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.

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The WIPO Global Brand Database offers a new search feature. The new function makes it possible to upload an image and search for visual similarities to other images.

Global Brand Database

The Global Brand Database contains about 11820000 documents with information about internationally protected trademarks, appellations of origin and armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations. The Global Brand Database also permits without charge, synchronized, brand-related searches across multiple jurisdictions. Different search features make it easier to find the results you are looking for.

Image Search Function

ConvergenceOn the basis of the convergence program the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is trying to align the official practice of the national trademark offices in Europe. The aim of the program is to provide transparency, legal certainty, and predictability for the benefit of examiners and users.

 

Background

The reason for this project are the different procedures of the offices’ handling practice in relation to black/white trademarks, which has led to confusion. While some of the offices rule that black/white trademarks are protected in every color, others assume, that the protection is only for the black/white trademarks.

The German Federal Patent Court (BPatG) decided on 8 April 2014, that the word/design mark “München – in Bayern” cannot be registered because there is likelihood of confusion to the older word/design mark “FC Bayern – München”. Also the application was filed in bad faith (Case 27 W (pat) 546/13).

Introduction

Likelihood of confusion must be assessed on the basis of if there is a high risk that the targeted consumers assume that the relevant goods and services derive from the same or connected companies. Also, an application is filed in bad faith, if the applicant knows and deliberately wants that his trademark is confused with another, older trademark.

Background of the Case and Subject Matter

This upcoming Munich Patent Law Conference on 27 June 2014 held in English will focus on:

Burden of Pleading and Proof in Patent Infringement Cases

Conference 2014

This unique conference is hosted by the Technical University of Munich/Chair for IP Law, the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Regional Court Munich I and is supported by the European Patent Office (EPO) as well as the Munich Bar Association and 30 judges from around the world are expected to attend.

The Industry-Level Analysis Report of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) was presented by the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy in September 2013. The study shows how the intellectual property intensive industry influences the European economy.

The Intellectual Property Intensive Industry

The European Patent Office (EPO) carries out a survey every year. The study helps estimate the number of patent filings in the next three years. This information of the probable filing developments helps the EPO to forecast the budget and manpower. It also helps to foresee economic trends.

Introduction

For the survey, applicants from the 400 largest EPO clients and a group of approx. 2 800 from the general population were contacted and with a random sampling method, that preferentially selected larger applicants was applied.

New Survey 2014

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a workshop for Mediators about Intellectual Property Disputes. The workshop will take place on May 22/23,  2014 in Geneva in Switzerland.

Introduction into Mediation

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Interbrand, started in 1974 with its approximately 40 offices around the globe, is one of the biggest and oldest brand consultancy companies around the world. Every year, Interbrand conducts and publishes various studies relating to brands, their value and the impact on companies and consumers.

The most recent study published relates to the “Best Retail Brands 2014″, which does not just give an in-depth insight, but, also an overview of different countries, including the USA.

The most valuable retail brand 2014 is the North American mark WALMART with a brand value of 131,9 billion US-Dollars. Number one in Asia is Woolworth and the most valuable brand in Latin America is the Brazilian cosmetic brand Natura.

History
The World Intellectual Property Office’s (WIPO’s) member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World Intellectual Property Day with the aim of increasing the general understanding of Intellectual Property, including trademarks, designs, patents, utility models etc.
Each year, a special topic and focus is picked. This year’s World Intellectual Property Day 2014 focuses on “Movies – a Global Passion”. This theme is focused on because watching movies has affected people for over 100 years now and also gives work to the thousands of people who are employed in the film industry. And movies are protected by the copyright law.

IP Day