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Competition law cannot block patents, says German court

Emma Barraclough, London


Germany’s top court has ruled that a plaintiff cannot use competition law to force a rival to remove disparaging comments about its own product from a granted patent

The case began when a company that makes lids for fish cans filed a patent application for a pull-tab lid. In the prior art it listed a European patent filed by a competitor and identified some of the disadvantages of...


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