News 2018

Latest news and important information

++ News – Tokyo, 16 October 2018 +++

Prüfer & Partner lectures at Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Tokyo 

 

Upon invitation by the Tokyo-based Foundation for Intellectual Property, the Managing Partner Dr. Dorothea Hofer at Prüfer & Partner accompanied by associated Partner Dr. Christian Einsel had been given an opportunity to present lectures on September 28, 2018 at the premises of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (K.I.T.) Graduate School Toranomon Campus in Tokyo. 

Topics of the lectures had been "strategies of patent prosecution between the European and national routes particularly in terms of costs" (Dr. Einsel) and "the Unitary Patent System and the Unitary Patent Court" (Dr. Hofer). About 30 participants from various industry companies, patent firms and scientific or administrative organizations attended the seminar and experienced a lively discussion of the topics. Following the presentations, the plenum had been divided into subgroups to foster discussion on specific topics of interest and to allow networking and linkage between the participants. Finally, each of the subgroups presented their results and Dr. Hofer and Dr. Einsel addressed open questions in a panel discussion.

The lecturers were further accompanied by associated Partner Dr. Peter Klein, who supported the discussion, and Ms. Naoko Ritter, who furnished an excellent translation of the lectures into Japanese. The organizer of the seminar, Mr. Ginichi Yamaji, concluded that profound insights have been given by the lecturers and that both the filing strategy in Europe as well as the future outlook regarding the UPC emerge to be very important issues for Japanese companies for the time being. Given the innovative schedule of the seminar and the awesome commitment of the facilitator team, the feedback by the participants had been overwhelming.


+++ News – Munich, 10 October 2018 +++

Dr. Andreas Oser to Attend CPIPS and FICPI in Asia 

 

Prüfer & Partner will attend the 3rd China Pharma IP Summit (CPIPS) from October 24 to 26, 2018 in Beijing, China. As one of the keynote speakers of the Summit, Dr. Andreas Oser, Managing Partner at Prüfer & Partner, will hold a lecture entitled "The Supplementary Protection Certificates in Europe and Potential Modification (Manufacturing Waiver) on October 25, 2018. In addition, Dr. Oser will chair a panel discussion in the afternoon on the same day about the topic "Patent protection and enforcement of first, second or further medical uses of known compounds and pharmaceutical products in Europe".

As a comprehensive and strategic event for the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry in China, CPIPS provides the participants with a chance to follow the latest development of patent linkage, patent term extension as well as regulatory data protection in various jurisdictions. Further, differences and updated requirements of patent examination, invalidation, and litigation in China, EU, US, Japan and other regions will be discussed. Around 500 participants from pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, Chinese government, law firms and IP agencies are expected to attend this year's event. 

During CPIPS, Prüfer & Partner will host a booth (No. 6) to meet its partners and associates and to further extend its network in Asia and China.  

After CPIPS, Dr. Andreas Oser will head for the Osaka Symposium of International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), the only international NGO whose membership consists exclusively of IP attorneys in private practice, from November 1 to 3, 2018 in Osaka, Japan.

+++ News – Munich, 22 June 2018 +++

Delegation of Judges from Jiangsu High People’s Court visits Prüfer & Partner 

 

On May 29, 2018, a delegation of Chinese judges, led by Honorable Judge Mr. Yaping Liu, Senior Judger of Judicial Committee of the High People’s Court from Jiangsu, China visited Prüfer & Partner. The aim was to exchange information about IP litigation in Germany and in China. 

Together with a group of patent attorneys, Managing Partner Mr. Jürgen Feldmeier and Dr. Andreas Oser from Prüfer & Partner warmly welcomed the delegation. Participants of the meeting discussed differences between the patent attorney profession in China and in Germany. Furthermore, differences between patent litigation and patent invalidity in the two countries were deliberated in detail. Mrs. Jian Song, Senior Judge of Jiangsu High People's Court, mentioned that almost 1000 invalid patents have been revoked as a result in the 3000 patent litigation cases in China in 2017. 

Mr. Jürgen Feldmeier also gave a briefing to the delegates about the planned Unified Patent Court (UPC), a new supranational court for patent litigation, based on the Unified Patent Court Agreement signed by 25 Member States of the European Union. He mentioned the impact that the Brexit might bring to the long planned UPC. 

At the conclusion of the visit, the delegation of judges expressed their thanks to Prüfer & Partner by handing over meaningful presents from China. Both sides expressed wishes to further exchange information and opinions in the intellectual property protection in the future. 


+++ News – Munich, 12 June 2018 +++

Prüfer & Partner attended INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting in Seattle. 

 

Managing partner Dr. Dorothea Hofer and partner Mr. Alexander Lehmann attended this year's INTA Annual Meeting that took place May 19 – 23, 2018 in Seattle, WA. 

It was a great opportunity for them to further strengthen our important and long-standing business relationships with associated law firms from all over the world and to meet professionals from various countries. 

Dr. Hofer and Mr. Lehmann also attended several lecture events and workshops on current topics in order to provide best and newest advice to our clients. Particular attention was paid to the further development of patent and trademark protection in China, current developments in EU trademark law as well as Brexit and its effects on EU trademarks and EU designs. 

Overall, it was a successful conference participation for Prüfer & Partner and we look forward to the 2019 INTA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. 


+++ Circular Letter March 2018 "Changes in the EPC" +++

On April 1, 2018, the following changes in the EPC will enter into force: 

 

1. Third annuity fee can be paid earlier in the future
From April 1st, it will be possible to pay the third annuity fee six months before it will become due, instead of three months before as it has been possible up to now.  

2. Abrogation of the reduced search fee for the supplementary European Search
The reduction of the search fee for the supplementary European Search where the International Search Report was drawn up by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Chinese Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Russian Federation) or the Australian Patent Office will be abrogated.

3. Amendments of the Rules relating to Fees

  • The filing fee for paper filing will be increased from EUR 210 to EUR 250.
  • The search fee for an international search / a supplementary international search will be reduced by EUR 100 from EUR 1 875 to EUR 1 775.
  • The fee for grant will also be reduced by EUR 100 from EUR 925 to EUR 825, where on or after 1 April 2018 all amendments and corrections of the application, if any amendments and corrections of the application and the translation of the claims are filed online in character-coded format. In all other cases and where the fee for grant is paid on or after 1 April 2019, the fee for grant will be increased by EUR 100 up to EUR 1 025. This passage is of little relevance since submission in character-coded format is not yet technically possible.
  • The fee for appeal will be significantly increased from EUR 1 880 to EUR 2 255, with the exception that the appeal is filed by a natural person or an entity referred to in Rule 6, paragraphs 4 and 5. *
  • The PCT-transmittal fee of EUR 130 will be abrogated, where the PCT request and the international application are filed with the EPO as receiving Office online and in character-coded format.
  • The fee for the preliminary examination of an international application will be reduced from EUR 1 930 to EUR 1 830.

4. Miscellaneous

  • Since 1 March 2018 it is possible to validate a European Patent in Cambodia (official fee 180 EURO), as it was possible already in the past for three other Non-EPC-States (Marocco, Tunesia, Moldova; cf. our Circular Letter January 2016).
  • Moreover, from July 1, 2018, a new procedure could enter into force, namely that the start of substantive examination can be postponed up to 3 years from the date of application. However, no official decision has been taken yet, but the EPO asks for receiving feedback from interested circles. 


* Under the condition, that the appellants expressly declare that they are a natural person or an entity covered by Rule 6(4) EPC.


+++  News – Munich, 18 March 2018 +++

Munich IP Study Group as guest at Prüfer & Partner

 

On March 6, 2018, Prüfer & Partner held a seminar for IP professionals from Japan as part of the seminar series of "Munich IP Study Group" at the new branch office in the Ottostrasse in Munich, directly opposite the Munich District Court. The "Munich IP Study Group" consists of more than 50 members from Japan, who are predominantly working as IP professionals in Munich.

Our Partner and Patent Attorney, Dr. Christian Einsel, accompanied by Managing Partner and Patent Attorney Dr. Hofer and Patent Professional Ms. Naoko Ritter, gave a lecture about "Artificial Intelligence (AI): Impacts on Patent Law in Europe".

Thanks to the timeliness of this topic, the number of participants was above average and in addition, numerous guest listeners attended the seminar, who were not members of the group.

The lecture dealt in detail with concrete questions such as "What is an AI invention?", "How to assess the patentability of an AI invention?", "Who can be the inventor if an invention is created by an AI system?" and "What impact could AI have on the patent law in the future?"

The participants of the seminar gained extensive information and knowledge about the very latest topic and provided a positive feedback to our team, not only with regard to the topic but also with regard to the support and the pleasant atmosphere in our new premises.

We are looking forward to many more events in this context in our premises of our new office in the Ottostrasse in Lenbachpalais.


+++  News – Munich, 05 February 2018 +++

Prüfer & Partner attended the 8th China IP International Annual Forum & Annual Conference of In-house IP Managers in China

 

From January 26 – 28, 2018, the 8th China IP international Annual Forum & Annual Conference of In-house IP Managers in China was held in the JW Marriott Hotel, Beijing on the theme of "Transformation - Reinstalling the IP Value of Enterprises". More than 1000 IP professionals attended the conference, mainly from China but also from abroad.

Managing Partner, Mr. Jürgen Feldmeier, accompanied by Patent Professional Ms. Maggie Huang, has been invited as a guest speaker and gave a lecture about "Possibilities of IP Protection in Germany and Europe". Participants of the Forum provided a positive feedback to our Prüfer & Partner team because of the valuable information and insights given.