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IP Due Diligence

Justus Kreuels - 3. November 2022

An IP due diligence is a targeted analysis and evaluation of a company's IP portfolio.
It is carried out in preparation for a transaction (e.g. merger, sale and purchase of a company, investment, spin-off, licensing deal) in order to know the value of the IP portfolio, as well as possible legal risks, at an early stage.

The monitoring of registered trademarks

Matthias Rößler - 26. September 2022

Trademarks and trademark applications that are similar or identical to your own trademark can be identified through continuous trademark monitoring at an early stage. Trademark searches protect your own trademark from losing distinctiveness and from the threat of trademark dilution due to the existence of similar or identical trademarks.

Transfes and assignment of intellectual property rights

Justus Kreuels - 29. August 2022

Reasons for the transfer of a patent, trademark or design may be a change of owner, a change of address or a change of name. However, mergers, company takeovers and liquidations also entail a transfer of IP rights. This should be announced and registered with the responsible patent and trademark office.

International Trademark Protection

Matthias Rößler - 27. July 2022

In order to be able to market a product internationally or beyond the EU with trademark protection, an international trademark application is an interesting option. The prerequisite for an international registration (IR) is the existence of an already registered or at least pending trademark. This can be a national trademark or an EU trademark.

Third Party Observation in European Patent Law

Justus Kreuels - 14. June 2022

Under the European Patent Convention (EPC), any third party may file with the EPO observations to the patentability of an invention which is the subject of a published European patent application if one sees grounds which might prevent the grant of a patent.

Patent searches, patent databases and search costs

Matthias Rößler - 20. April 2022

Patent searches are an important tool, e.g. to assess the patentability of an invention or to check whether one's own products infringe third-party property rights. In international databases such as Depatisnet (DPMA), Espacenet (EPO) and Patentscope (WIPO), information on patents and utility models published worldwide can be searched.

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The articles in this blog do not substitute professional legal advice by patent attorneys and attorneys at law.

The articles only provide an introduction to the topics of intellectual property law. Professional legal advice always requires considering the individual circumstances of a case.

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