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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 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.

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  • June 2016:
    THE IMPACT OF BREXIT ON YOUR IP RIGHTS

    On June 23, 2016 the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union

    This will have no immediate effect on any IP rights but may lead to changes after and possibly during the process of withdrawal (cf. Article 50 of the European Union Treaty).
    The present vote now triggers the process of said withdrawal and the UK now has a minimum of two years to complete the exit process. As the Brexit is an unprecedented process in the EU, it is not possible to predict how long this will actually take and the process may possibly take many years, according to some of our colleagues in the UK.

    European Patent Applications and Patents
    The Brexit does not affect European patent applications and patents as the European Patent Office is not a EU body. The European Patent Convention (EPC) already now includes non-EU countries and at present patents are validated on grant in individual countries, which will be continued.

    EU Trademarks and Registered Designs
    For the time being, these trademarks and designs covering the UK will remain in place and will be enforceable in the UK until new provisions are put in place to give them a continued, or corresponding, protection in the UK.

    Unified Patent Court (UPC)
    In view of the Brexit, it remains to be seen what will happen in this respect. No prediction can be made at this point of time as the UPC has not yet come into effect and the agreement has not been ratified by all member states of the EU. Changes in the agreement may be necessary.

    Conclusion and Outlook
    We would like to assure you that no action is required at this time in connection with the Brexit. We will contact you as soon as we have more definite information and if any action will become necessary that may affect your IP rights.

  • June 2016:
    EUROPEAN PATENT PRACTICE SEMINAR CHICAGO
    For more details about our Seminar, from November 1 to 2, 2016 in Chicago, please click here.
  • May 2016:
    EUROPEAN PATENT PRACTICE SEMINAR CHICAGO
    From November 1 to 2, 2016, we will presented our Seminar in cooperation with the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. More details will follows soon.
  • April 2016:
    PUBLICATION BY RAINER K. KUHNEN
    Huawei v ZTE – ECJ sets framework for injunctive relief regarding SEPs, Patents in Europe, IAM Magazine
  • EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR FREISING
    For more details about our Seminar, from October 3 to 7, 2016 in Freising, please click here.
  • EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR JAPAN
    For more details about our Seminar, from June 7 to 10, 2016 in Japan, please click here.
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