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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


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: 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


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


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


Keyword advertising with third party trademarks does not infringe if visually separated from search results
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • February 5 2013

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


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


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


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