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Große Ideen brauchen Flügel, müssen sich aber auch auf Fußmärsche gefasst machen. Karl-Heinz Karius

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay


Unitary Patent

After decades of discussions in the European Community and then in the European Union regarding the creation of a "Community patent" a new form has seen the light of day: the Unitary Patent (EP patent having unitary effect). It is subject to two regulations and the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, which is to be ratified nationally by at least 13 member states. The EU states Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Malta, and Sweden have already ratified the Agreement on UPC.


Article 2 EPC and its interpretation

Article 2
European Patent

(1) Patents granted under this Convention shall be called European patents.

(2) The European patent shall, in each of the Contracting States for which it is granted, have the effect of and be subject to the same conditions as a national patent granted by that State, unless this Convention provides otherwise.


German 'Geschmacksmuster' is 'Design' (finally)

The Act for modernising the "Geschmacksmuster" and for amending the regulations regarding announcements for the exhibition protection (Bundestag publications 17/13428, 17/14219, 17/14220) went into force on January 1, 2014. It effected two important amendments for Germany.


America Invents Act

Practical Patent Law: What an IP manager should know about the America Invents Act1

Wider prior art scope: Before the AIA, only US applications and English-language PCT applications had the advantage of being citable as offensive prior art (i.e., for invalidating another patent) as of its filing date.


Bavarian Geothermy for renewable energies

The Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, BMU (the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), has issued a target to increase the proportion of renewable energies to at least 35 % by 2020 and to at least 80 % by 2050.


Investment in IP

Source: Bear Heart "The Wind Is My Mother"
BERKLEY BOOKS, New York; The life and teachings of a Native American shaman.
Author Molly Larkin and Bear Heart, 1998

Nowadays, many people consider Bear Heart to be the great old sage of Native American seers and healers of the present day. He has provided comfort to many people in their times of need.



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