Region: Germany

A-Z guide of EU trademark court practice and performance: Finland to Hungary

In the second of our five-part series, trademark counsel from law firms across Europe provide an overview of the performance of their countries’ EU trademark courts over the last two years.

17 August 2018

Well-known marks: approaches to fame in Europe

Obtaining well-known status for a trademark can be a powerful tool for rights holders. In the third of a three part series, this article considers the best route in key European jurisdictions

20 July 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Germany

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2018

In case of slavish imitations which are not within the scope of IP rights, the Act Against Unfair Competition provides for complementary protection of performances if additional unfair competition aspects are given, although the requirements are less strict for identical replications.

24 May 2018

Border seizure measures in the European Union

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2018

The European Union is a highly attractive business market – and a prime target for counterfeiters. The EU Customs Regulation is the most cost-efficient and strongest tool to fight counterfeiting, given the investigative powers of customs authorities throughout the European Union.

24 May 2018

Manchester United tops Premier League of trademarks; Messi overtakes Neymar in player rankings

Exclusive research by World Trademark Review reveals the filing activity of the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, and finds that Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any team in the world.

17 May 2018

New hope for 'Black Friday' offers in Germany?

The German Patent and Trademark Office has held that the trademark BLACK FRIDAY was descriptive and must therefore be kept free for use by competitors.

27 April 2018

United States slides, Germany continues to rule: counsel rate court systems across the globe

Despite being key litigation battlegrounds, counsel confidence in the court systems of China and the United States remains shaky.

12 April 2018

Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

11 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

06 April 2018

Managing a pharmaceutical trademark portfolio with the assistance of outside counsel

Featured in Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide 2018/2019

Responsibility for a company’s portfolio is frequently placed in the hands of a few specialists. Often, this is not the only task carried out within the department. However, the legal protection of trademarks requires a high degree of specialisation.

13 March 2018

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