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CJEU bolsters protected designations of origin

CJEU bolsters protected designations of origin

Published: 27 Jun 2019

Evoking protected designations of origin may be unlawful. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in a ruling from May 2, 2019 (Az.: C-614/17). The CJEU has confirmed its position that evoking protected designations of origin may be unlawful. The Court had already expressed this view in the past year with respect to the protected geographical designation of orig...

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Antitrust infringement – Advertising needs to inform about goods excluded from a discount

Antitrust infringement – Advertising needs to inform about goods excluded from a discount

Published: 25 Jun 2019

If certain products are excluded from a promotional advertising campaign, this needs to be clearly indicated. The Landgericht (LG) Arnsberg, the Regional Court of Arnsberg, has ruled that this otherwise amounts to an antitrust infringement. There are a number of potential pitfalls with advertising campaigns that can easily give rise to an antitrust infringement with all of the associated legal i...

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BGH – Giving away pharmacy vouchers when filling prescriptions violates competition law

BGH – Giving away pharmacy vouchers when filling prescriptions violates competition law

Published: 24 Jun 2019

Pharmacies are not allowed to give their customers small gifts when filling their prescription. The Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has ruled that this is in breach of resale price maintenance regulations for medicinal products. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that Germany has resale price maintenance regulations in place for prescriptio...

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Published: 21 Jun 2019

The turmoil that Brexit has caused does not have to mean that commercial opportunities cannot be seized where they arise. It might just be the best time to buy investment real estate in Italy.  Italian house prices are continuing to fall at such a rate that Italy alone out of all Europe has a contracting real estate market leading the Financial Times to describe Italy’s real estate market as ...

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Published: 21 Jun 2019

The turmoil that Brexit has caused does not have to mean that commercial opportunities cannot be seized where they arise. It might just be the best time to buy investment real estate in Italy.  Italian house prices are continuing to fall at such a rate that Italy alone out of all Europe has a contracting real estate market leading the Financial Times to describe Italy’s real estate market as ...

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Italy

Published: 21 Jun 2019

The turmoil that Brexit has caused does not have to mean that commercial opportunities cannot be seized where they arise. It might just be the best time to buy investment real estate in Italy.  Italian house prices are continuing to fall at such a rate that Italy alone out of all Europe has a contracting real estate market leading the Financial Times to describe Italy’s real estate market as ...

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OLG Zweibrücken bolsters copyright vis-à-vis public authorities

OLG Zweibrücken bolsters copyright vis-à-vis public authorities

Published: 19 Jun 2019

According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Zweibrücken, the Higher Regional Court of Zweibrücken, from February 28, 2019, public authorities must not publish works protected by copyright without the approval of the creator (Az.: 4 U 37/18). With this ruling, the Oberlandesgericht Zweibrücken has strengthened copyright law. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsa...

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Violation of GDPR cannot give rise to formal warning under competition law

Violation of GDPR cannot give rise to formal warning under competition law

Published: 18 Jun 2019

A violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) cannot give rise to a formal warning as provided for under competition law for violations of Germany’s Unfair Competition Act (UWG). That was the verdict of the LG (Regional Court of) Stuttgart. It has been just over a year since the GDPR came into force, yet whether violations of the Regulation can give rise to formal warnings for com...

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