Manuel Merling (DE)

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DNS – blocking under German law

In a judgement of 13 October 2022 (I ZR 111/21) – DNS-Blocking, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on the conditions under which rights holders can claim blocking of access  to certain websites (DNS Blocking) from Internet access providers under German law. Background of the case The plaintiffs (publishing houses) initiated a legal … Continue reading

Protection for partial products as unregistered Community designs

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled on the possibility of claiming protection for a part of a product or a component part of a complex product as an unregistered Community design. The ECJ ruled that protection as an unregistered Community designs is possible if the underlying product itself has been made available to … Continue reading

New common EU Guideline on genuine use of trademarks in a form differing from the one registered

On October 15, 2020, the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) has published its Common Practice No. 8 (CP8) about the ‘Use of a trade mark in a form differing from the one registered’. The CP8 provides guidelines and practical examples for users about the common standards to be applied by the EU Trademark Office … Continue reading