The Federal Supreme Court ruled that a mosaic-like overall view of individual elements is not relevant for for determining the scope of protection of a design. A registered design must also be evaluated as an overall impression – even if its a design for a modular system.
An important judgement for the fashion world was pronounced: Chanel SAS was found right in the trademark dispute over the distinctive Chanel monogram. The EUIPO must annul the registered design for a similar ornament of Li Jing Zhou and Golden Rose 999 Srl, the French ARRÊT DU TRIBUNAL (quatrième chambre) judged.
A year on from the publication of the first ever Common Practice on designs, the second European design convergence initiative reaches completion. The tool offers users and IP Offices a harmonised database of approximately 15,000 product indications, including the Locarno 11th Edition Classification terms.
Joint EPO-EUIPO follow-up study confirms the economic benefits for Europe of patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of IP. We'll show you the most important facts of this study:
Especially for carmakers the protection of their intellectual property is a major concern, because once a manufacturer protects its automotive parts legally via the German design law, it is almost impossible for competitors to enter in the spare parts market. Such non-existing competition is -of course- a blessing for