Latest news about Intellectual Property

15. October 2018
Healthcare & Lifesciences

According to two landmark ECJ rulings on the calculation of an SPC period of validity, the right to an appeal for a longer period of validity of the SPC is available not only to those whose application has not yet been completed, but also to those whose SPC period has not yet expired.

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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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11. October 2018
International Intellectual Property

Does the word mark COOKING CHEF GOURMET have a descriptive effect? The European Court of Justice, like the EUIPO, says "yes" and rejects the trademark registration. An effective advertising slogan does not mean that it gives consumers a guarantee about the origin of the goods and services.

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9. October 2018
International Intellectual Property

In a special case constellation, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf ruled on the scope of a right of prior use in the case of direct acts of prior use. We take this as an opportunity to summarise the current case law on the German right of prior use.

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8. October 2018
Design Law

If an object is shown in a television series, it is no longer novel enough to be protected as a community design. This ruling by a German District Court further restricts the scope of protection of a design - as has already happened for products offered online.

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5. October 2018
Design Law

An amphora-like receptacle with a bead in the bottle shape may be protected as a three-dimensional Unionmark. On Wednesday, the Court of the European Union ruled, overturning the decision of the EUIPO. This is an important decision for 3D brands in the packaging sector.

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