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Gillette against Wilkinson Sword GmbH

Gillette is owner of the European patent EP 1 695 800 B1 claiming “a replaceable razor blade cartridge including a blade unit and cartridge connecting structure”. The patent is in force since 2nd February, 1997 and has already been subject of a lawsuit back in the year 2013. At that time, the Federal Patent Court had considered the patent to be legally valid. However, the Federal Patent Court did not have to make a decision, because the...

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Regional competition “jugend forscht” 2017

Also this year, on February 24, 2017, we were represented with an information stand at the event to support the young inventors. For the first time some already registered inventions were exhibited as a visual object. We would like to thank all of our clients, who have used the opportunity to present their inventions at the event. Furthermore we wish our clients success in the economic exploitation of their intellectual property rights....

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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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