Search Team

Search by Last Name
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Europe

Fish in Europe

 

Our Munich office, opened in 2009, offers a broad range of IP services in Germany and Europe.

 
Banner image

Our European office is located in Munich, home of the European and German Patent Offices, as well as the German Federal Patent Court. Our attorneys handle a wide range of European IP matters, including patent prosecution and patent litigation. The attorneys in our Munich office also serve clients in European trademark, design, unfair competition and antitrust matters.

More patent litigation is conducted in Germany than in any other part of Europe. Fish attorneys handle infringement litigations before the District Courts and Courts of Appeals, EPO opposition cases, and German nullity cases in the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court.

EU Unitary Patent and UPC

In early 2013, almost all of the European Union states agreed to a package including two EU regulations that would create a European Patent with unitary effect (Unitary Patent or UP) for participating EU states, and could lower translation and post-grant costs for parties electing to use the Unitary Patent. That package also includes a Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement (UPCA—a treaty) that would create a Unified Patent Court, which is intended to eventually handle all litigation involving patents issued by the European Patent Office that are validated in participating EU states, including both the regular, nationally validated European Patents and the new Unitary Patents. The package was to take effect when at least 13 participating EU states, including the three having the largest number of European patent applications, ratified the UPCA.

Ratification of the UPCA was delayed by the UK leaving the EU (Brexit) and complaints filed in the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), challenging German ratification. Now, implementation of the UP and UPC package ratification is moving ahead again. The German court has denied interim injunctions sought by the most recent complaints, ruling that the challenges were inadmissible. After approval by two more member states of a Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement, preparations for implementation of the UP and UPC are expected to move toward completion in mid or late 2022.

For details on the status of the UP and UPC, see our main UP & UPC page, FAQ 9 on our FAQs page and our Chronology page.

For details of the proposed package, see our webpages listed in the boxes below.

Updated July 14, 2021

More about EU Unitary Patent & UPC

Munich Office

Highlight Business Towers
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Strasse 8
Munich
Germany
Telephone: +49 (89) 710 4102 - 0
Facsimile: +49 (89) 710 4102 - 44

 

Europe Services

The Fish Munich office provides a strategically important venue for our firm to provide clients with global intellectual property protection and enforcement:


Bean United Coffee Project

We proudly purchase and drink Bean United coffee in our Munich office. For every kilo of coffee beans they sell, a child in Burundi receives school meals for two weeks. For more information, visit their website.

Europe