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25. June 2022 – Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2022

karo IP wird im diesjährigen Listing der Financial Times „Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2022” (Kategorie: Mechanical Engineering) empfohlen.

Im Juli folgten weitere Auszeichnungen - bei IAM Patent 1000, Who's Who Legal und Leaders League.

24. June 2022 – Best Lawyers 2023 / Handelsblatt Deutschlands Beste Anwälte 2022

Justus Kreuels und Matthias Rößler sind im Rahmen der Best Lawyers Peer-to-Peer Umfrage 2022 in der Kategorie Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz in Deutschland empfohlen.

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23. May 2022 – IP Stars (by Managing IP)

Die Partner der Kanzlei zählen in dem kürzlich von Managing IP veröffentlichten Listing zu den "IP Stars 2022".

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3. May 2022 – Judgment of the ECJ on the enforcement of patents by preliminary injunction

With the ECJ ruling of April 28, 2022, it was decided that a preliminary injunction in patent infringement cases can be issued even if the patent in dispute has not yet proven to be legally valid in two-sided opposition or nullity proceedings.

According to previous case law, in order for a preliminary injunction to be issued, the asserted patent also had to have been defended in bilateral proceedings for legal validity, because only then was the existence of the right sufficiently secured.

The Munich Regional Court had questioned this common practice of German courts and had it examined whether the strict requirements are in line with European law. The ECJ now clarified that such a high hurdle may not be required for the legal validity.

18. April 2022 – EPO: European patent applications to reach record level in 2021

In 2021, 4.5% more patent applications were filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich than in 2020. Patent activity has been particularly high in digital technologies and in the area of healthcare technologies.

The strongest growth has occured in digital communications (+ 9.4% compared to 2020) and computer technology (+ 9.7%).

In a country comparison, the USA is again in first place with 25% of all European patent applications, followed by Germany (14%), Japan (11%) and China (9%). Patent applications by Chinese companies continued to grow particularly strongly with +24 % compared to 2020 and have more than quadrupled over the last 10 years.

Detailed information with statistics and trends here.