Comparison of Patent Claim Construction between Netherlands and Germany on Basis of AGA v. Occlutech

World Intellectual Property Report 2013/6, p. 32-34

3 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2013

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

This article provides a brief overview on how the Dutch and German courts interpret the claims of a patent. It briefly compares each national approach on the basis of the recent AGA v Occlutech litigation in both countries.

The dispute between AGA and Occlutech involved socalled ‘‘occluders’’, a collapsible medical device for closing defects in the septum wall of the heart through cardiac catheterisation.

Items discussed are: claim construction and judicial balancing under the new "Protocol for the Interpretation of Art. 69 of the European Patent Convention", equivalence, pioneer inventions and file wrapper estoppel.

Keywords: patent, patents, claims, equivalence, pioneer inventions, file wrapper estoppel, claim construction, infringement, intellectual property, life sciences, AGA, Occlutech

JEL Classification: O34, K42

Suggested Citation

Tsoutsanis, Alexander and Kau, Christian, Comparison of Patent Claim Construction between Netherlands and Germany on Basis of AGA v. Occlutech (June 1, 2013). World Intellectual Property Report 2013/6, p. 32-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2262859

Alexander Tsoutsanis (Contact Author)

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Christian Kau

DLA Piper

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San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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