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New 07 DECEMBER 2022

Rubik’s Cube ruling provides clarity for IP portfolio managers

Frankfurt’s regional court has ruled that the famous toy does not qualify for copyright protection, highlighting the strategic value of using a variety of different rights to protect functional objects.

16 NOVEMBER 2022

Why Germany is opposing the WTO’s decision to suspend patent protection

While WTO member states have expressed general sympathy for the goal to provide broad access to vaccine technology during the pandemic, Germany continues to favour patent protection over compulsory licensing.

26 OCTOBER 2022

How the CJEU’s decision on patent validity could affect German preliminary injunctions

German case law has been ruled incompatible with the EU Enforcement Directive by the Court of Justice of the European Union, prompting rights holders to urgently re-evaluate their options.

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