Thermomix is the trend - but many people also like to use the very similar and much cheaper model from Lidl, known as Monsieur Cuisine Connect. Lidl has just been convicted in Spain of patent infringement against Vorwerk's Thermomix patent. Will the Lidl Monsieur Cuisine still be available in other countries?
In a case of an application for the protection of a design, the CFI ruled on the "restitutio in integrum" after a missed deadline for remedying deficiencies at the EUIPO. Indirect evidence is possible, but there is a mandatory duty of care.
Bacardi won today before the European Court of Justice in the trademark dispute concerning the vodka trademark 42 BELOW against the Czech trademark application BLEND 42 VODKA. Because of the oral orders in bars, even the small phonetic similarity '42' was sufficient for likelihood of confusion.
Cyprus loses again before the CFI in defense of its own Halloumi trademark against the Union figurative mark BBQLOUMI: consumers understand 'Halloumi' as a term for this type of cheese, but not as a reference to a certified Cyprus Halloumi cheese.
According to general case law of the CFI, the initial letter is particularly weighted in the assessment of similarity and likelihood of confusion of word marks, even more so for short word marks. But a look at the case studies shows: the CFI has not always judged according to much cited premise.
If one applies for a patent in Europe, this must be applied for and, above all, paid for in each country; even an EU patent is a bundle of national patents. Therefore, it is worth considering in which countries a patent application would be worthwhile at all - all the more so after Brexit and with the prospect of the
In its 'Cigarette Package' ruling, the BGH changed the contrary decision of the BPatG: it was about the extension of undisclosed features in an EU patent. The BGH followed its previous case law and emphasized the compatibility of EU law and German patent law.
With one of its last decisions in 2020 - and before Brexit - the CFI ruled on the trademark dispute concerning financial services. The HOTTINGER case was not about likelihood of confusion, but about the proof of an unregistered earlier national trademark by goodwill.
The US trademark law was modernized (TMA) at the turn of the year: the changes are essential for the strategy on opposition and lawsuits against unauthorized trademark applications in the USA. Above all, the older trademark owners are strengthened in opposition and actions against unauthorized US trademark
Coding of audio signals, i.e. the digital processing of sounds and voices, has become an indispensable part of modern communication. For more than 20 years, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has held a patent on this - which has since expired - and was now successfull in fending off an action for annulment before the German
The German BMWi is launching a funding program for 2021 to develop and support the planned European Cloud 'GAIA-X'. Partners from interested parties, providers and SMEs / start-ups can apply; application examples for GAIA-X will be funded.
On January 1, 2021, the 11th edition of the Nice Classification 2021 for trademarks came into force. There are no structural changes, but is the 2021 version quite up to date? About robots, joysticks and automation in the Nice Classification 2021.
Managing directors of a GmbH or board members of an AG are not employees within the meaning of the ArbEG. So what is the right of access to inventions and their possible remuneration for these board members and Managing directors?
The core technologies of the so-called "4IR" (4th industrial revolution) include IT hardware and software as well as connectivity via networks and communication technologies. The EPO has published current statistics on international patent applications in this field. In short: USA top, Asia impressive - and Europe is
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