Process patents – paper tigers or effective protective rights?
Thoughts on “sufficient likelihood” in the sense of section 140c PatG
An Article by Dr. Stephan Neuhaus When process patents are infringed, patent owners are often faced with considerable problems of providing proof. Effective enforcement is further impeded by the strict requirements set by case law for inspection proceedings. In order not to let the protection by process patents run empty, a rethinking is necessary with regard to the requirements for “sufficient likelihood”, says Stephan Neuhaus. Are process patents worth the paper? © Ingo Stiller on Unsplash.com In the field of biotechnology and the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industries in particular, innovations in manufacturing processes can trigger significant progress. An innovative manufacturing process can, for instance, significantly increase the yield of a…