Food, Beverages & Tobacco Team of the Year: Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli
In September 2015, in a much-anticipated decision, the German Federal Court of Justice found that there was no likelihood of confusion between Lindt’s gold-foil-wrapped chocolate bear and Haribo’s word mark GOLDBÄREN. “The successful completion of the Haribo v Lindt Teddy case was a highlight for our team last year,” reflects Nicholas Studler, head of intellectual property at Lindt & Sprüngli. “We are proud that our case helped to build the case law in Germany and serves as clarification for other brand owners. The key takeaway for counsel is that, in Germany, a word mark that directly describes a product (‘golden bear’) has a limited scope of protection and does not cover any kind of motive of a shape for a product (in this instance the golden Lindt Teddy bear-shaped product).”
This part of the website has now moved to the subscriber area. To read more, please pick an option below.
Register to access two articles per month
Subscribe for unlimited access to articles, in-depth analysis and research from the World Trademark Review experts
What our customers are saying
"World Trademark Report is the best service of its type. No other service reports international case law and law changes faster and more concisely. Keep up the good work."
Mary M. Squyres
Brinks Gilson & Lione Chicago, Illinois USA
Subscribe to World Trademark Review to receive access to the full range of trademark intelligence, insight, and case law, as well as our guides, rankings and daily market insight delivered to your inbox.