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12 April 2021

A.Tipotsch D.Hofmarcher

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.

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12 April 2021

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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press release

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. 

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roadmap

I show you mine you show me yours!

How to adapt trade secrets protection in patent litigation

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Your bike could be a work of art!

Can copyright replace expired patents?

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Have you ever wondered whether your brand is a copyright protected work?

It is a mistake that could eventually cost companies their valuable brands: registering a trademark but forgetting about the copyright protection.

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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.

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blog

31 August 2020

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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publication

28 August 2020

austria

G.Kucsko

CHECKLISTE: Hausdurchsuchung

Naturgemäß kommt eine Hausdurchsuchung (zumeist) überraschend. Auch ohne schlechtes Gewissen sollten Unternehmen darauf vorbereitet sein. Dazu einige wesentliche Fragen, die vorsorglich abzuklären wären.

 

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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.

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press release

30 July 2020

austria

M.Woller

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.

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newsletter

28 July 2020

romania

S.Pavel

New Romanian trademark law introduces new obligations and deadlines

Trademark owners and applicants must comply with a series of new obligations and deadlines, following the substantial amendment to Romanian trademark legislation.

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blog

30 June 2020

austria

M.Woller M.Hornyik

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. 

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publication

27 May 2020

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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publication

11 May 2020

austria

D.Hofmarcher

Das Geschäftsgeheimnis

Dieses 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.

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to the point: technology & digitalisation l April 2020

Welcome to our April edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!

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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.

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28 February 2020

serbia

A.Radonjanin Z.Šoljaga

Serbia introduces opposition system: A major leap towards more harmonised trademark law | Serbia

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17 February 2020

austria

D.Hofmarcher A.Pabst

Impacts of the CJEU's e-book decision on the trade with digital goods | Austria

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media coverage

03 February 2020

austria

C.Schumacher

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.

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media coverage

03 February 2020

austria

C.Schumacher

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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roadmap

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.

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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.

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cee overview - ip & unfair commercial practices

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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.

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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?

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Can works created by a (not so intelligent) AI be protected by copyright law? Ask a chatbot!

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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.

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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.

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publication

09 December 2019

austria

M.Hornyik M.Woller

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.

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media coverage

25 November 2019

austria

M.Hornyik M.Woller

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.

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newsletter

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.

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publication

16 October 2019

austria

A.Pabst

Schutz, Haftung und Rechtsdurchsetzung bei OSL

Open-Source-Lizenzen (OSL) werfen sehr spezielle rechtliche Fragen auf. Dazu ein Überblick.

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16 October 2019

austria

A.Pabst

Fragen, die sich Unternehmer beim Einsatz von Open-Source-Software stellen sollten

Beim Einsatz von OSS stellen sich viele rechtliche Fragen, die nicht immer offensichtlich sind.

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publication

16 October 2019

austria

A.Pabst

Open-Source-Lizenzen (OSL) - Definition und Bedeutung

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publication

16 October 2019

austria

M.Woller

Dominanz eines einzelnen Buchstabens in einer Marke

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media coverage

16 September 2019

austria

M.Woller

Was Viagra vom Kornspitz unterscheidet

Wenn Konsumenten ein bestimmtes Produkt als Inbegriff für eine ganze Produktkategorie verstehen, kann das für den Inhaber der erfolgreichen Marke zum Verhängnis werden.

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publication

30 July 2019

austria

M.Hornyik

Die ehemalige Arbeitnehmerin als Mitbewerberin

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publication

30 July 2019

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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30 July 2019

austria

G.Leissler

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.

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24 July 2019

austria

C.Haid M.Lindtner

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?

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17 July 2019

austria

M.Woller

IP Arbitration on the Rise

The relevance of intellectual property in business is on the rise, in particular concerning cross-border transactions. Accordingly, the willingness to defend such rights is also becoming stronger.

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publication

29 May 2019

austria

M.Thorbauer

Wo liegt der Ort der Verwertung von Patentrechten?

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publication

17 May 2019

austria

G.Kucsko

MSchG - Markenschutzgesetz

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media coverage

19 March 2019

austria

D.Hofmarcher

Urheberrecht: Dissonante Harmonisierung

Geplante EU-Richtlinie lässt nur vage und unscharfe Vorgaben für Mitgliedstaaten erwarten.

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publication

27 February 2019

austria

D.Hofmarcher

Geschäftsgeheimnisschutz NEU

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.

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press release

27 February 2019

austria

C.Schumacher

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.

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roadmap

Lifting the fog in search of a filling station

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IP arbitration on the rise

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Interview with the Acting Vice President for Legal Affairs of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

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publication

12 February 2019

austria

G.Kucsko

Die MSchG-Novelle 2019

Am 14. 1. 2019 ist eine umfassende Novelle zum MSchG in Kraft getreten. Dazu ein kurzer Überblick.

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publication

06 February 2019

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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media coverage

29 January 2019

austria

C.Schumacher

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.

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What is needed for trade secret litigation?

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newsletter

11 January 2019

austria

G.Kucsko

Austrian Constitutional Court declares percentage Cap of Copyright Levies null and void

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newsletter

07 September 2018

austria

A.Natterer T.Kulnigg

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. 

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publication

05 September 2018

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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)

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22 August 2018

hungary

M.Kovács A.Turi

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

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publication

Ein sommerliches Gespräch über Marketingstrategien und deren rechtliches Korsett

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13 June 2018

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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press release

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.

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23 March 2018

slovenia

B.Brežan

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.

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19 February 2018

austria

M.Woller

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.

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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. 

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05 February 2018

austria

M.Lagler M.Woller

Schönherr ernennt IP-Experten Michael Woller zum Contract Partner

Mit Beginn des neuen Geschäftsjahres steigt Michael Woller (35) zum Contract Partner bei Schönherr auf.

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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.

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publication

18 January 2018

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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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.

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Interview with Maria Karepova: "We offer a good deal"

Guido Kucsko, head Schoenherr ip team in conversation with Mariana Karepova, president of the Austrian Patent Office, about secrecy and the value of disclosure by patent application.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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24 November 2017

austria

M.Woller C.Schumacher

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.

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press release

21 September 2017

slovenia austria

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.

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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.

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publication

Every IPR starts with a secret

The impact on the new European Trade Secrets Directive on trademark strategy.

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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.

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press release

10 March 2017

austria

G.Kucsko

Schoenherr awarded "IP Law Firm of the Year - Austria" (2017) by Managing IP

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publication

02 January 2017

austria

D.Hofmarcher

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.

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03 January 2014

austria

C.Cudlik

Baudenkmäler zwischen Erhaltungsinteresse und Veränderungsnotwendigkeit

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