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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


3D-Printing How are trademarks affected?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • August 26 2016

From a legal perspective, the new technology of 3D-printing particularly affects industrial property rights. Printed products may infringe patents


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


Germany: Unlicensed Hard Rock Cafe in Heidelberg Germany ceases operation
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 1 2017

A restaurant with the same name which operated without a license in Heidelberg will cease to operate at the end of February. In return the Hard Rock


Germany: no more deception of consumers by bogus “Hard Rock Cafe” in Heidelberg
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • September 10 2015

The Regional Court of Karlsruhe decided on 29th July 2015 that the use of the original Hard Rock Cafe logo for the operation and promotion of a bogus


Germany: WUNDER-BAUM Air Freshener is a famous trademark
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 22 2016

Almost everyone knows the "WUNDER-BAUM" Tree hanging from the rear view mirror of so many cars. Behind this little air freshener stands a


Protection of shape marks further weakened
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 20 2012

The Court of Appeal of Cologne reversed the decision of the District Court of Cologne which had granted an injunction against the chocolate producer Milka for infringing Ritter Sport's three-dimensional trademark


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


Distinctive character of color mark can only be established in very specific circumstances
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 22 2010

The German energy supplier Yello Strom GmbH (Yello Strom) applied for the registration of the abstract color mark yellow at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO


Germany’s highest court rules on apps and weather
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 4 2016

Mobile apps are generally worthy of title rights protection, said the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) in a ruling last week. However, these