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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


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


Face-off between Nivea and Unilever continues
  • Michelmores LLP
  • Germany
  • July 31 2015

The German Federal Court of Justice (the Court) has recently returned the trade mark cancellation of Nivea maker, Beisersdorf's ('Nivea') colour blue


Court rules on genuine use and similarity of goods of pharma trademarks
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Germany
  • August 19 2015

The Federal Patent Court recently held that a likelihood of confusion existed between the marks SANDTER 1953 and SANDER


Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2016
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Australia, European Union, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, USA
  • April 5 2016

The latest US sales report for the music industry has been released, showing annual revenues are still hovering around the US$7 billion mark, as they


Germany: two bears meet in court Federal Supreme Court (BGH) substantiates the relation between word marks and 3D marks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • September 25 2015

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) on 23rd September 2015 decided on a dispute between the Swiss chocolatier Lindt and the German sweets


Lindt prevails over Haribo in Gold Bear battle
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Germany
  • September 25 2015

Germany’s highest court has ruled that Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli did not violate German confectioner Haribo’s trademark “Gold Bear” when it


Chocolate bear beats gummy bear
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • September 24 2015

Can a wordmark with a particular meaning be infringed by a three-dimensional product design? Disputes regarding the infringement of a wordmark by a


German Federal Court of Justice: the bank secret is not absolute!
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 26 2015

The concept of banking secrecy does not work absolutely. The right to refuse information on a (known) account holder has to be balanced against