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  • BGH rules on protection of a three-dimensional trademark

    BGH rules on protection of a three-dimensional trademark

    Published: 08 Mar 2019

    Three-dimensional signs cannot be registered as a trademark if they consist of a shape that is necessary in order to obtain a technical result. When registering a sign as a trademark, businesses need to be aware that there are various possible grounds for refusal of trademark protection. One such ground for refusal may be the shape in the case of three-dimensional trademarks. We at the commercia...

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  • BGH finds false statements about product category misleading

    BGH finds false statements about product category misleading

    Published: 06 Mar 2019

    Consumers must not be misled regarding the essential characteristics of a product. According to the case law of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, the allocation of a product to a product category represents one of its essential characteristics. Germany’s Unfair Competition Act, the Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (UWG), provides that consumers must not be misle...

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  • Trademark protection on online platforms

    Trademark protection on online platforms

    Published: 06 Mar 2019

    The protection of trademarks on the internet is one of the most important tasks of trademark protection. Many trademark infringers try to distribute their products through online platforms such as Ebay, Amazon or Wish. Furthermore, infringers often aggressively advertise their products on online search engines like Google or Yahoo, in order to be high listed in the search results. In these cases i...

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  • $48BILLION OIL & GAS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO INVESTORS IN NIGERIA

    $48BILLION OIL & GAS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO INVESTORS IN NIGERIA

    Published: 05 Mar 2019

    The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has called on investors to utilize the over $48billion investment opportunities available in the upcoming capital projects within Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry. Dr. Baru made this call while speaking at a Panel Session on the topic “Insights on Future Exploration Hotspots: Opportunities for Afri...

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  • A FINANCIAL COMPANY IN MALTA, A BLOCKCHAIN, A NEW LEGISLATION

    A FINANCIAL COMPANY IN MALTA, A BLOCKCHAIN, A NEW LEGISLATION

    Published: 28 Feb 2019

    For many countries the concept of blockchain is not something new.  In places it is exclusively about Bitcoins and the analogizes thereof; some are trying to implement it in banking structures and consolidate it at the state level.  Legally, this issue is not resolved everywhere. Malta is an example of a country that is a “blockchain island”.  Here, the cryptocurrency market is co...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on insolvency and liability of managing directors

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on insolvency and liability of managing directors

    Published: 28 Feb 2019

    A managing director’s obligations include filing for insolvency on behalf of the company in a timely manner. He or she may be held personally liable for failing to fulfil this obligation. Managing directors who fail to fulfil their obligations may be held personally liable as a result. A managing director’s obligations include filing for insolvency in due time if the company is insolvent or over...

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  • INVITATION TO TENDER FOR NLNG TRAIN 7 TO COMMENCE IN APRIL

    INVITATION TO TENDER FOR NLNG TRAIN 7 TO COMMENCE IN APRIL

    Published: 21 Feb 2019

    The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, has said the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) will issue Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the NLNG Train 7 project in April 2019. In an interview, he said: “Efforts of NCDMB in ensuring that other projects come on stream are ongoing… Like NLNG Train 7, we are working hand in glove wi...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on commercial agents’ right to claim compensation

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on commercial agents’ right to claim compensation

    Published: 19 Feb 2019

    Commercial agents are entitled to claim compensation. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has since clarified that this right persists even if the commercial agency agreement is terminated during the probationary period. Commercial agents are entitled to claim compensation pursuant to paragraph 89b of the Handelsgesetzbuch (HGB), Germany’s Commercial Code, if the commercial agency agreement is t...

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