On 16 November 2011 LexDellmeier held a one-day seminar on the topic how the strategic creation, maintenance and defense of IP-rights can positively influence the company value.

The first part of the seminar featuring as speakers Alexandra Dellmeier-Beschorner and Barbara Niemann Fadani of LexDellmeier dealt with the creation of strong IP-rights and global application and registration strategies as well as the new, mainly internet-based infringement problems (e.g. adwords, wild cards etc.)  and the  latest German and European case law in this regard.

LexDellmeier bietet Unternehmern und Unternehmen die Gelegenheit bei diesem Seminar tiefere Einsicht zu gewinnen, wie eine gekonnte Strategie bei der Schaffung, der Eintragung und dem Schutz von IP-Rechten den Unternehmenswert steigern kann.

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Yves Saint Laurent may still sell his red-soled shoes.

As we had reported before on LexDellmeier’s „Not just another IP-Blog“, the famous luxury shoe brand Christian Louboutin had sued the just as famous luxury fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent for damages because of an infringement of Christian Louboutin’s trademark right of the Red Sole. With a preliminary injunction they wanted to stop Yves Saint Laurent from selling the shoes that featured a red sole.

Our recommendation: Join the Munich conference to be held in English on 26 - 27 September 2011. For more information and reduced attendence fees for LexDellmeier Blog readers (special thanks you to the host of this outstanding conference, United Domains) - see links at the end of this article.

On 20 June 2011 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has deliberated to launch the so called New Generic Top Level Domains (TLDs).

New Generic Top Level Domains means that any word in any language can be used as a TLD. For trademark owners this new concept brings new possibilities, but also new risks.

Besides the traditional fields of trademarks, designs, copyrights, the attorneys at LexDellmeier also advise on media & web issues relating to intellectual property.

Due to the expertise in the fields of IP, internet, media & web, LexDellmeier's founder, Alexandra Dellmeier-Beschorner, has just recently been appointed as an Expert in Group III of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The EESC was created in 1957 and serves as an advisory and consultative board for the European Commission and the European Parliament.

On 19 July 2011 the EESC's first meeting with respect to "The open internet and net neutrality in Europe" together with representatives from the European Commission and Parliament took place in Brussels.

is a line in the lyrics of a Jennifer Lopez song. The song somehow flopped, but the shoes  are a legend and commonly recognized by their famous red soles. And because of those shoes the eyes of fashionistas and lawyers are fixed on a law suit that was filed by Christian Louboutin against Yves Saint Laurent  before a Federal Court in Manhattan just recently.

LexDellmeier is thrilled and proud to announce that our firm is the winner of the Finance Monthly Law Award 2011 in the category "Trade Marks Law Firm of the Year in Germany".

Just a couple of days ago we were informed by Finance Monthly, a leading magazine for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, corporate tax directors, investment professionals, lawyers, professional advisors, government organisations and academics.

For the first time a German court had to decide on the question if the use of the Facebook “Like” button on an internet sales page complied with the rules against unfair competition, if the button was placed without indicating that data of logged-in Facebook users would be transmitted to Facebook.

The decision by the Regional Court of Berlin dated 14 March 2011 meanwhile published in German is of great interest with respect to the question of infringement of (German) unfair competition laws.

For decades  Germans have been watching "Tatort" (in English "Crime Scene") on Sunday evenings. It is a famous crime series in which each episode shows a different crime movie of about 90 minutes. „Tatort“ is created by several different directors, and every one of them has created his own detective with his own personal work and lifestyle in one of Germany’s cities (similar to the much younger US series "CSI").  The „Tatort“ series has brought forward the talent of many directors and the G erman audience loved the various detectives and with which the different actors were associated with. Fact is, that  „Tatort“ has entertained many generations in Germany - watching detectives appearing, aging and retiring with the years.

The German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht - BPatG) has confirmed the cancellation of the trademark „Neuschwanstein“.

The trademark “Neuschwanstein” had been registered for a wide range of goods and services but after a cancellation request because of its lack of distinctiveness according to § 8 II No. 1 German Trademark Act (GTA), the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) had cancelled it. Upon the appeal the German Federal Patent Court had confirmed the missing distinctiveness for the following reasons:

The expression “Neuschwanstein” is the name of the world famous castle and tourist attraction in Bavaria, that was originally built for King Ludwig I and that has reached an outstanding cultural and historical importance and recognition.