Approximately two-thirds of all European patent litigation cases are tried in German courts, which makes Germany the most important European venue for patent litigation. The two main factors that have led patent owners to choose Germany as a venue are its bifurcated system, which results in the notorious “injunction gap” and the automatic injunction.
Since August 18, 2021, a new German Patent Act is in place that aims to close the injunction gap and to limit the impact of the automatic injunction, specifically with respect to the German automotive industry. In addition, a new provision was recently introduced that intends to properly protect parties’ trade secrets, such as sales information, existing licensing agreements, and more, which typically play a critical role in virtually every patent litigation case.
Join Gene Quinn, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., on Thursday, December 2, at 12 PM ET, for a conversation about the current state of German patent laws. Joining Gene will be Hon. Dr. Matthias Zigann, Presiding Judge at the Regional Court Munich I, Hon. Rainer Engels, Presiding Judge, Federal Patents Court, 4th Senate (ret.), and Dr. Tobias Wuttke, Head of Litigation, Meissner Bolte.
During this webinar the panel will discuss:
- What is the real impact of the new German patent laws?
- Do German courts still present an advantage to patent owners?
- Is the German marketplace still advantageous to invest in for purpose of monetizing patents?
- Has Germany now become “defendants’ paradise”?
These questions will be addressed from all perspectives, providing a 360-degree viewpoint.