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21 March 2023
Checkliste: (K)Eine Haftung von Plattformanbietern für Urheberrechtsverletzungen
24 February 2023
KI - Künstlerische Intelligenz?
EU: The Unified Patent Court is alive!
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of… the Unitary Patent. With Germany having deposited its ratification document on 17 February 2023, this spectre is finally coming to life: the European Patent with Unitary Effect ("Unitary Patent") and the Unified Patent Court ("UPC") system will enter their preparatory phase. The actual launch date (the date as of which Unitary Patents will be in effect and actions can be filed with the UPC) is set for 1 June 2023.
A hitchhiker's guide through platform liability
D.Hofmarcher V.Tomov D.Vlahov Buhin* D.Šturm* L.Dočekalová S.Bednář M.Kovács B.Szabó P.Klimek-Woźniak M.Lučivjanský
Trade Secret Protection across CEE
05 January 2023
EU: New year, new… EU design law?
On 28 November 2022, the European Commission published its proposals for a Regulation amending Community Design Regulation No 2/20061 as well as a proposal for an amendment of the Community Design Directive2.
20 December 2022
Austria: The (new) provisions on unknown exploitation forms and the right of second exploitation in copyright contract law
07 December 2022 - 08 December 2022
The modern museum: Challenges, achievements, ideas
7-8 December 2022
01 December 2022
Austria: The (new) transfer of rights by purpose in copyright contract law
The amendment to the Austrian Copyright Act introduces a whole range of new provisions on copyright contract law, strengthening the position of authors and performers1. In our first Legal Insight ("Austria: The (new) Copyright Contract Law") we provided some background information and an overview. In our second and third Legal Insights, we introduced the new remuneration provisions ("Austria: The (new) copyright remuneration rules for authors and performers") and the transparency obligation ("Austria: The (new) copyright transparency obligation"), which are based on the DSM Directive.
Now we want to have a look at the provisions adopted from the German Copyright Act, in this edition the transfer of rights by the purpose of the contract (Sec 31 para 5 German Copyright Act; Sec 24c para 1 Austrian Copyright Act).
17 November 2022
Austria: The (new) copyright transparency obligation
The amendment to the Austrian Copyright Act introduces a whole range of new provisions on copyright contract law, strengthening the position of authors and performers1. In our first Legal Insight ("Austria: The (new) Copyright Contract Law ") we provided some background information and an overview. In our second Legal Insight ("Austria: The (new) copyright remuneration rules for authors and performers"), we introduced the new remuneration provisions. However, in order to assess whether the remuneration remains appropriate and proportionate, some more information is needed.
This brings us to the transparency obligation (Art 19 DSM Directive; Sec 37d Austrian Copyright Act):
03 November 2022
Austria: The (new) copyright remuneration rules for authors and performers
The amendment to the Austrian Copyright Act introduces a whole range of new provisions on copyright contract law, strengthening the position of authors and performers1. In our first Legal Insight ("Austria: The (new) Copyright Contract Law") we provided some background information and an overview of the new provisions, which are partly based on the DSM Directive2 and partly adopted from German law. Now we want to examine what to expect from the provisions and what to look out for when drafting copyright agreements in the future.
Let's start with the new remuneration rules based on the DSM Directive:
19 October 2022
Austria: The (new) Copyright Contract Law
The Amendment of the Austrian Copyright Act fundamentally revised the Copyright contract law. An entire series of new provisions for the protection of authors was implemented. But what does this mean for (future) license holders? Let us take a look!
21 September 2022
NFT licences that "can't be evil": are they any good?
Licences connected to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are still far from being the norm. As a result, most NFTs still do not convey sufficient or appropriate IP rights to their underlying content. Moreover, they have to deal with practical difficulties inherent to the nature of NFTs. The need for licences tailored to the NFT market is therefore evident.
To overcome the practical difficulties and tackle these issues, publicly available NFT licence systems have emerged. But are they any good?
21 September 2022
Omnibus? MoRUG I & II? And what's in it for me?
26 July 2022
Datenverarbeitung im Zeitalter des Metaverse
21 July 2022
Fashion 3.0 - Modedesign im Metaverse
19 July 2022
Virtuelles Betongold im Metaverse
30 June 2022
EU: Jump on board the Omnibus (Directive)
20 June 2022
Austria: Schoenherr awarded 2022 Austrian Impact Case of the Year by Managing IP
Schoenherr received the prestigious "2022 Austrian Impact Case of the Year" award from Managing IP, an international IP law magazine, for the successful representation of an Austrian wine cask crafter in groundbreaking Austrian Supreme Court proceedings.
15 June 2022
EU: How to rescue a design
Have you ever wondered whether you can modify a registered community design ("RCD") that is challenged by an application for declaration of invalidity by removing certain prohibited design elements to maintain the registration?
30 May 2022
Trademarks: The classification of "virtual goods" in trademark applications
Trademark professionals have noted growing interest in protecting trademarks for "virtual goods". This leaves trademark specialists as well as IP offices grappling with how to correctly classify these goods.
26 April 2022
podcast | Brands Pop-Up: Fashion 3.0
EU: Advertorials may increasingly become the target of unfair competition claims
In a preliminary ruling following a request by the German Federal Court of Justice (case C-371/20), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) interpreted Point 11 of Annex I to the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (Directive 2005/29/EC; UCP-Directive).
27 January 2022
Update Geheimnisschutz (II) – Inhaber und Rechtsdurchsetzung
Coming soon: The European Patent with Unitary Effect
The European Patent with Unitary Effect ("Unitary Patent") already has a longstanding and ambiguous history, although its underlying legal framework has not yet come into force. But 2021 brought a considerable push towards implementation of the Unitary Patent system.
Keep your records clean: Why it is absolutely necessary to keep trademark registers up to date
Change is part of everyday life. Some changes are temporary, some more permanent while we adapt to various challenges. However, particular attention should be paid to scenarios where the changes affect registered data.
The Digital Content Directive and the Sale of Goods Directive: when to apply which?
The constant and growing development of new technologies is leading towards an increasing availability of various digital products for consumers. This, in turn, triggers competitiveness and consumers' ever-greater expectations about the offerings, the ease of their purchase and conclusion of contracts without leaving home.
Design law: What's up-and-coming?
The most important material aspects derived from national legislations on protection of designs are harmonised in Community Design Directive 98/71/EC of 1998. Besides existing national legislations providing national design protection, Community Design Regulation No 6/2002 was introduced in 2002 and created a unified system for obtaining community designs to which uniform protection is given with uniform effect throughout the EU.
15 December 2021
Update Geheimnisschutz (I) – Anwendungsbereich und Definition
25 November 2021
Non-Fungible Tokens: Ist digitale Kunst versicherbar?
Digitale Kunstwerke in Form von Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) erzielen bei Auktionen Millionenpreise. Für Sammler stellt sich daher die Frage, ob sie die Werke versichern können
24 November 2021
Entwurf zur Urh-Nov 2021: Rechtsunsicherheit im Urhebervertragsrecht
28 October 2021
Cultural Hackathon podcast: NFT – Is it worth it?
The NFT art market is growing and occupying the cultural sector.
22 September 2021
Similarity of single letter trademarks (GC T-399/20)
In its judgment on 14 July 2021 in Case T-399/20, the General Court assessed whether there is likelihood of confusion between figurative trademarks that depict two letters from different foreign alphabets.
30 August 2021
Unregistered community designs: a secret weapon in design protection?
21 September 2021
IP-Day is dedicated to current and fundamental questions regarding intellectual property law – not just in an academic way, but also practically.
26 August 2021
Trademarks: How conceptual differences can save your trademark applications
You want to apply for a trademark that is visually or phonetically similar to another trademark, perhaps it even is contained as a whole. Is this possible without infringing on someone else's trademark rights?
05 August 2021
The tension between the GDPR & NFTs
If you are unfamiliar with the world of NFTs, please see our self-experiment. If you want to quickly recap what NFTs have to do with smart contracts, please see here.
21 July 2021
NFTs and branding – Does trademark protection need to be considered?
15 July 2021
EU: Attention copyright holder: clarification on the activity of satellite bouquet providers incoming
Bouquets of satellite TV programmes are a convenient service for users. But where is the consent of the rightsholder required? The ECJ will soon offer answers.
Blockchain and (Un)Real Estate
Blockchain technology has – so far – not lead to a transfer of the world's land registers onto this technology or to a "tokenization" of title (documents). The only significant exception in this respect is Georgia where a purchaser's title to real property can be registered by execution of a smart contract.
13 July 2021
Trademarks: The aftermath of BREXIT – Are your trademarks and designs protected in the UK?
The transitional period for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom ("UK") from the EU ("BREXIT") ended on 31 December 2020. All European Union trademarks and Community designs registered at that time were automatically cloned as national IP rights in the UK.
12 July 2021
NFT art: The most important (legal) questions for artists, buyers in general and museums
21 June 2021
NFT – Eine urheberrechtliche Betrachtung
23 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
NFT: An all-round legal view of Non-Fungible Tokens | Webinar
Did you miss our webinar, or do you want to listen to the discussed topics again? Watch the NFT webinar video recordings here!
17 June 2021
When a museum buys an NFT: Legal challenges and considerations
The story of our NFT self-experiment does not end with the selling of the token. To the contrary, it is only the start: The buyer – in our case the Museum Francisco Carolinum in Linz – wants to use the artwork for their purposes. In general, what legal considerations should a museum keep in mind?
NFTs: What about energy and climate issues?
When we started our NFT self-experiment, it did not take long before questions relating to energy consumption came up. According to our estimates, the two transactions (i) minting of the token and (ii) authorisation of an eventual sales processing, produced a CO2-footprint of over 100 kg of CO2EQ.
02 June 2021
Austria: Civil law aspects of selling a token – a random selection
26 May 2021
Tokenized copyrights: Linking an NFT to a copyright licence
25 May 2021
Ein Baumarkt beantragte Schutz für die Farbe Orange zur Kennzeichnung seiner Waren und Dienstleistungen; diese Farbe ist in diesem Marktsegment durchaus beliebt.
21 May 2021
Formulating a smart contract and minting an NFT
12 May 2021
Austria: Schoenherr successfully represents Austrian wine cask crafter in groundbreaking Supreme Court proceedings
Schoenherr successfully represented an Austrian wine cask crafter in groundbreaking Austrian Supreme Court proceedings.
Let the NFT Self-Experiment begin!
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) aren't new, in fact they've been around for years. However, it took the auction of an NFT linked to an image by Christie's Auction House and the fall of the hammer at a spectacular USD 69 million to create worldwide attention and interest in NFTs.
Austria: Schoenherr and Museum Francisco Carolinum clarify NFT Art
Schoenherr's IP & Technology practice group has set itself the goal of providing clarity on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the art and culture industry. In collaboration with the Museum Francisco Carolinum Linz in Upper Austria, the questions preoccupying artists, collectors and museums will be addressed at one of the world's first art exhibitions on NFTs in art. An important milestone for this has already been reached: The museum recently acquired their first NFT artwork – a work of art by conceptual artist and Schoenherr partner Guido Kucsko, that was also used in a Schoenherr team's self-experiment.
12 April 2021
Hass im Netz: § 17a ABGB und die Vermarktung der Persönlichkeit
Mit dem Hass-im-Netz-Bekämpfungs-Gesetz (HiNBG) wurde auch ein neuer § 17a zur "Wahrnehmung der Persönlichkeitsrechte" in das ABGB eingefügt.
12 April 2021
The ECJ's VG Bild-Kunst case: Are there (legal) limitations to the use of links?
YES - In its previous case law, the court has recognised the importance of hyperlinks for the operation of the World Wide Web and for freedom of speech. On these grounds, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) generously allowed the use of links to make third-party content accessible via one's own website.
08 April 2021
Austria: Schoenherr 's IP practice takes two prestigious IP awards
Schoenherr's IP practice has been honoured in two categories at the Managing IP Awards 2021 which were announced at the virtual award ceremony on 30 March 2021.
Internet platforms do not have to report the true online identity of copyright infringers
The internet as a remote platform for day-to-day human interactions has been growing exponentially for many years – and internet crime along with it. Therefore, the existing legal framework, which often comes from the "offline" age, is sometimes tested for its ability to cope with the new online reality.
06 November 2020
bulgaria croatia czech republic hungary moldova poland romania serbia slovakia slovenia turkey north macedonia montenegro bosnia & herzegovina austria
M.Woller A.Radonjanin V.Tomov D.Vlahov Buhin* M.Kovács A.Guzun P.Klimek-Woźniak S.Pavel M.Lučivjanský A.Tipotsch
Status of Intellectual Property Offices in CEE
31 August 2020
Disclosure obligations and liability of UUC platforms in focus
It was in the very first Technology newsletter in fall 2019 that I reported about referrals to the CJEU concerning disclosure obligations and liability of user uploaded content (UUC) platform providers in relation to illegal (copyright infringing) uploads.
26 August 2020
marken.schutz – systematischer kommentar zum markenschutzgesetz
Änderungen im Widerspruchsverfahren, Multimedia- und Gewährleistungsmarken, Schaffung von Zwischenrechten usw – die Markenrechtsreform auf Unionsebene, die Umsetzungsnovellen 2017 und 2019 sowie eine reiche Judikatur haben das Markenrecht durchgreifend neu geformt.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Auer-Blaschke on the registration of the first ever pattern trademark in Austria
Schönherr hat die Auer-Blaschke GmbH & Co KG erfolgreich bei der Eintragung ihres neuen AUER Markendesigns als Mustermarke beim Österreichischen Patentamt beraten und vertreten.
WIPO PROOF: Launch of new online service to create trusted tamper-proof evidence through timestamps
Companies spend a lot of time and money creating, innovating and protecting their intellectual property. When the protection fails due to unavailable or insufficient evidence, the frustration is understandably high.
27 May 2020
Extended Collective License
Extended Collective License (ECL) bzw erweiterte kollektive Lizenz (EKL) – eine vertragliche Lizenz, deren Wirkung gesetzlich auf Außenseiter erstreckt wird. Klingt spannend und ist es auch.
11 May 2020
Das Handbuch enthält eine umfassende Darstellung der neuen Bestimmungen zum Schutz von vertraulichem Know-how und vertraulichen Geschäftsinformationen unter Berücksichtigung der Richtlinienvorgaben sowie der bisherigen österreichischen Rechtsprechung und widmet sich außerdem in einem Exkurs den strafrechtlichen Bestimmungen sowie dem Verhältnis zu anderen Rechtsbereichen wie insbesondere zum Datenschutzrecht.
17 April 2020
Bulgaria: Working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis - Is the risk for your trade secrets remote?
As the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly spread across Europe, more and more companies have been forced to implement remote working arrangements for their employees.
28 February 2020
Serbia introduces opposition system: A major leap towards more harmonised trademark law | Serbia
17 February 2020
Impacts of the CJEU's e-book decision on the trade with digital goods | Austria
03 February 2020
Sky gegen SkyKick: EuGH entscheidet in Markenstreit
Zwischen dem Pay-TV-Anbieter und einem IT-Dienstleister war ein Streit entbrannt – unter anderem, weil Sky seine Marke auch pauschal für Computersoftware angemeldet hatte. Die Sache landete beim EuGH, sein Urteil lässt nun viele Markeninhaber aufatmen.
03 February 2020
Markenanmeldungen sind eine Kunst
Wer Marken vorsorglich für Tätigkeiten anmeldet, ohne sie zu nutzen, muss nach fünf Jahren mit der Löschung rechnen. Ein EuGH-Urteil zeigt die Rechtsrisiken auf.
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P.Konwitschka G.Szalóki K.Pawlak A.Gal S.Petronijević
cee overview - insurance
Insurance in Austria and CEE: An overview of key insurance law issues
In response to the growing need for legal advice in insurance and regulatory matters, Schoenherr focused on insurance law advice since 2006 and set up its own insurance practice group only a few years later to combine know-how and focus on industry-related advice in matters of interest for the whole European Economic Area.
Austria: New unified cancellation right for Austrian insurance contracts brings legal certainty
Under Article 186 of the EU Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC), EU Member States must grant life insurance policyholders a 14- to 30-day period to cancel their contract from the time when the policyholders were informed that the contract was concluded.
bulgaria croatia czech republic hungary moldova poland romania serbia slovakia slovenia ukraine austria
G.Irsa-Klingspiegl M.Woller G.Petkova D.Vlahov Buhin* M.Kovács A.Guzun P.Klimek-Woźniak S.Pavel S.Lukic M.Lučivjanský
How fast can you get a trademark in Central & Eastern Europe?
When deciding to register a trademark, it is important to remember that the registration does not occur instantaneously. Since a registered trademark grants the holder an exclusive right to use it for the listed goods and/or services, providing the respective trademark office a certain amount of time to check the trademark is understandable.
The winner takes it all? - Enforcement of EUIPO cost decisions
Imagine you won. You were defending your trademark or design before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and won an opposition or cancellation proceeding against another intellectual property right holder. Not only has the office decided on the merits in your favour, it also awarded you costs. How can you get that cost reimbursement if the losing party does not voluntarily pay?
The Digital Copyright Directive: Landmark or missed opportunity?
This April, the relevant EU institutions finalised the controversial Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the "Directive")1, which came into force on 7 June 2019. The draft of this legislation has been sitting on the EU's desk for several years and – unlike most other EU law – has also caught the attention of the general public. If you want to know why the Directive is likely relevant for you too, continue reading.
Monitor your trademarks – the Czech IP Office has stopped doing it for you!
Trademark owners need to be aware of the recent amendment to the Czech Trademarks Act, which implements EU Trademark Directive 2015/2436. The new amendment enables registration of trademarks that are identical to an earlier trademark. This will prove upsetting for careless trademark owners.
EV zur Durchsetzung von Immaterialgüterrechten: Ist § 394 EO unionsrechtswidrig?
Der EuGH befasste sich in der E C-688/17, Bayer Pharma, unlängst mit der Auslegung dieser Bestimmung. Das Ergebnis der E wirft jedoch die Frage auf, ob § 394 EO mit dem Unionsrecht noch vereinbar ist.
EuGH schränkt Haftung für Patentkläger ein
First published on Der Standard, 21.11.2019
Stellen Sie sich vor, jemand behauptet, Sie greifen mit Ihrem Produkt in ein fremdes Patent ein. Daraufhin erwirkt der Patentinhaber eine einstweilige Verfügung, die Ihnen den Vertrieb Ihres Produkts vorläufig verbietet. Das weitere Verfahren gewinnen Sie jedoch, weil dort herauskommt, dass das Ihnen entgegengehaltene Patent niemals hätte registriert werden sollen, also nichtig ist.
IP Right Enforcement in the EU: CJEU Reduces Claimant's Liability Risk when Seeking Preliminary Injunctions
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) recently dealt with "appropriate compensation" due in cases where a preliminary injunction based on IP rights was lifted or not rectified in subsequent main proceedings.
30 July 2019
Schutzgegenstand und Inhaber. Was und wen schützt das neue Gesetz?
Die Antwort auf die obenstehende Frage scheint auf den ersten Blick banal – Geschäftsgeheimnisse und deren Inhaber.
30 July 2019
Geschäftsgeheimnis und Datenschutz – ein offener Widerspruch?
Sowohl der Datenschutz als auch Betriebs- und Geschäftsgeheimnisse dienen dem Schutz von Information. Zwei Rechtsbereiche, ein Ziel? Ein genauer Blick zeigt, dass dem nicht so ist. Vielmehr gilt es, komplexe Widersprüche zu überwinden.
Geschäftsgeheimnisse – ein zentrales Compliance-Thema
Geschäftsgeheimnisse sind für die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Unternehmen oft von zentraler Bedeutung. Wie sollen diese aber wirksam geschützt werden? Was tun, wenn der Verdacht besteht, dass Geheimnisse weitergegeben worden sind?
29 May 2019
Wo liegt der Ort der Verwertung von Patentrechten?
19 March 2019
Urheberrecht: Dissonante Harmonisierung
Geplante EU-Richtlinie lässt nur vage und unscharfe Vorgaben für Mitgliedstaaten erwarten.
27 February 2019
Mit der UWG-Novelle 2018 hat auch Österreich (mit etwas Verspätung) die GeschäftsgeheimnisRL umgesetzt. Der Schutz von vertraulichem Know-how und vertraulichen Geschäftsinformationen wird damit nicht nur harmonisiert, sondern auch revolutioniert.
27 February 2019
Schoenherr registers first ever certification mark for Styria vitalis' "Grüner Teller"
Schoenherr advised the Styrian association Styria vitalis on the registration of its quality seal "Grüner Teller", Austria's first registered certification mark.
Lifting the fog in search of a filling station
06 February 2019
Update: Umsetzung der GeschäftsgeheimnisRL
Im Heft 9/2018 der ecolex hat der Autor bereits den Entwurf zur Umsetzung der GeschäftsgeheimnisRL (im Folgenden auch bloß "RL") vorgestellt und kommentiert. Nunmehr wurde die geplante UWG-Nov 2018 am 28. 12. 2018 kundgemacht und tritt einen Monat später in Kraft.
29 January 2019
Wie der Big Mac verlorengehen kann
First published on Der Standard, 29.01.2019
Der Streit von McDonald's mit der irischen Fastfoodkette Supermac's zeigt die Schwierigkeit, die Benutzung einer Marke nachzuweisen.
What is needed for trade secret litigation?
07 September 2018
Austria: Let them eat space cake
As of tomorrow, the traditional Austrian bakery Aida, which is known for its staff dressed in baby pink, will sell brownies containing CBD. The price will be EUR 4.20 – an inside joke, since "four-twenty" is code for the consumption of cannabis.
05 September 2018
Entwurf zur Umsetzung der GeschäftsgeheimnisRL
Für Unternehmen aller Art haben vertrauliches Know-how und Geschäftsgeheimnisse schon immer eine ganz wesentliche Rolle gespielt - der rechtliche Schutz wurde dem bisher aber weder in materieller noch in verfahrensrechtlicher Hinsicht gerecht. (FN 1)
Major changes in trade secret protection are coming to Hungary
Shortly after the expiry of the 9 June 2018 deadline, the Hungarian parliament has finally adopted the new act on the protection of trade secrets ("Trade Secrets Act") which will transpose the Trade Secrets Directive EU 2016/943 into national law
01 July 2018
Ein sommerliches Gespräch über Marketingstrategien und deren rechtliches Korsett
13 June 2018
Beware: not only 25 May but also 9 June has passed
It seems not only companies but also many Member States were so busy preparing for the GDPR that they lost sight of the Trade Secrets Directive that should have been transposed into national laws by 9 June. That's regrettable, because it is important legislation between "privacy", unfair competition and IP, establishing a modern and for the first time EU-wide regime for the protection of trade secrets.
14 May 2018
Schoenherr advises EVO Payments on strategic payments partnership with MONETA Money Bank
Schoenherr's financial services team in Prague advised EVO Payments International ("EVO") on the creation of a long-term strategic alliance with MONETA Money Bank ("MONETA") for payment acceptance services to the bank's retail customers.
Schoenherr advises Slovenian ENI subsidiary on acquisition of Mestni Plinovodi
Schoenherr has advised Adriaplin d.o.o. ("Adriaplin"), the Slovenian subsidiary of Eni S.p.A., on the acquisition of Mestni Plinovodi d.o.o. ("Mestni Plinovodi"), a local natural gas distribution network operator and gas supplier, from a consortium of sellers consisting of gas distributors Ireti and ACSM-AGAM from Italy and Istrabenz Plini from Slovenia.
Gift im Markenprodukt
Der Beitrag, der ein Gutachten im Auftrag des Österreichischen Verbands der Markenartikelindustrie (MAV) wiedergibt, behandelt die beeinträchtigende Nutzung von Marken abseits eines konkreten Waren- und Dienstleistungsbezugs, insbesondere in der redaktionellen Berichterstattung.
06 February 2018
AT/CZ: Schoenherr strengthens teams in Vienna and Prague with two new contract partner promotions
Schoenherr is announcing the promotion of Austria IP lawyer Michael Woller and Czech corporate/M&A expert Vladimír Čížek to contract partner.
Statutory secrecy obligations related to employee inventions in Austria and Romania
Secrecy plays a pivotal role in the area of patent law. The disclosure of an invention before a patent application has been filed can destroy novelty and therefore patentability, even if the disclosure is made without the inventor's consent. Accordingly, patent laws often provide specific rules on non-disclosure, in particular within the context of inventions made by employees.
This article provides an overview of these rules in Austrian and Romanian patent law.
18 January 2018
Geschäftsgeheimnisschutz heute und morgen - Zwischen Immaterialgüterrecht und Marktverhaltensregeln
Obwohl vertrauliches Know-how und Geschäftsgeheimnisse für Unternehmen eine genauso wichtige Rolle wie Patente und andere Rechte des geistigen Eigentums spielen, (FN 1) wird deren Schutz im nationalen Recht - materiell wie prozessual - bisher eher stiefmütterlich behandelt. Die bis 8. 6. 2018 umzusetzende GeschäftsgeheimnisRL (FN 2) ("RL") bietet nun die Chance, den Geheimnisschutz auf ein neues Fundament zu stellen.
Der vollständige Artikel ist hier zu finden.
Is trademark a celebrity's best friend?
Many celebrities are choosing to register their names as a trademark in order to prevent other people from exploiting it for profit (ie advertising products carrying their names). One could argue this basically means that they seek for privacy through trademark registration, which is rooted in the idea that everyone should have the right to be left alone and have control over the commercialisation of their persona, including celebrities, who have invested a lot of work in building their recognition in the world of fame.
A "private sphere" for entrepreneurs – are you ready for the new Trade Secrets Directive?
While companies generally do not have a right of privacy (at least under Austrian law), the protection of trade secrets has a somewhat similar objective: to grant leeway for development, which others must respect.
How to surprise the market: The secret trademark application
Plans to introduce a new product or service are often kept secret for a number of reasons. The later one's competitors become aware of an entirely new product or service, the longer one will enjoy the benefit of being the natural leader in that newly created market. In addition, famous companies in particular try to generate hype by creating an aura of mystery and focusing the public's attention on the big upcoming launch.
How to obtain formal design protection for your catwalk designs and still keep them secret
A so-called deferment of publication allows design owners seeking protection through registered Community designs to request that their registered design be published up to 30 months after the filing date.
24 November 2017
Amendments to Austrian Trademark Law
Recently, the Austrian Trademark Protection Act (MSchG) was amended in order to partly implement the EU Trademark Directive 2015/2436 and to better adapt the national provisions to the needs of trademark owners – "Trademark Initiative 2017" by the Austrian Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Most of the amendments have been in force since 1 September 2017.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Valora Group on acquisition of food service company BackWerk
Schoenherr has advised Swiss listed Valora Group ("Valora") on all Austrian aspects of the acquisition of German-based food service company BackWerk from the Swedish financial investor EQT.
13 June 2017
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Czech Republic/Hungary/Poland/Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AG FOODS and Coöperatief Avallon on settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and management buyout
Schoenherr advised AG FOODS Group ("AG FOODS") and Coöperatief Avallon MBO U.A. ("Coöperatief Avallon") on the settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and on a subsequent management buyout.
17 May 2017
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C.Schumacher G.Kucsko D.Hofmarcher G.Irsa-Klingspiegl M.Woller P.Halwa S.Pavel V.Tomov
Every IPR starts with a secret
The impact on the new European Trade Secrets Directive on trademark strategy.
04 April 2017
Protecting your trade secrets in the EU
A new EU Directive aimed at protecting know-how and business information can strengthen the position of your start-up if you take the necessary precautionary measures.
02 January 2017
Internet of Things - Wenn (Gebrauchs-)Gegenstände werben
Kurz vor Weihnachten haben der europäische Verbraucherverband (BEUC) und auch der VKI vor "My friend Cayla", einer mit dem Internet verbundenen sprechenden Puppe, gewarnt. (FN 1) Neben der unsicheren Bluetooth-Verbindung wurde va auch die Tendenz zur (Schleich-)Werbung beanstandet.