E15: First milestone reached

The furniture manufacturer E15 prevailed against IKEA in design law. Arcade, the information portal for the furniture and design industry, was keen to know more about it from Dr. Nicolás Schmitz, Attorney-at-Law at Grünecker. Dr. Schmitz, who represents a host of manufacturers from the luxury goods industry, observes: For the Federal Supreme Court, only those investments in product development and actions aimed at preparing for market entry which can actually be proven to be undertaken in Germany are relevant. A group such as IKEA could infringe the latter based on its structure.