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Protecting trade secrets in Germany
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Germany
  • August 8 2013

As Europe's largest economy, one might expect Germany to provide robust protection of intellectual property assets such as trade secrets It's true


Richtlinie zu Geschäftsgeheimnissen verabschiedet (Trade Secrets Directive)
  • SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • European Union, Germany
  • June 30 2016

Am 15. Juni 2016 wurde die EU Richtlinie 2016943 über den Schutz vertraulichen Know-Hows und vertraulicher Geschäftsinformationen


Depiction of Deutsche Bahn's "ICE" high speed train in developer's marketing brochure infringes design rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 21 2011

The Federal Court of Justice held that the depiction of a design is not permissible under the right of citation if it is only used for advertising purposes


Trade Secrets Directive - Agreement between Commission, Parliament and Council
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • February 2 2016

On 15 December 2015, the EU Commission, the Council and the Parliament agreed on a final compromise text of a “Directive of the European Parliament


Judgments by German courts regarding trade dress infringement in 2012
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • March 25 2013

In a judgment of March 22, 2012 (file no. I ZR 2111), the German Federal Supreme Court (the Court) held that a toy set - of a sand box with tools -


Unfair competition design protection restricted in the case of interest and need for optical or aesthetic compatibility
  • Bock Legal
  • Germany
  • November 22 2013

You cannot only protect a design using the German Act on Design Patents. In Germany the Act against Unfair Competition also grants protection against


Principle of "res judicata" in design cases: OHIM Board of Appeal is bound by decision of German court in infringement proceeding ruling a design to be invalid
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • July 22 2010

In this case, the Community design registration by Sport-Service-Lorinser Sportliche Ausrüstungen GmbH (Lorinser) for vehicle wheel rims was challenged by RH Alurad Höffken GmbH (RH) who claimed it was identical with its earlier German design and therefore lacked novelty and individual character


Apple v. Samsung: "design around" in Germany
  • Oblon
  • Germany
  • November 21 2011

On November 16, 2011, FOSS Patents reported on Samsung releasing an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a revised visual design


Safeguarding secrets when employees leave
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Austria, Germany, United Kingdom
  • February 11 2014

Life sciences companies innovate rapidly and many of their employees, who drive the research and development on which these businesses are built, are


Global Employment Law - What's New? Winter 2016
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Asia-Pacific, Belgium, China, European Union, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom
  • February 12 2016

Under the headline ‘building public trust’, Freshfields’ fourth annual Legal Landscape was launched in early January 2016, highlighting relevant