EU/EPO/DE – Recent relevant cases

Posted: April 21st, 2010

A set of recent relevant EU, EPO and German cases, head notes and summaries in English (listed below) has been added to the blog. The posts are published on the date of the judgment. With thanks to Tilman Müller-Stoy, Bardehle Pagenberg

New cases

EU – AHP Manufacturing BV ./. Bureau voor de Industriele Eigendom, Court of Justice, preliminary ruling, SPC, 3 September 2009, Docket No. C-482/07

The Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1768/92 does not preclude the grant of a SPC certificate to the holder of a basic patent if one or more certificates have already been granted for the same product.

DE – Durchfuhr von DVD-Playern (transit of DVD-players), infringement proceedings, Court of Appeals Hamburg, Germany, 29 December 2009, Docket No. 3 U 242/05

Transit of goods through Germany is not an act of patent infringement.

DE – Verfahren zum Verarbeiten von im Voraus bezahlten Telefonanrufen (Method for processing prepaid telephone calls), infringement proceedings, Court of Appeals Düsseldorf, Germany, 10 December 2009, Docket No. I-2 U 51/0

For infringement of a method claim in Germany, it can be sufficient if the infringer realizes at least one of the claimed method steps within Germany and the other claimed method steps outside Germany.

Summaries in English (provided by Bardehle Pagenberg) were added to the following decisions:


DE – Dreinahtschlauchfolienbeutel (three-seamed tubular foil sachet), invalidity proceedings, German Federal Supreme Court, 11 November 2009, Docket No. Xa ZR 22/06

EPO – Methods for surgery, Enlarged Board of Appeals, 15 February 2010, Docket No. G 1/07

EPO – Langue de la procedure (language of the proceedings), Enlarged Board of Appeal, 16 February 2010, Docket No. G 4/08

EPO – Dosage Regime/ABBOTT Respiratory LLC, Enlarged Board of Appeal, 19 February 2010, Docket No. G 2/08

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