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Germany’s First Female Patent Attorney was Born 125 Years Ago

Freda Wuesthoff, the first German female patent attorney was born in Berlin on the 16th of May 1896 as Freda Hoffmann. She studied physics, chemistry and mathematics. Freda Wuesthoff completed her qualification as patent attorney in 1927 and founded a patent attorney’s office together with her husband Franz Wuesthoff. Classified as a ‘half-Jew’, she was not allowed to practise her profession in the ‘Third Reich’. She campaigned in the...

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Meyer & Dörring Competes in the ‘Best of Legal’ Contest

Patent attorney’s office Meyer & Dörring competes in the ‘Best of Legal’ contest organized by the newsletters ‘Handelsblatt’ and ‘Wirtschaftswoche’. The evaluation standards regarding the criteria creativity, application of new technologies and methods, interdisciplinarity, disruption and impact have been specified by Handelsblatt Research Institute (HRI). Meyer & Dörring see particular own strong points in the broad...

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80 Years of Teflon Patent

„Teflon is a by-product of space flight.” That often-heard sentence isn’t true. Roy Plunkett received patent US 2230654 A for Polytetrafluorethylen (PTFE), later known as Teflon, already on the 4th of February 1941. The employee of the American chemical company DuPont found the material by case when he searched for new freezing agents. PTFE turned out to be very inert and had a very low friction coefficient, too. Initially Teflon was used...

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50 Years of Computer Mouse

On the 17th of November 1970, the US patent US3541541A (X-y position indicator for a display system) was granted to protect the invention of the computer mouse. The inventor, Douglas C. Engelbart (Stanford Research Institute), had applied for the patent already three years before, on the 21st of June 1967. The patent expired in 1987.

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Plagiarism: Award cancellation

As the newspaper Nürnberger Nachrichten informed on the 27th of Mach, 2020, the Toy Award has been cancelled – for the first time in the history of the Toy Fair of Nürnberg. This is a prize which was awarded in the “StartUp” category for a number learning system. During the celebration of the Toy Fair there were allegations of plagiarism, which now apparently have been confirmed.

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EPO – possibility of extension of established terms

As for the procedures at the European Patent Office in relation to the spread of the Coronavirus there is in particular cases the possibility to get an extension of the orginally established terms. To stay on the safe side one needs to assume that the terms will stay the same ones that were established in the first place. For particular questions please get in touch with us.

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