Intellectual property

When starting-up in business, protecting intellectual property rights is one of the most important aspects to consider.

Our team of German lawyers at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE has experience in the area of intellectual property protection.

Copyright

Under German copyright law, a creator obtains copyright protection automatically with production. In other words, unlike a trademark, a work does not need to be registered in order to receive copyright protection. However, a work must fulfil minimum requirements to be able to benefit from protection.

A creator or owner of a copyright has the freedom to decide the conditions under which a work may be published or used, and he can transfer usage and exploitation rights to third parties.

Although copyright law has a long and rich tradition, the rash developments in new media present unique challenges. Previous unknown types of use of a work are emerging and digital content can often be limitlessly reproduced to a high standard by the average person. Copyright-protected films, texts and music can be found on foreign websites, file sharing websites and social networks.

These developments affect not only copyright holders, but also normal citizens, who are often confronted with unverifiable accusations of having infringed copyright legislation.

WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE has a team of experienced specialist lawyers in the area of copyright law. We can advise you on the options for pursuing breaches of your rights or defending a copyright claim.

For more information on intellectual property law and our copyright services click here or contact us on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.

Trademark

Trademarks are symbols, words or groups of words which are registered or established through long usage and which represent a company or product. They set one product or company apart from another. The symbol guarantees the unmistakable recognition of a product or manufacturer and therefore underlies expectations as to quality.

A trademark also has advertising benefits which result in a business being able to secure sales and help customers to identify with a business. These positive attributes mean that a trademark can be a highly valued asset to a business.

We can help your business to develop, maximise and protect the value of its trademarks.

For more information on our copyright services click here or contact us on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.

Patents

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a public authority over an invention. The rights are usually granted for a set period of time and allow an inventor to prevent others from using, making or selling an invention. In return, the inventor usually discloses the invention to the general public.

Reflecting the strong innovation climate, Germany leads Europe in the number of patent approvals.

In Germany, patent rights are granted for 20 years and can be sold or made available through licences. The authority tasked with granting patents in Germany is the German Patent and Trademark Office (Deutsches Patent und Markenamt, DPMA).

WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE has a team of experienced German lawyers available to advise on patent law, conducting patent searches and making relevant applications to the DPMA. For more information contact us on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.


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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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