Unparalleled, but unfortunately unpatentable: The f&e patent® service portfolio

Not only do we understand our legal craft, but we also have an equally fundamental appreciation of the developments, products, inventions and ideas of our clients.


Every facet of patents, utility models, trademarks and designs

Our clients value our extensive experience and the high quality of our work. Well above average, our success rate in opposition and nullity proceedings speaks for itself. Moreover, in legal disputes we are frequently able to apply our negotiation skills to obtain commercially acceptable solutions out-of-court.


Integrated advice and representation

Learn more about the work we do to optimize protection of developments and ideas:


Highly skilled and extremely efficient in handling all types of intellectual property rights


Patents

  • Drafting of patent application texts
  • Drafting, filing and prosecution of German, European and international patent applications according to the PCT
  • Nationalization and regionalization of international patent applications
  • Representation of European patents in Germany and organization of representation in other European countries
  • Opposition proceedings against German and European patents
  • Representation abroad within our network of correspondent attorneys in all industrialized and emerging countries

Trademarks

  • Registration of German trademarks and EU Community Trade Marks
  • International registration of trademarks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol
  • Objections to German trademarks and Community Trade Marks and the protection of international registrations
  • Representation abroad through our network of correspondent attorneys in all industrialized and emerging countries

Representation and advice in post-filing prosecution and in inter partes proceedings

Out-of-court and legal representation and advice on all matters, including

  • Enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights
  • Defense against claims from intellectual property rights
  • Nullity proceedings against patents which have been granted
  • Performance and evaluation of prior art and infringement searches
  • Preparation of legal opinions
  • Monitoring of applications for intellectual property rights by competitors
  • Evaluation of intellectual property rights, especially in case of corporate takeovers
  • Consultation on, and drafting of, license agreements
  • Transfer of intellectual property rights
  • Development of IP strategies

Employee invention law

  • Advice and representation in employee invention matters
  • Performance of all administrative duties pursuant to the German Employee Inventions Act (ArbEG)
  • Drafting of cooperation agreements with external partners
  • Compensation calculation
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings

Utility models and semiconductor topography

  • Drafting, filing and prosecution of utility model and semiconductor topography applications

Designs

  • Filing and prosecution of German, European and international design applications

Plant variety rights

 
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