For the last two months, Oliwia Puto – our Legal Trainee was working on her Overall Project, which was the creation of a chatbot “BenBot” for LexDellmeier. “BenBot” is a mobile app that aims to facilitate and accelerate the process of filing applications for the registration of an EU trademarks. In order to achieve this purpose, it collects from the users all information that the attorneys at LexDellmeier need to prepare such applications. We are delighted to announce that this project will officially go live around December 2020/January 2021. This means that in just a few months you will be able to download the app from AppStore and use it to receive information on matters related to trademarks, IP law etc., and to send information needed to apply for an EU trademark registration – 24/7! What makes us particularly excited about this project is that (as far as we know) LexDellmeier will be the first law firm in Germany to implement a Legal Tech solution of this kind. Read the blog post to find out more!

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On Wednesday, 1 July 2020, LexDellmeier held its two webinars no. 6 and 7 on the topic “Design Law Basics” (German: Designrecht 1 x 1). During the approx. 75 minutes presentation, Andrea Breier and Alexandra Dellmeier outlined what a design is from the legal point of view, explained how to acquire a design right and talked about the importance of design protection. As usual, we recorded the webinar and published it on YouTube – you will find the link in the post below!

On 7 August 2020, all attorneys, paralegals and trainees at LexDellmeier met at the picturesque Lake Starnberg in Bernried (approx. 25 km from Munich) to hold its annual Strategy and Team-Day Meeting. Although the main aim of the meet-up was to discuss three key topics:  digitalisation, client needs during Covid-19 and Brexit, it was also a great opportunity for the team members to finally gather all together (of course, with social distancing measures in place!) after a very long break caused by COVID-19. Some of the LexDellmeier team had been working non-stop from home for the past four to five months. Working web-based or via Teams or Zoom from the home offices has had some advantages (like no commuting time etc.). However, it is always really good to have in-person meetings at least once in a while. Even though home office is still done by some employees, others prefer to come to the office and meet up with colleagues in person – to discuss legal issues or to have a personal chat or just a coffee together. We have hygiene and social-distancing policies in place at the firm and we believe to have found a good balance between working from home and being on site at the office headquarter. Like all are colleagues and clients around the world – work is continuing – just the circumstances are somewhat different during these challenging times.

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Wie hoch ist der durchschnittliche Wert einer Marke am Unternehmenswert? Ist der Wert von Branche zu Branche unterschiedlich hoch? Und was bedeutet „brand valuation“ und „brand evaluation“ eigentlich genau? Diesen und anderen wichtigen Fragen rund um das Thema Markenrecht und -wert widmete sich Alexandra Dellmeier bei der Web-Seminarreihe des Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V. (BVMW Bayern).

On Wednesday, 17 June 2020, LexDellmeier held its fifth webinar on the topic “Brand Value and Financial Instruments”. During a 30 minutes discussion, Alexandra and Oliwia outlined the concepts of “brand valuation” and “brand evaluation” and explained how the economic value of a brand is assessed. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry – we recorded it and published on YouTube! As usual, you’ll find the link in the post below.

Wanna cool down? Enjoy some “Plombir”! It is summer. The sun is shining, it is hot and you are looking for something to cool down a bit. How about a “Plombir”? You do not know what “Plombir” is? It is a kind of ice-cream that is very popular in the Russian Federation. But instead of only being used to COOL people down, it has been the subject of HEATED debates at the EUIPO and in Germany over the past about 10 years regarding the question whether or not the term “Plombir” was descriptive for ice-cream. Here is what the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided on 18 June 2020.

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At the end of May 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced the launch of WIPO PROOF - a new online business service that provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence at a point in time of any digital file, including data sets, in any format. Why is this significant? Well, now you can easily and cheaply safeguard your valuable intellectual work, such as a product design, an invention or research data from the earliest stage of its development.

Source: https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2020/article_0012.html

Oliwia Puto is an English Law and German Law student at King’s College London and Humboldt University in Berlin and this summer will be supporting the team at LexDellmeier as a legal trainee. She is a member of ELSA - an organisation providing law students and young lawyers from different countries with education and professional development, of which LexDellmeier is a partner.

Source: https://www.elsa-kiel.de/step/

 

Use of a trademark in a form differing from the one registered… always an issue and a trap for trademark owners to be aware of. But a new Common Practice just adopted in May 2020 by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) promises more guidance.

 

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Example: If only the logo on the top left was a registered trademark, were the other logos use of the same mark?

As announced, LexDellmeier IP Law Firm has On Wednesday, 27 May 2020, LexDellmeier held it two webinars no. 3 and 4 "Trademark Law Basics" (in German: Markenrecht 1 x 1).  We are delighted to have had 90 participants attend the webinars. Below you will find the agenda of the webinar(s) as well as the presentations (PPTs in German and English) to download as well as a link to the webinar (in German only) which was recorded and released on YouTube on 26 May 2020.

Am 29. April 2020 hat die Kanzlei LexDellmeier ihr Webinar 2 zu den beiden Themenkomplexen:

1. Änderungen des deutschen Markengesetzes zum 1. Mai 2020 gemäß dem Markenmodernisierungsgesetz (MaMoG) und

2. Update BREXIT (Stand: 29. April 2020) - welche Änderungen ergeben sich für (EU-)Marken- und Designinhaber zum 1. Januar 2021

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