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Christian Dölling focusses his practice on IP Litigation. He specializes in litigation and licensing of standard-essential patents (SEPs). In addition, he advises clients on the new German Trade Secrets Act. Previously, Christian worked at a range of international law firms where he gained exposure to a variety of areas which include public law, environmental, planning, regulation, and corporate M&A. Read Christian Dölling's full bio.

2020 IP Law Year in Review: European Issues


By , , , and on Jan 26, 2021
Posted In Copyrights, EU Update, Patents, Trademarks

Executive Summary From a German perspective, 2020 saw highly interesting developments that may well have an impact even beyond the borders of Germany. For example, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in Sisvel v. Haier handed down a landmark decision on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) law. This decision has already affected many FRAND cases...

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CJEU Referral on Preliminary Injunctions by the Munich I District Court


By and on Jan 21, 2021
Posted In Patents

The 21st Civil Chamber of the Munich I District Court has referred a question on the availability of preliminary injunctions against patent infringements to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg (Munich I District Court docket no. 21 O 16782/20, decision of 19 January 2021). Key takeaways The Munich I District...

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German Competition Authority Files Amicus Brief in SEP Litigation


By , and on Jul 1, 2020
Posted In Patents

In 2019, Nokia filed a series of patent infringement complaints against Daimler before several German courts. Nokia alleged that connected cars made by Daimler infringed Nokia’s patents. Nokia considered the relevant patents as essential for certain wireless communication standards. Nokia v. Daimler, Case No. 2 O 34/19 (Mannheim District Court). On 18 June 2020, the...

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Landmark Decision in German FRAND Case


By and on May 11, 2020
Posted In EU Update

On May 5, 2020, an oral hearing in Germany’s most recent landmark case on standard-essential patents (SEPs) and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing (Sisvel v. Haier, docket no. KZR 36/17) took place before the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ).

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2019 IP Law Year in Review: European Issues


By , , , , and on Feb 13, 2020
Posted In Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks

Executive Summary The last year of the 2010s has been prolific in terms of important new pieces of legislation and case law within the European Union, and in France and Germany in particular. Indeed, the European Parliament and the EU Council adopted in April 17, 2019, a controversial directive (Directive 2019/790 on copyright and related...

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Draft Amendment to German Patent Act May Limit Availability of Injunctions


By and on Feb 6, 2020
Posted In Patents

On 14 January 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Justice published a draft act to modernize German patent law. Among other things, the draft addresses the fact that patent infringement trials proceed much quicker than parallel invalidity proceeding (which, under German law, are conducted separately). Hence, an injunction may be issued in first instance infringement...

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