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Green brands: how trademark law can promote sustainable business practices
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In this publication which first appeared in World Trademark Review, we discuss 'green brands' - how trademark law can promote sustainable business practices and help consumers to...

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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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Protected designation of origin can protect more than just the name
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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) concluded in a preliminary ruling on 17 December 2020 (Case C-490/19) that the protected designation of origin (PDO) of a product did not only protect...

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Global Media, Technology and Communications Quarterly – Spring/Summer 2020

Our latest edition features a number of articles focused on guiding businesses through the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also survey some of the latest legal and regulatory...

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German Federal Court of Justice on "Metall auf Metall": the endless sampling story continues
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For more than two decades, the "Metall auf Metall" (metal on metal) case has occupied German and European courts. This was already the fourth time that the German Federal Court of ...

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German Federal Supreme Court on designations of origin: Culatello from Parma may not be designated "di Parma"
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In its ruling I ZR 21/19, the German Federal Supreme Court (GFSC) decided that a producer of so-called Culatello, an Italian fine ham, may not market the product under the designation...

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After CJEU ruling: "Fack Ju Göhte" with good chances of trademark registration
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The CJEU had the opportunity to clarify the criteria for the assessment of a possible violation of morality through a trademark application. According to the CJEU, a particular emphasis had ...

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Update on rating portals: German Federal Supreme Court approves filtering of ratings by algorithm
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In its decision of 14 January 2020 (case ref. VI ZR 496/18 and others), the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) decided that filtering user ratings on rating portals using an algorithm is in ...

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