06
Jun 2018

GDPR: ICCAN loses data-gathering court battle - Read the full decision of the Regional Court of Bonn

As the first German Court, the Regional Court of Bonn (LG Bonn) had to deal with the new data protection law on the day the GDPR entered into force.

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01
Apr 2016

Düsseldorf Regional Court: Incorporation of a "like" button without active indication thereof anti-competitive

Integrating a so-called Facebook "Like" button – especially given the recent heavy criticism of the former Schleswig-Holstein state data protection commissioner – is not exactly straightforward. Up until that point legal practice in this area had been very liberal and did not consider website operators to have a responsibility with regard to the "secret" communication of the button with Facebook. Now a new ruling by the District Court of Düsseldorf has caused further uncertainty (LG Düsseldorf, Judgement of 9th March 2016, Ref. 12 O 151/15).

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01
Apr 2016

European Advocate General for improved customer orientation – public WiFi hotspots and customer hotspots should not be held liable for legal violations committed using their connection

In the opinion of the European Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, store, bar and hotel operators which provide WiFi networks to the public free of charge are not responsible for copyright violations on the part of users. This clear stance on the part of the Advocate General is finally providing clarity on what been, up until now, at best a grey area. For example, German case law in any case always assumed so-called liability for interference on the part of the WiFi operator, which could lead to the operator being issued a warning and being obliged to cease and desist.

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01
Apr 2016

ECJ: Coca-Cola bottle not patentable as a three-dimensional trademark

In its judgement of February 24th 2016 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) also confirmed the limited patentability of the trademark registration of the Coca Cola Company for a bottle design (Judgement in case T-411/14, The Coca-Cola Company / HABM).

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05
Jan 2016

Negotiations are finished! EU General Data Protection Regulation is coming! Prepare yourself now!

After four years of intense wrangling for a uniform level of data protection in Europe, binding for each Member State, the chief negotiators of the European Parliament, the EU Commission, and the Council of Ministers came to an agreement on 12/15/2015 on the exact wording of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

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05
Jan 2016

Available for preorder: "The General Data Protection Regulation in Legal Consultation Practice"

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After four years of intense wrangling for a uniform level of data protection in Europe, binding for each Member State, the chief negotiators of the European Parliament, the EU Commission, and the Council of Ministers came to an agreement on on the exact wording of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

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30
Oct 2013

German trademark law: Right to information to identify the infringing party towards a bank

In the case of the infringement of a trademark, the right to information to identify the infringing party causes fewer problems; in particular, such a comprehensive conflict with data protection law or the guaranteed banking confidentiality. A current ruling of the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) deals with the question if the German Trademark Act (MarkenG, § 19) grants a right to information to identify the infringing party towards a bank.

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