All articles in “Design Law”

21. January 2019
Design Law

A position mark consisting of a bottle cap with a ring and a cord is devoid of any distinctive character, the European Court of Justice held. Such a position mark necessarily merges with the appearance of the goods.

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4. December 2018
Design Law

In a recent judgment of the European Court in invalidity proceedings concerning a Community design, the court specified designer’s degree of freedom and thus also how different paint spray guns must be, which are restricted by applicable construction concepts and a saturation of the technical standard in design.

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3. December 2018
Design Law

Many applications for a Union or national trade mark fail because they lack of distinctive character. Should the most probable form of use be taken into account in the course of the examination? The BGH in Germany recently had to decise on the wordmark #darferdas and refers this question to the ECJ.

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17. October 2018
Design Law

Tonight there will be another important meeting on the Brexit between the EU and the British Government. It remains to be seen whether the UK's withdrawal from the international community will be regulated in an orderly manner. The IP rights for Community designs after Brexit have also not been clarified.

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11. October 2018
Design Law

Online Community design filing - simple and convenient. Electronic e-filing is highlighted as well as priority document requirements and the graphic representation of the design when applying for a Community design in the new updated version of the EUIPO Guideline.

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