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  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Protecting IP Assets Worldwide

    September 26-29, 2004 New Orleans, Louisiana

    Material Science & Technology 2004

    Norbert Hansen Korbinian Kopf

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Protecting IP Assets Worldwide

    • National Patent Protection

    • The PCT System

    • The EPC System

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Patent Protection US National

    US Application

    USPTO

    Inventor

    Area of protection: US only

    US Patent

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    BUT: YOUR market is global

    Protection worldwide required (at least all major markets)

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Strategy 1: „The National Route“ National filing in home country, further filings within 12 months in foreign countries claiming priority

    time

    First filing

    Advantages

    • 12 months time period for prior art search or patentability evaluation

    Foreign filings

    within 12 month

    • Complex logistics • Early investment decision

    based on few information • Low flexibility

    Problems

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Can you file globally?

    PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty

    ?

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Strategy 2: The PCT System

    1 application for 123 countries!

    PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT member states

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    National filing (with PCT)

    PCT search results

    With PCT system search results

    available before national filing due

    Strategy 2

    National filing (w/o PCT)

    Decision on national filings without search results

    Strategy 1 Country A

    Country B

    Country …

    Advantage of the PCT System Timeline (months)

    PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty

    0 3012 31

    First filing / priority date

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    The PCT System

    Advantages

    • Up to 31 months of time for decision where patent protection is needed

    • Easy, standardized central application procedure

    • Communication with one office – one search

    Bundle of national patent applications, all having the same priority date

    PCT Outcome

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    The European Patent System EPC Member states (28 plus 5 extension states)

    EPC: European Patent Convention Extension states EPC member states

    • Austria • Belgium • Bulgaria • Switzerland • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Germany • Denmark • Estonia • Spain • Finland • France • United Kingdom • Hellenic Republic

    • Albania • Croatia • Lithuania

    • Hungary • Ireland • Italy • Liechtenstein • Luxembourg • Monaco • Netherlands • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Sweden • Slovenia • Slovakia • Turkey

    • Latvia • F.Y.R. of Macedonia

    EPC member states

    Extension states

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    GB Patent …

    The European Patent System Advantages

    • One application to be filed with the EPO in Munich / The Hague

    • One central Examination and Opposition Procedure (⇒ cost effective)

    Granted EP patent splits up into

    bundle of national patents

    Outcome EP

    patent French Patent

    German Patent

    Decision where protection is needed after

    grant!!

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Protecting IP Assets Worldwide....

    Patent

    ...spending your money wisely!

  • M a i w a l d P a t e n t a n w a l t s G m b H München Düsseldorf Hamburg

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    Who we are:Our European and Ger-man Patent Attorneys: Dr. Walter Maiwald German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Volker Hamm German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Regina Neuefeind German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Stefan Michalski German Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Udo Preuss German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Korbinian Kopf German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney U.S. Patent Agent

    Our Junior Associates and Trainees:

    Dr. Eva Susanne Ehlich Dr. Dirk Bühler Dr. Senay Has-Becker Dr. Alexander Wittkopp Dr. Christopher Brückner Dr. Sonja Althausen Dr. Jens Sebastian Dr. Andrea Lasar Dr. Christian Schäflein Dr. Derk Vos Dipl. Ing. Univ. Werner Schächtele Dr. Aloys Hüttermann Dipl. Ing. Andreas Vogel Dr. Patrick Liptau Dr. Alexander Bayer

    Lutz Kietzmann German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Norbert Hansen German Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Holger Glas German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Martin Huenges German Patent Attorney European Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Vera Tiefbrunner German Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dr. Sigrid von Krosigk German Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Dipl. Ing. Ulrich Mägerlein German Patent Attorney European Trademark Attorney

    Our Attorneys at Law: Stephan N. Schneller, LL.M. Attorney at Law Matthias Gottschalk, MBA Attorney at Law

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