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Hamburg Regional Court: Partial copyright protection of an infant carrier as a work of applied art
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In a lookalike case (Case No. 310 O 304/18) the regional court of Hamburg assumed that individual parts of works of applied art are eligible for copyright protection, not only the product...

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Germany: Competitor Use of a Product Feature Risks Loss of Function as Indication of Origin

The Higher Regional Court Frankfurt am Main ruled that the unique selling point (USP) or “individual character” of a product that serves as an indication of origin may lose that ...

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DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive Clears the Finish Line

Today the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Copyright Directive (the “Directive”), ending a negotiation process which first started with the Commission’s...

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DSM Watch: Copyright Directive press publishers’ rights: Article 11 is now Article 15

Yesterday (26 March 2019) the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law. After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and ...

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DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive passed by European Parliament

Todaya short time agothe EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law. After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State...

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DSM Watch: Navigating Article 13 of the Copyright Directive

On 13 February 2019 the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finally agreed the text of the long-awaited draft Copyright Directive* (COM(2016)593) (“Directive“)....

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DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive, the big picture

Agreement on a compromise text for the new Copyright Directive was reached between Member State government representatives, EU Parliament representatives and the EU Commission last week...

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Unfair Conduct when Textile Components are Indicated in English in Germany

At the end of2018,the Stuttgart Court of Appeals [Oberlandesgericht] clarified that, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No. 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling and...

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