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No separate enforcement of individual elements of registered design
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 25 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice clarified that there is no protection of individual elements of a registered design against third party products unless such element is separately registered as an individual design

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

Infringement of Alessi's design for "blow up" coaster; on the assessment of the scope of protection
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 20 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided on the infringement of a Community design for coasters

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

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

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

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

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

Trade secrets: will the trade secrets directive deliver a unified approach across the EU?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
  • January 18 2016

The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed the terms of a Trade Secrets Directive that aims to harmonise the definition and protection of