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The Trademark „Neuschwanstein“ remains in the possession of the Free State of Bavaria

“Neuschwanstein” is a trademark for souvenir items which has been applied for by the Free State of Bavaria in 2011 and which is valid throughout the European Union. The “Bundesverband Souvenir – Geschenke – Ehrenpreise (BSGE) (= federal assosciation for souvenirs, presents and trophy items) had requested cancellation of the trademark. The BSGE’s arguments that “Neuschwanstein” designates a geographical origin and therefore is...

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Amendments to the Community trade mark regulation of the European Union

Today the amendments of the Community trade mark regulation of the European Union enter into force. The most obvious amendment is the change of name of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) to European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) . Simultaneously, the Community trade mark (CTM) is renamed in European Union trade mark (EUTM) . The existing Community trade marks (CTM) will automatically become European Union...

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125 years of Utility Model Protection in Germany

The legal basis for the utility model protection has been existing since 1891. A utility model is often also called “little patent”. The difference to a patent is that the filed documents for a utility model are not examined by the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) concerning its contents. So the registration of a utility model is much faster than registering a patent. This offers advantages and disadvantages. If you are interested,...

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Regional competition „jugend forscht“ on February 24th, 2016

The regional competition of Middle Franconia “jugend forscht” (youth research competition) and “Schüler experimentieren” (students experiment) starts off in a new round. 140 masterminds of Middle Franconia, at the age of 9 to 21, are registered with 92 research projects and are presenting their work in the Heinrich-Lades-Halle in Erlangen. In support of the young inventors the patent law firm Meyer & Dörring will also be...

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