In invalidity proceedings concerning an industrial and technical Community design, the CFI explained the proof of disclosure of an earlier design and its individual character: technical features are not relevant for individual character.
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has reached an agreement with another major smartphone manufacturer on the licensing agreement: Huawei will pay $1.8 billion to Qualcomm Good timing in view of U.S. President Trump's entity list and Huawei's U.S. ban.
In a trade mark dispute between the two marks TIGHA vs. TAIGA for clothing and fashion, the ECJ did not assess the similarity between the marks, but ruled to define an independent subcategory of goods.
A German patent of Clariant on the biocidal composition for antibiotics, which has been revoked since 2016 for claims 1 to 5, remains revoked for those claims. Clariant's appeal against the revocation was unsuccessful before the Federal Patent Court.
The semiconductor manufacturer Intel was successful with an appeal before the Federal Patent Court. The German patent for radio communication by Intel was granted, which had previously been rejected by the DPMA. The BPatG explained what is obvious for an expert in radio communication.
No likelihood of confusion between the Union trademarks TOTU and TOTTO, the European Court ruled on the EU trademark dispute Figurative marks, both applied for identical goods. It is particularly interesting that the CJEU did not see any word element in the mark in dispute, although this word element TOTU is referred
A homogeneous group of goods and/or services can be assessed in summary form in the statement of reasons for decisions on absolute grounds for refusal. However, they may not be treated equally or not assessed at all without further justification, the German Federal Patent Court ruled.
Hermès won before the Supreme Court of South Korea, the highest court. The case Hermès vs. PlayNoMore concerned imitations of the famous Hermès handbags and unfair competition. The luxury handbags from Hermès are inspiring in Asia - even the product imitators.
The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) today published its ruling on the trademark dispute concerning Ritter Sport: Ritter Sport retains trademark rights to square shape. For years, the square shape of Ritter Sport chocolate, which is protected as a shape trademark, has been contested by competitor Milka.
The BPatG has declared a German patent for optical traffic area monitoring invalid - relevant for the entire automotive industry. In detail, the court assessed the claimed dichotomy of power supply and optical unit - components used e.g. in car rear view cameras.
The term FAKE has been in use not only since 'Fake News'. The CJEU has now confirmed the likelihood of confusion between the marks FAKE DUCK and SAVE THE DUCK, both figurative marks registered for fashion and clothing.
The European Court of Justice today handed down a remarkable ruling in the long-running lawsuit by Austrian lawyer Schrems regarding the transfer of personal data from Facebook Ireland to the USA. The USA is no longer granted a standardised appropriate level of protection for personal data - a ruling with relevance for
In its 'Santen' judgment, the ECJ rejects the previous premise for awarding SPCs in accordance with the Neurim judgment. There should be no supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for a new therapeutic use of an active substance that has already been the subject of a marketing authorisation.
Illegal uploading of videos or files to YouTube violates the intellectual property rights of the authors and owners of these files. In this case, the question of YouTube's obligation to provide information is a recurring theme: do the IP addresses or e-mail addresses of its users have to be disclosed? The ECJ says: No.
A patent application by Swiss Re to improve weather forecasting was rejected by the EPO: The modelling of weather data is not a patentable invention; improved understanding of weather is rather a scientific theory.