All articles in “International Intellectual Property”

15. March 2019
International Intellectual Property

Is advertising with Olympia permissible if Olympic rings or compound words such as "Olympic" or "Olympic suspect" are used? The Federal Supreme Court ruled on the interpretation of the German Olympic Protection Act and strengthened trade with its ruling.

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12. March 2019
Design Law

The Federal Supreme Court ruled that a mosaic-like overall view of individual elements is not relevant for for determining the scope of protection of a design. A registered design must also be evaluated as an overall impression – even if its a design for a modular system.

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7. March 2019
International Intellectual Property

Ferrero wins before the ECJ in the trademark dispute over packaging. In yesterday's judgment, the European Court confirmed the previous decisions declaring a competitor's trade mark in similar Tic Tac-style packaging invalid.

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5. March 2019
International Intellectual Property

Apple has won in the Federal Patent Court. The focus was on Apple's DE patent on display orientation, i.e. the determination and modification of the display depending on whether the user holds his smartphone upright or sideways. This important basic patent was filed as part of the PCT application and was rejected by the DPMA.

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4. March 2019
International Intellectual Property

The French manufacturer of the well-known MIKADO chocolate bars has won an appeal before the European Court of Justice. The protected earlier 3 D colour mark combined with the brand name MIKADO was recognised as a mark from the shape of the product and as a necessary proof of genuine use of the earlier mark.

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1. March 2019
International Intellectual Property

In yesterday's judgment of the ECJ in the trademark proceedings concerning the cosmetics brand SO 'BiO ētic, the focus was on the assessment of the court in the judgment of June 2017 in these trademark proceedings. The CJEU disregarded the established case-law on the likelihood of confusion between trademarks and the reputation of an earlier trademark, according to the action.

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