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Dr. Holger Gauss and Philipp Strommer take a look at Lindt’s iconic Golden Bunny which is now protected by a trademark acquired through use.

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The General Court of the European Union rendered a decision on an application for a three-dimensional EU trademark registration because the mark significantly departs from the norms and customs of the lipstick sector and has distinctive character. Jantje Agena analyses and comments the decision.

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The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO issued decision G 4/19 on the topic of double patenting. Dr. Sabine Koch analyses the decision and comments on its implications.

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The regional court in Hamburg recently issued a blocking injunction to Sony Music against DNS resolver Quad9. Dr. Nicolás Schmitz analyses and comments the novelty of the decision.

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Jantje Agena takes a look at the similarity of bicycles and motor vehicles in the context of a legal dispute between a trademark owner and a subsidiary of Peugeot SA over whether the use of a sign for motor vehicles constituted infringement of a trademark which was registered for bicycles.

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Tommy Großkreutz analyses the Opposition Division's decision to revoke European Patent EP 2 933 201 B1, which related to bottles made of plastic, in its entirety for not complying with Article 76(1) of the European Patent Convention.

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Mark Peters and Stanislav Lechzier analyse the changes to German copyright law that came into force with the Act on the Adaption of Copyright Law to the Requirements of the Digital Single Market.

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Björn-Alexander Bockelmann and Sebastian Ochs discuss the implications of the patent law reform that was adopted by the German parliament on June 11th.

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