Patent Law

1. German Federal Supreme Court on standards for indirect patent infringement (Case X ZR 38/06 – Pipettensystem/Pipette system)
Reported by Clemens Rübel

2. German Federal Patent Court revokes compound claims due to a lack of novelty, not inventive step, conflicting with EPO case law (Case 3 Ni 21/04 [EU] – Olanzapine)
Reported by Dr. Wolfgang Bublak)

3. European Patent Office: Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO restores legal certainty for divisional applications – established practice confirmed (Case G 1/05 and G 1/06)
Reported by Dr. Rudolf Teschemacher

4. European Patent Office: Questions referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (Case T 83/05 – Non-microbiological process for the production of plants)
Reported by Dr. Rudolf Teschemacher

Trademark Law

5. European Court of Justice: Determination of the beginning of the “grace period” for the use of a mark in case of an international registration under the Madrid Agreement – reasons for non-use (Case C-246/05 – Häupl v Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl

6. European Court of Justice: Criteria for determining likelihood of confusion – The comparison of the conflicting signs must always include all of their elements (Case C-334/05 P – OHIM v Shaker di L. Laudato C. Sas – Limiñana y Botella SL)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl

7. Decisions from the Court of First Instance– February 2007 to June 2007
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl

8. European Court of First Instance dismisses Budějovický Budvar’s actions in proceedings between it and Anheuser-Busch concerning the registration of Community word marks ‘Budweiser’ and ‘bud’ (joint cases T-53/04 – 56/04, T-58/04, T-59/04, joint cases T-60/04 to T-64/04, and joint cases T-57/04 and T-71/04)
Reported by Peter J.A. Munzinger

9. German Federal Supreme Court on the refusal of the right to be heard within trademark cancellation proceedings (Case I ZB 33/06 W 320/06 – Rechtliches Gehör/Right to be heard)
Reported by Verena Wintergerst

10. Nuremberg District Court denies trademark infringement when using an identical trademark registered for “automobiles and toys” in conjunction with “toy replicas of automobiles” (Case 4 HK O 4480/04 – Adam Opel AG v Autec AG II)
Reported by Philipe Kutschke

Unfair Competition Law

11. German Federal Supreme Court on compensation for claiming attorney fees and requirements of “minutes judgement” (Case I ZR 276/03 – Abmahnaktion/Warning letter campaign)
Reported by Philipe Kutschke

Copyright Law

12. German Federal Supreme Court: Referral to the ECJ for a ruling under Article 234 EC regarding Directive 2006/116/EC of December 12, 2006 on the term of protection of copyright (Case I ZR 80/04 – Tonträger aus Drittstaaten/Phonograms from third countries)
Reported by Florian Traub

Press Law

13. German Federal Supreme Court decides that the publication of a photograph depicting Oliver Kahn with his girl-friend on a private occasion infringes the personality rights of the former world’s best goalkeeper (Case VI ZR 164/06 – Oliver Kahn)
Reported by Florian Traub

Published on
July 2007
Author
Rudolf Teschemacher
Senior Consultant
Philipe Kutschke
Attorney-at-Law, Certified IP Lawyer, Commercial Mediator (MuCDR), Partner
Clemens Rübel
Verena Wintergerst
Florian Traub