In many countries, including Germany, the general principle applies that mechanisms, procedures, marks, as well as designs can be imitated, without recourse against the copyist. However, this is not the case when the property, intellectual or otherwise, has been suitably protected, or other provisions exist.
Timely registration of a patent or trademark is key to ensuring that your new technological development, appealing design or successful brand name is not copied by the competition. Patents or utility patents can be filed for technological inventions, while industrial designs are registered to protect aesthetic or ornamental aspects, and trademarks are registered to protect the use of company- or brand names, as well as logos. Further forms of protected intellectual property include semiconductor chips to and plant varieties.
We pride ourselves in thoroughly preparing and soliciting your industrial property rights and ensuring their issuance. We offer counsel and litigation expertise to protect you against infringements and to avoid infringing others.