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Use of "VW" logo in advertisement of independent garage infringes Volkswagen's trademark rights

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 21 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided that the use of the figurative trademark “VW” by an independent garage infringed Volkswagen's trademark rights

Imprint of former Eastern Cloc symbols on clothes does not constitute use as a trademark - Federal Court of Justice, Decisions of 14 January 2010, I ZR 8208 ("CCCR") and I ZR 9208 ("DDR")

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • October 14 2010

The Federal Court of Justice decided in two cases that the use of Eastern Bloc symbols as imprints on clothes does not constitute use as a trademark as the relevant public does not perceive them as indications of commercial origin

Names of famous artists as trademarks when is the use really genuine?

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 20 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice decided that neither the use of the sign "ZAPPA" as part of a domain name ("zappa.com") nor as part of the sign "Zappa Records" constituted right-preserving genuine use of a trademark under Articles 15 (1) and (2a) EC Regulation 4094

Limited scope of FIFA's commercialization rights on the Football World Cup

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 22 2010

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) owns numerous trademarks in relation to the Football World Cups 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa

Keyword advertising with third party trademarks does not infringe if visually separated from search results

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • February 5 2013

The Federal Court of Justice has confirmed its case-law on the admissibility of keyword advertising with third party trademarks. The function of the

Protection of shape marks further weakened

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 20 2012

The Court of Appeal of Cologne reversed the decision of the District Court of Cologne which had granted an injunction against the chocolate producer Milka for infringing Ritter Sport's three-dimensional trademark

Exhaustion of trademark rights and consent of the trademark owner

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • October 25 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided that there is no exhaustion of trademark rights if the trademark owner has given his consent to the marketing of goods only under the condition that the packaging with the trademark on it is removed from the goods

Burden of proof in counterfeit and parallel import cases

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • April 26 2012

The Federal Court of Justice held that in a counterfeit case the trademark owner is not obliged to prove the counterfeit nature of the product but it is for the defendant to prove the product's authenticity and the exhaustion of the trademark rights

Trademark protection for simple figurative signs on shoes

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • April 14 2011

In a series of recent decisions the Federal Patent Court softened its strict approach for assessing the distinctiveness of figurative signs for use on products

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