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Germany
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Germany
  • February 13 2015

By law, a company can market a pharmaceutical product only once it has received marketing authorisation. Marketing authorisation can be obtained


Cologne Appeal Court: infringement of a three-dimensional trademark of the shape of a chocolate piece (decision of August 15, 2014 Case No 6 U 914 chocolate piece)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • May 25 2015

Only once in a while a three dimensional trademark finds its way to the registry of a national or the Community trademark office. It is all the more


Registrability of acronyms as trademarks
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Germany
  • January 13 2016

The Federal Patent Court recently issued a judgment dealing with a sequence of letters that a company in the pharmaceutical sector wanted to


Germany: BHG rules on blue market recognition and survey tuning for single colour marks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 17 2015

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) handed down its ruling last week on an invalidity action brought against a blue colour mark of German beauty


Intellectual property trademarks
  • Eversheds LLP
  • Germany
  • June 11 2015

The German Federal Court of Justice decided that the holder of an older trademark is allowed to demand for the cancellation of a registered


A German perspective on pharmaceutical protection
  • Meissner Bolte & Partner
  • Germany
  • December 20 2013

According to information available from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology website, for many years the Germany pharmaceutical industry


Schnabel, Zunge und Fange von roter Farbe - werben mit dem Bundesadler
  • CMS Hasche Sigle
  • Germany
  • April 1 2014

Nur noch 72 Tage sind es bis zur WM. Für viele Unternehmen bleibt da kaum noch Zeit, sich Gedanken um ein hübsches Werbekonzept zu machen


Polar bear trade mark given to Berlin zoo
  • Marks & Clerk
  • European Union, Germany
  • September 17 2013

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in favour of Berlin Zoo, home to Knut the polar bear from 2006 to 2011, in a scuffle with


Requirements for non infringing keyword advertising with third party trademarks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 31 2013

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


German Supreme Court: Coexistence of conflicting marks over a long period Acquiescence and prescription (statute of limitations)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • November 19 2013

In a case of first impression, the German Supreme Court re-assessed the parallel application of trademark law and unfair competition law (prevention