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JUVE Patent Publishes Article on epi Position

January 14, 2020

JUVE Patent published an interesting article referring to the position paper sent by the epi to the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). The epi endorses the BMJV’s initiative to improve the possibilities for inter-professional cooperation. The epi is of the opinion that the current prohibition of professional partnership of German attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys with European Patent Attorneys is unnecessarily restrictive, out-of-date and not in compliance with the law. It contradicts the need for interdisciplinary services felt by both clients and members of the professions involved. The article by JUVE Patent provides a useful summary of the problem illustrated with examples from actual practice experienced by epi members.

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