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.

Germany: lack of inventive step due to accepted disadvantage (FCJ X ZR 50(16 – Belt tightener)

In Germany, too, it has become established to assess the inventive step on the basis of the problem-solution approach. Advantages of the invention on the one hand and disadvantages in the prior art, on the other hand play a central role. It is assumed that the skilled person would like to avoid known disadvantages. The FCJ has recently addressed the following question: Can a solution be considered non-obvious and therefore inventive if it involves foreseeable disadvantages? [more]


The new Unfair Competition Act (AUCL 2018)

In 1993, China enacted its Unfair Competition Act (AUCL). Since then, the trademark law, the advertising law and the antitrust law came into force. This resulted in various overlaps with the AUCL1993. These are to be eliminated with the AUCL 2018. In addition, some new provisions have been included to improve protection. [more]


Grips 2018/3 – Process Patents

A commonly heard opinion states: “process patents are weak because their infringement is difficult to prove!”, and there certainly is some truth to that: How could one determine whether the protected method is used behind closed doors? And even when one has a hunch that this is indeed happening, how could one prove this suspicion? [more]


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Do you have an innovative project that has a competitive edge? Do you want to develop and protect your branding? Are you looking for advanced strategies in using industrial property rights? Or do you have to defend yourself against an alleged infringement?

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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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