WE ARE THE LEADING EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP)
It is our passion and ambition to help you establish your European
business. We do so by providing the best local IP service at one pan-European
IP address. Our 200 enthusiastic IP professionals employed at 4 leading local
offices are pleased to pave the legal way to make your ideas happen.
LEGAL WAY IN EUROPE
We can give you extensive and detailed knowledge and experience
of the various regional and national regulations. Now you can act
safely and effectively in this complex arena. You do not have to worry
about Europe's different cultures, legal jurisdictions and languages;
for us, it's home!
OUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
We believe that the best way to guarantee you the fastest service and highest quality is to work as an Alliance of
European IP professionals. We are a European 'one-stop' solution providing extensive local knowledge and expertise
to entrepreneurs from all over the world. Working together makes our work a lot more interesting too! As a group
we can search for all the best routes to make your European patents work for you as fast as possible. A challenge
we gladly enter into.
ACT IN RAPIDLY
It is getting harder and harder to obtain and manage IP in Europe. Furthermore,
the centralized European Patent Office application procedures can take several
years! Making you suffer from enduring uncertainty about the effectiveness of
IP-instruments and your return on investing in them. In our experience it can be
much more attractive to choose an alternative route. Our attorneys have the
expertise to find those alternative routes and are willing to guide you.
THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE
We bring you our local legal knowledge and we have extensive technical expertise across
the full range of technologies. That’s why we know how to find you alternative routes. For
example you could file a carefully chosen bundle of national patent applications in the relevant
national jurisdictions. This makes it generally possible to move faster in securing and enforcing
national patent rights in response to rapidly changing market developments. So connect with
us and let our expertise connect your ideas with Europe!
AIPEX was established in 2010 as a European alliance of independent IP law firms.
AIPEX consists of four member firms: AOMB (The Netherlands), Germain & Maureau
(France), Prinz & Partner (Germany), Wynne-Jones (UK) and has Associate partners
in Spain (Herrero & Asociados), Hungary (SBGK) and Poland (AOMB Polska).
By working together as a team of over 200 professionals we combine national and local
knowledge as well as professional capacity and experience in all the necessary technical and legal
specialties. Working directly with AIPEX, a single point of contact, therefore connects you directly
to all the attorneys in all the member firms. Our registered office is located in Munich, in the
vicinity of the EPO main office. Click here to meet our team.
“I’m strongly inspired by the patent
attorneys’ expertise and their passion in
protecting clients’ best interests. AIPEX,
the professional team you can rely on.”
Linda Liu - Linda Liu Group, Top 3 Chinese firms in Japanese market
WHAT’S GOING ON IN EUROPE
The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU) and the process to formally withdraw the UK’s membership of the EU (“Brexit”) will follow. This process is expected to take several years, during which time the UK will remain part of the EU. Nevertheless, as intellectual property (IP) law is one of the areas that is affected by the decision, we wish to take this opportunity to clarify how the decision affects the clients and associates of AIPEX.
AIPEX is an alliance of boutique intellectual property firms in Europe. It was founded in 2010, and is registered in Munich, Germany. AIPEX has partner members in key industrial territories of Europe: AOMB in The Netherlands, Germain & Maureau in France, Prinz & Partner in Germany, Wynne-Jones IP in the UK, Herrero & Asociados in Spain, SBGK in Hungary and AOMB Polska in Poland.
AIPEX attorneys work together as a team of over 200 professionals to combine national, regional and local knowledge as well as professional capacity and experience in all the necessary technical and legal specialities. Through AIPEX, the member firms are all able to provide an agile, co-ordinated and comprehensive response to any changes in the IP landscape in Europe, whether Brexit or beyond. Importantly, we can still file and prosecute “Pan-European” IP applications for European Patents, European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs, as well as equivalent UK applications, and we can subsequently enforce the resulting rights in the relevant territories.
Owing to the timescales involved, there is no reason to be concerned about the immediate impact of the Brexit decision on intellectual property rights. However, it is sensible to think ahead:
IP IN EUROPE AFTER BREXIT
European patents are administered by the European Patent Office according to the European Patent Convention (EPC). Membership of the EPC is not dependent on membership of the EU - there are presently several member states of the EPC which are not members of the EU, including Norway and Switzerland – and European patents cover all member states to the EPC, which includes the UK and other EU states.
Accordingly, the UK’s relationship with the current European patent system is unaffected by the Brexit decision, and AIPEX services continue as before.
However, it is expected that the proposed so-called “unitary patent”, which has not yet come into force, will be affected by the Brexit decision. The unitary patent will be administered by the European Patent Office as part of the European patent application process. It is intended to provide applicants with the option of designating or protecting their inventions in all EU states in one hit, rather than the current process of requiring applicants to make a European patent effective in EU states, separately.
The birth of the unitary patent is dependent on the UK (in addition to other EU states) ratifying the Unitary Patent Agreement and, given that the UK is now no longer going to be a member of the EU, it is unclear when, or indeed if, the unitary patent will come into effect.
Assuming it does, however, the unitary patent will be available to all EU states that have ratified the Unitary Patent Agreement and, while it may no longer be possible to designate or cover the UK with the proposed unitary patent, it will still be possible for applicants to select a unitary patent, and separately cover the UK as part of the current European patent system. Clients of AIPEX member firms will have access to both. The selection of the unitary patent option and coverage in other countries such as the UK occurs at the end of the EP patent prosecution process. AIPEX firms will be able to handle all of these actions, as well as continuing to offer its high quality EP patent prosecution, opposition and appeal services.
It is expected that registered EU trade marks will (eventually) no-longer cover the UK. However, AIPEX members can continue to file and prosecute EU trade mark applications, and subsequently enforce EU trade mark registrations.
Consequently, all AIPEX firms will be pleased to represent clients in all EU trade mark proceedings, including EU trade mark opposition proceedings, as we have always done.
The uncertainty concerning EU trade marks relates to those EU registered trade marks which are presently in force. Unless the UK Government enacts suitable transitional legislation to recognize registered EU trade mark rights in the UK, it may be the case that existing registered EU trade marks will no longer provide trade mark protection in the UK. We think this is unlikely because it would result in a loss of rights to EU trade mark registrants, but will provide further information about this when it becomes available.
Similarly, while registered EU designs will (eventually) no-longer cover the UK, AIPEX members can also continue to file and prosecute registered EU design applications, and subsequently enforce EU design registrations.
Consequently, all AIPEX firms will be pleased to represent our clients in all EU design proceedings, as we have always done.
Again however, the uncertainty concerning registered EU designs relates to those EU registered designs that are presently in force. Unless the UK Government enacts suitable transitional legislation to recognize registered EU design rights in the UK, it may be the case that existing registered EU designs will no longer provide design protection in the UK. Once again, we think this is unlikely because of the consequences of loss of rights in relation to designs, which rely on novelty, and hence cannot be re-instated by later UK design applications.
In addition, EU design law also provides for unregistered EU design rights. This unregistered right provides design protection for a period of 3 years from when the design is made publically available within the territory of the EU. The protection afforded is different from that afforded by unregistered UK design rights, both substantively and in terms of duration. Accordingly, unless any transitional arrangements are put in place, it is likely that, for some designs, unregistered EU design protection will be lost as far as the UK is concerned. It is also likely that design publications in the UK will no longer trigger the existence of the EU right.
Community Plant Variety Rights
Similarly, while registered Community Plant Variety Rights will (eventually) no-longer cover the UK, AIPEX members can also continue to file and prosecute registered Community Plant Variety Rights, and subsequently enforce EU Community Plant Variety Right registrations.
Consequently, all AIPEX firms will be pleased to represent our clients in all Community Plant Variety Rights proceedings, as we have always done.
Again however, the uncertainty concerning registered Community Plant Variety Rights relates to those EU registered Community Plant Variety Rights that are presently in force. Unless the UK Government enacts suitable transitional legislation to recognize registered EU Community Plant Variety Rights in the UK, it may be the case that existing registered EU Community Plant Variety Rights will no longer provide protection in the UK. Once again, we think this is unlikely because it would result in a loss of Community Plant Variety Rights, but will provide further information about this when it becomes available.
For now, nothing has changed and it is business a usual.
Inevitably, there will be changes in a few years time, but AIPEX is committed to supporting our clients and our associates around the world with all their needs in the European Union and the UK, no matter what the changes in the European IP landscape.
Our position as Europe’s leading alliance of independent IP law firms – AIPEX – makes us uniquely placed among EU and UK patent and trade mark attorneys to do this.
Picture: https://flic.kr/p/Eg97FY by Jeff Djevdet (CC BY 2.0).
The growing cooperation in Europe of people, individuals, businesses, cultural organizations and other entities continues. Most of us are used to a single currency, easy access to other European countries, doing cross border business and building international friendships . This is not always easy, as this cooperation brings challenges that are new, stemming from differences in language, culture, business habits and legal systems.
It is true that making joint decisions with many, takes time and requires compromising, but together we deal with bigger challenges. Our world demands this and can not alienate ourselves from our common responsibilities. Our British friends play an important role in this.
As AIPEX, a Pan-European organization in Intellectual Property Consulting, we hope that the majority of the British people feel that they are also Europeans. AIPEX shall anyhow remain to provide a Pan-European consulting service, including the UK. As Britishness is an essential ingredient of Europe.
From May 21 to 25 the annual INTA conference will take place in Orlando, USA. Like previous years, AIPEX, the European alliance of leading European IP firms, will be present! Will you be there too?
We hope to meet you during INTA. If we haven't made an appointment yet, please contact us at email@example.com.
Looking forward to see you in Orlando!
From May 11 to 22 The Cannes Film Festival will take place, in Cannes (France). Filmmakers might start their careers in Hollywood, but the Cannes Film Festival is where they’re made...
For nearly two weeks in mid- to late May, the Cote d’Azur becomes a playground for celebrities and the paparazzi who stalk them. One talented filmmaker will walk away with the coveted Palme d’Or prize and, assumedly, the respect of their peers. This ritzy, increasingly competitive festival, where the scene and fashion is perhaps more important than the films, awards and winners, is one of the last of its kind.
More information and source:
Picture: https://flic.kr/p/5m8LQo by Michael Gwyther-Jones (CC BY 2.0).
From 27 January to 7 February 2016 the Rotterdam International Film Festival takes place, in Rotterdam (Holland). This festival has built an international reputation over three decades for presenting quality independent films.
During more than 10 days, huge numbers of film buffs find their way to cinemas around the city centre to watch one or more of about 300 films shown on some 15 screens.
More information about the festival: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com
Image: https://flic.kr/p/bpoHxt by Denkrahm (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Season’s greetings from AIPEX, the alliance of European IP professionals. We wish you happy holidays and a prosperous new year. New Years marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. We are looking forward to assisting you in all your matters regarding IP in Europe!
Please contact us if you are looking for:
- One gateway to Europe with full IP service in the major European economies
- Strong local presence, with close proximity to the EPO in Munich and The Hague
- Long-established firms with experience in prosecution and litigation in all technical areas
- European and national packages that are financially attractive and offer fast IP protection
- Highly responsive, modern structure and a high standard of service
AIPEX Registered Office
F +49 (0) 89 59 98 87 211
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AIPEX UG (haftungsbeschränkt) is a registered entrepreneurial company with limited liability under German law, registered at the Local Court Munich, registration number HRB 190442.
AIPEX UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 59 98 87 200
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 59 98 87 211
Managing directors of AIPEX UG are Nathalie Simon, Ian Robert Lambert, Thomas Kitzhofer, Anne Laarman and Frank Reijnen.