Ukraine is an EU candidate: Can we soon file patent applications for Ukraine at the European Patent Office? The European Council granted Ukraine EU candidate status on 23 June 2022. Will patents granted by the European Patent Office soon also apply in Ukraine? Not immediately, because on the one hand the candidate status legally creates neither rights nor obligations. In addition, the European Patent Organisation (EPO) is a supranational organisation independent of the European Union (EU). On the road to membership, however, the EU is demanding numerous adjustments from Ukraine, including in patent law. So there is movement in Ukrainian patent law...
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Federal Court of Justice on the Scope of the Right to Access Pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR
Background In its ruling of June 15, 2021 (Case No. VI ZR 576/19), the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for the first time took a comprehensive position on the scope of the right to access pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR. Article 15 GDPR standardizes the right of access of a data subject vis-à-vis a controller. Pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR, a data subject may ask the controller to provide information on whether he/she is processing personal data relating to him/her and, if so, to provide access to such data and further information...
Heuking advises SITA on its investment in and collaboration with the urban air mobility provider Volocopter
SITA, the world's leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, participated as new investor in Volocopter’s Series E Financing Round and becomes Volocopter’s preferred digital and IT systems partner for Vertiports. A team lead by Dusseldorf based Heuking Partner Dr. Martin Imhof legally advised SITA on its successful investment and the conclusion of a strategic partnership agreement with Volocopter. Volocopter is a pioneer in urban air mobility (UAM). It develops electric, vertical take-off passenger air taxis (eVTOL) and cargo drones that are designed to fly autonomously...
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises shareholders of Buchmann Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung on company sale
M&A specialists Dr. Andreas Lenz (Cologne) and Dr. Rainer Herschlein (Stuttgart) headed a team that advised the shareholders of folding carton producer Buchmann Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (Buchmann) on selling the company to WEIG group. As an owner-managed firm for about 120 years, Buchmann develops and produces folding cartons with over 330 employees at its Annweiler plant. In 2022, Buchmann generated sales of around EUR 190 million. A sales deal was inked with WEIG group in early March. WEIG is also an owner-managed group. Its activities include packaging, cartonboard, and recycling...