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German Court Gives Right to Compensation Over Internet Disruption

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The Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the Internet has become one of life’s necessities, and therefore, citizens can recover damages when their service is interrupted. “Most people in Germany use the Internet daily. Thus, it has become an essential medium in the life of German society, the disruption of which has an immediate […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 1st, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Legal News

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Apple Disputing German Café’s Apple-Based Logo

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The trademark application of a German café named after an apple orchard is being opposed by—you guessed it—Apple. According to The Local, the family establishment in Bonn named Apfelkind is a coffee shop that also features homemade baked goods, including apple cake. Based on the café’s theme and location near an apple orchard, owner Christin […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 2nd, 2011 at 6:18 am

German Liquor Company Trademarks the F-Bomb

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Germany’s Federal Patent Court recently allowed EFAG Trade Mark Company to trademark its “Ficken Schnapps.” Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you if you don’t speak German, but “ficken” is the equivalent of “f*ck” in Deutschland—and the ruling is receiving worldwide press. Previous requests to trademark the name failed with the German Patent and Trademark […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 21st, 2011 at 10:27 am

Posted in Intellectual Property

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