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Coexistence of "Bavaria Holland Beer" trademark and the geographical indication "Bayerisches Bier" in Europe?

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany, Italy
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  • January 27 2012

In the multi-jurisdictional dispute between Bayerischer Brauerbund e.V. (Bavarian Brewers Association) who enjoys protected geographical indication (PGI) status for the term "Bayerisches Bier" ("Bavarian Beer") and the Dutch brewer Bavaria N.V. which owns the international trademark registration "BAVARIA HOLLAND BEER" for its beers, the German Federal Court of Justice and the Italian Court of Appeal of Turin ruled on the validity of Bavaria's trademark

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

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

Long slogans lack distinctiveness in general

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • October 14 2010

The Federal Court of Justice decided on the distinctiveness of long slogans and held that, in general, the relevant public did not perceive long slogans as an indication of origin

Third party liability for information claims in trademark infringement cases

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • December 20 2013

The German Federal Court of Justice has referred questions to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) regarding the scope of information claims a

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

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

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

Transit of counterfeit Estée Lauder products stopped under German tort law

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • January 20 2011

The Court of Appeal of Berlin held that the transit of counterfeit products through Germany under customs surveillance, threatening to infringe trademark rights in the country of destination, constitutes a tortious act in Germany