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“Kuhnen & Wacker - IP Made in Germany“®

CONTINUITY, Quality And strategy...

... are the three pillars of one of the major Intellectual Property Law Firms in Germany.

With more than 40 years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property our firm has acquired an excellent international reputation. Our professional staff is specialized in intellectual property matters. Our target is our clients' successful exploitation of industrial property rights world-wide. We offer services in patents, utility models, designs and trade marks but also specialize in IP evaluation and in IP litigation including cross-border-injunction and licencing.

This website provides you with information about our firm, staff and up-to-date content about industrial property law matters and offers views of our historic office buildings.

News

  • June 2017:
    INTERNATIONAL PATENT PROSECUTION AND PRACTICE SEMINAR
    IN CHICAGO
    On September 14 to 15, 2017 we will present our Seminar in cooperation with WIPO at John Marshall Law School. More details will follow soon.
  • THE GERMAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT REVIEWS THE IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION FOR THE UNITARY PATENT PACKAGE
    As recently made public by news media, the German Constitutional Court asked the German Federal President already on April 3, 2017, at first orally, then in writing, not to sign (off on) the implementing legislation for the Unitary Patent Package, due to a constitutional complaint by a private person.

    The reason ...
  • START OF UPC FURTHER DELAYED
    On June 7, 2017, the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) published a statement announcing that the timetable for the start of the UPC Agreement provisional application period and target date for entry into operation of the UPC, previously envisaged for 1 December 2017, will have to be postponed.

    The reason ...
  • May 2017:
    POSSIBLE DELAY OF THE UP & UPC PROJECT DUE TO SNAP ELECTIONS IN UK ON JUNE 8, 2017
    On April 18, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap general election for June 8, 2017 (instead of regular elections in May 2020).
    On May 3, 2017, Prime Minister May informed the Queen about the dissolution of the Parliament which is the first step onwards to snap elections.

    What does this mean for the upcoming UP&UPC?
  • EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR FREISING
    For more details about our Seminar, from October 3 to 7, 2016 in Freising,
    please click here...
  • March 2017:
    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH DR. CHRISTIAN THOMAS
    Brand creation and protection: a multifaceted approach, Issue 66,
    World Trademark Review
  • February 2017:
    EPO BOARDS OF APPEAL: RELOCATION AND APPOINTMENT OF NEW PRESIDENT

    The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has recently announced the appointment of Carl Josefsson as the new first President of the Boards of Appeal.Mr Josefsson, who is currently Senior Judge of Appeal at the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm, is expected to take up his duties with effect from 1 March 2017. Mr Josefsson was jointly proposed by the Board of Appeals Committee of the Administrative Council and the President of the EPO. The President of the Boards of Appeal will preside the Boards of Appeal Unit administratively and judicially.

    The new role of President of the BoA was created as a result of the substantial institutional reforms adopted in June 2016 in an effort to emphasis the autonomy and efficiency of the Boards of Appeal and to strengthen the appeal systems of the EPO as a whole.

    With the appointment of the new President, the Administrative Council has paved the way to shift essential administrative functions in relation to the EPO’s Court to the President of the Board of Appeals. Instead of being integrated into the administration of the EPO, the new President will be directly responsive to the Administrative Council so as to provide a link between the Council and the Boards of Appeal. Mr Josefsson will equally serve as the President of the Enlarged Board of Appeals.

    Apart from appointing Mr Josefsson as the new President, the Administrative Council has also approved the relocation of the BoA Unit to Haar, a suburb of Munich located 12km east of Munich Centre, which is to take place in the summer of 2017. The scheduled move should emphasis the spatially separation between the Court and the granting authority (European Patent Office). However, with the move from the Centre of Munich to Haar, the new location will be not as convenient for attorneys and clients, in particular those who come from abroad, who have to attend to oral hearings before the Boards of Appeal, as the old one.

  • January 2017:
    WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW (WTR) 1000 reported:

    "Kuhnen & Wacker continues to make waves on the German trademark scene. Founded in 1974 in Freising, the nimble boutique has consistently beefed up its service with major hires and a state-of-the-art filing system which guarantees clients swift responses and instantaneous access to their documents. Clearance searches and complex prosecution matters are strong suits. Christian Thomas dispenses “strong strategic counsel in a short timeframe and at a reasonable price”. He has in-depth licensing, merchandising and anti-counterfeiting expertise."

    (WTR 1000, the world's only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private pracitioners internationally)

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