News from the world of patent and trademark law

We’re on top of the latest in IP law so you are too!

Up-to-date, cross-sectional, global: The Grünecker blog delivers everything you need to know about the latest changes in the law, judgments, and trends. As one of the world's most active IP law firms, we keep you in the loop.

In the first part of the series “Navigating the EPO’s “problem-solution approach”, Dr. Markus Grammel gives an introduction of the topic and its challenges.

Read more

On July 7, 2021, the General Court rendered a decision on a EUTM application for a sound mark reminiscent of the sound made when opening a beverage can. Swetlana Frese analyses the decision and takes a look at previous judgments regarding sound marks.

Read more

Dr. Jegannath Korukottu reviews the similarities and differences between the various design protections available in the EU and the UK.

Read more

Dr. Markus Grammel analyses the advantages and disadvantages of so-called straw man oppositions before the EPO.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more