreements with universities
  • Lawsuits

Start-ups↑ Top

We provide assistance to young entrepreneurial companies in managing their emerging IP portfolios not only to attract investors but also to insure its commercial success in the marketplace in the future. Specifically, we provide:

  • Portfolio development advice
  • Strategic advice on patent/trademark filing strategy
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis
  • Market analysis
  • Negotiating and drafting licensing agreements
  • Acting as a liaison for investors

Our clients include↑ Top

  • Biotechnology companies
  • Chemical industry
  • Food industry
  • Medical devices companies
  • Start-ups
  • Alternative energy companies
  • Leading academic institutions
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Individual inventors

Scientific Areas of Expertise↑ Top

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry, organic and inorganic
  • Medical Devices
  • Mechanics
  • Auto industry
  • Pharmacology / drugs
  • Alternative Energy
  • Food chemistry
  • Plants
  • Diagnostics
  • Reagents, such as antibodies, media, etc.