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Germany

  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG
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  • Germany
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  • January 31 2014

Design law in Germany consists of the Designs Act, harmonised to a substantial degree with the EU Designs Directive (9871EC) and the EU Community

Safeguarding secrets when employees leave

  • Taylor Wessing
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  • Austria, Germany, United Kingdom
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  • February 11 2014

Life sciences companies innovate rapidly and many of their employees, who drive the research and development on which these businesses are built, are

Safeguarding secrets - a German employment law perspective

  • Taylor Wessing
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  • Germany
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  • March 24 2014

In the framework of contractual relationships that involve continued obligations, the issue of confidentiality typically combines conflicting

Principle of "res judicata" in design cases: OHIM Board of Appeal is bound by decision of German court in infringement proceeding ruling a design to be invalid

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • European Union, Germany
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  • July 22 2010

In this case, the Community design registration by Sport-Service-Lorinser Sportliche Ausrüstungen GmbH (Lorinser) for vehicle wheel rims was challenged by RH Alurad Höffken GmbH (RH) who claimed it was identical with its earlier German design and therefore lacked novelty and individual character

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH v. Biomet, Inc., 633 F.3d 591 (7th Cir. Jan. 24, 2011)

  • Sidley Austin LLP
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  • Germany, USA
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  • May 5 2011

The Seventh Circuit ruled that petitioner Heraeus Kulzer was entitled to obtain discovery in the United States pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782 in support of its trade secret lawsuit against Biomet in German court

Recent amendments of German design law old wine in new skins?

  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG
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  • Germany
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  • November 19 2013

Whoever is interested in protecting the two- or three-dimensional outer appearance of a product is well-advised seeking protection by way of a

Judgments by German courts regarding trade dress infringement in 2012

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • Germany
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  • March 25 2013

In a judgment of March 22, 2012 (file no. I ZR 2111), the German Federal Supreme Court (the Court) held that a toy set - of a sand box with tools -

The new German Design Act - more than just a new name?

  • Bird & Bird
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  • Germany
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  • March 25 2014

The German Design Act was amended as of 1 January 2014. The most important changes are: For many decades, German designs were called

Unfair competition design protection restricted in the case of interest and need for optical or aesthetic compatibility

  • Bock Legal
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  • Germany
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  • November 22 2013

You cannot only protect a design using the German Act on Design Patents. In Germany the Act against Unfair Competition also grants protection against

Sequestration of infringing products in preliminary proceedings

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 22 2010

Counterfeiters are a huge problem for the holders of design or trademark rights