Bifurcation of judiciary responsibilities: Federal Patent Court and German Regional Courts

by Atty. Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. (USA)

Example: Trademark Litigation in Germany

The legal proceedings in trademark matters are decided in Germany in the first instance by two different courts, either by the Federal Patent Court in Munich or by a commercial division at a locally competent Regional Court. This dichotomy has a long tradition in Germany and is based on the fact that decisions of the German Patent and Trademark Office shall be checked by a particular court created for that purpose, namely, the German Federal Patent Court.

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