Geheimnisschutz in SEP/FRAND-Verfahren, das GeschGehG und die Patentrechtsreform (Confidentiality protection in SEP/FRAND cases, the new know-how legislation and the German patent law reform)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Discussion Paper No. 14

34 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2019 Last revised: 27 Apr 2021

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Peter Georg Picht

University of Zurich - Institute of Law; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Date Written: March 9, 2021

Abstract

German Abstract: Der Geheimnisschutz im (Umfeld von) Gerichtsverfahren ist ein Problemkind des Geschäftsgeheimnis- und des Patentverfahrensrechts. Der Beitrag beleuchtet drei aktuelle Entwicklungen in diesem Bereich, nämlich die Vorlage von Vergleichslizenzen in SEP/FRAND-Streitigkeiten, die neuen Geheimnisschutzregeln des GeschGehG sowie deren Übertragung in das Patentverfahrensrecht durch das geplante Patentrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz. Auf Basis dieser Zusammenschau unterbreitet er Vorschläge für die weitere Rechtsentwicklung.

English Abstract: Confidentiality protection is both an important and a controversial issue in German know-how and patent litigation. This paper assesses three current developments in the area: the submission of existing, comparable licenses before and during SEP/FRAND litigation; the confidentiality protection mechanisms of the recently introduced German Code for the Protection of Business Secrets (GeschGehG); and the envisaged transfer of these mechanisms to patent law by an impending reform of the German Patent Code. Based on this analysis, the paper makes recommendations for how to improve the legal framework for confidentiality protection in patent litigation and SEP/FRAND negotiations.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: FRAND; SEP; confidentiality protection; injunction; patent, in camera proceedings; comparable licenses; know-how; German patent reform

Suggested Citation

Picht, Peter Georg, Geheimnisschutz in SEP/FRAND-Verfahren, das GeschGehG und die Patentrechtsreform (Confidentiality protection in SEP/FRAND cases, the new know-how legislation and the German patent law reform) (March 9, 2021). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Discussion Paper No. 14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430926 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3430926

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