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German Federal Supreme Court Strengthens the Importance of Descriptive Trademark Elements

Germany - July 7 2020 In a decision published on July 1, 2020, the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) again stresses the potential importance of descriptive elements for a…

An Overlap in Weakly Distinctive Elements Does Usually Not Give Rise to a Likelihood of Confusion

European Union - June 24 2020 On June 18, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that often no likelihood of confusion can be found where the…

Increased Design Protection Hurdles for Component Parts of Complex Products

Germany - May 13 2020 In a recently published decision, the German Federal Patent Court held that the restrictions on the protection of component parts can apply even if…

Unregistered Community Design Protection for Product Parts?

Germany - March 5 2020 Does the making available of a complex product give rise to the creation of unregistered Community designs for its components? In a decision…

Opening Pandora’s Box - German Federal Supreme Court Paves the Road for Descriptive Trademarks

European Union, Germany - September 3 2019 In its recently published “KNEIPP” decision (February 14, 2019, I ZB 34/17), the German Federal Supreme Court explicitly acknowledged the European…