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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


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


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 -


Apple v Samsung: considering design and unfair competition
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • Germany
  • February 15 2012

The Dusseldorf Appeals Court has confirmed injunctive relief granted to Apple by the Dusseldorf District Court to prevent the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1


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


Apple v. Samsung: summary update
  • Oblon
  • Germany
  • January 31 2012

Engadget has started a "Follow the Saga" feature concerning the ongoing Apple v. Samsung feud, including the most recent announcement that the ban on the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been upheld in Germany


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


Infringement of Daimler's designs by producer of stretched cars
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 22 2010

The German car maker Daimler AG is the owner of several Community designs for its Mercedes S-Class cars, namely for the standard model


Sequestration of infringing products in preliminary proceedings
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 22 2010

Counterfeiters are a huge problem for the holders of design or trademark rights


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