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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

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

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

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

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH v. Biomet, Inc., 633 F.3d 591 (7th Cir. Jan. 24, 2011)
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Germany, USA
  • May 5 2011

The Seventh Circuit ruled that petitioner Heraeus Kulzer was entitled to obtain discovery in the United States pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782 in support of its trade secret lawsuit against Biomet in German court

Safeguarding secrets - a German employment law perspective
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Germany
  • March 24 2014

In the framework of contractual relationships that involve continued obligations, the issue of confidentiality typically combines conflicting

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

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

Lindt hopping mad after losing German court battle
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Germany
  • April 5 2013

Whilst the Easter bunny was busy preparing for the Easter rush, Lindt was busy licking its wounds and counting its losses last Thursday, after a

  • BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
  • Germany
  • December 11 2014

Design law in Germany consists of the Designs Act, harmonised to a substantial degree with the EU Designs Directive (9871EC) and the EU Community