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Is the golden colour of the Lindt Gold Bunny protected by trademark law?

The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) stated today in a decision (I ZR 139/20) that the golden colour of the Lindt Gold Bunny is protectable as a trademark under German law. The full reasons for the decision have not yet been published and, only a press release of the...

Unified Patent Court and Unified Patent in Europe – Back on Track?

The latest episode in the efforts to obtain a single European patent and patent court to cover (most of) the countries in the European Union has overcome its latest hurdle with the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) to reject the request for an interim injunction to stop...

Patentfreigabe wegen Corona-Pandemie

Vor dem Hintergrund der weltweiten Corona-Pandemie ist eine intensive Diskussion über die Herstellung und Verteilung der Impfstoffe im Gange. Dabei wurden zuletzt Forderungen lauter, den Patentschutz für Impfstoffe gegen das Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2 aufzuheben. Die Befürworter dieser Forderung versprechen sich davon eine raschere Steigerung der weltweiten Impfstoffproduktion. Ungeachtet der Frage, ob...

Priority Claim for European Design Rights based on Patent Application

Can an application for a community design registration claim priority of an international patent application – and if so for how long? That was the question that the Court of Justice of the European Union had to decide in matter T-579/19. Their decision dated 14 April 2021 was very interesting...

Trade and Cooperation Agreement with UK Approved by the European Parliament

The European Parliament finally put its approval to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union on 28 April 2021 and the Agreement came into full effect from Saturday 1 May. The Agreement includes a number of measures on protection of intellectual property which we...