The Federal Court of Justice held that a licensee’s failure to exploit an exclusive patent license can justify termination of the license agreement by the licensor, even if there is no breach of contract or default by the licensee. From an objective licensor’s perspective, however, there must be no prospect of an improvement in the…

The Federal Patent Court has decided that an inventive step according to Article 56 EPC is not established if the person skilled in the art has only to conduct routine exploratory analysis based on the prior art. Against this legal background the Federal Patent Court nullified the patent in suit arguing that in a situation…

The Federal Court of Justice clarified the interdependencies of its case law concerning computer implemented inventions. An application has technical character if a non technical feature is inserted in a technical process. The comprehensive inspection of the object of the application does not allow discretionary weighing of technical and nontechnical parts. Due to the exemption…