Author Archives: Dr. Dirk Franke

Artur Fischer: One of the Greatest Inventors of all Times Died at Age of 96

As Spiegel Online reported today, inventor Artur Fischer died on  January 27, 2016 at the age of 96. This is very sad news as Artur Fischer was arguably the greatest innovator and one of the greatest businessmen of post-war Germany. … Continue reading

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Moldova: Validation Agreement Enters into Force

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced in a recent press release that the agreement on the validation of European patents between the EPO and the Republic of Moldova has entered into force on November 1, 2015. With the recognition of … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016! Foto: © AlBakker, [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

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Federal Supreme Court Confirms Nivea Blue

Beiersdorf AG, manufacturer of Nivea, won a ruling from Germany’s Federal Supreme Court (BGH) that gives it a second chance to defend its trademark for the blue color on its Nivea products in a legal battle with Unilever NV (court case … Continue reading

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Filing a Trademark Application in Canada: Characteristics of the Canadian Trademark Law

The registration process of a trademark in Canada is in some ways extraodinary when compared to the registration practices in other countries. The most important characteristics of the Canadian trademark registration process are summarized below. 1. No Madrid Protocol Canada … Continue reading

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Greece: Implications of the Capital Controls and the Referendum for the Proprietors of IP Rights in Greece

On 28 June, the Greek Government imposed capital controls in the latest development in the country’s financial crisis. The capital controls will considerably restrict the flow of capital within the Greek banking sector and will be maintained at least until July … Continue reading

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Rubik’s Cube Confirmed as a 3D Trademark in Europe

Invented in the 1970s, the Rubik’s Cube fascinates people around the globe and is one of the world’s best-selling toys. While many fans found the magic cube a hard nut to crack, a German toy manufacturer has challenged the registered … Continue reading

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Morocco: Validation Agreement Enters into Force

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced in a recent press release that the agreement on the validation of European patents between the EPO and Morocco will enter into force on March 1, 2015. With the recognition of the EPC, … Continue reading

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Interview: Incentives to Innovate

Interview with Dr. Dirk Franke. The following topics are covered: the future of the profession of a European patent attorney, patent litigation costs, trivial patents; how to find a qualified patent attorney, EU patent (unitary patent), changes in the European … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015! Foto: © Ashwin Chandrasekaran, [CC BY 2.0]

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