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25. 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.

02. 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.

27. 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?

20. November 2020

Securing software patents through the EPO

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

20. October 2020

We Got Awarded!

Kuhnen & Wacker is one of the best European Law Firm 2020.

The award is based on independent recommendations of more than 10,000 clients and peers, a committee compiled by the Financial Time's research partner Statista.
Across Europe, only 160 law firms have been awarded and we are one them.

15. October 2020

The Countdown is on ...

for the International IP Practice (Web)Seminar Chicago.

This free-of-charge Seminar in cooperation with WIPO and UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago, will take place on October 16, 2020 in the form of an online Seminar. Details can be found here.
We look forward to your participation!

25. September 2020

Last chance …

to register for the 30th European Property Seminar Freising – This year online!

Our WebSeminar will be held from October 6 to 7, 2020. Please find here more details of the program of and register online until October 2, 2020. We look forward to welcoming you!

16. July 2020

30th European Property Seminar Freising 2020 – This Year Online!

Please find here more details of the program of our WebSeminar from October 6 to 7, 2020 and register online.

10. July 2020

The Countdown is on …

On July 14, 2020 our first, free-of-charge WebSeminar titled "The inescapable trap and triangle of death – The EPC a Bermuda Triangle?" will be held in cooperation with iam/Lexology.
Interested? Then register here or find further information here.
We look forward to welcoming you!

03. July 2020

International IP Practice WebSeminar Chicago

This year, our Seminar in cooperation with WIPO and UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago, will take place on October 16, 2020 in the form of an online Seminar. Details can be found here.