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No separate enforcement of individual elements of registered design
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 25 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice clarified that there is no protection of individual elements of a registered design against third party products unless such element is separately registered as an individual design


Replica wheel sales infringe BMW's Community design and trademark rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom
  • October 25 2012

The English High Court ruled that a UK importer and seller of replica BMW alloy wheels could not rely on the "repair of a complex product" defense, available under the Community Designs Regulation, holding that the defendant had infringed BMW's registered designs for the wheels


Artistic freedom v. Louis Vuitton's community design rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Netherlands
  • April 14 2011

Louis Vuitton claimed an ex-parte court order against the artist Nadia Plesner for infringing its Community design rights in the "Multicolor Canvas" pattern by using the picture of a Louis Vuitton handbag in her "Campaign for Darfur."


Crocs' community design invalid; disclosure of a design outside the EU destroys novelty - OHIM Board of Appeal, decision of 26 March 2010, R 92008-3
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • July 22 2010

Crocs, Inc. was the owner of a Community design registration for shoes


Dyson's classic cyclonic vacuum cleaner design not infringed by competing machine; UK court and OHIM in harmony on functional design test
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 14 2010

In 1995, Dyson Ltd. launched its DC02 cylinder cleaner


Interior designs protected as copyrightable works in China - Guangzhou Tianhe District People's Court No. 29 (2008), decision of 16 January 2009
  • Hogan Lovells
  • China
  • October 15 2010

The Tianhe District People's Court in Guangzhou held that a work of interior design enjoys the same copyright protection as a work of engineering design and that copyright protection of a two-dimensional design or drawing extends to its three-dimensional use


Trade secrets in Formula 1: High Court on breach of confidence and copyright infringement
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom
  • April 26 2012

The High Court held that there was a breach of confidence and copyright infringement as a result of draftsmen's "shortcut" copying of CAD design files of parts of a model car but awarded modest damages


Trademarks and designs what is on the horizon in 2012?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • February 23 2012

What do we see on the horizon in 2012?


Infringement of Alessi's design for "blow up" coaster; on the assessment of the scope of protection
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • January 20 2011

The Federal Court of Justice decided on the infringement of a Community design for coasters


Prior art does not invalidate Wrigley's Community design for blister cards
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • January 20 2011

WM. Wrigley JR Company (Wrigley) is the owner of a Community design for blister cards