Fri, Apr. 11, 2008

Reform of German IP Law

CK - Washington.   On April 11, 2008, the federal diet in Berlin passed a statute for a comprehensive reform of IP laws in Germany. The website of the Berlin attorney general presents a detailed overview and links to the new statute and related material.

The new IP rules affect patents, design patents, mask works, copyrights, plant varieties, trade marks and identifications of regional origin for agricultural products and foodstuff.

The outlook of the statute is international because it implements in large part the German version of an E.U. directive, 2004/48/EG, ABl. EU Nr. L 195, 16.

Occasionally, the attorney general publishes material in English on its web site. The new IP regime in Germany may be described there in the future. Readers should not confuse this new effort with the reform of copyright law which became effective on January 1, 2008 and is already the subject of a note at the site.




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