Through the Fire? Not Anymore – European Court of Justice strengthens Rights of Patent Owners in Germany
For many years, German courts would, in principle, only grant a preliminary injunction in a patent case, if the patent in suit had “gone through the fire” in the sense of having survived an adversarial opposition or nullity proceeding at first instance. This case law was based on the consideration that it can be extremely...
Taxation of crypto-currencies and block-chain transactions
In 2008, a developer - known only under the pseudonym "Satoshi Nakamoto"- published the first whitepaper for the crypto-currency "Bitcoin", which has proven to be a highly volatile investment for currency speculators. The first currency-token2 is based on the blockchain - a distributed ledger technology. Please see full Publication below for more information.
A Long-Awaited Return to Germany
The D&O Diary was on travel in Europe this past week, with an extended sojourn in Germany. It was delightful to be back in Germany after the long pandemic-caused travel interlude. The pleasure of the journey was substantially enhanced by the absolutely terrific weather we enjoyed during our visit. The primary purpose of the...
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- The ECJ On The Interpretation In Line With European Law Of The Legal Validity Of A Patent-in-suit
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Germany Prohibits Acquisition of Heyer Medical by Chinese Investor
On 27 April 2022, the German government blocked the acquisition of German medical products manufacturer Heyer Medical AG by the Chinese Aeonmed Group. Heyer Medical AG, founded more than one hundred years ago, is a manufacturer of ventilators for treatment of respiratory diseases and anaesthesia. Beijing based Aenomed Group produces similar anaesthesia and mechanical ventilation...
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Guest Post: What Board Members Need to Know About the New German Whistleblower Protection Act
Regular readers know that I post frequently on this site on whistleblower-related topics. However, my discussion of whistleblower-related topics is generally focused on whistleblowing in the U.S. There have been significant recent whistleblower-related developments outside the U.S. For example, and as discussed in detail in the following guest post, a draft whistleblower protection act is...
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