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Patent law reform: Bundestag introduces principle of proportionality

The new patent law adopted last Friday in Germany puts a stop to the use of injunctive relief by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs). “We also welcome the German parliament’s diligent effort in the context of the new law to explicitly proscribe the practice of Patent Assertion Entities (also known as patent trolls) who acquire patents purely for the purpose of extorting excessive settlements under the threat of an impending injunction.”, told Ludwig von Reiche, IP2Innovate's board member, JUVE Patent. 

 

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European courts failing over proportionality: IP2Innovate

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Industriekoalition IP2Innovate fordert Patentrechtsreform zur Förderung von Innovation in Deutschland

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