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"MALLE" remains free for everyone - GC confirms cancellation of "MALLE" trademark

The trademark "MALLE" remains cancelled. The EUIPO`s Board of Appeal had upheld a corresponding decision of the Cancellation Division in December 2020. This decision was now...

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ECJ: Protected Designation of Origin can also be infringed when used for services

A protected designation of origin (“PDO”) may also be infringed by use for services. According to the ECJ in a recently published decision (C-783/19), the protection of...

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German Federal Court of Justice decision: Finally more legal certainty regarding influencer marketing

Due to diverging case law by the courts of instance, there has been considerable legal uncertainty with regard to influencer-marketing in Germany. The obligation of influencers to label...

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Put a cork in it: EU General Court says sound file of "opening a carbonated beverage" not registrable as a sound mark

The typical crack and fizz sound that occurs when opening a carbonated beverage is not registrable as a sound mark as it lacks any distinctive character. This was decided by the General...

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CJEU opinion to German Courts on PDOs: if it says Champagne, it must taste like Champagne

A "Champagne Sorbet" may only bear the name "Champagne" if the taste of the sorbet is also essentially characterized by Champagne. After years of litigation up to the...

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Dealing with social media influencers: Germany

In this publication, first issued as a LexisNexis Practice Note in February 2021, Yvonne Draheim and Sabrina Mittelstaedt deal with influencer marketing in Germany. It...

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Dealing with social media influencers: Germany

In this publication, first issued as a LexisNexis Practice Note in February 2021, Yvonne Draheim and Sabrina Mittelstaedt deal with influencer marketing in Germany. It...

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German Federal Court of Justice: Personal image for unrelated content is unlawful "clickbait" advertising

The German Federal Court of Justice recently issued a decision declaring that the use of a photo of a prominent person for an editorial article infringes upon the right to one's...

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Lindgren heirs win in dispute over Pippi Longstocking lyrics

In a recent ruling by the Regional Court Hamburg (Case No. 308 O 431/17), the court awarded the heirs of children's book author Astrid Lindgren a right to information, injunctive relief ...

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