New Arbitration Rules of the German Institution of Arbitration

On 1 March 2018, new arbitration rules of the German Institution of Arbitration (“Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit“, “DIS”) will come into force. The revised DIS Rules are designed to suit the needs of both domestic and international parties. …

Court of Justice of The EU Ruled on the Use of Trade Marks as Indication of Quality

Court of Justice of The EU Ruled on Trade Marks Used Only to Indicate Quality Standards

Trade marks will not only be associated with the company they origin from, but might also be associated with certain quality or ethical standards. …

Beijing IP Court Rules in Favour of Tiffany Against “Diffany”

On 24 April 2017, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court (“ the Court”) published 18 classic cases concerning trademarks filed in bad faith. One of these cases dealt with a invalidation action filed by Tiffany and company (“Tiffany”), the luxury …

UPC: German Ratification Postponed Due to a Request by the German Federal Constitutional Court

According to reports published on 11 June 2017, the German Federal Constitutional Court has requested the Federal President of Germany to refrain from signing the law that is necessary to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC). The …

Supreme Court of the United States: Cheerleading Uniforms Can be Copyrightable: Star Athletic LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

On 22 March 22 2017, in the case of Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al, No. 15-866, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in a 6-2 decision, that design elements of a cheerleading uniform …

Michael Jordan: “Qiao Dan” is Me! Michael Jordan’s trademark fight in China over his Name Rights

Michael Jordan, the legendary NBA star, has finally established his rights in his Chinese name after 5 years of intensive administrative and appeal proceedings in China.
In China, Michael Jordan is more commonly known and addressed by the Chinese name …

German Federal Court of Justice Shows the Red Card to Cheat Software for Online Role-Playing Games

 

Gamer playing first person shooter game on high end pc

On 12 January 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice has handed down its second landmark decision on cheat software within three months. After clarifying the question under which conditions cheat software may constitute copyright infringement in October last …

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