German patent law

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The German patent system is one of the few patent systems in which the issue of patent infringement and of patent validity are dealt with by different courts. The district courts deal with infringement, whereas the Federal Patent Court (German: Bundespatentgericht) is in charge of deciding the validity of patents.[1] Such a system is sometimes dubbed a "bifurcation system."

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  1. ^ Peter Guntz (8–9 November 2012). EPO boards of appeal and key decisions: The decisions of the boards of appeal – a national judge's perspective (Part 1 of 3). Munich, Germany: European Patent Office. 2:13 to 2:50 minutes in. Retrieved November 16, 2013.