Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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PIs in Germany
by IPprofessional on Sat 13th Aug 2011 21:04 UTC
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2011-08-13

I dont have any special insight on these and have just used Google like anyone else could.

Here's some info from the reliable German IP firm Grunecker

http://www.grunecker.com/download/publications/injunc.pdf

It suggests that contrary to this article's assumption (which was entirely logical) PIs re actually pretty hard to obtain for Community Designs and the validity is not generally assumed.

I should mention that PIs in Germany appear to be very different from England (which I discussed above) in that merits are generally very important. It looks to be almost impossible to get a PI in Germany for a very complex IP case though Design cases are rarely complex.

Edited 2011-08-13 21:04 UTC

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