Patent and trademark law

Your partner for
patent and trademark protection.
Personal advice.

Our approach to protecting your interests.
Our aim in the initial interview with you is to check whether patent and trademark protection is possible in principle. If necessary, we will conduct searches to explore the possibility of protecting your invention or trademark and to identify any avoid potential infringements of third-party property rights at an early stage. When applying for patents and trademarks on your behalf, we will support you with our legal and engineering expertise, as well as with prudence, determination and personal commitment.

Patents are monopolies of exploitation in time and space.

Patent law protects technical products and processes against imitation.
Patents offer a monopoly, which is limited in time and space, of exploiting an invention, whether it is a vacuum cleaner, a coffee grinder or a high-tech product for industrial production.

Patent law provides certainty to companies that develop products and invest in innovations that their investment will also pay off economically.

Prerequisite for a patent application.
The product or process for which protection is sought must be new, involve an inventive step and be susceptible of industrial application. The European Patent Office, for example, checks for these criteria.

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Register and protect your trademarks
to be on the safe side legally.

Trademarks identify a company’s origins.

  1. This concerns goods and services. A trademark usually consists of a word or a picture or a combination of both. Protecting a trademark does not just protect your own name but also reduces risks. A few important conditions must be satisfied before a trademark can be registered.
  2. For a sign to be protected as a trademark, it must not be limited to providing a description of the quality or function of the goods and services. Anything that appears purely descriptive or promotional cannot be protected as a trademark.
  3. The more imaginative content the trademark has in relation to the goods and services for which it is to be protected, the more likely it is that the trademark can be registered.
    For example, “Apple” cannot be protected for a type of fruit, but can for computers.

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Design rights do not protect the idea
but the form of a product.

The term “design protection” is actually misleading.
Design protection does not only concern designer goods and does not necessarily have anything to do with aesthetics. It also concerns the protection of industrial designs. And what you see – the three-dimensional object or its packaging. You can apply for protection of the design of a drilling machine or a sample of a fabric creation, or the graphic design of the user interface of a computer programme.

What can be protected under design protection?
Objects and designs can be protected if they are new and differ in their overall impression from the designs known to date. How much they differ is a question of the scope of protection and the strength of the protection right. The more individual the design is, the stronger its protection will be.

A registered design protects the shape of a product or design, as characterised by an arrangement of lines, surfaces, contours or colours or by the material used.

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Actively avoid imitation.
Protection of intellectual property.

Innovations require a new way of thinking.
It is a remarkable achievement for somebody to develop something new or to invent something. Innovations require a great deal of time, commitment and toil, and they deserve to be protected. The variation or further development of something that already exists also counts as an innovation. In this case, we examine whether you are infringing a third party’s intellectual property rights, whether your existing patent offers sufficient protection, and whether a new patent can or should be applied for or a new trademark can or should be registered. We offer you the benefit of our extensive expertise in the field of intellectual property protection, especially in patent, trademark and design law.

When David and Goliath argue,
it’s time to go back to the negotiating table.

For us, successful negotiation means avoiding litigation.
If a third-party’s intellectual property rights are infringed or claims are made as a result of patent or trademark infringements, there is often a lot at stake. For example, protecting the idea, its potential market relevance or even the survival of companies. A patent application or trademark registration is often required before the disputing parties will return to the negotiating table, even if the interests of a national champion are being negotiated with a global player or vice versa.

SBMP. A brief summary of our services.

  • Intellectual property rights worldwide:
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Supplementary protection certificates
  • Utility models
  • Plant variety protection
  • Our services:
  • Advice on strategy
  • Preparation of patent, trademark and design applications
  • Representation in the grant procedure
  • Representation in opposition, objection and appeal proceedings
  • Investigation and monitoring of third-party property rights
  • Analysis of third party intellectual property rights
  • Expert opinions
  • Licensing agreements
  • Monitoring dates for payment of maintenance fees and maintenance of all intellectual property rights

When is the right time?
As early as possible.