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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"SUPERgirl" the relevance of prior registrations

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • April 14 2011

The Federal Court of Justice stated that the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) is not obliged to disclose its reasons for a dissenting decision regarding prior registrations

A trap for the speedy FIREFOX? Fighting fraudulent websites offering downloads of Mozilla FIREFOX software

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • Germany
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  • July 22 2010

Fraudulent online traps are a phenomenon frequently encountered in Germany