Published on November 21, 2007
WIPO WORKSHOP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR BUSINESS FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES(SMES)Workshop in Dar-es-Salaam, May 10 and 11 2005: WIPO WORKSHOP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR BUSINESS FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMES) Workshop in Dar-es-Salaam, May 10 and 11 2005 Dipl.-Ing. Volker Plogmann Managing Director Patent and Trademark Department Wilhelm Karmann GmbH Full Service Vehicle Supplier, Osnabrück, Germany Slide2: Karmann Ghia Coupe 1955 Wilhelm Karmann GmbH Complete Vehicles: Audi A4 Convertible 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK Convertible 2003 Complete Vehicles Chrysler Crossfire Coupé 2003 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster 2004 Roof Systems: VW New Beetle Convertible 2002 Renault Mégane Coupe-Convertibles 2003 Roof Systems 3.5 Million Vehicles 1949-2004: 3.5 Million Vehicles 1949-2004 VW Beetle Convert. 331,847 units VW Karmann Ghia 362,601 units VW Porsche 914 118,949 units VW Scirocco I 504,153 units BMW 6th Series 96,149 units VW Golf A1 Convert. 388,522 units VW Scirocco II 291,497 units Ford Escort Conv. 104,237 units VW Corrado 97,521 units Ford Escort Conv. 83,983 units VW Golf A3 Convert. 139,577 units Renault Mégane Conv. 58,867 units Merc.-Benz CLK 81,518 units Audi 80 Convertible 12,012 units VW Golf A4 Convert. 72,666 units Merc.-Benz CLK Coupé 31,568 units Audi A4 Convertible 20,906 units Selection from reference vehicle list: Chrysler Crossfire Global Locations: Global Locations Wilhelm Karmann GmbH Osnabrück Vehicle Engineering • Tooling Roof Systems • Production Karmann-Ghia de Mexico Puebla Roof System Production Karmann-Ghia do Brasil Ltda. Sao Paulo Tooling • Stamping Vehicle Production Karmann-Ghia de Portugal Lda. Vendas Novas Fabric Production Julius Heywinkel GmbH Bramsche Fabric & Plastics Production Karmann-Rheine GmbH & Co. KG Vehicle Production AGS GmbH Osnabrück Logistics Services ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg GmbH Papenburg Proving Ground Karmann U.S.A., Inc. Plymouth, Michigan Vehicle Engineering Wilhelm Karmann GmbH: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH Germany - Osnabrück Service Spectrum: Vehicle Engineering • Tooling Roof Systems • Production Founded: 1901 Employees: 6,106 total area: 435.000 m2 built-on-area: 195.116 m2 Current Key Products: Chrysler Crossfire Coupe MB CLK Convertible MB SLK (BIW Module) Karmann-Rheine GmbH & Co. KG: Karmann-Rheine GmbH & Co. KG Germany - Rheine Service Spectrum: Vehicle Production Founded: 1965 Employees: 1,760 total area: 432.500 m2 built-on-area: 78.500 m2 Current Key Products: Audi A4 Convertible Renault Mégane II CC (RHT module) Jaguar XK8 (Soft-top Frame) Karmann-Ghia do Brasil Ltda.: Karmann-Ghia do Brasil Ltda. Sao Paulo Service Spectrum: Tooling • Stamping Vehicle Production Founded: 1960 Employees: 498 Current Key Products: Final Assembly of Land Rover 90 SW Tools for DC, Dana, Fiat, Ford, GM, Krupp, Land Rover, Honda, Renault, Scania, Volvo, VW Stamping Parts for DC, Fiat, Krupp, Scania, TWB, Volvo, VW Karmann-Ghia de Portugal Lda. : Karmann-Ghia de Portugal Lda. Vendas Novas Service Spectrum: Fabric Production Founded: 1992 Employees: 276 Current Key Products: Fabric & leather seat covers for Audi A4 Convertible BMW new 5 series Ford Galaxy Land Rover MB CLK Convertible VW Sharan Seat Alhambra Karmann-Ghia de Mexico: Karmann-Ghia de Mexico Puebla Service Spektrum: Roof System Production Founded: 2002 Employees: 150 Current Product: Soft-top System for Volkswagen New Beetle Cabrio Karmann U.S.A.: Karmann U.S.A. Plymouth,Michigan Service Spectrum: Vehicle Engineering, Roof System Production (2006) Founded: 1996 Employees: 140 ATP Automotive Testing: ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg Service Spectrum: Proving Ground Engineering Operation Begin: 1998 Employees: 100 Testing Area: 870 ha Full Service Supplier: Full Service Supplier Powertrain & Chassis Integration Prototypes Vehicle Testing Engineering/ Concept Machining Tools & Dies BIW Assembly Systems QA Tooling Stamping Paint Shop Final Assembly Module Manufact. Body-in- white Styling Concepts/ Advanced Engineering Package/ Measure Concept/ Surface Class A Design/ Engineering Plastics Technology Roof Systems FEM Analysis Soft-top Production Division & Structure in Osnabrück: Division & Structure in Osnabrück Slide16: IP Department Intellectual Property Department Patents, Utility Models Trademarks, Designs Licensing Administration Intellectual Property Management: Intellectual Property Management The protection of innovative solutions and the covering of Know-How in respect of the economic advantages in national and international competition is the major task of an Intellectual Property Management The support and the consulting in-house is another topic of the Intellectual Property Management Law of Contract (Patents and Licenses) Online research in patent databases National and international prosecution Patent litigation Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy Support in reaching the company targets Economical and professional protection of own inventions Decrease the risk of a blocking by competitors Avoidance of patent infringement Setting up a patentportfolio Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy Questions to be answered: a) Shall a patent be applied for an invention? b) At what time should the application of an invention take place? c) Can invention be kept secret for „absolute reasons“? c) Which scope of protection should be aimed for? d) In which countries should an application take place? Service Invention: Service Invention R & D Division IP Department Search for prior art Filing an application Service Invention: Service Invention 1. Employee's invention law (The German Problem!) Technical inventions Inventorship Right to apply for patents Definition of invention Definition of employee Service or free invention Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 2. Evaluation of inventions Evaluation for the classification of the inventions concerning the intended registration Orientation at markets and the competitive position Evaluation of the invention by representatives (Management of Technical Development and its department managers) Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 2. Evaluation of inventions (Example) Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 3. Incentive-Program (Law relating to inventions of employees) an incentive is paid after registration of an invention a payment according to the Employee´s invention law is done after a patent is granted and used in a product (award to the inventor) Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 4. First filing applications Patent application - yes or no? Patent application - where and how? National Territories Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 4. First filing applications National Patentlaw (harmonised) National Patentoffices National Patents National, independend proceedings in all countries, where the patent will be registrated a „worldwide patent“ does not exist ! Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 5. Foreign subsequent applications Foreign protection Selection of countries (production; markets) National applications PCT EPC Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy Paris Convention international convention subsequent application in the member states possible 164 member states right of priority (1 year) Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 6. Examination procedure Getting a maximum extent of protection European Patent Office: European Patent Office European Patent Office 27 contracting states 5 extension states Registration / Search / Examination Grant / Opposition / Appeal Distribution of a „European Patent“ European Patentsystem: European Patentsystem Distribution procedure EPO European Patent (“Regional-Patent”) FR AT XY Nationalization DE PCT-System: PCT-System Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international announcing authority 123 Member countries Registration / Search / Preliminary Examination no distribution of a patent national/regional distribution procedures necessary (PCT is an „Preliminary stage “) PCT-System: PCT-System International Phase PCT National and regional Phases US TZ DE EP PCT-System: PCT-System Fees and Renewals: Fees and Renewals 7. Fees and Renewals Payment of procedural fees administrative fees maintenance fees Screening of the Patentportfolios takes place annually Cost schedule of a patent family (I): Cost schedule of a patent family (I) Locking device for cabriolet-tops First filing of the invention in Germany Foreign subsequent applications in USA, Japan and in Europe Cost schedule of a patent family (I): Cost schedule of a patent family (I) Cost schedule of a patent family (II): Cost schedule of a patent family (II) Element made of foamed metal First filing of the invention in Germany Foreign applications in USA, Japan and Europe Two oppositions in the german and in the european procedure Cost schedule of a patent family (II): Cost schedule of a patent family (II) Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 8. Observation of competitors Examination of published registrations of third parties Distribution of specific patent information to the specialized divisions specific monitoring of selected competitors Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy 9. Execution of infringement procedures Infringement of patents of third parties Development of a strategy to the practice: Objection, nullity, license negotiations Infringement of own patent rights Discussion with the management whether or not to proceed against violators Patent Strategy: Patent Strategy Thank you for listening!