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Hogan Lovells’ U.S. + Germany Patent Update – July 2019 (English, 日本語, 한국어)

Hogan Lovells’ U.S. + German Patent Update reports on recent patent news and cases from Germany and the United States.

The full July 2019 update can be accessed in the following languages:

  • English available here
  • 日本語 available here
  • 한국어 available here

The July 2019 Update covers the following developments across the U.S. and Germany:

United States

  • U.S. Congress Introduces Bill Addressing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
  • PTAB’s “Precedential Opinion Panel” Continues to Designate as Precedential Discretionary Decisions Denying Institution of IPR Petitions Based on Serial Filings, Repetitive Parties, and Repetitive Invalidity Grounds
  • Federal Circuit Dismisses IPR Appeal for Lack of Standing Despite Competition Between Subsidiary and Patent Owner, and Supreme Court Declines to Hear Standing Case


  • German Federal Supreme Court Rules That Patent Proprietor Can Request Surrender of Infringer’s Profit Even Where Damage Claim Is Time Barred – German Federal Supreme Court, X ZR 109/16 – Power Supply Device (“Spannungsversorgungsvorrichtung”)
  • Test for Suspension of Infringement Proceedings in Case of Limited Patent Defense in Nullity Proceeding – Higher Regional Court Karlsruhe, 6 W 69/18 – Empfangsanordnung 
  • German Federal Supreme Court on Inadmissible Extension – German Federal Supreme Court, X ZR 56/17 – Schaltungsanordnung III
  • German Federal Supreme Court on the Relevance of Prior Art for Claim Construction – Federal Supreme Court, X ZR 16/17 – Headlight Ventilation System (“Scheinwerferbelüftungssystem”)

For more information, please click on a link with the detailed update (English, 日本語, 한국어), or contact partners Joe Raffetto (Washington, D.C.) or Steffen Steininger (Munich). Our full series of all of our U.S. + German Patent Updates (including past updates) can be accessed here.