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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Germany: two bears meet in court Federal Supreme Court (BGH) substantiates the relation between word marks and 3D marks
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • September 25 2015

The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) on 23rd September 2015 decided on a dispute between the Swiss chocolatier Lindt and the German sweets