Patent Law: Heuking with C&F again successful for EGGER
Dr. Anton Horn and Dr. Sabine Dethof, lawyers at Heuking’s Düsseldorf office, successfully represented Egger Holzwerkstoffe Brilon GmbH & Co. KG in a patent dispute. In collaboration with patent attorneys from the law firm of Cohausz & Florack, they now also successfully concluded nullity proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice. EGGER had filed an action for nullity requesting that a patent held by Rehau Automotive SE & Co. on a “Method for producing a decorated profile body” (EP 2 247 451) be declared null and void. EGGER now also prevailed in the second instance.
The decision has an impact on patent infringement proceedings. Düsseldorf Regional Court had previously ruled in a March 20, 2019 judgment that EGGER did not infringe the patent at issue. As a result of the Federal Court of Justice decision, the legal basis for the action now ceased to exist whereupon Rehau withdrew its appeal. Heuking and Cohausz & Florack also represented EGGER in these proceedings.
Heuking and Cohausz & Florack have been advising EGGER group on patent litigation for more than 20 years. They have successfully defended against all alleged infringements to date.
The family company, founded in 1961, employs approximately 10,800 people. At 20 plants worldwide, they produce an extensive product range of wood-based materials (chipboards, OSB and MDF boards) as well as timber. The company generated sales of EUR 4.23 billion in the 2021/2022 fiscal year and has worldwide customers in the furniture industry, wood and flooring retailers, as well as DIY markets. EGGER products are found in countless areas of private and public life, including kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, hotels, and shops. EGGER is a full-range supplier for the furniture industry, interior design, wood construction, and wood-based flooring industries.
Counsel to Egger Holzwerkstoffe Brilon GmbH & Co. KG
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Dr. Anton Horn,
Dr. Sabine Dethof (both patent law, both Düsseldorf)
Cohausz & Florack
Dr. Henning Sternemann,
Dr. Thomas Rox (both Patent Attorneys)