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
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
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