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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


Oktoberfest special: Störtebeker, what’s in a beer name?
  • Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
  • Germany
  • October 31 2014

We brand geeks at MarkIt to Market occasionally like to explore the history of interesting trademarks. A recent visit to Germany inspired a look into


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


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


Germany German Federal Court of Justice: good news for brand owners: the parody exception does not justify the registration of a trademark
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • April 28 2015

Last week the German Federal Court of Justice affirmed a decision of the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg ordering the owner of a trademark, which was


European Court of Justice will decide on relationship between claim for information based on trademark law and bank secrecy
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • October 30 2013

On 17 October the German Federal High Court ("BGH") has submitted a request for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") to


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


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


Is German trademark law prepared for modern advertising?
  • Meissner Bolte & Partner
  • Germany
  • July 1 2013

Rights holders are advised to take precautionary measures in order to avoid problems and issues related to the use of fluid marks In many highly


German Federal Supreme Court: Genuine use of a Community trademark exclusively used in Germany Use of a mark as part of a company name (decision of February 6, 2013 Case I ZR 10611 VOODOO)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • November 19 2013

The present decision of the Federal Supreme Court is a further decision on the widely debated issue concerning the question whether use of a