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23. March 2020 – German Constitutional Court holds UPC-implementation unconstitutional

On March 20, the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) announced its decision on the constitutional complaint against the implementation of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC).

The Act of Approval to be deemed as void. It amends the Constitution in substantive terms, but the two-thirds majority, that would have been required, was not approved by the German Bundestag. The Court stated that "in order to secure their right to influence the process of European integration by democratic means, this, in principle, also entails the right of citizens that sovereign powers be conferred only in the ways provided for by the federal conctitution". The judges declared: “An Act of Approval to an international treaty that has been adopted in violation thereof cannot provide democratic legitimation for the exercise of public authority by the EU or any other international institution supplementary to or otherwise closely tied to the EU.”

The UPC agreement is an integral part of the project started in 2013 to create a Unitary Patent covering almost all EU member states. The Unitary Patent can only come into existence when a Unitary Patent Court exists. Whether the issues concerning the plans for a Unitary Patent will be renegotiated in the near future seems doubtful - not least because of the current Corona pandemic and Brexit. For the time being, the more pressing political and legislative matters will have to deal with COVID-19.

Further information you will find in the Courts Press Release No. 20/2020 of 20 March 2020 "Act of Approval to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court is void".

20. March 2020 – Policies taken by the Offices in relation to the corona virus (COVID-19) - This note will be updated regularly.

The current situation with regard to the corona virus has the following consequences at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

GPTO: All hearings and oral proceedings are cancelled. Regarding current prosecution proceedings all time limits set by the GPTO are extended until 4 May 2020; this does not apply to deadlines defined by law (e.g. opposition periods, renewal deadlines, ….). The office announced that deadlines set by the GPTO will be extended appropriately upon request. However, GPTO also explained that deadlines given by Law cannot be extended but if someone would fail to meet such deadlines without one's fault, GPTO may, upon request, grant a re-establishment of rights. GPTO's Arbitration Board for Employees' Inventions extended ex officio all open pleading deadlines until 15 May 2020. Public events scheduled for March 2020 are cancelled. Information offices and research rooms are closed. There will be significant delays in processing.

EPA: Proceedings before examining and opposition divisions will be held by videoconferences as long as an approval for that has been granted. All other oral proceedings scheduled until 27 March 2020 will be postponed. The EPO announced to extend time limits (expiring on or after the date of 15 March 2020) until 17 April 2020. According to article 150(2) EPC, this also applies to international applications under the PCT. Oral proceedings in the premises of the Boards of Appeal from 16 March 2020 until 27 March 2020 are postponed. Since business trips between the EPO sites scheduled for the next 2 months are cancelled, this may cause effects to oral proceedings.

EUIPO continues all its services electronically. All time limits in proceedings before the Offices expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 are extended until 1 May 2020. This does not apply to deadlines that cannot be extended by Law, e.g. the opposition period. For detailed information, please visit the EUIPO website. EUIPO's headquarters are closed because of the 'state of alarm' in Spain. All official events are cancelled.

Updated information GPTO (last update 24 March 2020)

Updated information EPO (last update 26 March 2020)

Updated information EUIPO (last update 19 March 2020)



16. March 2020 – Availability of karo IP in relation to the corona virus (COVID-19)

Due to the developments in the past days, our patent law firm decided to follow the general recommendations for Germany: The patent attorneys and technical assistants of karo IP will now continue their work in home office.

We have already taken the precautionary actions in the past weeks. Most of our work flows and processes is on a digital basis so that we are able to continue our daily work for our clients.

You will reach us as usual via phone (+49 211 976 356 0) and E-Mail (mail@karo-ip.de). Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to arrange online meetings. We will continue the services of our law firm with best efforts, even if we will be forced to close our physical office for a certain time.

A lot of IP services depend on the IP offices. We will keep you posted about upcoming restrictions and their consequences (e.g. running deadlines) in order to discuss on an individual basis.

Our thoughts are with those who are personally affected by the pandemic or who are fighting against the spread with all their strength, especially the doctors, nurses, police officers, etc. We wish all of you good health and that we can soon return to our daily lives.



25. February 2020 – IP Law Firm of the Year in Germany 2020

The Corporate INTL magazine has awarded karo IP as “IP Law Firm of the Year in Germany 2020”.

The international readership of the monthly publication Corporate INTL Magazine with a circulation of over 70,000 copies includes executives, investors and consultants.

Please see for further information: "2020 Global Awards Publication"; the listing for Europe: from page 53.

13. February 2020 – karo IP Patentanwälte

We would like to inform you that our law firm is as of now changing its legal name to

karo IP Patentanwälte Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels PartG mbB.

We are delighted that "karo IP" has become an official part of our legal name in the German Partnership Register effective as of January 13, 2020.

Please see the JUVE press releases „OLG Hamm: Düsseldorfer Kanzlei darf Kunstnamen nutzen“ (German) respectively “Düsseldorf patent firm may use alternative name, rules court” (English) .

We would like to also thank you for the trust you have in karo IP over the last two years and look forward to further cooperation.

20. January 2020 – karo IP / Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis e.V. (DJW)

Auch in diesem Jahr unterstützen die Patentanwälte von karo IP wieder den deutsch-japanischen Informationsaustausch im Bereich des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz. Bereits seit 2017 ist Matthias Rößler aktives Mitglied im Wirtschafts-Netzwerk DJW .

Der Deutsch-Japanische Wirtschaftskreis e.V. (DJW) ist die größte überregionale deutsch-japanische Business-Plattform, die seit 30 Jahren japanische und deutsche Unternehmen und Geschäftsleute in ihren geschäftlichen Aktivitäten unterstützt. Wir freuen uns, Mitglied des Expertenpool des DJW (Legal, Management Consulting und Market Entry/Location Support) zu sein, um Ihre Fragen zu beantworten und Sie beratend zu unterstützen.

18. December 2019 – Patent examination in China: Adaptation of CNIPA guidelines

By November 1, 2019, some changes to the guidelines for patent examination in China by the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) came into force.

One of the adaptations is the possibility for applicants to request a delayed examination of patentability. This rule applies to patents and designs, but not to utility model applications.

In the case of a patent application, the request for delayed examination shall be made at the time of the request for substantive examination. In the case of a design application, the request must be filed at the time of filing the design application. The examination may be delayed by 1, 2 or 3 years from the date on which the application takes effect.

For the patent application, this procedure can have the advantage that the applicant can adapt the scope of protection for a longer period of time or, for example, file a divisional application.

For a design application, the advantage of the request for a delayed examination is that the publication of the design, which is i.a. linked to the payment of the registration fee, can be postponed for a longer period.

We are happy to advise and support you concerning the examination of the facts and the possibilities of implementation with regard to your IP rights in China.

CNIPA was established in August 2018; from the former Chinese Patent and Trademark Office (SIPO - Intellectual Property Office of China). Since then, CNIPA has been supervised by the newly established State Administration for market surveillance and market administration. Besides patents, utility models and designs, CNIPA now also deals with trademarks and geographical indications.

11. December 2019 – The Unitary Patent Court: The German decision is expected at the beginning of 2020

For some years now, the establishment of a European Unitary Patent and a Unitary Patent Court within the EU member states has been discussed. In order for it to come into effect, the agreement must be ratified by all EU member states.

According to professional sources, the Federal Constitutional Court is seeking to reach a decision at the beginning of 2020 on the constitutional complaint that has been pending since 2017 against the ratification of the Convention for an Unitary European Patent Court in Germany.

However, a decision by the Federal Constitutional Court may be delayed as the ministry of justice announced this summer that the government will not ratify the agreement until the impact and consequences of the upcoming Brexit are clear.

The UK's date of withdrawal from the European Union has been postponed several times since the EU referendum in 2016; most recently to January, 31st 2020.

It is still uncertain whether the court will decide in time for the United Kingdom to participate in the new patent court. Only those EU member states can be part of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) which have ratified the agreement when the UPC enters into force.

6. November 2019 – Seminarankündigung für 05.12.19: „Blockchain - zwischen Hype und Praxis“

Im Rahmen eines eintägigen Seminars am Donnerstag,
den 5. Dezember 2019 in Karlsruhe werden die aktuellen, insb. rechtlichen, Fragestellungen rund um "die Blockchain" erklärt und diskutiert. Wir laden Sie herzlich dazu ein!

Unser Partner, Justus Kreuels, wird im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung u.a. präsentieren, wie relevant Blockchain im Kontext von Patentanmeldungen ist.

Die Veranstaltung „Karlsruher Dialog Technik und Recht: Blockchain - zwischen Hype und Praxis“ richtet sich sowohl an Techniker als auch an Juristen und beleuchtet neben den rechtlichen Implikationen auch die technischen Aspekte.

25. October 2019 – Attending AIPLA 2019

Matthias Rößler and Sven Jessen are attending the AIPLA Annual Meeting (American Intellectual Property Law Association) which takes place in Washington, D.C. this week.

Looking forward meeting you there! Stay in touch: Follow KARO IP News also on LinkedIN.

9. October 2019 – Lectures at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

On October 9, 2019 our patent attorney Mrs. Yingkun Brunner, Ph.D., hold two lectures at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan.

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23. September 2019 – AIPPI Annual Meeting – reconnecting with clients, colleagues and friends. Thank you, London!

Our partner Matthias Rößler attended the AIPPI – International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property World Congress 2019, which took place in London last week.

It has been four days of inspiring debates, interesting educational opportunities, intensive networking and great discussions with clients and colleagues all over the world. Many thanks to the UK Group of AIPPI for organizing this interesting congress.

Looking forward to meeting you next year in Hangzhou, China!

30. August 2019 – News UPC Germany: No ratification of UPCA as long as consequences Brexit are not known

The German Federal government will not proceed with ratification of the UPCA until the consequences of the Brexit are confirmed. In a letter this August the German Justice Ministry stated:

“The issue of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (so-called Brexit) and its implications for European patent reform play an important role in the further implementation process of the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The real and legal implications of withdrawing must be examined with regard to the Agreement and agreed at European level. This opinion forming is currently not finalized, not least because significant factors of the expected exit are not yet known.”

The letter from the German Justice Ministry comes as a constitutional complaint against the UPCA and is expected to be heard before the German Federal Constitutional Court later this year or at the beginning of 2020.

The Unitary Patent system has already suffered delays due to the constitutional complaint. It remains to be seen how the letter from the Justice Ministry will affect the ratification process and the outcome of the constitutional complaint.

15. July 2019 – Chinese IP Workshop in Munich

On June 24, 2019, KARO IP attended the 2nd Chinese IP Workshop taking place at the European Patent Office in Munich.

The workshop was hosted by the Principal Director of User Services and Quality Management Mr. Niclas Morey and Mr. Jeremy Scott as sponsor of the Asian Patent Expert Group (APEG). The event´s topics surrounded new development of the EPO as well as CII (computer implemented invention).

APEG, the Asian Patent Expert Group, focuses on the development of patent law and practice in Asian, especially in China.

The successful seminar attracted about 40 people; among them corporate IP legal professionals, head of corporate technologies and patent attorneys.

1. July 2019 – Best Lawyers / Handelsblatt empfiehlt 2 Anwälte von karo IP im Ranking Deutschlands beste Anwälte

Am vergangenen Freitag, 28. Juni ist das Best Lawyers Ranking zu den besten Anwälten 2019 veröffentlicht worden.

Nach einer Peer-to-Peer-Erhebung konnten in den drei Ländern Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz die besten Anwälte je Rechtsgebiet gerankt werden.

„Es ist für uns ein besonderes Ereignis, in dem renommierten Best Lawyers Ranking in der Kategorie „Intellectual Property Law“ (Nordrhein-Westfalen) gelistet zu sein“, kommentierte Justus Kreuels nach Bekanntgabe der Auszeichnung.

Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie im Handelsblatt Artikel vom 27.06.2019 "Die besten Anwälte und Kanzleien Deutschlands 2019".

25. June 2019 – Congratulations to our new European Patent Attorney

Some more good news from KARO IP! We are glad to announce the outcome of this year’s European Qualifying Exam. Our colleague Leonard Lotz passed the exams and is now authorised European Patent Attorney.

With this authorisation, he may represent KARO IP´s clients before the European Patent Office (EPO). Congratulations on this great achievement, well done!

21. June 2019 – IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Congratulations, Matthias Rößler, for being ranked in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists! (Sector: IP Management Consultancy and Legal).

“This confirms that KARO IP sets the right priorities and that we have an outstanding team that copes with all requirements," comments Matthias Rößler, patent attorney and founding partner of KARO IP.

IAM Strategy 300 identifies once a year those individuals, who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of IP portfolios.

7. June 2019 – karo IP is recognized by IAM Patent 1000

We are delighted to announce that karo IP is ranked in this year’s IAM Patent 1000 Ranking.

The firm is recommended in the category “Germany - Prosecution and Nullity” as well as in the category “Germany - Transactions”.

We are furthermore very pleased for the recommended individuals Matthias Rößler, Justus Kreuels and Hermann Kahlhöfer. Congratulations!

Many thanks to all clients, colleagues, IAM and above all the whole team which made this possible!

3. June 2019 – Lecture at the European Patent Office

Dr. Yingkun Brunner was invited by the European Patent Office (EPO) to give a lecture for their examiners on June 3, 2019.

The topic was “Sufficiency of disclosure and support of the claims in China and in Europe”. The presentation got a good reception, and we had very informative discussions. Please contact us in case you are interested in getting further information.

我所合伙人罗颖坤博士6月3日应欧专局邀请,给欧专局的审查员做了题为“中国和欧洲的公开充分与权利要求的支持”的专题演讲。罗颖坤博士的演讲在欧专局受到了广泛的好评。

27. May 2019 – INTA Annual Meeting – reconnecting with clients, colleagues and friends. Thank you Boston!

KARO IP, participating this year’s INTA in Boston, Massachusetts, appreciated the five days of interesting educational opportunities, intensive networking and great discussions with clients and colleagues all over the world.

We hosted the meetings at several places around the convention center and had very inspiring debates. Sincere thanks are given to them all.

With more than 11,000 member attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and media partners the 141st Annual Meeting was the largest in INTA history.

Looking forward to meeting you next year in Singapore!

17. May 2019 – Unser neues Corporate Design

Wir haben unser Corporate Design weiterentwickelt und das Ergebnis präsentieren wir Ihnen auf diesen Seiten!

Das, wofür die Kanzlei heute und in Zukunft steht, wollen wir mit diesem kraftvollen und freundlichen Auftritt kommunizieren: In der Zusammenarbeit mit unseren Mandanten und unseren Kollegen sind für uns Werte wie Tradition und Vertrauen ebenso relevante Faktoren wie Innovation und Unternehmertum. Modern und mit einer klaren (Form-)Sprache: Wir bieten Ihnen das „Rundum-Paket“ in allen Belangen zum Thema Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (IP).

Mit unseren Patentanwälten, die zum Teil mehr als 20 Jahre einschlägige Berufserfahrung haben, ist KARO IP ein zuverlässiger Partner, wenn es um den Schutz und die Verteidigung Ihres geistigen Eigentums geht. Unsere Herangehensweise ist kreativ, die Problemlösung effizient und die Beratung erfolgsorientiert.



30. April 2019 – LES Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V.

Since May 2019 Matthias Rößler is a member of the LES Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V.

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is an international association of experts in the field of licensing and technology transfer.

In the future, Mr. Rößler plans to actively participate in the LES Working Group “Vehicles”, which, in addition to the topics of licensing and technology transfer, deals with sectoral IP topics. As part of regular workshops and events, a hands-on exchange of experience between experts takes place.

Other topics are assigned to the groups “Life Science”, “IP Valuation” and “IT”. For further information please visit LES Germany.

The German national group based in Nottuln, NRW is - after USA/Canada - the second largest LES country group. Worldwide, the association is represented with more than 10,000 members in almost 100 countries.

5. April 2019 – BREXIT and the consequences for owners of patents, trademarks and designs

The UK's withdrawal from the European Union without contractual arrangements on 12 April 2019 (or later), the so-called hard BREXIT, will have serious consequences for owners of Intellectual Property rights. The same applies to a regulated BREXIT which would become effective on 31 December 2020 (or any other date to be agreed). We recommend to all owners of patents, trademarks and designs who are dependent on maintaining their rights in the UK:

Check your portfolio now and make appropriate provisions.

Monitor the further developments frequently. We are happy to assist you!

In summary, one can say that owners and licensees of patents - to the present state of knowledge - can rely on the continued validity of existing legal regulations.

Owners of trademarks and designs, who need an extensive protection in the UK, should now act and verify a preventive national application in the UK.

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22. March 2019 – Intellectual Property after BREXIT

The UK is due to leave the EU next week on 29th March.

Parts of UK intellectual property (IP) law will change. What happens in case of a “deal” or a “no deal” scenario? The UK government has published a guidance that we would like to call your attention to. Please see the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/intellectual-property-after-brexit

1. February 2019 – KARO IP at LinkedIN

We would like to further expand the exchange of information with you via our company profile at LinkedIN.

company/karo-ip

With a selection of articles and surveys we want to share with you futuristic topics and technologies that should be worth knowing, worth reading, and create an added value for you.

Contact us at LinkedIN or send us an Email to: mail@karo-ip.de.

20. December 2018 – Extended Strategic Cooperation of Law Firms

The cooperation of the patent law firm Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels Patentanwälte PartG mbB with Braun-Dullaeus Pannen Patent- und Rechtsanwälte at the “Platz der Ideen” in Duesseldorf will be expanded.

As announced on December 19, Braun-Dullaeus Pannen will merge with a team of Dr. Emmerling (Munich) at January 1, 2019. We truly value the the association called Braun-Dullaeus Pannen Emmerling and we welcome our new colleagues Dr. Friedrich Emmerling, Dr. Ju Min Kim, Franck Klein, Jürgen Pierau and Jörg Kohlschmidt in our organization.

Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels PartG mbB cooperates with Braun-Dullaeus Pannen since January 2018. With this successful collaboration the team of patent attorneys has been able to greatly expand and bundle the technical and scientific know-how as well as the national and international firms’ network.

Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels PartG mbB supports clients from various industries in all matters of intellectual property law and in particular in patent-related matters, i.a. for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers for many years.

Thanks to the strategic cooperation with Braun-Dullaeus Pannen Emmerling, who focus especially on telecommunications, we are well prepared for the future. For our clients we can provide professional advice and support, for example with regard to patent law issues in the rising area of autonomous vehicles. The merger of Braun-Dullaeus Pannen and Emmerling marks another milestone in continuing this joint success.

16. July 2018 – Successful Seminar “IP in Europe” in China

On July 13, 2018, KARO IP and Yantai Intellectual Property Association hosted the seminar “IP in Europe” in Yantai, Shandong Province.

Mr. Athanassios-Andreas Stamatopoulos, former principal director at the European Patent Office (EPO), Mr. Matthias Rößler, LL.M., Partner of KARO IP, and Dr. Yingkun Brunner, China Desk/KARO IP, presented different topics about Intellectual Property in Europe. The event´s topics surrounded recent development at the European Patent Office (EPO), Faster Processing at the EPO, EU Trademark, Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, German Utility Model, CII Patenting before the EPO, EU Design Patent, etc. The successful seminar attracted more than 40 people; corporate IP legal professionals, head of corporate technologies and attorneys.

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29. May 2018 – Location expansion: KARO IP in Munich

From 1 June 2018, KARO IP will be present with an office in the heart of Munich. "In particular our Asian clients appreciate our location at the Sckellstr. 6 at the Maximilaneum, which stands out for its historic Munich ambience," founding partner Kreuels comments this step.
>br> The patent attorneys of KARO IP will regularly work at the Munich office. China expert Dr. Yingkun Brunner will now regularly receive foreigr.n clients at Schkellst 6.

Even in the days of KNH Patentanwälte (until December 2017), the patent attorneys regularly worked in the former KNH office in Munich.

1. May 2018 – Office expansion at the Platz der Ideen 2 in Duesseldorf

On May 1, 2018, KARO IP will expand its office space at the Platz der Ideen 2. The founding partners Rößler and Kreuels decided to take this step a few months after the successful foundation of the law firm KARO IP at the Platz der Ideen. Among other things, new offices will be created for the growing team around the former partners of KNH Patentanwälte.

1. February 2018 – Admission of patent attorney Leonard Lotz

We look forward to having our experienced associate and patent attorney candidate Leonard Lotz now in our team of patent attorneys directly after his admission to the patent attorney.

Leonard Lotz began his training at KNH Patentanwälte and has been supporting the patent attorneys Rößler, Kreuels and Kahlhöfer since 2014.
>>br> Mr. Lotz joined the newly founded law firm KARO IP with some colleagues in January 2018 and successfully completed his training there. He is known to the clients of KARO IP as a competent and experienced contact person. The team is looking forward to the future cooperation.

15. January 2018 – karo IP - Foundation January 2018

After several years of joint activity at KNH Patentanwälte in Duesseldorf, Hermann Kahlhöfer, Matthias Rößler and Justus Kreuels took the initiative to found the law firm karo IP - Kahlhöfer Rößler Kreuels Patentanwälte PartG mbB at the beginning of 2018.

In this law firm pioneering new concepts for an efficient, comprehensive and forward-looking consultation should be realized. The bundled experience, the extensive expertise and the commitment of the patent attorneys serve the well-being of many national and international clients.

We are pleased about the large number of loyal clients who continue to work with us immediately after the foundation of KARÒ IP.

We were able to realize our goal of comprehensive consulting in all areas of technology and intellectual property with sufficient capacity and experience with other patent attorneys and lawyers. With the established patent and law firm Braun-Dullaeus Pannen, we have a partner who has relevant experience in the enforcement of property rights in Germany and in trademark law. With our office community, a constructive and efficient exchange is now possible.

A large team around 3 former partners of KNH Patentanwälte (Matthias Rößler, Justus Kreuels, Hermann Kahlhöfer) joined the newly founded firm at the turn of the year.