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Germany: WUNDER-BAUM Air Freshener is a famous trademark
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 22 2016

Almost everyone knows the "WUNDER-BAUM" Tree hanging from the rear view mirror of so many cars. Behind this little air freshener stands a


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


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


3D-Printing How are trademarks affected?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • August 26 2016

From a legal perspective, the new technology of 3D-printing particularly affects industrial property rights. Printed products may infringe patents


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


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


Use of modified marks new references from Germany and the UK to the Court of Justice
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom, European Union, Germany
  • April 26 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal of England & Wales have referred questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the use of trademarks in a modified form to that on the register


Not so unitary after all? Cease & desist and damages claims law in EUTM infringements
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • November 9 2016

The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt recently ruled on the territorial scope of cease and desist claims and the law applicable to damages claims in


German Federal Court of Justice decides on the cancellation of the trademark "test"
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 20 2013

The German Federal Court of Justice clarifies that a consumer awareness of 43 is not sufficient to prove that a descriptive trademark, in this case


Third party liability for information claims in trademark infringement cases
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • December 20 2013

The German Federal Court of Justice has referred questions to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) regarding the scope of information claims a