Thursday 27 August 2009

Typical Licence Fees in Germany

My attention has just been drawn to an interesting article published in the German-language IP journal "Mitteilung der deutschen Patentanwälte" by Michael Trimborn of Osborne Clarke in Cologne. Prof. Trimborn has reviewed published German court decisions and arbitration awards relating to patented products since 1995 and produced a table which has been published in the journal.

The article can be purchased here.

One point that needs to be made is the difference in the manner in which the awards are calculated. One set of figures relates to awards made against infringers. Another set is based on compensation made to inventors under the German Law on Empolyee Inventions (for more details see the German Wikipedia article).

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