Medical device manufacturers whose products more closely resemble consumer goods may be inclined to lose sight of German health care compliance legislation. On September 6, 2012, a manufacturer of optical lenses for glasses was reminded that the legislation applies to medical device manufacturers. In the context of a "partnering program," the manufacturer had incentivized opticians with a touchpad worth €428 if they achieved an increase of sales of optical lenses by €3,000 on a year-by-year basis. The Court of Appeal Karlsruhe enjoined the manufacturer, holding that the offer violated the German ban on incentives other than direct cash or volume discounts for medical devices (decision of September 6, 2012, case no. 4 U 110/12). This ruling is a reminder that it is of paramount importance for medical device manufacturers to vet carefully their sales offerings in Europe.