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  1. Legal news
    18 August 2021
    Follow up: Revised German Patent Act is now in Force

    We had already reported when the bill had passed German parliament (Bundestag). In the meantime, the bill had also passed the Federal Council (Bundesrat) and was just signed into law by President Steinmeier .

  2. Twobirds news
    30 October 2020
    Bird & Bird named law firm of the year for trademark and unfair competition law

    Congratulations to our German IP team for their win last night at the JUVE Awards 2020. The team took home the coveted title of ‘Law Firm of the Year - Trademark and Unfair Competition’

  3. Legal news
    26 May 2020
    The BMWi should not rely on the IPlytics 5G Report to understand 5G technology leadership

    A new report, authored by IPlytics and the Technical University of Berlin, and commissioned by the German BMWi, is being promoted to industry and journalists to answer the question “Which companies are leading 5G ...

  4. Legal news
    20 March 2020
    German Constitutional Court declares the vote on the ratification act of the UPC Agreement unconstitutional because of a lack of the required quorum

    Today the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) ruled that the German ratification act for the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) is void, because an insufficient number of members of parliament was ...

  5. Legal news
    11 January 2018
    Focus on the automotive industry: Community Design protection of alloy wheel rims and the Repair Clause

    On 20 December 2017 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgement in a long-standing case regarding the protection of alloy wheel rims and the scope of the repair clause.

  6. Legal news
    05 January 2018
    Part One - Let the games begin: German IP law in the world of esports

    Growing numbers of viewers and rising profits are making esports increasingly interesting for event organizers, sports leagues, sponsors and with traditional sports clubs even establishing their own esports divisions.

  7. Legal news
    09 January 2018
    Part Two - Let the games begin: German IP law in the world of esports

    The use of trade marks on in-game virtual products (e.g. manufacturer logos) is probably permissible in light of the principles established by the German Federal Court of Justice in the Opel-Blitz II decision.

  8. Legal news
    31 December 2018
    Life Sciences

    Our practice is built on the belief that it is important to understand the scientific, ethical and business challenges facing companies in the sector to provide practical and commercially viable advice for our clients

  9. Legal news
    05 October 2021
    Year in Review: notable 2020 patent cases in Germany

    Bird & Bird’s IP lawyers summarise some of the most notable patent decisions in key jurisdictions in Europe for 2020. This report focuses on Germany.