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Hannke Bittner & Partners
is an internationally renowned and dynamic law firm for patent and general law.
For 20 years, we have been successfully supporting medium-sized companies, large, well-known corporations and individual inventors in the field of industrial property protection. Here we act as consultants and represent clients when dealing with government agencies or opposing parties in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science and medical technology.
In addition to questions on patent, trademark and design law, we act as your competent partner for your questions on employee invention law, the preparation of expert reports, conducting searches and monitoring of intellectual property rights as well as for questions and advice on licensing agreements.
- License and contract law
- Employee inventor rights
- Patent search
- Name search
- Availability search
- FTO search
Enforcement of your right
- Representation by patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law in patent, trademark and design infringement proceedings
- Legal representation by patent attorneys in infringement proceedings
- Legal representation by patent attorneys in appeal, objection, opposition and nullity proceedings
- Preparation of infringement opinions by patent attorneys
Patent and utility model
A patent is considered to be the key technical property right. Due to the complex and precise examination procedure, the granted patent as a monopoly right is of very high importance in the industry. It serves to secure the company’s market position and the proprietary know-how. In addition, the term “patented” indicates the high quality of your invention.
The most important prerequisites for the patentability of an invention are:
- Inventive step
- Industrial applicability
When the patent is granted, the property right is valid for a maximum of 20 years from the date of filing.
In addition to the German patent, whose protection is limited to Germany, there is also a European patent. For globally operating companies, it is also possible to apply for international protection in further countries with just one so-called PCT application. This simplifies the worldwide application process.
In addition to the patent, there is the possibility of registering a technical invention as a utility model. This “small patent” is a so-called unexamined property right, which is therefore often granted quickly. Such a utility model is of interest, for example, for smaller inventions or simple further developments.
Trademarks are used to identify the goods and services of a company so that they can be distinguished from similar goods and services of other companies.
The trademark is your company’s fingerprint!
It serves as a hallmark of quality, an advertising medium or an indication of the country of origin of your goods and services. Trademarks are versatile and can be registered as word components, picture elements, three-dimensional images or as colors. The duration of the protection period is initially 10 years and can be extended as often as desired.
Designs serve to protect two-dimensional objects, such as wallpaper or fabrics, and three-dimensional shapes, such as furniture, accessories, or cars.
If an invention lacks the technicality required for a patent, it is by all means possible to protect the design of the product or a part of the product. The design is therefore to be seen as a completion of the technical property rights. Upon registration, the owner has the sole right of use and may prohibit use by third parties.
The design has a maximum protection period of 25 years.
Through our expertise, we can assist you from the initial consultation right through to representing you in the event of a possible infringement process.