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Federal Court of Justice: scope of neighbouring rights in databases

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • September 25 2009

The German Federal Court of Justice decided in its ruling of April 30, 2009, that the creator of a database can forbid third parties from detecting database modifications by means of data synchronization and from using them for a competitive product (file no. I ZR 19105

“Third Basket”: German Federal Ministry of Justice is examining the need for further amendments to German copyright law

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • September 25 2009

During the legislative proceedings for the Second Act on Copyright Law in the Information Society the so-called "Second Basket" which has been in force since January 1, 2008, many interest groups and lobbyists insisted that the legislator should timely attend to the preparation of a "Third Basket"

LEGO brick as a 3D trademark cancelled

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • September 25 2009

On July 16, 2009, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that the LEGO brick, with its characteristic burling arrangement on the upper side, is not capable of protection as a three-dimensional trademark for gaming bricks

Federal Court of Justice: “Internet-based” video recorders are generally illegal

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • June 22 2009

The Federal Court of Justice had to decide on April 22, 2009 on the legitimacy of so-called "Internet-based" video recorders

Three-dimensional trademarks

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • June 22 2009

On May 2, 2009, the European Court of First Instance had to decide on the registrability of three-dimensional trademarks in two cases

Federal Court of Justice: descriptive use of the term DAX as a reference is permitted

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • June 22 2009

On April 30, 2009, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, cannot forbid banks to use the term "DAX"

News from the Federal Court of Justice: the Metro Group loses the fight against the trademark “METROBUS”

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • April 20 2009

On Feb. 5, 2009, the German Federal Court of Justice dismissed the claims of the Metro Group for alleged trademark infringement against the public transportation services of Hamburg, Berlin and Munich