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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


European Commission addresses growing problem of trade secrets misuse
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • July 20 2012

As much as 75 of most organizations' value now lies in their intangible assets, IP and proprietary information


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


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


Product makers and sellers beware: the use of unlawful software or hardware by a product manufacturer is now an act of unfair competition in Washington state
  • Hogan Lovells
  • USA
  • July 21 2011

On 22 June 2011, it became an act of unfair competition in Washington state for product manufacturers whose products are offered for sale in Washington state to use "stolen or misappropriated IT" in their business operations


Depiction of Deutsche Bahn's "ICE" high speed train in developer's marketing brochure infringes design rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • July 21 2011

The Federal Court of Justice held that the depiction of a design is not permissible under the right of citation if it is only used for advertising purposes


Validity of a Community design destroyed by earlier shipment from Hong Kong
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • July 21 2011

The General Court held that the contested Community design, a watch attached to a lanyard, lacked individual character because its overall impression was not different from that of watches shipped from China to the Netherlands by a third party almost a year before the application