German patent courts and appeals
This article describes which bodies handle approval, rejection, and disputes of patent validity in Germany.
BGH = Bundesgerichtshof = Federal Court of Justice (sometimes translated "German Supreme Court").
When the BGH announces a decision, it waits a month or more before publishing the details/reasons for the decision.
(While this article is waiting for better info, this will have to do.)
When the German judge talked he pointed out that although he’s on the German Supreme Court, they have specialization within their court, and he’s part of the Tenth Senate which does all the IP cases, and only IP cases. And the only higher court in Germany is the so-called Constitutional Court, and it’s not allowed to hear patent cases. And therefore, it can’t overrule or tinker with the law developed by the German Supreme Courts Patent Senate.
Related pages on en.swpat.org
- Case law in Germany
- Reading case law
- Xa ZB 20/08 (2010, April, Germany)
- X ZR 27/07 (2010, April, Germany)
- USA patent courts and appeals
- UK patent courts and appeals
- Canadian patent courts and appeals
- BGH website (English)
- German Federal Supreme Court strengthens the significance of EPO’s and foreign courts’ decisions, June 9th 2010
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