The car manufacturer VW AG was successful before the European Court in obtaining VW design protection for three of its car models. Toy manufacturer Rietze had unsuccessfully filed an application for invalidity of the VW Community designs.
In a trademark dispute, VW's action against the registration of a Union figurative trademark was dismissed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The key question was whether the two components of a composite Union trade mark alone can be decisive in determining whether two signs are similar. The line followed
Chip manufacturer Broadcomm has filed patent suits against VW before two German courts. The lawsuit could result in billions in damages for VW and threatens the entire automobile industry with its new models. It is about the key patents for the networked car.