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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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OLG ZweibrĂĽcken bolsters copyright vis-Ă -vis public authorities

According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) ZweibrĂĽcken, the Higher Regional Court of ZweibrĂĽcken, from February 28, 2019, public authorities must not publish works protected by copyright without the approval of the creator (Az.: 4 U 37/18).

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

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.

Infringement of indication of geographical origin in whisky dispute

June 2019 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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A distillery based in Baden-Württemberg is not allowed to feature the word “Glen” in the name of its whisky. The Landgericht (LG) Hamburg, the Regional Court of Hamburg, found this to be too reminiscent of the protected geographical indication “Scotch Whisky”.

OLG MĂĽnchen on post-contractual non-compete clauses for managing directors

Post-contractual non-compete clauses for managing directors are standard practice. But should these clauses go beyond the scope of what is necessary, they may be deemed to be null and void in their entirety.

Unreported income in foreign accounts – Immunity still possible through voluntary disclosure

June 2019 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Voluntary disclosure leading to immunity from tax evasion charges is still a current topic. It remains the only way of returning to a state of tax compliance.

Hengeler Mueller advises Axel Springer SE on strategic partnership with KKR

Axel Springer SE has signed an investor agreement with a holding company owned by funds advised by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and investment entities controlled by Friede Springer and CEO Mathias Döpfner to create a strategic partnership.

Antitrust law – Narrow best price clauses for online hotel bookings are permissible

On June 4, 2019, the 1st Cartel Panel of the OLG Düsseldorf ruled that narrow best price clauses for online hotel bookings are permissible (Az.: VI – Kart 2/16 (V).

OLG Hamm on using a registered trademark

June 2019 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Anyone registering a trademark needs to actually use it. According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm, the Higher Regional Court of Hamm, it may be sufficient to use a wordmark as part of an advertising slogan (Az.: 4 U 42/18).

Steinhoff accounting scandal – Shareholders can pursue claims for damages

At the end of 2017, Steinhoff International Holding was rocked by an accounting scandal that sent its share price plummeting. Steinhoff shareholders can pursue claims for damages.

Misleading advertising - Free from harmful substances does not mean compliance with limits

Advertising featuring the term “schadstofffrei”, i.e. free from harmful substances, is misleading if the product, despite not exceeding acceptable limits, has some concentration of harmful substances.

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