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Here you find the latest news about our firm and intellectual property topics that may be of interest.

Kraus & Weisert filed the first opt-out request in history

On March 1, 2023 the sunrise period for opting out EP patents and applications started. Kraus & Weisert was ready from the start and filed the first three opt-out requests in the (so far, short) history of the Unified Patent Court. After filing the 19th patent application with the European Patent Office in 1978, this is again proof of our speed and efficiency in handling client matters.

Our partner Dr. Claus Beckmann who overlooked the setting up of our IT systems says: "We successfully opted out the first EP patent 8 minutes after the start of the system. Of course, we will follow the hopefully exiting development of the unitary patent system and Unified patent court and be ready to act for our clients." (see also here >>>)

Germany has ratified the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court

On February 17, 2023 the Federal Ministry of Justice announced that Germany has ratified the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (see here >>>).

With Germany's ratification the Agreement will definitely enter into force on June 1, 2023.

Starting on March 1, 2023 requests for opting out a patent or application from the UPC can be filed. Further information can be found here >>>

Start of the UPC Sunrise Period postponed to March 1, 2023

The UPC announced on December 5, 2022 that the start of the Sunrise Period is postponed for two months. The Sunrise Period will accordingly start on March 1, 2023 followed by the entry into force of the UPCA on June 1, 2023. An updated version of our UPC brochure can be found here >>>

New publication

Our partner Dr. Marc Gerauer has published his article on patent infringement in 3D printing in English.

You can find the publication here.