Patents / Utility Models
For the protection of technical devices and/or methods, we conduct the drafting of patent or utility model applications for you, file them with the respective offices (DPMA, EUIPO and WIPO) and represent you in the subsequent proceedings. Our team of patent attorneys is familiar with a wide range of technical fields, so that we can efficiently consult you in the protection of your invention. We coordinate your foreign applications and support you in the selection of territories for patent applications.
Employee Invention Law
Employee invention law particularly applies when inventions have been made by employees within the scope of their employment relation. We are experienced in dealing with the rights and obligations that arise for employers and employees in such constellations. We advise you on the determination of employee inventor compensation, the establishment of lump-sum compensation and rights purchase agreements as well as on the handling of employee inventions. In the event of a legal dispute, we represent you before the Arbitration Board established at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).
The legally compliant drafting of license agreements is of crucial importance due to typically long contract terms of such agreements. We draft license agreements with foresight so that they not only satisfy your economic interests, but are also designed to be future-proof. We are experienced in negotiating license agreements, so we can support you in the negotiation process.
Freedom to Operate Analysis
Frequently the question arises as to whether your own product is protected by intellectual property rights of third parties or other rights. We consult you on this complex question in a goal-focused and solution-oriented manner. We undertake or coordinate any necessary searches, the legal evaluation and, if necessary, advise you on the development of workaround solutions.