Reinhardt Schuster in Memoriam

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Symposium on “EC Pharma Sector Inquiry – Does the Patent System need to be disciplined?”

Patent Law

1. German Federal Supreme Court on insufficient disclosure as a ground for revocation (Decision of April 30, 2009 – Case Xa ZR 156/04 – Sicherheitssystem/Security system)
Reported by Dr. Hans Wegner

2. German Federal Supreme Court on the assessment of inventive step in view of common expert knowledge of the person skilled in the art (Decision of April 30, 2009 – Case Xa ZR 56/05 – Airbag-Auslösesteuerung/Airbag Triggering Control)
Reported by Dr. Niels Malkomes

3. German Federal Supreme Court on the requirements for the obviousness of an invention (Decision of April 30, 2009 – Case Xa ZR 92/05 – Betrieb einer Sicherheitseinrichtung/Operation of a safety device)
Reported by Alexander Wunsch

4. European Patent Office (Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.02): Selection – inadmissible amendment (Decision of January 13, 2009 – Case T 1374/07 – Bread improver/PURATOS N.V.)
Reported by Dr. Rudolf Teschemacher

5. Dusseldorf District Court on the consequences of filing an incomplete German translation of a European patent with the German Patent and Trademark Office (Decision of January 15, 2009 – Case 4b O 146/07 – Aufblasventil/Inflating valve)
Reported by Jörg Wahl

Trademark Law

6. European Court of Justice: Bad faith-applications (Decision of June 11, 2009 – Case C-529/07 – Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG v Franz Hauswirth – Golden Easter Bunny)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, LL.M.

7. European Court of Justice: Comparative advertising and trademark infringement – “smell-alike” perfumes – (Decision of June 18, 2009 – Case C-487/07 – L’Oréal SA v Bellure NV)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, LL.M.

8. European Court of Justice: Protection of geographical indications (“Bayerisches Bier”) – coexistence of geographical indications and trademarks (Decision of July 2, 2009 – Case C-343/07 – Bavaria NV v Bayerischer Brauerbund e.V. – Bayerisches Bier)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, LL.M.

9. European Court of Justice: Community trademarks and Madrid marks extended to the European Community enjoy equal protection under the customs seizure rules (Decision of July 2, 2009 – Case C-302/08 – Zino Davidoff SA v Bundesfinanzdirektion Südost – Davidoff)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, LL.M.

10. European Court of Justice: Protection of state symbols against “heraldic imitations” – Protection under European law includes use of state symbols for services (Decision of July 16, 2009 – Joined Cases C-202 & 208/08 P – American Clothing Associates NV v OHIM and OHIM v American Clothing Associates NV – Maple Leaf)
Reported by Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, LL.M.

11. German Federal Supreme Court on the preconditions a colour combination has to fulfil for claiming trademark protection though use (secondary meaning) (Decision of February 19, 2009 – Case I ZR 195/06 – UHU)
Reported by Verena Wintergerst, LL.M.

12. German Federal Supreme Court: Owners of an eBay account can be liable for trademark infringement caused by misuse of such account if access information has not been kept safe (Decision of March 11, 2009 – Case I ZR 114/06 – Halzband/Collar)
Reported by Pascal Böhner

13. German Federal Supreme Court holds that the trademarks “POST” and “OP OSTSEE-POST”/“OSTSEE-POST” are dissimilar (Decision of April 2, 2009 – Case I ZR 78/06 – OSTSEE-POST/Post of the Baltic Sea)
Reported by Philipe Kutschke

Design Law

14. European Court of Justice: First decision on reference for a preliminary ruling in Community design matters – ownership of design right in cases of commissioned works (Decision of July 2, 2009 – Case C-32/08 – FEIA v Cul de Sac Espacio Creativo SL, Acierta Product & Position SA)
Reported by Dr. Henning Hartwig

Published on
July 2009
Author
Hans Wegner
German and European Patent Attorney, Partner
Niels Malkomes
German and European Patent Attorney, Partner
Alexander Wunsch
German and European Patent Attorney, Partner
Rudolf Teschemacher
Senior Consultant
Pascal Böhner
Attorney-at-Law, Certified IP Lawyer, Partner
Philipe Kutschke
Attorney-at-Law, Certified IP Lawyer, Commercial Mediator (MuCDR), Partner
Henning Hartwig
Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Jörg Wahl
Verena Wintergerst, LL.M.