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Maikowski & Ninnemann opens office in Leipzig

Since September 2012 Maikowski & Ninnemann has an office in Leipzig. The office - located in the historic houses of the Barthels Hof in the heart of Leipzig - is supervised by patent attorney Matthias Hoffmann, who has joined the team of Maikowski & Ninnemann in spring of 2012.  Read more  01.10.2012


Maikowski & Ninnemann is named Law Firm of the Year 2011 for Patent Law.  Read more  31.10.2011


Interpretation of the list of goods and services

In the case of a trademark application, the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) follows the classes indicated by the applicant for the interpretation of the mentioned goods and services.  Read more  26.04.2011


Warning of payment requests through strangers

Recently, in numerous cases owners of protective rights have been contacted by apparently repectable firms with requests to pay fees in connection with applications and renewals of protective rights. In general, in such cases there is no obligation to pay.  Read more  11.02.2010


News regarding the European Community patent system

With its December 4, 2009 declaration the Council of the European Union has found a fundamental consent to establish both a community patent and the necessary community jurisdiction.  Read more  08.12.2009


Changes in the EPC effective April 1, 2010

Effective April 1, 2010 the rules of the Implementing Regulations of the EPC with regard to the filing of divisional applications will change. According to such changes, divisional applications can no longer be filed at any time until the conclusion of the examination procedure, but can be filed only in a rather narrow time interval (within 24 months after a first Office Action for the first application).  Read more  04.12.2009


Patent Law Modernization Law in effect

The German Law for Simplifying and Modernizing the Patent Law (Patent Law Modernization Law – BGBl I p. 2521) has entered into force on October 1, 2009. The law brings changes in the patent and trademark procedures and in the law to employee’s inventions. With the Patent Law Modernization Law, in addition, the invalidation procedure at the German Federal Patent Court and the German Supreme Court is fundamentally reformed.  Read more  02.12.2009

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