Days of automatic German patent injunctions may be numbered: key meeting in Federal Ministry of Justice on May 20

In the post-eBay v. MercExchange era, patent holders seeking rapid injunctive relief basically have two choices: the USITC (provided that the accused products are imported into the U.S. and that the domestic industry requirement can be met) and Germany. And China is becoming more and more popular as a venue.As a cross-jurisdictional patent litigation watcher I can tell that injunctive relief is what attracts plaintiffs to Germany more than anything else. That's why they tend to play the lottery: they assert a bunch of patents, most of which tend to be weak, just in hopes of securing an injunction that allows them to settle an entire dispute on their preferred terms. Until the Court of Justice of the EU handed down its Huawei v. ZTE opinion, it was hard to avoid injunctive relief in Germany even over standard-essential patents (SEPs).This may change, and I'm one of those who hope it will. Last week I attended a really great conference entitled "Enforcing Patents…

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