We are competent in the field of Patents, Trademarks and Designs and we develop appropriate IP-Strategies for the needs of our clients. To enable our clients to achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner, we pursue a thorough analysis in each case, we propose proactive solutions which we communicate in a concise manner.

ECJ: Assessment of Designs dictated by technical functions (DOCERAM v. CeramTec C395/16)

The design right protects the appearance of a product. Even if the product has no "aesthetic content", its appearance can be protected. If, on the other hand, the shape is solely due to the technical function of the product, there is no design protection. The ECJ has now decided how to check whether an appearance feature is exclusively determined by the technical function. [more]


Japan: Grace period now 12 months

Japanese patent law, like most other countries, knows the absolute novelty requirement. This implies that even a prior publication of the inventor may be novelty-destroying. In order to save the patent-inexperienced inventor from being trapped, there is the grace period. If the invention is filed for patent before the expiry of 12 months from the inventor’s publication, the pre-publication is exceptionally not novelty destroying. [more]


3D trademark for square chocolate package (BGH I ZB 105/16)

A shape of a good can be protected as a trademark if the average consumer perceives it as a distinctive sign of a business. However, if the shape of the good is directed to an essential property of the goods, it is excluded from trademark protection because of § 3 para. 2 German Trademark Law. Is it now possible to protect a hose-type packaging of a square chocolate, or is this an unfair monopoly of an essential property of the chocolate mold? [more]


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We asses the protectability of inventions, trademarks and designs, we analyse infringement risks. We draw up comprehensive patent applications and propose filing strategies that are effective but still affordable. We govern examination and registration proceedings with the assistance of our international network of excellent Patent attorneys. read more...

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Patent and Trademark law require a high degree of specialisation. Our 8 patent attorneys have university degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mathematics and cover a wide spread field of technical expertise. We have a long standing experience in all questions relating to patent, trademark and design rights. Our two full-fledged offices in Bern and Winterthur/Zurich enable us to serve you at your preferred location, offering all type of professional and administrative support.

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