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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


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


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


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: 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


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


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


Germany
  • 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


Europe: Motor vehicle rims trigger CJEU ruling on scope of repair clause in Design Regulation
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • November 30 2016

The German Federal High Court (Bundesgerichtshof - “BGH”) has asked the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) to rule on the reach of the “repair


Amendments to German intellectual property law
  • V O 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