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Mayer Brown
The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik.
Mayer Brown
On 8 September 2016 (C-160/15), the CJEU ruled that the posting of a hyperlink to copyright-protected works located on another website does not constitute copyright infringement when the link poster does not seek financial gain.
Mayer Brown
Many Christmas songs such as "Jingle Bells" or "Silent Night" are not (or no longer) protected by copyright law and form part of the public domain...
Taylor Wessing
In two parallel cases, the German Federal Patent Court has ruled that the positioning of a bottle or tube on a car roof could not be registered as a position sign as the sign lacks distinctiveness.
Mayer Brown
On 31 August 2016, the German Federal Patent Court issued a compulsory license under a patent that protects an HIV drug to affiliates of Merck & Co. (case number 3 LiQ 1/16).
Mayer Brown
It is only one example of many, but it grasps the very essence of the issue: In 2013, a New York City coffee shop owner got a tattoo on his right hand saying "I [coffee cup] NY."
Mayer Brown
When cobwebs and tombstones start to show up in your neighborhood, probably something wicked is coming your way—except that one night of the year, on Halloween.
Mayer Brown
On 15 September 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the operator of a shop, hotel or bar that offers free Wi-Fi to the public is not liable for copyright infringements...
Mayer Brown
The former governing mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, a member of the German Social Democratic Party, SPD, has suffered a legal defeat in his year-plus battle with the German publishing house Axel Springer.
Mayer Brown
On 14 June 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (X ZR 29/15 "Pemetrexed") confirmed prior decisions in which it held that patent infringement under the doctrine of equivalents can, in principle, not be assumed, ..
Mayer Brown
On 11 July 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an unanimous en banc ruling in the The Medicines Company v. Hospira Inc. case that the mere sale of manufacturing services by a contract manufacturer to an inventor to create embodiments of a patented product for the inventor is no ground for invalidity under the on-sale bar.
Mayer Brown
In October 2015, the Reiss Engelhorn Museum filed a lawsuit in the Regional Court of Berlin against the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Germany.
Gowling WLG
It is also advisable to be prepared in case you might be seen to be infringing a competitor's rights, for example, during a trade fair in Germany.
Taylor Wessing
In the last few months there have been a series of decisions of the Mannheim and Düsseldorf regional courts interpreting the requirements of the CJEU's, judgment in Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. v ZTE Corp (C-170/13)...
Taylor Wessing
It remains to be seen how the Court of Appeal will eventually deal with the case. The Court of Appeal scheduled two oral hearings at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, respectively.
Taylor Wessing
In a judgment dated 31 March 2016 the Düsseldorf Regional Court (docket number 4a O 73/14), granted Saint Lawrence Communications ("SLC") an injunction against Vodafone to restrain the offering/selling of smartphones.
Taylor Wessing
This case started before the CJEU ruling in Huawei v ZTE. In September 2014, Sisvel had filed an action against Haier asserting infringement of EP 1 264 504 which is declared essential to one of ETSI's UMTS standards.
Taylor Wessing
The Court of Appeal ruled (without rendering a final adjudication) that the Regional Court's judgments are not evidently and apparently wrong.
Mayer Brown
According to the code of ethics of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a culinary professional must not knowingly "appropriate […] any recipe or other intellectual property belonging to another without the proper recognition."
Mayer Brown
Germany, as another example, also put some special legislation into place.
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Mayer Brown
Many Christmas songs such as "Jingle Bells" or "Silent Night" are not (or no longer) protected by copyright law and form part of the public domain...
Taylor Wessing
In two parallel cases, the German Federal Patent Court has ruled that the positioning of a bottle or tube on a car roof could not be registered as a position sign as the sign lacks distinctiveness.
Mayer Brown
On 30 September 2015, the General Court of the European Union (T-364/13) ruled that the caiman logo that Polish apparel company Mocek and Wenta sought to register with the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market was similar enough to Lacoste's iconic crocodile logo to cause confusion.
Mayer Brown
On 31 August 2016, the German Federal Patent Court issued a compulsory license under a patent that protects an HIV drug to affiliates of Merck & Co. (case number 3 LiQ 1/16).
Mayer Brown
The right to televise sporting events is one of the most valuable commodities in the broadcasting sector.
Mayer Brown
In October 2015, the Reiss Engelhorn Museum filed a lawsuit in the Regional Court of Berlin against the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Germany.
Mayer Brown
Snapchat, the fast-growing social media network/messaging app, has spawned some controversy over how copyright law is interpreted in the United Kingdom.
Mayer Brown
The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik.
Taylor Wessing
On 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force.
Mayer Brown
On 21 October 2015, the German Federal Court of Justice decided that a bank cannot refuse to disclose personal data of a client if his or her bank account was used to receive payments ‎for the sale of counterfeit trademark goods.
Mayer Brown
Germany, as another example, also put some special legislation into place.
Taylor Wessing
The European Union is a party to the Nagoya Protocol. This article explains the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the EU.
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