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What is required to prove acquired distinctiveness?
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 9 2016

In a landmark decision the German Bundesgerichtshof has provided guidance on the "dos" and "don'ts" of using surveys to demonstrate the acquired

Intellectual property trademarks
  • Eversheds Sutherland (International) 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

EuGH zum Rubik’s Cube: Alles zurück auf Anfang
  • Taylor Wessing
  • European Union, Germany
  • December 12 2016

Der EuGH hat mit seinem Urteil vom 10. November 2016 (C-3015 P) das Urteil seiner Vorinstanz aufgehoben, das den Markenschutz für den Rubik’s Cube

BrandWrites - May 2015
  • Bird & Bird
  • Australia, Belgium, China, European Union, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, United Kingdom
  • May 7 2015

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has found that the sale by the well-known retailer Topshop of a t-shirt bearing an image of the famous pop

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

Weak term 'med' included when assessing similarity of trademarks
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Germany
  • March 23 2016

The Federal Patent Court recently held that the marks FEDAMED and SEBAMED were confusingly similar. When assessing the likelihood of confusion, the

Customs enforcement of IP rights in Europe & Germany: the new rules
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union, Germany
  • February 19 2014

Customs authorities in the European Union may detain goods under their control which are suspected of infringing intellectual property (IP) rights

BPatG - Keine Positionsmarke für Flasche auf Autodach
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Germany
  • November 18 2016

In zwei parallelen Entscheidungen hat das Bundespatentgericht Anmeldungen für Positionsmarken abgelehnt, die eine überdimensionale Flasche bzw. Tube

Food Industry Review 15 November 2016
  • Roschier
  • European Union, Finland, Germany, Sweden
  • November 15 2016

In its decision (MAO:35516) of 15 June 2016, the Finnish Market Court set forth standards for trademark infringement and unfair use of

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