Neugasse 13
D-07743 Jena
+49 3641 50 76 0
jena@4ip.law
 
 
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67895 patent applications have been filed at the German Patent Office in 2018.
 

Patents and utility models

67895 patent applications have been filed at the German Patent and Trademark Office in 2018. Each of these patent applications had their own motivation. Protection of technological progress. Basis for technology sales. Protection of the investment for the development costs. Employee Inventions. One thing is in common to all of these patent applications: Due diligence needed in the preparation thereof, because the possibilities for amendments are limited to the disclosure at the filing date.

We advise creative minds and innovative companies to possibilities for protection of their inventions and outline the appropriate filing strategies. So it may be advisable from an economic viewpoint, to register a utility model instead of a patent.

A core task are searches for the state of the art documents and the assessment of search results. We also perform as part of the portfolio management extensions and monitor the patent activities of the competition. The defense and enforcement of patents, we take over in all warning letter, interim disposal as well as in litigation. We are glad to advise on the layout of license agreements and contracts relating to research and development collaborations, etc.

Trademarks

Trademarks are quality promises and the basis for successful marketing your goods and services. The focus is on your customer recognizing your products and services via your trademark. Secure your brand in the business via the registration of a trademark. We assist you building a trademark strategy in regard to your business sector, starting with advice on registration options, on the search in respective registers, on the appropriate formulation of the list of goods/services and on the application process in Germany, Europe or Worldwide. We do advice in all matters of trademark law. We also perform as part of the portfolio management collision monitoring and renewals for you.

Many years of experience we rely on in upholding and enforcing brands in all adversary proceedings and in regard to of brand exploitation through licensing agreements.

 

Do you trust in your product? Then have the courage to apply for a trademark!
The influence of design on the market success of a product has never been more than today.
 

Designs

The influence of design on the market success of a product has never been more than today. A stylish design is "sexy" and distinguishes your product from the competing crowd. For effective design protection, the distinct visual features need to be filed at the register. Protect your product design effective against imitators - in the internet or at trade shows. In all aspects of the design law, we have extensive experience. Prior to filing, it is possible to perform searches for known designs. If there are no obvious concerns to the novelty and individual character of your design, we can advise you on the different registration options in Germany, the European Union and other countries throughout the world.

Design protection can often be operated with relative little efforts, but is a perfect protection against piracy. Hence, for more and more applicants, design protection gets into focus - and rightly so. Talk to us! We look forward to your creativity.

Competition law

In the daily competition for market share, the fight for the "pole position" is fought with hooks and eyes. Some of the competition overshoots! So their action may be objectionable under the laws on competition, for example, misleading advertising claims, superlativ claims, reduction of competitors, slavish product imitations or the use of trade secrets. Together, we are committed to fair competition and decide together how you can enforce your rights in the most sensible way. We do check your advertising terms in view of competition law, defend you against warning letters or interim injunctions or file interim injunctions in your name and enforce your claims in court.

 

The competition for market share is fought with hooks and eyes.

Contract law is a matter of trust. Trust us!
 

Contract law

Intellectual property rights are not registered for their own sake.

The focus is on the systematic exploitation of the own intellectual property right position - usually by the sole own use or the granting of manufacturing and distribution licenses for third parties. We are glad to check and work out with you exploitation contracts on patents, trademarks as well as designs, represent you in contract negotiations and enforce your claims in courts. This applies, in particular, to contracts for the transfer of intellectual property rights.

Another focus of our work is the support of R & D cooperation’s between different companies, businesses and individual inventors or between companies and universities.

Contract law is a matter of trust and lives of lawyers' experience. Trust us!

Consultation Service for New Entrepreneurs

We are with you every step of the way from your property right position from the very beginning through all stages of your entrepreneurial development. From the outset, we are already looking carefully at your first idea from an industrial property point of view and provide you with accompanying assistance starting from registration of the name you have chosen for your enterprise always jointly with you – all the way from application to registration and beyond. Regardless of whether you are a freelancer or a tradesman, a sole proprietor or a legal entity: new entrepreneurs are particularly close to our heart, since we envisage the opportunity of joint development. We provide the following services as part of our consultation services offered for new entrepreneurs in the field of industrial property rights:

  • Assessment of your business plan in consideration of aspects of industrial property rights
  • Elaboration of proposals for options of protection
  • Development of an industrial property rights strategy for today and for the future
  • Identification of offensive and defensive industrial property rights strategies

We may also present you with funding opportunities for receiving financial support. Start out on the right track and contact us to take advantage of an initial oral consultation service for new entrepreneurs

 

New entrepreneurs are particularly close to our heart, since we envisage the opportunity of joint development.



Team

„To think means to compare“ (Walther Rathenau)

We stand any comparison - but no one can do everything. That's why we do only what we really can! Our core activity is the worldwide prosecution and litigation of intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks and designs. We also advise these rights, i.e. in the outline of licensing contracts or research and development contracts, but also in sales contracts and in competition, copyright or advertising law as well as in the employee inventors law.

We have experience. We advise world's leading companies build an effective intellectual property portfolio and develop patent, trademark and design strategies that exactly match the interests of our clients. Different clients have different interests. We know that.

Compromise is good - but not always the silver bullet. Careless settlements and convenient flexibility endangers in the long run your competitive position. We have special expertise in the legal enforcement of claims under the patent, trademark, design, competition and contract law. We know how your opponent ticks and we know the courts.

Legal work costs money. And money, one need to talk about. In general, we work on the basis of payment arrangements; for certain projects also fixed prices can be agreed. Before the start of our work we calculate the costs as precisely as possible and let everyone know for what it is. In a good client-attorney relationship there is no arguing about money.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lawyers

Dr. Peter Käckell is a Patent Attorney as well as a European Trademark and Design Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. His technical foundations were laid by studying physics at the Technical University of Berlin, followed by gaining a doctorate at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and a two-year stay at the Joint Research Center for Atom Technology/National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Tsukuba, Japan. He acquired the necessary legal skills during his training at the law firm Geyer, Fehners & Partner in Jena and Munich. Dr. Käckell has many years of extensive professional experience in patent, utility model, trademark and design law as well as in employee invention law, with a legal focus on the granting and enforcement of technical property rights and the defence against unjustified claims of third parties. In the technical field, his main areas of expertise include, inter alia, optics, information technology and concrete processing as well as products for logistics. In addition, Dr. Käckell is a lecturer at the Ernst Abbe University of Jena in the master's course "Patent Engineer". Dr. Käckell is a partner in the law firm.

 

Ragnar Gleim is a patent attorney and European Trademark and Design Attorney. The study of physics in Würzburg and Edinburgh is the necessary technical basis for the technically diverse activity. The necessary legal requirements for the patent attorneys work he gained because of the training as a patent attorney at a local patent law firm, where he graduated with a station at the patent law firm PIPERS in New Zealand. In his work as a patent attorney at the law firm BOHEST in Basel, Switzerland, he gained deep understanding of different requirements that exist in international patent prosecution in different jurisdictions. The assistance for clients in various technical fields, ranging from the electrical industry, mechanical engineering and software manufacturers to "Big Pharma" gives him the ability to advise clients according to the specific needs. His legal specialization is in the fields of patent and utility model rights. A focus of interest is the inventor employee inventions.

 

Dr. Lars Petri is an attorney at law and has a degree as an attorney specialized in intellectual property law. He has a doctorate on Kurt-Härtel Institute for Industrial Property Law to a patent law issue. After the first few years in a reputable patent law firm in the Rhineland, he became head of the legal department of a leading patent law firm in Bavaria. He has many years of experience in advising on the registration of trademarks and designs and the extrajudicial or judicial enforcement of intellectual property rights, competition and contract law claims. He is also specialized in the outline of licensing, research and development contracts. He is the author of numerous publications on patent, trademark and licensing law and holds a lectureship for trademark and media law at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg as well as at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

Volker Oehmke studied mathematics at the University of Leipzig (1972 to 1976) and worked at JENOPTIK AG without interruption from 1976 to 2000, first in the field of technical reliabilities, then from 1981 to 1991 as a working member of the patent department and from 1991 to 2000 as head of the industrial property rights department.

Mr. Oehmke has been admitted to practice as a Patent Assessor and European Patent Attorney since 1991 and as a European Trademark Attorney since 1995. In 1998 he was admitted to practice as a German Patent Attorney and in 2001 he founded the law firm of Patent Attorneys OEHMKE & KOLLEGEN, from which today̕ s law firm Gleim Petri Oehmke Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB has emerged from.

He specializes in patent grant, opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings. His technical focus is on the field of precision mechanics and materials science, in particular technical ceramics, as well as on the law governing employee inventions. Mr. Oehmke is an active assessor from employer circles for the extended composition of the Arbitration Board of the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Renate Schaller has been working in the field of industrial property rights since 1984. She specialises in patent grant, objection, appeal and opposition proceedings. Her technical focus is on the field of mechanical engineering and tool making, precision engineering, optics, measurement technology and process engineering.

After studying engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau, where she graduated in 1979 as a precision engineer (Dipl.-Ing.), Renate Schaller worked as a design engineer at Carl Zeiss Jena from 1979 to 1982. She joined the in-house patent department in 1983 and studied part-time at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1985 to 1988 in the field of scientific-technologic legal protection.

After graduating as an engineer specializing in industrial property management, Renate Schaller was entered in the List of Patent Assessors maintained by the Patent Office in 1990. She was admitted to practice as a European Patent Attorney in 1991 and as a European Trademark Attorney in 1995. After an uninterrupted period of employment in the patent department of today̕ s JENOPTIK AG from 1983 to 2000, she was sworn in as a German Patent Attorney in 2000 and was one of the founding partners of the law firm of Patent Attorneys OEHMKE & KOLLEGEN in 2001, from which today̕ s law firm Gleim Petri Oehmke Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB has emerged from in 2020, in which she is a partner.

Joachim Freitag has been working in the field of industrial property rights since 1984. He focuses on patent grant, objection/opposition and nullity proceedings as well as infringement proceedings. His technical focus is on the field of physics, in particular laser technology, optoelectronics, thermal imaging, electron beam lithography, semiconductor lithography, in particular EUV lithography, and image processing.

After studying physics at the Otto von Guericke Technical University in Magdeburg, where he focused in depth on the dynamic voltage wave testing of high-strength steels and graduated in 1984 as a physicist, Joachim Freitag worked at Carl Zeiss Jena from 1984 to 1991 and at the same time studied industrial property rights at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1985 to 1988. During the period of his correspondence course, he was already employed as a patent professional in the patent department of Carl Zeiss Jena and has been entered in the List of Patent Assessors maintained by the Patent Office since 1990. From 1992 to 2000 he worked in the patent department of JENOPTIK AG and gained valuable experience in patent law and infringement proceedings in the USA.

Mr. Freitag has been admitted to practice as a European Patent Attorney since 1991 and as a European Trademark Attorney since 1995. In 2000 he was admitted to practice as a German Patent Attorney and in 2001 he was one of the founding partners of the law firm of Patent Attorneys OEHMKE & KOLLEGEN, from which today̕ s law firm Gleim Petri Oehmke Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB has emerged from in 2020, in which he is a partner.

Legal Assistants

Jan Grieger is a trained toolmaker and studied medical technology (Dipl.- Ing. FH) in Jena. During several years of work in product development for medical laser devices, he was able to acquire knowledge in optics and precision engineering as well as extensive knowledge in dermatology and ophthalmology.

As of 2004, Mr. Grieger worked in laser material processing at Jenoptik. During the development of processing methods and devices for laser welding and laser cutting systems he was able to gain extensive knowledge in the field of metal welding and processing of glass, ceramic and semiconductor materials.

Mr. Grieger has been working in the patent law firm since 2011. In his function as a research assistant he is responsible for subject-matter and legal status searches and for the graphic implementation of drawings and assists in the preparation of applications.

 

Christopher Koterew is a physics student at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. He is in the final year of his master studies. During his studies he has focussed in depth on the field of optics.

His scientific career started with his attendance at the Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium in Jena, specialized in scientific disciplines, where he graduated with a very good final grade. During his bachelor studies at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena he discovered his interest in optics. In the context of his bachelor thesis (also awarded with a very good final grade) he therefore conducted research and wrote about the parallelization of nonlinear pulse compression in multicore fibres. Currently, Mr. Koterew is writing his master thesis also in the field of optics. In this context, he is conducting research in the field of microscopy (fluorescence microscopy). In this regard, he is supervised and supported by the German Optical Museum in Jena.

Mr. Koterew gained professional experience during his studies as a student assistant and research assistant at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the Friedrich Schiller University. During this time he was able to apply his theoretical knowledge in various areas of research and to support his working group.

As a research assistant at the law firm Oehmke & Kollegen, his main focus of activity is in the field of patent and utility model law. He is particularly involved in application procedures and searches.

 


Team

Marion Langer
trained patent law assistant

 

Yvonne Beil
trained patent law assistant

 

 

Mandy Bialezki
trained patent law assistant

 

Elke Uhlig
Secretary

 

Jana Löwe
trained patent law assistant

Contact

Gleim Petri Oehmke
Neugasse 13
07743 Jena

Phone: +49 3641 50 76 0
Fax: +49 3641 50 76 29
jena@4ip.law

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