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    Are rules of the game protected in Germany?

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    Time and again, the question arises in the area of computer game tenants whether game rules are protected or whether one should “copy” them. The answer of a lawyer is “It depends”. In principle, rules of the game are not protected. However, the concrete results of a game, such as names, graphics, texts, setting, possibly […] More

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    Anti-competitive misleading by claiming to be proprietorship of a trade mark?

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    The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main has passed a highly interesting new judgment, which is already being discussed vigorously among lawyers. The question is whether it is anti-competitive to claim to be the proprietor of a particular trade mark if it is not. The Higher Regional Court affirmed that fact and does not […] More

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    Double trademark application = bad faith?

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    The European Trademark Office, EUIPO, is currently making an interesting decision concerning the current legal construct of bad faith in European trademark law, which is currently being “formed”. The EU legislator leaves it to the court to decide exactly what is a bad faith application. Thus, the legal term makes the rounds for the first […] More

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    When can I use the Ecotest label?

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    The I. Civil Senate of the Federal Court of Justice, which is responsible for trademark law, has to decide in three revision proceedings under which conditions the use of test seal marks violates the rights of the trademark proprietor. Facts: Since 1985, the applicant has published the magazine ‘ÖKO-TEST’, in which tests on goods and […] More

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    Can Amazon view alternative products in search?

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    The I.E. Civil Senate of the Federal Court of Justice, which is responsible for trademark law, among other things, has to decide whether an internet trading platform may use a trademark in advertisements in the context of a Google search, if the offer list linked to the ad is not only products of this brand, […] More