The two world famous confectionery producers, Haribo and the Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli, are locked in a bitter struggle over golden bear trademark rights. An appeal has now been lodged with the Cologne Higher Regional Court. More →
The High Court of Justice in Berlin has handed down a ruling in which it discusses the possibility of smartphone app names infringing trademark. The case concerned the name “Stadt Land Fluss”. More →
Businesses sometimes succeed in shaping a generation with their brand-named products. Many remember fondly the chocolate bar Raider, while others prefer to devour a Twix. But aren’t they the same? This seems a good opportunity to discuss the legal steps involved in registering a trademark. More →
The aim of search engine optimisation is to improve the ranking of a website in free search engine results. Fraudulent methods to manipulate rankings, such as using inappropriate search terms are becoming more popular, but they carry severe legal consequences. More →
The German government has published proposals to amend Germany’s Designs Act. The language of the current act will be adapted to international parlance and a new procedure for challenging the validity of designs will be introduced.
The international ministry, Victory Outreach International, has accused Twitter of contributing to the infringement of its trademark rights by refusing to delete the username @VICTORYOUTREACH. The civil action has been brought before a court in Missouri USA. More →