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Germany: BHG rules on blue market recognition and survey tuning for single colour marks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 17 2015

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) handed down its ruling last week on an invalidity action brought against a blue colour mark of German beauty


Use of "VW" logo in advertisement of independent garage infringes Volkswagen's trademark rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 21 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided that the use of the figurative trademark “VW” by an independent garage infringed Volkswagen's trademark rights


Coexistence of "Bavaria Holland Beer" trademark and the geographical indication "Bayerisches Bier" in Europe?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany, Italy
  • January 27 2012

In the multi-jurisdictional dispute between Bayerischer Brauerbund e.V. (Bavarian Brewers Association) who enjoys protected geographical indication (PGI) status for the term "Bayerisches Bier" ("Bavarian Beer") and the Dutch brewer Bavaria N.V. which owns the international trademark registration "BAVARIA HOLLAND BEER" for its beers, the German Federal Court of Justice and the Italian Court of Appeal of Turin ruled on the validity of Bavaria's trademark


EU Germany, Higher Regional Court Dresden: the domain “flüge.de” does not infringe the domain “fluege.de”
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 4 2015

The Higher Regional Court Dresden has taken a decision involving a dispute between two domain owners. The appellant operates the website


Requirements for non infringing keyword advertising with third party trademarks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 31 2013

The Federal Court of Justice confirmed its case-law on the admissibility of keyword advertising with third party trademarks. The function of the


Burden of proof in counterfeit and parallel import cases
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • April 26 2012

The Federal Court of Justice held that in a counterfeit case the trademark owner is not obliged to prove the counterfeit nature of the product but it is for the defendant to prove the product's authenticity and the exhaustion of the trademark rights


Use of modified marks new references from Germany and the UK to the Court of Justice
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany, United Kingdom, European Union
  • April 26 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal of England & Wales have referred questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the use of trademarks in a modified form to that on the register


Exhaustion of trademark rights and consent of the trademark owner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 25 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided that there is no exhaustion of trademark rights if the trademark owner has given his consent to the marketing of goods only under the condition that the packaging with the trademark on it is removed from the goods


A trap for the speedy FIREFOX? Fighting fraudulent websites offering downloads of Mozilla FIREFOX software
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 22 2010

Fraudulent online traps are a phenomenon frequently encountered in Germany


Long slogans lack distinctiveness in general
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 14 2010

The Federal Court of Justice decided on the distinctiveness of long slogans and held that, in general, the relevant public did not perceive long slogans as an indication of origin