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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


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


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


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


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


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


Trademark protection for simple figurative signs on shoes
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • April 14 2011

In a series of recent decisions the Federal Patent Court softened its strict approach for assessing the distinctiveness of figurative signs for use on products


Transit of counterfeit Estée Lauder products stopped under German tort law
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 20 2011

The Court of Appeal of Berlin held that the transit of counterfeit products through Germany under customs surveillance, threatening to infringe trademark rights in the country of destination, constitutes a tortious act 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


Limited scope of FIFA's commercialization rights on the Football World Cup
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 22 2010

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) owns numerous trademarks in relation to the Football World Cups 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa