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2021 – the second year in the pandemic. The second year in which Oktoberfest and most other festivals in Bavaria are not taking place. For most Bavarians and worldwide “Oktoberfest lovers” this is of course a disaster. The situation is however a catastrophe for those whose income depend on these festivals and thereby support their entire families. The second corona year has paid its toll to these families and threatening their existence. Weiterlesen über LexDellmeier supports great local charity project “SPENDIERMAß”


To strengthen fair competition, the German Design Law was amended on 26 November 2020. Similar to EU law, it now contains a repair clause in new § 40a of the German Design Act stating that spare parts shall in certain circumstances be excluded from design protection. The implications remain to be seen – and this will still take a couple of years as the restriction is only applicable to designs applied for on or after 2 December 2020.

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The European Union Intellectual Property Organization (EUIPO) regularly publishes statistics on the European Union Trademark (EUTM), providing general information on the number of applications, registrations, oppositions and renewals in a given period of time. These statistics are broken down by country, type of mark, classes of goods and services. This article is limited to the figures relating to applications.

2020 was a slightly different year in general due to Covid-19, but there was not a reduction, but rather an increase in trademark applications

Lena Ertle is the latest addition to the LexDellmeier team. She is completing her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Munich and will support the team at LexDellmeier during 2021 as a legal trainee. Even though Covid-19 is still continuing to challenge everyone, we believe it is really important to help, support and train young professionals. In the past almost 12 years at LexDellmeier we have trained in total 25 Erasmus, ELSA and other law students from Germany, EU member states and other countries around the world. LexDellmeier usually engages two (2) interns and trainees per year. Let Lena Ertle introduce herself, her tasks as a legal trainee at LexDellmeier, her goals and her interest in intellectual property.

While the United Kingdom left the European Union on 1 February 2020, regulations regarding intellectual property rights will only change at the end of this year. You would like to review which changes Brexit will bring with regard to trademarks and designs? We prepared slides (see download link below) and recorded our successful webinar on 9 December 2020 and published it on YouTube. In a nutshell, you will receive an overview about the most important changes.

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On Wednesday, 9 December 2020, LexDellmeier will host the very last Webinar of 2020 on the current hot topic: “Brexit Update – Legal Changes in Trademark and Design Law as of 1 January 2021” (in English). During the approx. 60 minutes presentation, Andrea Breier and Alexandra Dellmeier will outline the effects of Brexit on IP Law and will provide you with all the information you need to know to be Brexit-prepared!


On 3 December 2020, the independent student initiative at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), START Munich e.V., is organizing a webinar on the topic: “Legal Insight – Intellectual Property in a Nutshell” for #startups. The focus of the webinar is set on how to protect trademarks, designs, copyrights and (software) patents. The speakers of this event are #Alexandra Dellmeier (Attorney at Law and Certified IP Attorney) at #LexDellmeier and Dr. Jochen Reich (German and European Patent Attorney, Ph.D.M.Sc. in Computer Science) from the IP firm Reich-ip.


If trademarks are part of your daily work, you have surely come across the issue before:  You have a registered trademark, but it is used differently in commerce – either because the trademark used has been modernized compared to its registered form, or because parts of the registered mark have been omitted when used or because parts have been added in comparison to the registered mark. In all these cases, the question arises whether or not use of the trademark in a form differing from the one registered can still be deemed use of the registered mark. Otherwise, your registered trademark might be at risk and action needs to be taken to ensure that no actual loss will occur. Guidance is now provided by the trademark offices of the European Union member states and the EUIPO.

(examples of similar, but different marks)