The pharmaceutical company Glaxo Group has so far tried in vain to place the colour brand purple under EU trademark protection. Today, the ECJ rejected the admission of generic manufacturers as interveners in this case. A hypothetical event did not establish a legitimate interest in litigation.
What more than 7 million viewers did not find immoral is not a violation of moral values: the European Court of Justice has annulled the previous rulings against the trademark registration of 'Fack Ju Göhte' .
No distinctiveness through originality of the mark, the European Court ruled in the trademark dispute concerning the Lion Union figurative mark of the Paris fashion company Pierre Balmain. The case-law on 3D marks was rightly applied to the figurative mark.
The patent and law firm Meyer-Dulheuer MD Legal Patentanwälte PartG mbB is the winner of the 2020 Corporate INTL Global Award in the category: Patent Attorneys of the Year - Germany.
On 1 January 2020 a recast of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal entered into force. It will also be applied to pending appeal cases in appeal proceedings before the EPO. Changes in the appeal procedure will be more difficult from now on.
All time limits relating to European Trademarks and Community Designs before EUIPO will be extended due to the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus - until 29 February 2020, for all time limits involving parties from China.
The inventor named in a European patent must be a natural person. In a highly regarded decision of the EPO the AI 'DABUS' was rejected as inventor and the corresponding patent applications were rejected. Because an AI has no personal rights. Now the full text of the decision has been published.
Can the shape of a bicycle, in which the technical functionality is the determining factor for the shape of the product, be protected under copyright? The Advocate General rejects copyright protection if the shape is determined solely by its technical function. Previous patents on the product must also be taken into
The trademark application for the EU figurative mark Delta Sport was rejected in opposition to two earlier marks, the word mark Colchon Delta and the EU figurative mark Delta. In it's judgment, the European Court explained the dominance of the word element Delta in the word and figurative marks.
With effect from February 10, 2020, amendments to office actions and patent certificates in China for electronic patent applications are in force. The era of paper form for patent applications and patent documents will thus end.
The trademark protection for the Union word mark ViruProtect was rejected before the European Court. Like the EUIPO, the court regarded the word creation ViruProtect as descriptive. The focus was on the question whether consumers would equate Viru with virus - and to what extent a new word creation is descriptive.
The Berlin university medicine Charité is not only famous, but also protected as an EU word and figurative mark by the Charité. In the trademark dispute over the Union wordmark Charantea for identical goods, Charité lost today before the European Court.
China is not only reacting with large quarantine measures and areas, but is also adapting its patent and trademark law to the coronavirus. Anyone in China who would miss the deadlines with regard to patents or even trademarks due to the corona virus can apply for restoration of their rights.
Today, the Plagiarius 2020 negative award against product piracy was presented for the 44th time at the Frankfurt consumer goods fair Ambiente.
A brand cannot be protected as a trademark because the design is new and the product sets a new trend in lifestyle. The trademark registration of Hickies shoe laces as a 3D trademark was rejected by the CFI for "shoe fasteners", although Hickies laces are known as trendy brand and are bought internationally.