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The new German Design Act - more than just a new name?
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • March 25 2014

The German Design Act was amended as of 1 January 2014. The most important changes are: For many decades, German designs were called


Upcoming changes to the Design Act
  • KUHNEN & WACKER Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • Germany
  • August 14 2013

Unlike the EU Community Design Regulation, the German Design Act does not provide that a revocation request be filed with the German Patent and


German Federal Supreme Court: Relationship between national copyright law and national andor European design law (decision of November 13, 2013 Case I ZR 14312 GeburtstagszugBirthday Train)
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • March 24 2014

The question of conflict or overlap between copyright law and design law has never been the subject of legislation in Germany. Rather, the courts


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


Amendments to German intellectual property law
  • VO Patents & Trademarks
  • Germany
  • August 4 2014

Patent applications may now be submitted to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) in any language, provided that a German translation is


Recent amendments of German design law old wine in new skins?
  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • November 19 2013

Whoever is interested in protecting the two- or three-dimensional outer appearance of a product is well-advised seeking protection by way of a


Germany: proving ownership of unregistered designs
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • October 22 2013

In a recent German case, a fashion retailer selling a bolero jacket called "Amisu" (pictured below) brought infringement proceedings against the


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


Germany, Regional Court Düsseldorf: infringement of design rights can be costly!
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 18 2015

Recently, the Regional Court Düsseldorf decided on the amount of damages a plaintiff can claim in the case of an infringement of design rights. The


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