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Mayer Brown
Trade marks will not only be associated with the company they origin from, but might also be associated with certain quality or ethical standards.
Mayer Brown
The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik.
Dehns
As reported here, Germany's ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement was unexpectedly put on hold earlier this year when a challenge against ratification was lodged at the German Federal Constitutional Court.
Dehns
Breaking news: the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has, according to this report, ordered the Federal President not to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.
Dehns
Another interesting finding of the court regards the role of the reputation of the trade mark.
Dehns
Testarossa is the name of one of the most famous Ferrari cars which was manufactured between 1984 and 1996.
K&L Gates
Early this year, the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) rendered a judgment in relation to the distribution of automation software ("bot-programs") for the computer game "World of Warcraft".
Mayer Brown
The president's signing is the last step required for a law to come into force after it has already passed both legislative chambers in Germany.
Dehns
Although the surprise announcement that there will be an early General Election in the UK means that the final stages of the UK's procedure for ratifying the UPCA have temporarily been put on hold...
Mayer Brown
On 12 January 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice has handed down it´s second landmark decision on cheat software within three months.
Mayer Brown
The future of the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) appears to look a bit clearer following recent ratification activities. On 16 January 2017, the Preparatory Committee for the UPC announced on its website that it is working under the assumption that the UPC can become operational in December 2017.
Taylor Wessing
The General Court has upheld an opposition to the figurative mark for LUBELSKA (as shown above left), based on Lass & Steffen's earlier German word mark Lubeca.
Mayer Brown
The question of whether a sequence of exercises, such as yoga poses or dance moves, can be copyrighted has occupied the attention of international courts, scholars and copyright offices for some time.
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
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."
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K&L Gates
Early this year, the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) rendered a judgment in relation to the distribution of automation software ("bot-programs") for the computer game "World of Warcraft".
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 question of whether a sequence of exercises, such as yoga poses or dance moves, can be copyrighted has occupied the attention of international courts, scholars and copyright offices for some time.
Mayer Brown
The president's signing is the last step required for a law to come into force after it has already passed both legislative chambers in Germany.
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
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
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
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
On 19 October 2015, Amazon filed a patent application for a process that would allow its customers to authenticate purchases with a selfie-photograph rather than a password.
Mayer Brown
On 12 January 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice has handed down it´s second landmark decision on cheat software within three months.
Jones Day
The CJEU has decided on a matter of great importance for applicants of pharmaceutical patents who have already obtained a supplementary protection certificate on the basis of a marketing authorization or who intend to do so.
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."
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