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German Football Association’s logo currently does not violate German law
  • Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
  • Germany, USA
  • October 30 2014

I previously discussed the dilemma the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussballbund or DFB) is due to a potential trademark violation of its


Court of Justice of the European Union: opposition against Community trademark application based on a national German mark proof of genuine use amount of use and territorial scope of use review by Court of Justice (decision of July 17, 2014 Case C-14113 P Reber v OHIM and Wedl & Hofmann Wlzertraum)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • European Union, Germany
  • December 16 2014

Reber Holding brought an opposition against Wedl & Hofmann's Community trademark application Click here to view mark. For coffee and sugar in class


EU Germany, Higher Regional Court Dresden: the domain “flüge.de” does not infringe the domain “fluege.de”
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 4 2015

The Higher Regional Court Dresden has taken a decision involving a dispute between two domain owners. The appellant operates the website


German Federal Supreme Court: use of yellow colour for language learning software by Rosetta Stone infringes yellow colour mark of Langenscheidt (decision of September 18, 2014 case I ZR 22812 Gelbe WörterbücherYellow Dictionaries)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • December 16 2014

Since 1956 the German publisher Langenscheidt distributes its printed dictionaries in a specific yellow color, since the 1980s it also markets other


CJEU judgment regarding the modernisation of marks under German trademark law
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • March 25 2013

With a judgment of October 25, 2012 (file no. C-55311) the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") provided owners of trademark rights with


German Federal Court of Justice decides on the cancellation of the trademark "test"
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 20 2013

The German Federal Court of Justice clarifies that a consumer awareness of 43 is not sufficient to prove that a descriptive trademark, in this case


Germany introduces design invalidity proceedings before the German patent and trademark office
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • January 8 2014

On 1 January 2014, a new Design Act came into force in Germany - Gesetz über den rechtlichen Schutz von Design (Designgesetz - DesignG). In a


Made in China, but staying in the US: German trade association attempts to prevent knockoff knives from leaving the US in trademark dispute
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Germany, USA
  • February 12 2013

On December 14, 2012, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid (the Chamber) filed a motion for preliminary injunction


Lindt-Teddy Lindt-Easter bunny ? Haribo Gold Bears??
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • March 25 2014

A rather unusual dispute between chocolate and gummy bears is currently gripping the courts of Cologne in Germany. But what has a fruit-flavoured gum


CJEU confirms the layout of a retail store may be registrable as a trade mark
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • European Union, Germany
  • August 18 2014

The CJEU has confirmed that a retail store design may be registrable as a trade mark. The case concerns an application by Apple to register a