Current news

May 2021

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

We are pleased to welcome the patent attorneys Martin Erhardt and Julian Graf to our team in our Munich office since the first of May this year. Mr. Erhardt will support the mechanical engineering team and Mr. Graf the electrical engineering team. We wish them a good start at KUHNEN & WACKER.

April 2021

User Advisory Council starts its second term with a representative of K&W

15 representatives of all customer groups of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office appointed for four years. Dr. Ulrich Wagner is one of the representatives:

Press release of 15 April 2021

April 2021

A new address where you have access to our competent expertise

After more than 40 years since the establishment of our firm in Freising and an expansion into an adjacent building 10 years ago, we can now, since April 2021, also be reached in Munich, where we deliver the same level of competence our clients have come to appreciate. Our Munich office is located in an elegant historical building close to the Theresienwiese in the center of town.

March 2021

Enforcing patents in Germany

Rainer Kuhnen and Detlef von Ahsen give a comprehensive outline of the German system in the August issue of the magazine "The Patent Lawyer".

March 2021

European Intellectual Property WebSeminar 2021

After the success of our WebSeminar in 2020 and the great response, we are again online this year and invite you to join our 31st European Intellectual Property Seminar on October 5th and 6th. 

Further information will follow.

March 2021

Congratulations!

We congratulate Dr. Andreas Bühler and Dr. Peter Hintermeier on being admitted as Patent Attorney.

We are delighted by the news, wish them the very best and continued happiness and success in their profession. We are proud to have them in our team.

February 2021

We welcome a further recommendation of WTR 1000*

"Established more than 40 years ago, KUHNEN & WACKER ticks every box on the trademark front. Filings, opposition proceedings, litigation and border seizures are all in a day's work for the outfit, which continues to grow and took on several new staff members this year. "The team are outstanding and always provide timely and practical advice. They give clear cost estimates before beginning projects and always stick to them."
Leading the charge is Christian Thomas, a seasoned IP adviser and litigator who frequently appears before the German civil courts, the Federal German Patent Court and the CJEU, and understands the intricacies of obtaining IP protection for spare parts and accessories."

*WTR 1000 is the world's only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally.

January 2021

We welcome in our team

We are pleased to announce that after Patent Attorney Gerhard Gustorf has joined our firm in the last year, Florian Falsett has become a member of our team as of January 1, 2021.

November 2020

"Despite all external concerns – Bundestag approves new attempt to ratify the UPC Agreement by Germany!"

On Thursday evening, November 26, 2020, the Bundestag (German Parliament) approved the "Agreement on the UPC" in a roll-call vote with the required 2/3 majority. For completion of the awaited re-start of the German ratification of the UPC Agreement, the next steps are the approval of the Bundesrat (assembly of the Federal States) and the signature of the Bundespräsident (German President).

Although the next steps seem likely to occur in the new future, it has to awaited whether the expected further constitutional complaints will be admitted by the German Constitutional Court. In case one of these (possible) complaints is admitted, it will, at least, be a further substantial delay the start of the Unified Patent Court.

A further problem occurred from the fact that meanwhile UK is now no longer a member of the EU. Hence, the London Division is now a "spare" division of the UPC for which Italy, France and the Netherlands have expressed interest in hosting. However, in order to move the London Division, legal experts believe that all States must amend Article 7 of the Convention and then ratify it again in its amended form. Since the draft legislation does not take this aspect into account, many experts still consider the UPC Agreement to be open to attack.

The German Ministry of Justice confirmed that this issue will be addressed at a later stage. We wonder when and how?

November 2020

Securing software patents through the EPO

by Rainer K. Kuhnen in the IAM Innovation & Invention Yearbook 2021.

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