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ECJ: Stringent requirements for registering a color mark as an EU trademark

November 2019 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by MTR Rechtsanwalte.

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A beverage manufacturer had a combination of colors registered as an EU trademark. In a ruling from July 29, 2019, the ECJ confirmed that the mark is null and void (Az.: C-124/18 P).

European Commission compliance guidelines for trade in dual-use items

November 2019 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by MTR Rechtsanwalte.

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The European Commission has published a recommendation for an internal compliance programme (ICP) for trade in dual-use items. The guidelines are not binding on businesses.

Hengeler Mueller advises ICF BANK AG on registration as a benchmark administrator

July 2019 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Hengeler Mueller .

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ICF BANK AG Wertpapierhandelsbank has successfully completed the registration procedure as a benchmark administrator under the EU Benchmarks Regulation.

Rome I Regulation: choice of law for contractual obligations

The EU Rome I Regulation (593/2008) of the European Parliament and of the Council came into force on 17 December 2009 (Convention). The Convention sets rules to determine the (national) law applicable to contractual obligations in civil and commercial matters. This Regulation replaces the 1980 Rome Convention and is especially relevant to cross-border businesses. The intention of the Convention is to provide legal certainty in cases where the parties have not expressly chosen the applicable law governing their contract.

EU rules in favour of Google’s AdWords

On March 23, 2010 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided in the matter of Google France SARL, Google Inc. vs. Louis Vuitton and others (C-236/08 to C-238/08). In its judgment, the ECJ ruled that Google has not infringed trademark law by offering advertisers the opportunity to buy keywords (AdWords) corresponding to their competitors' trademarks. However, the illegal use of AdWords can still be prohibited.

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